Perthshire is positively packed with events in August and September. But have you found yourself scratching your head and wondering which event is happening when, and where?
Well, worry not – we have a round-up of fantastic events that are happening across the county in August and September. Bookmark this page, share it on social media, send it to your friends and family, and you’ll never be short of something to do over the next two months.
Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 30th September – By Hammer and Hand, Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Discover the fascinating story of the crafts and merchants that made Perth. Who were they, what did they make and sell, and why were they organised into Incorporated Trades and the Merchant Guild? This exhibition draws together significant objects, artwork and archives to bring to life Perth’s important economic history.
Look out (or rather, up!), too, for the fascinating banners above the streets near the museum, depicting the old trades of Perth.
Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 30th September – Maggie’s Penguin Parade
For three months in summer 2018 the streets of Perth, Dundee and the surrounding region are home to a trail of individually designed and beautifully decorated giant penguin sculptures. This project, brought to you by Maggie’s Centre Dundee, in partnership with Wild in Art, showcases the wealth of artistic talent in the area and will raise significant funds to support Maggie’s vital work caring for local people affected by cancer.
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Friday 3rd August to Tuesday 9th October – Boating on the Tay
Discover the River Tay with a range of fantastic boat trips! Take a trip from Broughty Ferry to Perth or discover Elcho Castle on a trip from Perth City Centre.
Due to the tidal nature of the river, the trips will run at different times of day, meaning you get the choice to explore this beautiful river first thing in the morning, during the day or into the early evening.
To find a time and date that suits you, simply head to our Boating On The Tay page and book your tickets!
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August – The Perth Show
Perth Show has been a popular event for 153 years, bringing the agricultural community of Perthshire into the city for two days of showing the year’s finest livestock.
Perth Show includes a wide variety of entertainment and trade stands, from sweet stalls to huge tractors and many things in between. It’s also a showcase for local artisans, the SWRI and local businesses from all sectors of Perthshire.
Within the Perth Show is the equally popular Perthshire On A Plate festival, bringing you the best of Perthshire foods, with foodie demos and lots of culinary fun.
Celebrate Perth’s ancient roots with an exciting day of free events and activities in the city centre.
The streets of Perth will be alive with Medieval re-enactment, Medieval crafters, puppets and storytellers and the return of the famous Ye Olde Perth Dunk Tank. There will also be exciting live music from Clanadonia.
King Edward St will be the location for the Combat Zone where Knights will show off their skills in medieval combat. For the first time at this event, the Great Perthshire Tattie Run – an exciting race where participants have to carry a bag of tatties or a “spud and spoon” while running! – will also take place.
Find out more about the Great Perthshire Tattie Run (it’s free to enter)
Saturday 11th August – Touch of Tartan Half-Marathon Kilt Run
This year’s popular Touch of Tartan Half-Marathon starts at 11am at Perth Airport (Scone). The route is a 13-mile half-marathon and entrants will run along scenic pathways and roads and finish on the North Inch.
The Touch of Tartan Half Marathon is open to anyone aged 18 and over, and as the course is 13 miles long, we suspect that most participants wouldn’t want to run a full 13 miles wearing a kilt!
Instead, participants in the Half Marathon will be asked to have some form of tartan on display – this could be anything from a piece of ribbon to a t-shirt, headband or tartan socks. It’s entirely up to you!
Saturday 11th August – 11th November 2018 – Black Watch Museum, There But Not There
The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s World War 1 centenary programme will conclude with the There But Not There silhouette installation. This project will be linked to the There But Not There national initiative to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made during the First World War.
Our display will feature a 6-foot outdoor “Tommy” sculpture with 13 silhouettes placed throughout the venue creating a remembrance trail for visitors. Each silhouette is a way of commemorating the many Black Watch soldiers who displayed courage and bravery, making the ultimate sacrifice. The experience includes an exhibition which shares artefacts that have been kept for years by soldiers’ families as a way of remembering the fathers, sons, brothers, cousins and uncles who did not return from the conflict.
Sunday 12th August – Perth Highland Games
Perth Highland Games, one of Scotland’s most popular, will be held at Scone Palace this year for the first time in its 90-year history.
The Games include traditional Heavyweight events such as throwing weights and hammers, tug-o’-war and tossing the caber. In addition, there is Highland dancing, foot- and cycle races, solo piping and the very popular pipe band contest with large numbers of bands taking part this year.
A wide range of trade and craft stands will cater for your shopping and catering needs and there’s a fairground amusements area for children of all ages.
Wednesday 15th August – International Youth Band Festival
Perth will host the very first International Youth Band Festival, which will see over 500 young artists aged from 9 to 22 in bands from both China and Scotland coming together to meet, do workshops and play music.
This 5-day grand gathering features two sections of competitions for chamber orchestras and marching bands, respectively, as well as various workshops, master classes and friendship concerts. Perth Concert hall will host the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 15th August and the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 18th August.
Saturday 18th August – Glasgow Warriors vs Harlequins Pre-Season Challenge
Glasgow Warriors will play English Premiership giants Harlequins at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground in Perth city centre, in a 5,000-capacity arena. The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be part of a huge weekend of activity in the city, with the rugby arena also being used for other events.
Aviva Premiership champions in 2012, Harlequins have a squad packed full of international players, such as England’s Danny Care, British & Irish Lion Kyle Sinckler and former Scotland winger Tim Visser. The London club last played the Warriors in 2016 when Harlequins edged a pre-season victory 22-17 at the Twickenham Stoop.
Saturday 18th August – Summer Carnival at Perth Racecourse
The Summer Carnival is back and, after last year’s sell-out, make sure you snap up your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
The biggest crowd of the season will flock to Perth Racecourse for a mixture of jump racing and summer entertainment. It’s a real carnival vibe and the crowds will be entertained by live music, magicians and more on the most popular day of the year.
The Grandstand and Centre Course areas are open with live music and entertainment on throughout the day, including a range of fun inflatables for the kids in the Centre Course. Dance and sing along to the tunes from SambaYaBamba on arrival, and Shaka Loves You will be taking to the main stage after the final race too.
Drive right in and bring your own picnic to the Centre Course area. Let the kids play while you grab a drink from the Sports Bar and watch the action unfold.
Sunday 19th August – Crieff Highland Gathering
Crieff Highland Gathering is held in the centre of Crieff at the iconic Market Park. There will be a full programme of traditional Highland Games competitions including running, youth running, cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o’ War. The Games will also showcase several piping performances throughout the day as well as the spine-tingling Salute to the Chieftain and the customary Massed Pipe Bands finale.
Sunday 19th August – The City of Perth Salute
The City of Perth Salute returns for its third year to Perth city centre, bringing an exciting parade where international pipe bands and military bands are joined by local bands from across Perthshire, in this fantastic free family event.
The parade sets off at 12pm from the South Inch, along Tay Street, culminating in an arena performance on the North Inch. There is space for spectators in the 5,000-seat stand or you can pack a picnic and blanket and watch from the embankment nearby.
The parade will also feature international marching bands, steel bands, jazz bands, with the Beats of Brazil Samba Band bringing a carnival feel to the parade. Perthshire Brass, the Blackwatch ACF Band and Perth & District Pipe Band will all be parading, too, and The Top Secret Drum Corps will perform in the arena.
Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th August – Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
Scotland’s leading equestrian event takes place in the Atholl Estates surrounding Blair Castle. With events such as show-jumping, Highland Pony Showing and Land Rover off-roading, this event is ideal for horse-riders and country enthusiasts. The Bruadar Country Fair includes events such as Terrier Racing and Flyball, and there are over 200 trade stands offering fine art, casual and country clothing, equestrian goods, jewellery and vehicles. A large food hall is full of delights – handmade chocolates, organic and rare breed meats, pastries, baked goods and fine wines.
