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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. Bring In The Spirit

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Orkney

    An entertaining & memorable evening of Scots song and verse, full of warmth & humour with Rod Paterson, Kirsten Easdale, Gregor Lowrey & Marc Duff.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2015
  2. St Magnus International Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    A celebration of international poetry.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2016 to 26 Jun 2016
  3. Orkney Blues Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Annual blues festival in Orkney.

    Dates

    18 Sep 2015 to 20 Sep 2015
  4. Gradings

    Orkney

    Storytelling festival.

    Dates

    22 Oct 2015 to 25 Oct 2015
  5. Gradings

    Kirkwall

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

    Dates

    3 Sep 2015 to 9 Sep 2015
  6. Ring Of Brodgar: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    An easy walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    1 Jun 2015 to 31 Aug 2015
  7. Bring In The Spirit

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    An entertaining & memorable evening of Scots song and verse, full of warmth & humour with Rod Paterson, Kirsten Easdale, Gregor Lowrey & Marc Duff.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2015
  8. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Take a trip to 1950s Italy in this chic and romantic telling of one of Mozart’s best-loved operas.

    Dates

    13 Oct 2015
  9. Gradings

    Stromness

    Art and Artefacts from Ness of Brodgar dig

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
  10. Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    1 Jun 2015 to 31 Aug 2015
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