ORKNEY HAS MANY FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
HERE ARE A FEW TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ......
15th - 21st May 2017
Orkney Nature Festival
Unique events, talks and activities exploring all Orkney's wildlife on land and sea.
Orkney celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day with a service and concert in St Magnus Cathedral and parade through the streets from the harbour
to St Magnus Cathedral with lots of Norwegian flags, the pipe band and Norwegians in National costume.
25th - 28th May 2017
Orkney Folk Festival.
A variety of visiting and local artists with a fine mix of music and hospitality.
16th - 21st June 2017
St Magnus Festival.
Annual midsummer celebration of the arts with music, theatre and literary events. This year there is a visiting orchestra and choir from Norway among
other international participants.
16th - 22nd July 2017
Stromness Shopping Week
A community gala with a range of family friendly events exhibitions and general fun. Entertainment for all the family.
10th August 2017
West Mainland Agricultural Show
Showcase for the farming community of West Mainland Orkney
12th August 2017
Orkney County Show.
Agricultural show with all livestock, horses, trade stands and some children's activities.
13th August 2017
Riding of the Marches. A recently revivied tradition which is over 500 years old, celebrating the granting of Kirkwall's charter as a Royal
19th August 2017
Festival of the Horse and Boy's Ploughing Match.
A 100 year old tradition on South Ronaldsay where boys use miniature ploughs to compete for prizes on a beach near St Margaret's Hope.
7th - 13th September 2017
Orkney International Science Festival
A kaleidoscopic mix of fresh insights, challenging ideas and lively activities that build links between science and all the other aspects of human affairs from
art and music to history and philosophy.
15th - 18th September 2017
Orkney Blues Festival. A 3 day event with international and local blues artists.
October 2017 - dates to be confirmed
Orkney Storytelling Festival.
A feast of storytelling from Orkney and all over the world.
26th December 2016 and also 2nd January 2017
The unique Kirkwall tradition of a massed community football game played through the streets of the town. Pretty well the only rule is that there are no rules.