The following major events are due to take place in SW Scotland in 2017:

21st - 22nd April 2018
SPKA Kite Buggy Race Weekend
Sandhead, with its huge beach, attracts power kiting enthusiasts from all over Scotland and is hosted by the Scottish Power Kite Association.

11th - 17th May 2018
Newton Stewart Walking Festival
WalkFest, the award-winning Newton Stewart Walking Festival, is now firmly established as the biggest walking festival in the South of Scotland. Galloway is a wonderful location for walking, and whether you enjoy the challenge of true hill walking experiences or lower level themed routes, there is sure to be something for everyone.

25th May - 3rd June 2018
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
Established as the region's premier calendar entertainments event since 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland's largest rural multi-artform festival, with artists performing at events in venues across the full breadth of the region.

14th - 17th Jun 2018
Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
This year there is a distinct international flavour, with musicians travelling from central and southern France and Germany as well as from Holland and Switzerland to play in one of the favourite bands, the Kirkcudbright International All Stars and, new to the Festival, the exciting Jazz a Bichon (more on them below).

6th Jul -8th Jul 2018
Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival 2018
Established in 2014 as an event that showcases some of the most respected musicians in traditional music, it is full of atmosphere with unforgettable concert performances, music and arts workshops, tune and song sessions all weekend, pipe band and dancing.

21st Sep - 30th Sep 2018
Wigtown Book Festival
Founded 19 years ago, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK's best-loved literary events.

For more events, check out VisitScotland's Events Search Page.