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Article published 01/06/2022

The summer festival season is back in full force and there are a variety of national and community events to choose from this June. If you have yet to decide on your bank holiday plans, then take a look at the wide range of festivals happening this weekend and beyond.

The events listed are supported through EventScotland’s National and International Event Programmes. Dandelion, Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, is also set to host a variety of free events across the country, including: Free for All, Dandelion Festival Glasgow, Dandelion Floating Garden, and Cubes on Tour.

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 also has a range of events happening this June through their Open Fund and Community Stories Fund programmes. To find out more about these events, visit The List website for more information.

We are delighted to see a wide variety of events and festivals happening on a local and national level across Scotland. With so many events to choose from, now is the time to get back out there and enjoy the fantastic line-up of events this June.

By working in partnership with event organisers, EventScotland is proud to be supporting the delivery of a variety of exciting and engaging events and festivals across the country to help reaffirm Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events

Dandelion: Free for All (UNBOXED)

In-person event from May to July.

Dandelion will be giving away hundreds of thousands of seeds and plant plugs at Free for All events in towns and cities across Scotland, so that everyone can try their hand at growing. Check out where your nearest event will be and get growing this summer.

Visit the Dandelion website for more information.

Dandelion Free for All dates and locations
Dandelion Free for All dates and locations
Image credit Dandelion

Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

In-person event on 4 June in Argyll and Bute.

The Highland Games season has begun and one of the first games to take place this summer is the Helensburgh and Lomond Games, offering visitors and steadfast veterans a chance to experience traditional Scottish activities set against the uniquely beautiful backdrop of the Firth of Clyde.

Visit The Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games website for more information.


In-person event from 4 June to 5 June in Kinross.

If you’re looking to take a step away from the desk and escape to the wilderness with the family, then take a trip to WILDHOOD Kingdom. This award-winning weekend-long festival made for children and their fun-loving families helps to re-connect festival goers with nature through fun, outdoor activities, storytelling and music, and camping under the stars.

Visit Wildhood Family website for more information.

Enduro World Series

In-person event from 4 June to 5 June in the Scottish Borders.

Returning to Tweed Valley for the second year in a row, the Enduro World Series guarantees for an exciting weekend of mountain bike racing. The trails are loved by keen mountain bikers across Scotland, which are known for putting riders through an exhilarating test of endurance.

Visit Enduro World Series website for more information.

Blair Castle Trail Weekender

In-person event from 4 June to 5 June in Perthshire.

Whether you’re just starting out as a beginner trail runner or prefer to journey along the road less travelled, the Blair Castle Trail Weekender has something for everyone. Taking place on the Atholl Estate, which is set in the Cairngorm National Park, the weekend of trail running offers 7km right up to 60km race trails around the grounds.

Visit Outsider Events website for more information.

Marine Fest

Hybrid event from 4 June to 12 June in East Lothian.

Hosted by the Scottish Seabird Centre, Marine Fest is a fantastic initiative that aims to tackle the ongoing climate crisis through education and engaging activities taking place along the beautiful East Lothian coastline. From rockpool rambling to storytelling sessions, the week-long festival guarantees a perfect family day out.

Visit Forever Edinburgh website for more information.

Lanark Lanimers

In-person event on 9 June in South Lanarkshire.

Celebrated since 1140, the Lanark Lanimer Procession returns with a magnificent programme of piping, parades, and the famous crowning of the Lanimer Queen. This historic event will be one to remember and provides any festival newcomer a unique experience of Scottish culture.

Visit Lanark Lanimers website for more information.

Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games 2022

In-person event on 11 June in East Dunbartonshire.

Taking place in Milngavie, the day is filled with traditional Highland Game events, from piping to Scottish dancing as well as the World Haggis Hurling Championship. This free event promises to be a fun day out for all and one not to be missed.

Visit Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games website for more information.

Hammer throw at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games
Hammer throw at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games
Image credit Shutterstock

Borders Book Festival (Year of Stories)

In-person event from 16 June to 19 June in the Scottish Borders.

With more than 100 events for all ages, the Borders Book Festival returns to Melrose with an exciting weekend programme for book lovers. Hear from some of your favourite authors, take part in writers forums, and discover the many interesting events taking place across the festival grounds.

Visit Borders Book Festival website for more information.

Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival

In-person event from 16 June to 19 June in Dumfries & Galloway.

The Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival guarantees to be a thrilling weekend for those with a need for speed. This scrambling event is set to take place at the stunning Drumlanrig Castle and will have something for everyone with a Farmers Market, live music and much more to choose from.

Visit Drumlanrig Castle website for more information.

2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championships

In-person event from 17 June to 19 June in Fife.

Returning to Scotland’s national motorsport centre, Knockhill Racing Circuit will be filled with keen superbike fans for an exhilarating weekend of motorsports. The 1.3-mile-long track will host some of the world’s best motorcyclist for a race of agility and endurance on the Scottish leg of the British Superbikes tour.