Saturday 25th August – Birnam Highland Games
The Birnam Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. The family-friendly games have been held annually since 1864 and include the traditional Games features such as heavy events, piping, Highland dancing and field & track. Experience for yourself the fun and culture that has kept the Games so popular for over 150 years.
Saturday 8th September – Pitlochry Highland Games
Pitlochry Highland Games has been hosting competitors and enthralling spectators since 1852. The Games competitions include tug o’ war, Perthshire Heavyweight League, Junior Heavyweight Events, Highland dancing, junior piping, Scottish Athletics Clubs Junior Relay and the Scottish Junior Jumps Championship.
There will also be a street parade of pipe bands, sponsored by Edradour Distillery, followed by individual pipe band championship and ending with a mass parade of the pipe bands.
Sunday 9th September – Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally
The Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club Farming Yesteryear and Vintage Rally 2018 will be held at Scone Palace, where vintage tractors, stationary engines, steam engines and agricultural machinery will be on display with vintage cars, lorries and other vehicles. There will be working demonstrations of vintage agricultural machinery including ploughing, combining and threshing, plus trade stands and auto jumble.
Monday 10th September – Autumn Race Day at Perth Racecourse
Although summer is over there’s still great racing at Perth in their penultimate fixture of the year – the Autumn Race Day.
With seven races in the first autumn fixture, some of the best horses of the UK and Irish winter jumps scene will take to the track to get their season underway.
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September – Taste of Perthshire Food Festival
This new and exciting food and drink festival will take over Perth city centre for three jam-packed days in September. Bursting with fantastic flavours, local and international producers and demonstrations from award-winning chefs, including Jean-Christophe Novelli, the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival has something for every palette.
Follow our food trail round the many fantastic and award-winning food businesses in Perth City Centre and discover what make us Scotland’s Food Town 2018.
You’ll also find a huge mix of traders, from the popular Continental Street Market traders, the latest Street Food dishes or local food and drink producers. There really will be something to tempt even the most unusual of tastes!
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September – Spartan 2018 Scotland Trifecta Weekend & Ultra
Spartan Race is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering exciting racing for all fitness levels. This Spartan Race will start in the very centre of Perth for the first time ever. To begin the race, entrants will take in the beautiful and diverse architecture of the Fair City before crossing the River Tay and heading out onto the steep Kinnoull and Deuchny Hills to experience breath-taking views whilst the energy drains from the legs.
Throw in obstacles and you’ll have an event that will test mental strength, endurance, grit and perseverance. With a Sprint (5km+), Super (13km+), Beast (20km+) and an epic Ultra (42km+) there really is something for all levels of athlete.
Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th September – Glorious Finale at Perth Racecourse
It’s the oldest fixture at Perth Racecourse and the final one of the year; get ready for the two-day Glorious Finale! Come along dressed in your finest tweeds for a racing fixture that first took place in 1908. Over the two days, take a look back at the Racecourse’s highlights of the year while watching 14 races across both afternoons.
Friday 29th to Sunday 30th September – WOW Perth 2018 – Women of the World Festival
Following a fantastic launch in October 2017, WOW – Women of the World Festival will return to Scotland for the second time.
Celebrating and recognising the achievements of women and girls as well as taking a frank look at factors stopping them from achieving their potential, WOW is a jam-packed festival weekend including talks and debates from nationally renowned speakers, music, dance, theatre, performance, poetry and comedy as well as wide-ranging workshops and activities ranging from song to yoga, and speed mentoring to skateboarding.
WOW – Women of the World Perth 2018 is part of Southbank Centre’s expansion of its global WOW network of festivals to create nine new WOWs in five cities across the UK to mark the centenary of female suffrage in 2018. Perth is the only Scottish city to host one of these WOWs.
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