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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. Tree Folklore

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    Learn about tales connected to trees.

    Dates

    29 Jun 2014
  2. Gradings

    Dumfries and Galloway

    Bladnoch Distillery joins forces with the owners of Wigtown's bookshops for this month-long festival.

    Dates

    2 May 2014 to 25 May 2014
  3. Ponder And Paws

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Come and join us and find out what mammals live around the reserve.

    Dates

    12 Jun 2014 to 26 Jun 2014
  4. Pond Dipping

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Discover the underwater wonderland in Cream O' Galloway's purpose-built wildlife pond.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2014 to 30 Oct 2014
  5. Bug Explorers

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Discover the fascinating world of invertebrates in this bug hunt around Wigtown.

    Dates

    6 Jun 2014
  6. Mike Daly And His Band

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Enjoy a relaxing evening of Jazz in the magical setting of the Walled Garden.

    Dates

    2 Aug 2014
  7. Gradings

    Stranraer

    With John MacArthur.

    Dates

    13 Aug 2014
  8. Bird Life

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Learn about the birds and wildfowl that live in the gardens and lochs.

    Dates

    3 Aug 2014 to 17 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Dumfries

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

    Dates

    17 Apr 2014 to 1 May 2014
  10. Logan Botanic Garden's BioBlitz

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Discover as many kinds of plants, insects, animals and fungi as possible.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2014
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