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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. Macmath - The Silent Page

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    A rare collection of forgotten Scottish songs.

    Dates

    27 May 2015
  2. 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
  3. The Westenders

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    West End performers present songs from the shows.

    Dates

    15 May 2015
  4. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Enjoy the spectacular colours particularly from the magnificent Rhododendron Rex and the Cynthia by the Round Pond on this Guided Garden Walk by the Head Gardener.

    Dates

    6 May 2015
  5. Altan

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Veteran Irish folk band.

    Dates

    23 May 2015
  6. Hedgerow Safari

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Search for small mammals in the hedgerows.

    Dates

    27 May 2015
  7. Sheep Weekend

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Come along and meet the Wallacetown Zwartbles.

    Dates

    16 May 2015 to 17 May 2015
  8. Spring Fling

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    An open studio event.

    Dates

    23 May 2015 to 25 May 2015
  9. Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Cheese tasting and talk.

    Dates

    26 Jun 2015
  10. Kirsty From The RSPB

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Learn about birds.

    Dates

    10 May 2015
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