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  • Folk musicians playing in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
    Folk musicians in the Lounge Bar, Lerwick
  • Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
    Up Helly Aa procession, Mainland
  • Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst
    Uyeasound Jarl Squad at a Peerie Night Out, Unst

Choose from a diverse programme of events in Shetland from traditional festivals like spectacular fire festival of Up Helly Aa to a whole host of riveting music events such including Shetland Folk Festival. Experience the islands’ outstanding natural beauty and wildlife during the Shetland Nature Festival, enjoy local cuisine at the Shetland Food Fair and more. 

Shetland's inhabitants always find something to celebrate, from their Viking roots at a spectacular fire festival in midwinter to their incredible music, art and culture events held throughout the year.

Visit Shetland in January for Up Helly Aa, Europe's largest annual fire festival. Watch as the Viking Jarl Squad parade through Lerwick with burning torches held aloft before setting alight a replica longship.

The Shetland Race, where sailing yachts travel from Bergen to Lerwick, is usually held on the third weekend in June. Watch as a flotilla of yachts set off on this 200 mile race across the North Sea and take part in fun activities held on dry land.

Discover the islands' wild side in July at the Shetland Nature Festival. Whether you want to see some of the rarest flowers in Britain or watch orcas hunting their prey off the coast, this family-friendly festival has plenty of events and activities that allow you to experience all that natural Shetland has to offer.

Experience Shetland's agricultural heritage at the Skeld Sheepdog Trials on the West Mainland and at agricultural shows held at Cunningsburgh, Voe, Walls, Yell and Unst during the summer.

Meet writers of local and international renown at Wordplay, Shetland's annual literary festival in September, and watch critically acclaimed films at Screenplay, a film festival which runs simultaneously.

Held at the beginning of May for more than 30 years, the Shetland Folk Festival has presented exciting line-ups featuring both local and visiting performers. Visit during the seven-day Shetland Fiddle Frenzy in August and you can learn how to play the fiddle at workshops.

After its stunning successful debut last year, the Shetland Jazz Festival in June promises an even better line-up of talented jazz players and bands from around the islands and further afield.

Shetland native, Thomas Fraser, became posthumously famous for his unique renditions of country and blues songs. Since then, his music has been celebrated at the annual Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival in Hamnavoe. Held in November, music lovers are advised to get tickets early for this unique festival.

Take a look through the information listings to find out more about Shetland events held throughout the year.

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  1. Gradings

    Shetland

    Promoting the best in traditional Shetland music.

    Dates

    8 Oct 2015 to 12 Oct 2015
  2. Uyeasound Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Traditional fire festival.

    Dates

    13 Feb 2015
  3. South Mainland Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Shetland's fire festival.

    Dates

    13 Mar 2015
  4. Gradings

    Shetland

    Documentary photography.

    Dates

    29 Nov 2014 to 2 Feb 2015
  5. Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    The largest festival of fire in Europe attracts visitors from across the world and marks the end of Yuletide.

    Dates

    27 Jan 2015
  6. Norwick Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Traditional fire festival.

    Dates

    28 Feb 2015
  7. Gradings

    Shetland

    A curated collection of art and craft, just in time for Christmas.

    Dates

    1 Nov 2014 to 22 Feb 2015
  8. Shetland Folk Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Shetland

    A four-day folk festival.

    Dates

    30 Apr 2015 to 3 May 2015
  9. Delting Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Traditional Viking fire festival.

    Dates

    20 Mar 2015
  10. Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Traditional fire festival.

    Dates

    6 Feb 2015
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