Our bustling events calendar was impacted significantly by the pandemic, but ordinarily, whenever your visit to Orkney falls in the calendar, you can rest assured there will always be something happening. Even when major live events were cancelled recently, our creative community rallied to ensure online versions filled the gap.

It has been said 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.

Most of our events are family friendly, but if you want an all-round family experience, a trip to Kirkwall’s Wellpark Garden Centre, café and soft play facility will make sure everyone is thoroughly entertained!

Most of these events have a website or social media page, where you can check ahead to keep up with the latest news. Check out our diary of events listings below, for links to keep you right on what’s happening when.

FEBRUARY

Scottish Community Drama Association’s
(Orkney District) One-Act Play Festival
www.scda.org.uk

APRIL

Orkney Ceilidh Weekend
www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/otda

MAY

Orkney Nature Festival
www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/orkneynaturefestival

Orkney Folk Festival
www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

Orkney Wine Festival
www.kirknessandgorie.com/wine-festival

June

St Magnus Festival
www.stmagnusfestival.com

JULY

Ness of Brodgar Excavations
www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk

Stromness Shopping Week
www.stromnessshoppingweek.com

Sanday Agricultural Show
Facebook: Sanday Agricultural Association

AUGUST

Orkney Vintage Rally
www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/orkneyvintageclub

East Mainland Agricultural Show
Facebook: East Mainland Agricultural Society

Shapinsay Agricultural Show
Facebook: Shapinsay Agricultural Association

South Ronaldsay & Burray Agricultural Show
Facebook: South Ronaldsay & Burray Agricultural Society

West Mainland Agricultural Show
Facebook: Orkney West Mainland Agricultural Society

Orkney Agricultural Show
www.orkneycountyshow.co.uk

Riding of the Marches
Facebook: Riding of The Marches Orkney

Festival of the Horse Boys’ Ploughing Match
Facebook: South Ronaldsay Boys Ploughing Match

Orkney Motocross Beach Race
Facebook: OrkneyMX

SEPTEMBER

Orkney Rock Festival
www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/orkneylivewire

Orkney International Science Festival
www.oisf.org

Orkney Blues Festival
www.orkneyblues.co.uk

Taste of Orkney Festival
www.orkney.com/life/industry/taste

OCTOBER

Orkney Story Telling Festival
www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

DECEMBER & JANUARY

The Ba’
Facebook: The Ba

The Yule Log
Facebook: StromnessOrkney