Events and Festivals Calendar for 2019

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 you can download a copy of the Visitor Guide via the Visit Orkney Website or arrange for a copy to be sent to you.

1st January

The New Year’s Day Ba’

25 February – 31 October

Sea Trout Season

March – End of June

Brown Trout Season

12 – 14 April

Orkney Ceilidh Weekend

16 April

St Magnus Day

17 May

Norwegian Constitution Day 

23 – 26 May

Orkney Jazz Festival

Dates to be confirmed

Orkney Wine Festival

13 – 19 May

Orkney Nature Festival

23 – 26 May

Orkney Folk Festival

21 – 26 June

St Magnus International Festival

21 June (3am)

Celebration of the Summer Solstice

1 July – 23 August

Ness of Brodgar Excavation

21 – 29 July

Stromness Shopping Week

Dates to be confirmed

Orkney Rock Festival

8 August

West Mainland (Dounby) Agricultural Show 

10 August

Orkney’s County (Agricultural) Show, Bignold Park, Kirkwall

5 – 11 September

Orkney International Science Festival

Last weekend in September

Orkney Blues Weekend

24 – 27 October

Orkney Storytelling Festival


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