Visit British Superbike Championships website for more information.

Crail Food Festival

In-person event from 17 June to 19 June in East Neuk.

This unique seaside food festival guarantees to be unforgettable, as the town of Crail, Fife welcomes back visitors and locals to taste some of the best cuisine Scotland’s east coast has to offer. Starting the weekend with the Fire Feast Dinner and hosting an extensive street food market throughout the weekend, this is an important event in any food lover’s calendar.

Visit Crail Food Festival website for more information.

Dandelion Festival Glasgow (UNBOXED)

In-person event from 17 June to 19 June in Glasgow.

The Dandelion Festivals are scheduled to bookend the summer season with the first free weekend-long event taking place at Kelvingrove Park. As well as a huge range of Scottish and international artists playing across three stages, there will be inspiring workshops, food and drink stalls, and free seed and plant giveaways.

Visit Dandelion website for more information.

Solas Festival

In-person event from 17 June to 19 June in Perthshire.

Welcome in the midsummer weekend at Errol Park with a variety of music, performances, wellbeing classes and more. Solas Festival encourages people to slow down, reconnect with each other and enjoy this celebration of arts outdoors.

Visit Solas Festival website for more information.

St Magnus International Festival

In-person event from 17 June to 24 June in Orkney.

St Magnus International Festival is a cultural celebration of music, art, performance, and storytelling on Orkney, attracting audiences and performers from the islands, across the country, and around the world. There will be shows every day across the archipelago and will be a week-long festival not to be missed.

Visit St Magnus Festival website for more information.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

In-person event from 18 June to 19 June in Aberdeenshire.

After two years, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival returns to Portsoy for an action-packed weekend of sailing, food and drink, and much more. Learn more about the rich maritime heritage of the Aberdeenshire coast through the immersive experience of this festival.

Visit Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Portsoy website for more information.

Dandelion Floating Garden (UNBOXED)

In-person event from 20 June to 3 July.

Follow Dandelion’s Floating (Unexpected) Garden across the Scottish canal network from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Made up of three elements on one canal barge, visit the Floating Gardens on the water at various locations throughout the two-week tour.

Visit Dandelion website for more information.

Solstice at the Multiverse

In-person event on 21 June in Dumfries and Galloway.

Experience this new outdoor event that welcomes the summer solstice at Crawick Multiverse. The family friendly programme of events starts as early as 4am with a special sunrise celebration and continues throughout the morning with music, performances, and a selection of wellbeing workshops.

Visit Crawick Multiverse website for more information.

Crawick Multiverse, Dumfries & Galloway
Crawick Multiverse, Dumfries & Galloway
Image credit VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Dandelion Cubes on Tour (UNBOXED)

In-person event on 23 June in Dundee.

Witness Dundee’s waterfront transform into an urban garden, filled with ethereal quadraphonic sounds and a range of music from Scottish and international artists at the Cubes on Tour: V&A Dundee.

Visit Dandelion website for more information.

British National Road Championships

In-person event on 23 June in Dumfries and Galloway.

Combining the time-trial, circuit and road race championships, the 2022 British National Road Championships promises to be three days of scintillating racing as it heads to Dumfries and Galloway for the first time. The region, which has a proud track record of hosting major cycling events including the Tour Series and Tour of Britain, will see the nation’s top riders do battle for the coveted red, white and blue national champions’ jerseys.

Visit British Cycling website for more information.

Royal Highland Show

In-person event from 23 June to 26 June in Edinburgh.

The Royal Highland Show returns for its 200th year and special celebrations will be occurring across the weekend, promoting the very best of food, farming and rural life Scotland has to offer. Traditional agricultural shows and displays will also be complemented with a fantastic programme of music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Visit Royal Highland Show website for more information.

The Royal Highland Show
The Royal Highland Show
Image credit Represent Comms Ltd

Piping Inverness

In-person event on 25 June in Inverness.

Piping Inverness returns to the Highland capital after two years and organisers are excited to see participants and attendees make their way back from across Scotland and further afield. The day will consist of a range of events at Bught Park, including the European Pipe Band Championships.

Visit Piping Inverness website for more information.

Youth Beatz Festival

In-person event from 25 June to 26 June in Dumfries and Galloway.

The countdown is on for this mega summer youth festival which will see pop icons, Ella Eyre and John Newman, headline at Youth Beatz in Dumfries. This free festival promises a weekend of fun for young people, from foam parties to sport activities as well as an exciting line up of over 40 artists.

Visit Youth Beatz website for more information.

East Neuk Festival

In-person event from 29 June to 3 July in East Neuk.

The East Neuk Festival is an exciting multi-art festival that celebrates local and international talent, bringing a variety of musical performances, across all genres, to the Fife coast. With five days of live events to choose from, there is something for everyone at this festival.

Visit East Neuk Festival website for more information.

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