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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. Friday Moth And Bat Night

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    A moonlight guided walk, using moth traps and bat detectors.

    Dates

    4 Jul 2014
  2. Muckle Toon Adventure Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Langholm

    A not-for-profit multi-event sports festival.

    Dates

    16 May 2014 to 18 May 2014
  3. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A fascinating history exhibition which details over the centuries the development of the village.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2014 to 5 Oct 2014
  4. Moniaive Folk Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    With Karine Polwart, Craobh Rua, Svanevit, The Old Dance School and Cera Impala And The New Prohibition.

    Dates

    9 May 2014 to 11 May 2014
  5. Gradings

    Thornhill

    A children's theatre production adapted from the earliest Robin Hood ballads.

    Dates

    16 Jul 2014
  6. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Mark Pollitt opens a moth trap set the night before and identifies the species found.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2014
  7. The Big Chris Barber Band

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    New Orleans-style jazz ensemble.

    Dates

    7 Jun 2014
  8. Ten

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Works in various media by artists including Roseanne Barr, James Fraser and Stewart Lammie.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2014 to 30 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Dumfries

    Songs from Carnaby Street The Musical are performed in full costume.

    Dates

    6 Jul 2014
  10. A Slow Air

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    An engrossing 75 minutes of theatre that is funny, poignant, slightly dark and a little sad.

    Dates

    23 Apr 2014
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