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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. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Textiles inspired by Scotland's Bothy movement.

    Dates

    2 Nov 2013 to 30 May 2014
  2. Gradings

    Stranraer

    Find out more about the skill with local experts.

    Dates

    25 May 2014
  3. Dalbeattie Walking Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    Annual festival with a variety of walks.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2014 to 20 Jul 2014
  4. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Head out into the forest to go pond dipping.

    Dates

    3 May 2014
  5. Walk On The Wildside

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The warden leads an informative walk through the reserve, sharing knowledge about the wildlife.

    Dates

    13 Aug 2014
  6. Out Of Africa

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Join the warden for a walk around the Wood of Cree to see and hear our African summer visitors.

    Dates

    5 Jun 2014
  7. Gradings

    Thornhill

    See what the woodland has to offer at this time of year.

    Dates

    21 Jun 2014
  8. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    A guided walk through the woodland.

    Dates

    3 May 2014
  9. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Don waterproofs and sturdy footwear for a 5km walk from Mossdale to the Secret Cages.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2014
  10. Farmers' Market

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thornhill

    Regional produce from local food and drink producers.

    Dates

    16 Mar 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
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