Events & Festivals
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Here you’ll find details of some of the regular creative and cultural events throughout Perth & Kinross. Dates vary slightly each year so please check the individual websites for further information.
This list is by no means exhaustive and dates are correct at the time of editing, so if you have event details/updates you want to be included please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to the following, the Culture Perth & Kinross ‘What’s On’ website page lists events and activities in Museums and libraries across Perth & Kinross.
The 14th Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre runs from 2-18 February 2018 and includes 40 different events. The Winter Words Festival kick-starts Scotland’s literary year into gear and takes place in some of the most picturesque surroundings of Highland Perthshire. Over the course of the festival you can hear from broadcasters, explorers, authors, adventurers, join in workshops, be entertained, enjoy a book fair and get involved with 3 different writing competitions. The 2018 Winter Words Festival line up includes Val McDermid, Doug Johnstone, Cameron McNeish, Sally Magnusson, Graeme Obree and Paul Murton. Click here to see online brochure.
Perform in Perth Music Festival runs from 3 – 17 March 2018, an annual festival of music, speech and dance. Each year around 3,800 performers take part in the two week festival which opens in early March. There are events for groups of almost any size and description, in addition to an extensive programme for solo performance. Performers have the opportunity to develop their skills through receiving advice and encouragement from a team of experienced professional adjudicators.
The 15th Niel Gow Festival runs from 16-18 March 2018 in Dunkeld & Birnam and is an annual Scottish fiddle festival celebrating the life and music of renowned Perthshire fiddler Niel Gow (1727 – 1807) raised in nearby Inver, and who is widely regarded as the most talented and influential Scottish fiddler of the 18th century. Growing in popularity each year, the festival attracts fiddle and traditional Scottish musical enthusiasts from across the world and features concerts, recitals, workshops and sessions featuring some of Scotland’s finest fiddlers.
March into Pitlochry is Highland Perthshire’s newest music festival (now in it’s 3rd year) and runs from 23-24 March 2018. It’s 2 days, 20 bands and 2 venues and offers a lineup of all genres of music. Check their website for the line up and ticket information. A non-profit organisation, the chosen charity over the last 3 years has been Parkinson’s UK.
PLATFORM is Perthshire’s newest multi-arts Festival of Creativity, run by Culture Perth & Kinross (CPK) and runs from Sat 24 – 31 March 2018. Running in various venues throughout Perth & Kinross, the 2018 Festival will feature exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, art-installations, dance, poetry, music as well as newly commissioned art from 150 artists across 30 different venues. Platform is an opportunity to go beyond your creative boundaries. Keep up to date with the 2018 programme as it becomes available on the Platform Facebook page.
The 40th Glenfarg Folk Feast runs from 6-8 April 2018 and is an annual event run by the internationally famous Glenfarg Folk Club. The 40 year celebrations includes a guest line up of top class entertainment and events including a ceilidh-concert, workshops, singarounds, concerts, sessions, a song competition and more.
Perth College UHI host end of year exhibitions and performances from their varied Creative Industries courses. 2018 Show information will be updated as available.
Perth Festival of the Arts 17-26 May 2018. Perth Festival of the Arts is an annual 10 day Festival, founded in 1972, and taking place in the City of Perth in Scotland. It is now in its 47th Year and is one of the oldest continuously running arts Festivals in Scotland. Taking place in the newly re-opened Perth Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and St Johns Kirk with artists including Ruby Wax, Jools Holland, English Touring Opera, Rev Richard Coles, Grimethorpe Colliery Bank, Val McDermid & Royal Northern Sinfonia, there are more to be announced including rock and comedy. Click here for 2018 Programme details.
ArTay Festival 17-20 May 2018. ArTay is curated by Frames Gallery and features work from over 80 artists and makers drawn from all over Scotland and there will be around 300 works on show. Located beside Perth Concert Hall, free entry.
Perth Fake Festival Sat 19 May 2018. Perth Fake Festival is a tribute-based music event, featuring 6 pro-level ‘fake bands’, who are professional ‘touring-grade’ tribute bands. They look, sound and move like the real acts, in addition talented local ‘home-grown’ based bands get to play as support during the afternoon showcase.
Alyth Creates 25-27 May 2018. Following the much enjoyed and successful inaugural Alyth Creates in 2017, it’s returning in 2018 with a diverse selection of events including art, performances, music, heritage and outdoor events, workshops, open studios, even an 11-mile hill run! This 3-day celebration is organised by The Alyth Arts & Crafts Guild. Their Alyth Creates Facebook page details more information.
Potfest 8-10 June 2018. Potfest is a ceramic show located at Scone Palace, an event where you can meet the potters, talk pots and buy directly from the maker.
The Solas Festival 23-25 June 2017, at The Bield, Blackruthven, Perth. Solas is Scotland’s midsummer festival which has been running since 2009. The all-age weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.
The Tummel & Tay Festival is taking a break in 2017 but hopes to return in 2018. The 11 day 2016 event was a unique collaboration between 3 Highland Perthshire cultural venues, The Birks Cinema, Birnam Arts and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The 3 venues are linked by the paths of the rivers Tummel and Tay, and was created to celebrate the finest produce, whether cultural or otherwise, of Highland Perthshire including Comedy, Arts, Theatre, Music, History, Food and Film.
