Events and Festivals Calendar for 2018

Orkney is steeped in traditions and therefore supports a wide range of cultural events and activities that take place throughout the year, some of which are internationally renowned and well worth a visit if your holiday coincides. Some of the main festivals are set out below, but there are others including sailing regattas, Stromness Shopping Week, drama festivals and more. For more information about things to see and do in Orkney, why not visit the Visit Orkney Guide for 2018. You can download a copy of the guide via the Visit Orkney Website  or arrange for a copy to be sent to you.

1st January 2018

The New Year’s Day Ba’

25 February – 31 October

Sea Trout Season

March – End of June

Brown Trout Season

13 – 15 April 2018

Orkney Ceilidh Weekend

16- 17 April 2018

St Magnus Day

20 – 22 April 2018

Orkney Jazz Festival

Dates to be confirmed

Orkney Wine Festival


Dates to be confirmed

Orkney Nature Festival

24 – 27 May 2018

Orkney Folk Festival

22- 27 June 2018

St Magnus International Festival

21 June (3am) 2018

Celebration of the Summer Solstice

2July – 24 August 2018

Ness of Brodgar Excavation

31 Aug Р3 September 2018

Orkney Rock Festival

6 – 12 September 2018

Orkney International Science Festival

21 – 23 September 2018

Orkney Blues Weekend

25 – 28 October 2018

Orkney Storytelling Festival