Be Inspired: Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals in Perthshire 

Step into Perth, Perthshire and Kinross-shire this year, and discover big events, a great choice of quality, independent shops and a whole area brimming with fun for all the family!

 

Cultural Event Venues in Perthshire

The following venues offer a year round selection of events, shows, and days and nights out. You can find out more on our Cultural Event Venues In Perthshire page.

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Keep an eye on our Facebook page for full updates on all of the events and festivals listed below, and the new ones yet to come.

 

 


Perth Musem - The Stone of Destiny

March 30th 2024 | St John's Pl 


 

One of Scotland and the UK's most significant historical objects returns to Perthshire in over 700 years. Visitors will be taken on a 10-minute immersive journey through the Stone's long and mysterious history before being provided with an up-close encounter with the impressive object itself.

Tickets are FREE and can be acquired from the Box Office. 

Find Out More and Book > 
 

 


 

Unicorn

30 March – 22 September 2024 |10am — 5pm, Mon — Sun | Perth Museum

 

Be enchanted by Unicorn, the debut exhibition at the new Perth Museum exploring the story of Scotland’s national animal. Explore the rich significance of this beloved mythical creature from antiquity to the present day, through art, science, social movements, and popular culture. Across four themed galleries, discover the unicorn’s enduring presence throughout history and its role as a symbol of Scotland’s changing heritage and identity, through iconic loans from around the world, interactive displays, and seven newly-commissioned artworks exploring the unicorn as a modern symbol of the LGBTQI+ community.

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‘Farming Fit for the Future’ from The Cateran Ecomuseum

From May 9th | Alyth Museum | Free

‘Farming Fit for the Future’ from The Cateran EcomuseumRe-opening for the summer on May 9th, the Alyth Museum is kicking off the season with a new thought-provoking exhibition: ‘Farming Fit for the Future’. Exploring food production and farming across the region, visitors are invited to explore agricultural adaptation in the face of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

 

The exhibition, which is free to visit, is part of a wider initiative from the museum to encourage individuals to consider how heritage can inform and inspire how we consider addressing both the climate and biodiversity crisis.

 

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Hairy Highland Coo Trail 2024 

28 June - 6 September 

A herd of 30 Highland Cow sculptures designed and painted by talented artists will take over Perth and Kinross, forming a free, 10-week art trail of discovery for local people and visitors of all ages to explore and enjoy. The sculptures are displayed in locations around Perth and Kinross, transforming our community into an open-air gallery that sparks joy in all who visit. Visitors can use a bespoke map and mobile app to help them navigate the trail, discover new places and unlock exciting rewards and discounts provided by sponsors.   

 

Following a farewell weekend where they will be shown together, the Coo’s will be auctioned at a special event to raise funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) to support children with life-shortening conditions and their families.   

 

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Rewind Scotland 

July 19th - 21st | Scone Palace 

 

Musical icons are due to hit Scone Palace, taking on the main stage and performing the biggest and best throwback tunes. 

 

For anyone looking to wet their whistle between sets, both The Little Harp Inn and The Pink Flamingo Club will be welcoming visitors. Each bar will house a bespoke menu of drinks and smaller live performances. For those wanting a break from the live performances, the festival has both a fun fair and a kid zone to entertain your little ones. 

 

Both camping, and non-camping, ticket prices can be found on Ticketmaster, and more information about the festival can be found here.

 


Claymore CrossFit - Energy Festival

July 26th - 28th | North Inch, Perth 

 

Enjoy a broad spectrum of fun and engaging activities for all ages. A mixture of sporting activities and adventure challenges are set to inspire and educate your little ones about STEM through sport 

 

In addition, feel free to grab tickets for the Perth Colour Run. Hop, skip, run or roll the 2.4km perimeter of the North Inch - prepare to get messy!

 

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Perth Show

August 02 – 03 | 8 am – 7 pm | South Inch, Perth | £9.00 - £27.00

 

A two-day agricultural bonanza. Run by the Perthshire Agricultural Society, the Perth Show is set to showcase the best livestock, crafts and activities, along with the region’s best artisan food and drink. With suppliers travelling from the Perthshire area and beyond, tickets for the event span from £9.00 for children and concessions, to £12.50 for adults.

 

To find out more and purchase tickets, head to the website >

 


City of Perth Salute

4th August |  Tay Street & North Inch

 

This fantastic, free event brings the electric atmosphere of a Tattoo-style arena event to Perth city centre. Offering families the chance to see military and civilian bands from across Scotland in a dazzling parade through the streets, and an open-air, grandstand arena on the North Inch.

 

More information coming soon


 

Limit Lass Festival

August 09 (5 pm) – 11 (afternoon) | Dunkeld

 

Grab your mountain bike and helmet, and head for an incredible weekend of riding, skills coaching, and good vibes. For women, run by women, Limit Lass Festival invites you to connect with fellow mountain-biking enthusiasts and, above all else, have a blast!

 

Camping is included in the ticket price, with both tents and small vans welcome. Find out more here.

 


 

Perthshire Pride

August 10th | North Inch, Perth

 

Join the LGBTQIA+ community in and around Perth to celebrate pride. Initially set up in 2018 by a small team of volunteers, Perth Pride has grown year on year. Attendees will see this year’s headliner, drag queen, Cherry West along with having the opportunity to witness the parade. Head down to celebrate an afternoon of colour, fun, music and queer joy!

 

For more information, head to Perthshire Pride’s Facebook or Instagram >

 


The Perth Highland Games and European Pipe Band Championships

11th August 2024 | South Inch, Perth

 

A premier event in the Scottish Highland Games calendar, enjoy traditional heavyweight events like weight throwing and caber tossing, along with highland dancing, foot faces and much more.

 

If that wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, we are delighted to be hosting the 2024 European Championships! Come along to see (and hear) this incredible spectacle that should bring over 130 pipe bands to the Fair City

 

For More Information >


 

 

Perthshire Mela

August 17th | North Inch, Perth | Free

 

The vibrant and colourful mela festival will return to the North Inch. Come along for a day of culture, fun, activities and music from local and national acts. All are welcome to this free event.

 


Crieff Highland Gathering

August 18th | 9:30 am – 6:30 pm | Market Park, Crieff

 

Head down to Market Park for a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions including Highland Dancing; Heavyweight Lifting Competitions and Tug o War. Furthermore, the event will showcase several piping performances and an incredible ensemble of traditional music in the Aldi Arena area of the park.

 

To book tickets and find out more, head to the Crieff Highland Gathering website >


Ukraine Independence Day

August 24th | 12 pm onwards | Balhousie Castle and North Inch, Perth

 

Celebrate this national event at a local level. A colourful parade of entertainers led by the Perth and District pipe band is due to depart from Balhousie Castle at noon and is set to head through the streets of the city. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, a mixture of dance groups, face painting, and Ukrainian food stalls will be kicking off festivities at the North Inch. Make sure you head down to celebrate all things Ukrainian!

 


Blair Castle International Horse Trials

August 22nd- 25th | time | Blair Castle, Blair Atholl

 

Visit Blair Castle’s International Horse Trials for a weekend of eventing, shopping, food and drink. Eventing, or Horse Trials, are seen to be the ultimate equestrian challenge. This comprehensive challenge tests all aspects of a horse, and their rider’s, ability through a combination of Dressage, Cross-County and Showjumping. Head down for an unforgettable weekend of all things equestrian.

 

 

Day tickets for non-members start at £20, however we suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment>