Dumfries and Galloway hosts many renowned festivals and events each year. The Wigtown Book Festival, Spring Fling open studios weekend, the Arts Festival and Big Burns Supper are cultural festivals that always produce exciting and dynamic contemporary programmes. The picturesque town square in Wigtown becomes Scotland’s literary Capital for ten days each Autumn, a parliament of ideas and good natured debate driven by books. The Big Burns Supper in January has at its heart the elegant speigeltent, a fitting venue for all kinds of weird and wonderful cabaret, comedy, live music and theatre.
Our region has several hundred artists and craftmakers living who have made their home here, which makes the Spring Fling weekend unmissable. More than eighty top artists and craftmakers throw open their studios to the public during the last weekend in May, to explain their work and inspiration, and to draw visitors in to the alchemy
of artistic inspiration.
The South of Scotland’s biggest and best multi-form Arts Festival is Dumfries and Galloway’s Arts Festival. It has events taking place across the whole length and breadth of our region, which are always eclectic, thought provoking and fun. Why not combine your trip to one of our museums and galleries with an Arts Festival event?
Dumfries and Galloway is now Scotland’s undisputed home of summer music festivals. You can find your Eden here (in June, near Moffat) and Electric Fields and a World Ceilidh too! Electric Fields is beginning to bag the biggest names, and takes place in the stunning landscape of Drumlanrig, just north of Thornhill. It takes place during the last weekend in August each year. The longest running, much loved outdoor music festival in the region is the World Ceilidh, set in the remote uplands of Galloway. Famous for its consistent championing of World Music, the World Ceilidh takes visitors into a remote but magical world, the antidote to the stresses of modern urban life.
Kirkcudbright, Moffat and Castle Douglas are charming towns and events hot spots with several festivals taking place each year. Stranraer hosts the annual Oyster Festival, in September, which celebrates the very best in local produce and the town’s centuries old interdependence with its coast. Close by Newton Stewart has one of the best Traditional Music Festivals that you could wish to visit, our region’s joint Scots-Irish heritage a clear influence in the music.
It is always worth checking if there are festivals taking place in Moniaive, Langholm or Annan. Wherever you are in Dumfries and Galloway, there will be a festival taking place near you!!
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