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  • 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. The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Drama based on trial transcripts and the writer's own words.

    Dates

    11 May 2014
  2. Gradings

    Dumfries

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

    Dates

    17 Apr 2014 to 1 May 2014
  3. Gradings

    Dumfries

    Songs from Carnaby Street The Musical are performed in full costume.

    Dates

    6 Jul 2014
  4. Gradings

    Dumfries

    A three week event offering families and wildlife fans a wealth of opportunities to see the region's wildlife.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014 to 2 Nov 2014
  5. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Drop-in workshop.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2014
  6. Animal Safari

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Explore the gardens looking for different kinds of animal life.

    Dates

    1 Jun 2014 to 15 Jun 2014
  7. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A family friendly outdoor roots music festival, founded in 1998.

    Dates

    22 May 2014 to 25 May 2014
  8. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Meet for coffee and scones, then hear from a member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

    Dates

    6 Jun 2014
  9. Boxing Day Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Join the warden for a stroll along the shore.

    Dates

    26 Dec 2014
  10. Gradings

    Thornhill

    See what the woodland has to offer at this time of year.

    Dates

    21 Jun 2014
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