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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. Dawn Flight

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Watch the wild geese fly at dawn.

    Dates

    22 Jan 2017
  2. Wild Swan Feeds

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Feed the swans daily.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2015 to 2 Apr 2016
  3. World War One Stories

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    During the centenary commemorations of World War One the museum will continue to display local stories.

    Dates

    31 Oct 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
  4. Muckle Toon Adventure Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Find yourself cycling, running, walking and mountain biking through the stunning hills of Langholm, in the Scottish Borders.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2016 to 19 Jun 2016
  5. Dalbeattie Walking Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    A variety of woodland and hill walks, highlighting local points of interest.

    Dates

    27 Aug 2016
  6. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Stunning snowdrop walks.

    Dates

    31 Jan 2016 to 13 Mar 2016
  7. Cree Valley Chorus

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Listen with the warden to the singing birds, identifying them from their sound.

    Dates

    6 May 2016
  8. Stranraer Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    A showcase the best of local livestock, agricultural products and rural crafts.

    Dates

    27 Aug 2016
  9. Gradings

    Dumfries

    The Inspiring People talks bring big names from television, exploration and academia to Dumfries.

    Dates

    28 Sep 2015 to 28 Mar 2016
  10. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    A weekend of events, demonstrations, displays and exhibitions. Local Artists from around Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway, SW Scotland get together for this arts and crafts trail.

    Dates

    16 Jul 2016 to 17 Jul 2016
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