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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 Chorus Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Be an early bird for one day only, and experience one of the wonders of the natural world.

    Dates

    2 May 2015 to 16 May 2015
  2. Dalbeattie Hardrock Challenge

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    A duathlon over the marathon distance within Dalbeattie Forest.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2015
  3. High Tide Perambulation

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Look for wildlife who feed on the muds and saltmarsh.

    Dates

    25 Jan 2015 to 29 Nov 2015
  4. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Informal session for musicians to collaborate.

    Dates

    27 Jul 2014 to 29 Mar 2015
  5. Mull Of Galloway Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Look out for seasonal wildlife.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2015 to 29 Oct 2015
  6. Gradings

    Dumfries & Galloway

    A series of contemporary, thought-provoking environmental art commissions, performances, discussions and events, exploring our relationship with the landscape and environment.

    Dates

    28 Aug 2015 to 30 Aug 2015
  7. Stargazing For Beginners

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Find out what's going on in the skies above the Galloway Forest.

    Dates

    16 Jan 2015 to 20 Mar 2015
  8. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Puccini's one act comedy.

    Dates

    21 Feb 2015
  9. Wild Spring at Parton

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A short walk up to the viewpoint above Parton.

    Dates

    7 Apr 2015
  10. Romeo & Juliet

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Bard In The Botanics presents Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

    Dates

    25 Feb 2015
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