Dumfries and Galloway has a wealth of vibrant, family-friendly festivals that celebrate everything from music to food to literature. Here’s our ultimate guide to festivals in Dumfries and Galloway
Known as the world’s ceilidh, Knockengorroch has been running since 1998 and is a much-loved festival in the area. Offering a unique experience, set miles from civilisation in the beautiful hills of our region. This festival is as much about the culture and people as it is about music. Bringing the two together in a way that will stay with you for years to come. With 3 main stages and lots of other activities held in tents across the festival, you’ll find something new you are bound to fall in love with. Many that have experienced Knockengorroch for themselves come back year after year and we wouldn’t be surprised if you become one of those people after visiting.
Set in the absolutely beautiful Raehills Meadows near Moffat, Eden Festival is a vibrant, energetic boutique festival that showcases new music with electrifying performances. As well as the 13 different stages there are areas such as the circus tent, drive-in cinema, healing garden and many more that hold workshops, comedy acts and cabaret. There really is something for everyone; including the kids. With an arena made specifically for them, this is an event you really can take the whole family to. You will be left feeling energised and exploring different ideas of both music and activities once the festival has come to an end.
Youth Beatz is becoming an ever increasingly popular festival in the region with major acts playing across the weekend. 2019 see’s Louisa, Sigma and Professor Green headline with local acts warming up the stage. Youth Beatz was established 11 years ago, as a festival created by young people for the young people of the region and has grown since. This is the perfect starter festival for those with young children and is also great for older teens as well as making for an extremely family-friendly weekend.
Moniaive Folk Festival
The small village of Moniaive is taken over for 3 days by some of the best folk artists in the circuit. Not as big as the previous festivals but just as amazing in its display of artists and various activities over the weekend. The festival has two venues, The Marquee and The Coach House both showcasing the best of folk music. But as well as this there are many family-friendly events taking place such as a parade, circus and puppet theatre. Take a slower approach to the music festival scene and fall in love with folk music.
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
This is Scotland’s largest rural multi-art form festival. With over 170 artists performing across 42 venues across the breadth of the region. With everything from music, comedy, theatre and so much more being performed across the 10-day event. It really is a celebration of the vast array of performing arts and culture. Spectacular performances will leave you awestruck and leave a lasting impression on your stay in Dumfries and Galloway.
Big Burns Supper
An 11-day festival held in Robert Burns name that brings all types of performances to Dumfries. The streets are filled with colour and vibrant performances throughout the event with spectacular performances held across multiple venues. The main stage is the famous Spiegeltent which includes a whole host of international names performing. We wrote an article on the lead up to 2019’s Big Burns Supper where you can read even more about this amazing event.
Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studio event that showcases amazing artists from around the region. Covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway, Spring Fling is regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual arts and crafts event. We wrote all about Spring Fling in one of our previous articles. You can read all about the amazing celebration of our regions artists and how you can take part in this year’s Spring Fling.
Wigtown Book Festival
Wigtown was designated Scotland’s national book town in 1998. And every year since has held the Wigtown Book Festival in celebration. The festival has grown each year and has now become an energetic arts organisation that works throughout the year to deliver a programme of literature development activities. It’s not only about books though. The festival has also expanded and now has a host of musical, film, theatre and art events on throughout the entirety of the festival.
Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival
This fun-filled weekend celebrates all things food in the food town of Castle Douglas. The high street comes alive with chef demos, workshops, music, stalls and much more. Built around the idea of using local and seasonal produce, the Harvest Food Festival is a magnificent weekend for those foodies and non-foodies alike that are visiting the region.