2017 sees T in the Park take a year out.
Rewind Festival Scotland 21-23 July, Scone Palace, Perth. Rewind is the biggest and wildest celebration of the music of the 1980s & returns to Perthshire for another year! Whether you want a blast from the past or just enjoy listening to the classics, Rewind offers a high energy experience with 27 top acts over the course of one weekend.
Southern Fried Festival 27-30 July 2017, Perth Concert Hall. Perth’s annual festival of American roots music is celebrating it’s 10th year. The festival offers four days of the very best in Americana covering all the roots music bases from blues to bluegrass, soul to country, rock and gospel. In addition there are free gigs and some great food on offer!
Fortingall Art host an annual Summer Exhibition and features work from over 30 local artists. Work includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery and furniture, and the popular Schools Mini Art Competition. Held in the elegant Molteno Hall, in the village of Fortingall, with its Arts and Craft style architecture, and ancient Yew tree.
Crieff Arts Festival 22 July – 12 August. A community event which is a celebration of local arts including a Great High Street Exhibition, workshops, concerts, literary events and exhibitions in venues throughout the town. This year’s event includes the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition. More information can be found on the Crieff Arts Festival Facebook page.
The inaugural Caledonian Dream Festival ran from 12-28 August 2016, a new music festival in Perthshire and Glen Lyon featuring the Arpeggione Duo. Awaiting dates for 2017.
Craigie Hill Music Festival in Perth, Sat 26 August. In it’s second year, The Craigie Hill Music Festival has Eddi Reader and The Red Pine Timber Company headlining this year. In addition ‘The Join the Club’ gathering will also form a showcase for local talent.
Perthshire Open Studios 2-10 September 2017. Now in it’s 10th year, Perthshire Open Studios is an established event, growing in reputation and known for the quality and range of art and crafts on display and for sale to the general public. All of this is the product of local artists working in their studios, garages, kitchens and other workspaces which they open to visitors for 9 days of the year, with some open throughout the year.
Following on the it’s successful inaugural event last year, the Perth Festival of Yarn returns on 10 September 2017 at Dewars Centre in Perth, for all things woolly and wonderful, from hand dyed skeins to beautifully hand knitted accessories and much more.
Doors Open Day in Perth & Kinross is a unique chance to enjoy a rich variety of architecture and heritage. An opportunity to visit behind the scenes many of the cultural venues throughout the area. Visits can include music, exhibitions, guided tours and walks. Dates for Perth & Kinross Doors Open Day vary and can be seen here on the PKHT link .
Bookmark Book Festival in Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens launched in October 2013 in response to a demand from a range of book groups in East Perthshire, BOOKMARK was born from a passion for literature in all it’s forms and will run on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017.
The Enchanted Forest runs throughout October at Faskally Wood, Pitlochry. With a new theme each year, The Enchanted Forest is Perthshire’s Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning fantastic outdoor sound and light show and won UK’s Best Cultural Event 2016 at the UK Event Awards. A hugely popular event, you can sign up to receive their newsletter for notification of ticket sales.
‘It’s Braw’ runs from 9-15 October and is a new event for 2017. The Blairgowrie & Rattray Arts Week (it’s BRAW) is set to be an annual showcase of art, craft, music and drama. It’s a chance to get involved and have a go at all kinds of creative and cultural activities. The programme includes free music event, a concert, creative workshops vary from making a silver ring to a wooden whistle, family events, drama workshops, a Murder Mystery Night and so much more. Just check the ‘It’s BRAW’ website for full event listings.
The Strathmore Arts Festival – stART is a community-based Arts Festival organised and run by volunteers from East Perthshire. The aim of the group is to provide opportunities for local people to participate in a variety of high quality of arts workshops, projects and events on their doorsteps. stART organise a biennial participatory arts festival, but also run ad-hoc activities throughout the year, usually in partnership with other local groups and organisations.
The 68th Perth Accordian & Fiddle Festival takes place on 28 Oct 2017 and is a major occasion in the Scottish music calendar, incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles.
After 12 successful years, the Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival is taking a break for 2017. This unique festival which has shared inspiring music, celebrated the history and culture of Perthshire is taking a year out. Keep an eye on their site for news of it’s return in 2018.
The Aberfeldy Festival takes place in the first weekend of November and has a programme of the latest and greatest contemporary alternative music, alongside poetry, art, films and literature.
Hamish Matters is a new festival taking place from the 10th – 12th November 2017 featuring live music, storytelling, sessions, film and more. Celebrating Hamish Henderson in Blairgowrie & Rattray.
The Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market is on Saturday 25 November, at Civic Hall, 2 High Street, Perth from 10-4.30pm, and is an opportunity to meet and buy direct unusual and one-off gifts and items from a wide variety of Perthshire based artists and designer-makers. The 2017 Christmas Design Market Facebook Event Page details the participating artists and designers with images of their work which will be available at the event. Free entry.
The Annual Exhibition of the Perthshire Art Association (PAA) at the Perth Museum & Art Gallery is a selling exhibition of contemporary artworks by members of the PAA and includes work by both professional and amateur artists and covers a wide range of subject matter, styles and media.
The Kinross Music Festival is part of the Kinross Winter Festival which runs throughout November and December. The programme features a variety music events, family activities, local talent and community spirit. Keep updated via their Facebook page.