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  • Kirkwall City Pipe Band outside St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
    Kirkwall City Pipe Band outside St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
  • Getting creative at The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
    The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
  • Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall
    Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall
  • Stromness Golf Course with a view beyond to the Island of Hoy, Mainland, Orkney
    Stromness Golf Course with a view beyond to the Island of Hoy, Mainland, Orkney
  • Fishing boats berthed at Stromness Harbour, Mainland, Orkney
    Fishing boats berthed at Stromness Harbour, Mainland, Orkney

From folk music to sporting events, Orkney boasts an array of events and festivals throughout the year. Join the locals at a ceilidh, run an island half-marathon or discover your ancestry on the isles - there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The Orkney Folk Festival celebrates the traditional music scene, with a mixture of local and visiting artists performing at various venues throughout Stromness and the islands. Enjoy a concert held at the spectacular St Magnus Cathedral during the summer months while the St Magnus International Festival features musicians of world importance.

Celebrate local wildlife at the Orkney Nature Festival with boat trips to uninhabited islands, seabird cruises and heritage walks, or watch as horses and riders parade via Scapa beach at the Riding the Marches event in August.

Annual agricultural shows are popular and give a great insight into life on the isles where farmers exhibit, compete and socialise with stock showing, judging, show jumping, a variety of stands, stalls and much more. The shows end with the grand Orkney County Show in Kirkwall, where the finest animals, arts, crafts and entertainment can be enjoyed.

For something a bit different, check out the Ba’, an intense game of traditional street football played by Kirkwall residents on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, or the Orkney International Science Festival.

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  1. Gradings

    Orkney

    Long-established science festival covering astronomy, zoology, archaeology and more.

    Dates

    3 Sep 2015 to 9 Sep 2015
  2. Festive Open Exhibition

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Mixed media exhibition.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 10 Jan 2015
  3. Winter Solstice

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Celebrate the winter solstice.

    Dates

    21 Dec 2014
  4. Orkney County Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Agricultural show, featuring stands, stalls and sporting events.

    Dates

    8 Aug 2015
  5. Christmas Open Exhibition 2014

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    A highlight of artworks.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  6. Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    An international experimental film, video art, sound art and architecture festival.

    Dates

    3 Feb 2015 to 19 Feb 2015
  7. Gradings

    Stromness

    An easy walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2014 to 26 Mar 2015
  8. Ceilidh Weekend

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Ceilidh dancing.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015 to 12 Apr 2015
  9. Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2014 to 25 Mar 2015
  10. Gunnie Moberg: In Print

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Photography exhibition.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
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