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.

Find out more about By Hammer and Hand

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.

Can you find them all? Remember to let us know @perthcitycentre when you post your photos on social media!

Find out more about Maggie’s Penguin Parade

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!

Find out more about Boating On The Tay / Book your tickets today

Saturday 11th August – 11th November 2018 – Black Watch Museum, There But Not There

The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s World War One 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 artifacts 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.

Find out more about There But Not There at The Black Watch Castle and Museum

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.

Find out more about Pitlochry Highland Games

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.

Find out more about the Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally

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.

Find out more about Autumn Race Day at Perth Races

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!

Find out more about Taste of Perthshire Food Festival

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.

Find out more about Spartan 2018 Scotland Trifecta Weekend & Ultra

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.

Find out more about the Glorious Finale at Perth Racecourse

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.

Find out more about WOW 2018 – Women of the World Festival

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We can offer you free tickets to many of these events if you’re willing to write a short blog and take some photos at the event. Contact or send a message to Perth City Centre on Facebook to find out more!

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