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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. Roaring Stags

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Watch the red deer.

    Dates

    4 Oct 2015
  2. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The choir performs.

    Dates

    23 May 2015
  3. Gradings

    Dumfries & Galloway

    Nine days of events encompassing the worlds of art, theatre, music, opera and literature.

    Dates

    22 May 2015 to 31 May 2015
  4. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Easter-themed fun including face painting, egg painting and hunt!

    Dates

    5 Apr 2015
  5. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Make ice cream from scratch.

    Dates

    27 May 2015 to 28 May 2015
  6. Galloway Chillies

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Come and see the delicious produce.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2015 to 20 Sep 2015
  7. Crafty Saturdays

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Craft sessions.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2015 to 22 Aug 2015
  8. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Look out for seasonal wildlife.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2015 to 29 Oct 2015
  9. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Readings and talks from some of Scotland's leading literary figures.

    Dates

    25 Sep 2015 to 4 Oct 2015
  10. Barclye Past And Present

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Discover the bronze age to the industrial revolution in two hours.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015
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