Whenever your visit to Orkney falls in the calendar, you can rest assured there will always be something happening.

Recently, a local Festival Forum set out to test the theory that Orkney may hold more festivals per head of population than anywhere else.

From music festivals to wine, science, nature and craft — there really is an event for everyone, and it doesn’t all happen on the Mainland.

The isles are brimming with events, particularly in the summer, where you can check out the Sanday Soulka or the Hoy Hoolie, for example.

The Orkney Folk Festival, St Magnus International Festival, Orkney Rock Festival and Orkney Blues Festival are definitely worth checking out, and the Orkney International Science Festival is the oldest festival of its kind anywhere outside Edinburgh.

Dates for your diary

March 2018

  • 15Brown Trout Season Opens
  • 31Farmers’ Market

April 2018

  • 13-15Orkney Ceilidh Weekend
  • 16-17St Magnus Day
  • 20-22Jazz Festival
  • 28Farmers’ Market

May 2018

  • 1-31Orkney Nature Festival
  • 5Orkney Rugby Sevens Tournament
  • 6Kirkwall Ladies’ Hockey Club Tournament
  • 11-20Orkney Wine Festival
  • 17Norwegian Constitution Day Parade
  • 24-27Orkney Folk Festival
  • 25-27Sanday Soulka
  • 26Farmers’ Market

June 2018

  • 16North Isles Sports - Stronsay
  • 17Hoy Half-marathon
  • 21Summer Solstice
  • 22-28St Magnus Festival
  • 23Local Food Fare Market
  • 30Farmers’ Market
  • 30Burray Regatta

July 2018

  • 1St Magnus Marathon & 10K
  • 2-24Ness of Brodgar Excavations
  • 7Longhope Regatta
  • 14Stromness Regatta
  • 15-21Stromness Shopping Week
  • 15Stromness Golf Club - Shopping Week Open
  • 20-22Papay Fun Weekend
  • 21Holm Regatta
  • 28Westray Regatta
  • 28Farmers’ Market
  • 28Kirkwall Golf Club Open – Men’s
  • 29Kirkwall Golf Open – Ladies’
  • 29-10 AugNorth Ronaldsay Sheep Festival

August 2018

  • 3Sanday Agricultural Show
  • 3-5Sanday Soulka
  • 4East Mainland Agricultural Show
  • 4Kirkwall Regatta
  • 4Stromness Golf Club Open – Men’s
  • 5Stromness Golf Club Open – Ladies’
  • 7Shapinsay Agricultural Show
  • 8South Ronaldsay & Burray Agricultural Show
  • 9West Mainland Agricultural Show
  • 11Orkney Agricultural Show
  • 11Parish Cup Football Final
  • 12Riding of the Marches
  • 12Orkney Vintage Rally
  • 15-19Flower Festival – Cathedral
  • 17-18County Flower & Vegetable Show
  • 18Festival of the Horse Boys’ Ploughing Match
  • 25Farmers’ Market
  • 31-2 SeptOrkney Rock Festival

September 2018

  • 1-2Orkney Motocross Beach Race
  • 6-12Orkney International Science Festival
  • 15Chrysanthemum, Dahlia and Industrial Show
  • 28-30Orkney Blues Festival
  • 29Farmers’ Market

October 2018

  • 25-28Orkney Story Telling Festival
  • 27Farmers’ Market

November 2018

  • 3Kirkwall Bonfire and Fireworks Display
  • 24Farmers’ Market

Decemeber 2018

  • 8Norwegian Light – Christmas Tree Lightening
  • 15Farmers’ Market
  • 23Maeshowe Winter Solstice
  • 25The Ba’ – Boys’ and Men’s games
  • 31Hogmanay Celebrations

January 2019

  • 1The Ba’ – Boys’ and Men’s games