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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. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Our Garden Ranger will help you create some modern day earth art.

    Dates

    5 Aug 2015 to 14 Oct 2015
  2. Drambusters Whisky Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Taste a variety of whiskys.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2015
  3. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    See wild red kite chicks being raised by their parents at the nest.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2015 to 5 Jul 2015
  4. Red Kite Nest Watch - Live!

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    See wild red kite chicks being raised by their parents.

    Dates

    5 Jul 2015
  5. Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    A duathlon over the marathon distance within Dalbeattie Forest.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2015
  6. 13th Crossmichael Triathlon

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Open water swim, run and cycle.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2015
  7. Guided Walk: Early Autumn Tints

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Come along and enjoy a late autumn tour of the garden with the Curator.

    Dates

    13 Oct 2015
  8. A Game For Girls?

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Annan

    This exhibition looks at the rise, fall and resurrection of Scottish women's football from the factory teams of World War One to its place on the international sports stage today.

    Dates

    28 Aug 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
  9. Farm And Creamery Tour

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Hear about Rainton's history and visit the Viewing gallery.

    Dates

    7 Mar 2015 to 31 May 2015
  10. Land Sculptures: Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Guided walk.

    Dates

    12 Aug 2015
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