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GENERATION ››

This epic programme of events celebrates 25 years of contemporary arts in Scotland - from Orkney to the Scottish Borders

  • Hannah McAndrew, Slipware Potter, in her studio at Kelton
    Speak to the artists and tour their studios at Spring Fling
  • A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
    A ceilidh held for Spring Fling in Castle Douglas Town Hall
  • Cyclists cross the finish line in Dumfries as spectators cheer on the sidelines.
    The Tour of Britain finish line in Dumfries - Image © The Tour of Britain
  • A crowd watch a band at Wickerman Festival
    Wickerman Festival

Home to the Wickerman Festival, Spring Fling, the RSAC Scottish Rally and the Wild Spring Festival, Dumfries & Galloway boasts a wonderful variety of events and festivals throughout the year.

Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, music, walking or wildlife, Dumfries & Galloway will no doubt host an event that takes your fancy. The Scottish Snowdrop Festival signals the end of the winter months and the region, which boasts many highly acclaimed gardens and woodlands, becomes awash with magnificent snowdrops.

Continue your exploration of the great outdoors at the Wild Spring Festival. Running throughout April, choose from around 100 events including red deer tours, badger watching and a whole host of family activities.

Make the most of this beautiful part of the world by exploring the countryside on foot at the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May, which holds a series of guided walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. 

The month of May is also a time to celebrate the buzzing arts and culture scene in Dumfries & Galloway. The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival puts on a wide range of activities throughout the region. You’ll find classical, jazz and folk music, alongside children’s events, theatre and dance. At Spring Fling you can speak to artists, tour their studios and attend workshops and special events as you uncover around 80 arts and craft studios.

In June, you can enjoy the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, which celebrates New Orleans, Dixieland and swing jazz and features UK and international artists. Also this month, the exciting RSAC Scottish Rally welcomes drivers from across Europe to take part in the high-speed special forest stages.

If you want to see bands such as Scissor Sisters, Texas, Kassidy and The View, then the Wickerman Festival in July is the place to be. This innovative and family-friendly event is partly themed around the famous-cult movie and offers two days of glorious entertainment on a charming farm near Kirkcudbright.

In September you can enjoy a wide selection of music at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, while the Wigtown Book Festival, running from the end of September until early October, sees authors, performers and audience members from all over arrive in Wigtown.

Find out more about events in Dumfries & Galloway by browsing the listings below, or visiting the Dumfries and Galloway! What's Going On? website.

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  1. Wild Spring at Parton

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Castle Douglas

    A short walk up to the viewpoint above Parton.

    Dates

    7 Apr 2015
  2. Crook Of Baldoon Open Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Learn about the resident wildlife and ongoing conservation work on the new reserve.

    Dates

    2 Oct 2015
  3. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Find that unique Christmas gift from our wide range of craft and gift stalls.

    Dates

    7 Nov 2014 to 8 Nov 2014
  4. John McNicholl

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Country and Celtic music from the Derry-born singer.With support from Sandy Kelly

    Dates

    14 Dec 2014
  5. Ken Your Geese

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Our guide will help you spot the geese and how to tell them apart, plus show you all the other wildlife that makes Ken Dee its home.

    Dates

    17 Mar 2015
  6. Wickerman Festival 2015

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Featuring an eclectic mix of leading artists, alternative acts and up and coming talent.

    Dates

    24 Jul 2015 to 25 Jul 2015
  7. Local Artists From Wigtownshire

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    A selection of paintings by Wigtownshire artists.

    Dates

    16 Sep 2014 to 31 Oct 2014
  8. Mocha And Moths

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Come and search through the different species of moth in our moth trap.

    Dates

    13 Mar 2015 to 21 Aug 2015
  9. 2014 Foyer Exhibition

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Historical artefacts illustrating the governance of Dumfriesshire.

    Dates

    22 Feb 2014 to 31 Jan 2015
  10. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Celtic-folk from the award-winning duo.

    Dates

    8 Nov 2014
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