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Events in Inverness 2021

Usually in July and August, there are various events for tourists in Inverness city including performances of Highland Dancing and the Inverness Legion Pipe Band, as well as live music in the pubs. Due to Covid restrictions, the Highland Games and other big events have been cancelled for summer 2021, but there is still lots of entertainment.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema re-opens from the end of May 2021 with a programme of shows and films. In addition to indoor events, they are hosting 3-month festival of live performance outdoors from 1 July - 30 September 2021. Set on the banks of the River Ness, UNDER CANVAS will be a family-friendly summer festival. Full programme to be announced soon.

Open air theatre returns to Cawdor Castle this summer. Check out their programme of performances in the castle grounds (see Facebook). Bring your own picnic! Just a short drive from Inverness.

The Farmers' Market is held on the first Saturday of each month, with stalls of local produce (meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, homebaking, plants, crafts) in the Eastgate pedestrian area of Inverness city centre.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Eden Court Theatre

Events for 2021:
Events may be rescheduled or cancelled due to Covid restrictions. If you are intending to travel for an event, please check with the event organisers before making your plans.

Events for 2022
Some dates have already been fixed for next year:

  • 13 March 2022: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
  • 16 April: Annual Commemoration Service at Culloden Battlefield
  • 24 April 2022: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
  • 20 - 22 May 2022: The LochNess360 Challenge - 3 marathons, an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge.
  • 11 June 2022: Truckness at Dores, by Loch Ness. 10th anniversary year.
  • 2 July 2022: Skipinnish in concert at Bught Park, Inverness
  • 15 July 2022: Inverness Highland Games (200th anniversary)
  • 28 - 30 July 2022 Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly.
  • 4 August 2022: Black Isle Show at Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord (tel: 01463 870870). This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, 'On the Farm' exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing.
  • 5 - 6 -August 2022: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness).

For additional events listings, see:

Inverness Highland Games

Bridge over the River Ness, Inverness