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 from the end of March until 31 May, choose from more than 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 one of the region’s walking festivals. Both held in May, the Langholm Walking Festival and the Newton Stewart Walking Festival host 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.
June sees the British Pipe Band Championships taking place in Annan as over one hundred bands compete across a number of categories including piping, drumming and Highland dancing. 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.
Later on in the month and into October, authors, performers and audience members from all over arrive in Wigtown for the Wigtown Book Festival and you can enjoy a wide selection of music at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival.
Find out more about events in Dumfries & Galloway by browsing the listings below, or visiting the Dumfries and Galloway! What's Going On? website.