The Festivals & Events of Dumfries & Galloway

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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  • Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

    May 23 - May 26

    Knockengorroch is a world music Festival. We are a firm fixture on the UK’s festival calendar and have inspired the creation of several music festivals both in the region and...

    Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk

  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

    May 24 - June 2

    Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival brings the performing arts to the region, engaging with our artists and venue managers to create and stage performances which are vibrant, surprising and...

    Website: www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

  • Spring Fling Open Artists Studios Weekend

    May 25 - May 27

    Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland; it is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft...

    Website: www.spring-fling.co.uk

  • Eden Festival

    June 6 @ 12:00 am - June 9 @ 12:00 am

    Eden Festival is a truly energetic, vibrant and independent boutique Festival showcasing fresh music and electrifying performances. Set in the beautiful Raehills meadows near Moffat, Eden boasts 12 different stages that feature live music, comedy, drive in cinema, children’s...

    Website: edenfestival.co.uk

  • The Muckle Toon Adventure Festival

    June 14 @ 12:00 am - June 16 @ 12:00 am

    The Muckle Toon Adventure Festival is a three day Multi-Activity Event aimed at encouraging all ages to participate in outdoor recreation as well as provide a much needed economic boost to the local area. The event encompasses extreme activities including one of the toughest...

    Website: www.muckletoonadventurefestival.co.uk

  • Electric Fields

    July 4 - July 6

    Electric Fields is a boutique music festival based at Drumlanrig Castle, which is to expand to three full days in 2018. Set in stunning unspoiled countryside, Electric Fields features superb live music, family friendly entertainment, wonderful food and drink and much much...

    Website: www.electricfields.com

  • Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival

    July 12 @ 3:00 pm - July 14 @ 12:00 am

    Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival is an annual weekend event celebrating Irish and Scottish traditional music. Concerts showcasing world famous acts and some of the most respected musicians in traditional music are staged throughout the three day event. The...

    Website: www.tradmusic.com

  • Stranraer Oyster Festival

    September 13 - September 15

    Stranraer Oyster Festival is a new major festival for Dumfries & Galloway with national appeal for general food enthusiasts, and potentially international appeal for the very niche but well defined oyster enthusiast...

    Website: www.stranraeroysterfestival.com

  • Galloway Hills Rally

    September 14

    The Galloway Hills Rally attracts competitors not just from the whole of Scotland but also from Ireland and England/Wales. It is a single day forestry car rally with 45 competitive special stage miles on closed road forestry roads open to rally...

    Website: www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk

  • Wigtown Book Festival

    September 27 - October 6

    Rural Scotland’s best loved Book Festival, featuring more than 200 superb events and a wonderful array of authors, journalists, illustrators and social commentators, set against the backdrop of Wigtown’s picturesque village...

    Website: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

  • Big Burns Supper

    24th January 2020 - 3rd February 2020

    The World’s biggest Burns Night celebration. 11 days of music, theatre, comedy and much more based in and around the Spiegeltent in Dumfries town...

    Website: www.bigburnssupper.com