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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. Orkney Jazz Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Jazz performances by musicians from around the UK

    Dates

    17 Apr 2015 to 20 Apr 2015
  2. Gradings

    Stromness

    Summer exhibition.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
  3. Standing Stones O'Stenness: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Sep 2015 to 30 Sep 2015
  4. Orkney Vintage Rally

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Annual showcase of vintage cars.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2015
  5. Orkney Folk Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Orkney

    The 33rd Orkney folk festival.

    Dates

    21 May 2015 to 24 May 2015
  6. Gradings

    Orkney

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

    Dates

    3 Sep 2015 to 9 Sep 2015
  7. Gradings

    Orkney

    A tradition where children using miniature ploughs compete for prizes.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015
  8. Gradings

    Stromness

    Stargazing celebrates the work of the latest generation of Orkney artists to have graduated from art schools around the country.

    Dates

    28 Feb 2015 to 11 Apr 2015
  9. Orkney Sea Kayak Symposium

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Paddle Orkney holds two days of workshops, trips and entertainment.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2015 to 2 Aug 2015
  10. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Celebrate Norway's links to Orkney on Norwegian Constitution Day.

    Dates

    17 May 2015
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