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Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

First of all thanks for all the wonderful messages of support which you sent in following the Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay Show.

Below you will find our updated list of future events; and don't forget to visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in the What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.

Updated 19/05/2017


17/05/2017 Strictly Inverness (runs to 20/5/17)
19/05/2017 UB40 in concert
21/05/2017 Race For Life
3/06/2017 TruckNess
3/06/2017 Womens RBL Parade
3/06/2017 Balloch Gala
3/06/2017 Charleston Gala
10/06/2017 Quest Loch Ness
10/06/2017 MacTavish Cup Final
13/06/2017 La Boheme (also 15 & 17/06/17)
20/06/2017 Armed Forces Day Flag Raising
20/06/2017 Status Quo Acoustic Concert
01/07/2017 Run For Colour
09/07/2017 MFR Cash For Kids (Bogbain)
15/07/2017 Inverness Highland Games
16/07/2016 Inverness Gala
16/07/2017 Bryan Adams in Concert
22/07/2017 Olly Murs Concert
31/07/2017 Sister Act (runs to 5/08/17)
02/08/2017 Black Isle Show
03/08/2017 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
04/08/2017 Highland Field Sports Fair (also 5/8/17)
07/08/2017 Inflateable Funfair
19/08/2017 Nairn Highland Games
19/08/2017 Groove Loch Ness
21/08/2017 Hornes Funfair
26/08/2017 Lerwick Jarl Squad 2017
26/08/2017 Glenurquhart Highland Games
31/08/2017 Northern Meeting Piping (runs to 1/09/17)
01/09/2017 Scotland's Salmon Festival
02/09/2017 Prime Four Beast Race
08/09/2017 Highland Military Tattoo (runs to 10/9/17)
10/09/2017 Kirking of the Council
13/09/2017 Prestigique Vintage Car Event (Also 14/9/17)
23/09/2017 Homecoming Parade Provisional
24/09/2017 Loch Ness Marathon
30/09/2017 Camanachd Cup Final
30/09/2017 Strathnairn Agricultural Show
2/10/2017 The Steamie (runs to 7/10/17)
03/10/2017 Heritage Interpretation Conference (runs to 6/10/17)
05/10/2017 NessBook Fest (runs to 8/10/2017)
12/10/2017 BID Street Theatre Festival (Also 13 &14/10/17)
13/10/2017 Loch Ness Knit Fest (Also 14 &15/10/2017)
21/10/2017 Shinty Hurling International
25/10/17 Nathan Carter Concert (runs to 29/10/17)
28/10/2017 Ness Islands Halloween (Also 29/10/2017)
04/11/2017 Inverness Bonfire and Fireworks Display
07/11/2017 Scottish Opera (TBA) also 9 & 11/11/17)
8/11/2017 Inverness Film Festival (runs to 12/11/17)
12/11/2017 Remembrance Sunday
14/11/2017 Lulu in Concert
19/11/2017 Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On
5/12/2017 Snow White in Pantomime (runs to 7/1/18)
15/12/2017 Winter Wonderland (Also 16 &17/10/2017)
1/12/2017 Elf on the Shelf Hunt (Also 2/12/2017)
31/12/2017 Red Hot Highland Fling
(Updated 19/05/2017

For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006

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Thanks for all the great feedback folks. We could not be happier with your reaction to our FREE Inverness Hogmanay celebrations starring Craig Hill, The Elephant Sessions, Scooty and The Skyhooks and Skerryvore with a special guest appearance by Stephanie Inglis.

The Winter Festival opened with the seventh Inverness Street Festival which took place over 3 days from 13 to 15 October and offered an exciting programme of top quality acts performing at various city centre venues.

The Highland’s biggest fancy dress event of the year, the city’s Ness Islands Halloween Show on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October; once again attracted hundreds of families are expected to dress up their children in order to help the Council scare away the annual invasion of ghosts, beasties and unmentionables which gather on the banks for the River Ness every Halloween.

Created by Council in partnership Eden Court Creative, Arts in Motion and Limelight Event Services; the show stretched for 1300 metres around two islands in the middle of the River Ness; and attracted visitors from all over the north of Scotland. This year’s show had a “Forest of Frights” theme and visitors found surprises and screams around every darkened corner.

The Grand Bonfire and Fireworks Display on November 5th attracted a huge crowd who loved our giant bonfire and thespectacular 20 minute musical fireworks display staged by the award winning display team from Fireworx Scotland.

The Christmas Lights Parade led by Santa Claus and Provost Helen Carmichael was a great deal of fun; and following the Switch On, spectators had a great time at the traditional Children’s Christmas Carol Concert “Ding Dong Merrily Old High”

Winter Wonderland event over the weekend of Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December was as popular as ever and featured an opportunity to meet Santa and his Reindeer in a beautifully illuminated Whin Park - with special mention going to our site decorating team led by Craig Duncan of Limelight Event Services. The Winter Wonderland show is one of the highlights of the Winter Festival for toddlers and the pictures in our gallery tells you all you need to know.

Provost Helen Carmichael said: “Since our Winter Festival was launched at the end of 2008; it has made a significant contribution towards making Inverness a more enjoyable place to live and provided a significant boost to the local economy by attracting visitors from far and wide to our city. It is wonderful to see just how much enjoyment each of our events generates and to see how much they are appreciated by everybody.

“Every time thousands of spectators decide to wrap up warmly, gather together and have a great time; it makes months of effort seem worthwhile. As I am sure everyone appreciates it takes more than a little talent, dedication and imagination to bring outdoor venues like Ness Islands, Whin Park and even the Council HQ Car Park to life on the coldest and darkest of nights."

Our Sponsors

The Inverness Common Good fund sponsored Inverness Winter Festival is part of the Inverness Festivals programme. Sponsored by the Inverness Common Good Fund; the programme is organised by the Council and its partners in the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group.

The Working Group receives much appreciated support behind the scenes from a whole host of partners and businesses based here in the Highlands including Inverness BID, VisitScotland, High Life Highland, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Loch Ness Tourism BID, Eden Court Theatre, Scottish Provincial Press and the Inverness Hotel Association.

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An estimated 12,500 people attended 3 magical nights in Whin Park. They say a picture paints a thousand words so we will summarise what happened with the look on this little girl's face as she met Santa.

(You can find more pictures in our gallery)
If you missed it we hope you will make a note to join us for our 2017 Show which will be held over the weekend of 15-17 December 2017

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