There are many festivals in Orkney, including internationally renowned music festivals such as, the Orkney Folk Festival, St Magnus Festival, and Orkney Blues and Rock Festivals, along with the Orkney Science Festival and Stromness Shopping Week, which can provide an alternative source of entertainment. There are many new festivals popping up every year, such as Craft Festivals, and Nature Festivals.
There are also several Agricultural shows, along with craft and horticultural shows, which run through the summer season, the largest being the County Show held in Kirkwall, which is a greatly anticipated local show and fun weekend, ending in a great display of vintage cars, tractors, and machinery on the Sunday.
The local regattas are a chance to view the small sailing boats race around the island bays. One of our favourites is the Westray Regatta which is held July on one of the most northerly islands of Orkney.