Fife has loads to offer all year round, however, in Summertime, Fife really does come to life. From international sporting events and quirky arts festivals, to fantastic family days out, take a look at Fife’s top ten best Summer events and see what takes your fancy.
Thursday 4th of July, 2.00 – 6.00pm, Anstruther Harbour
The Scottish Fisheries Museum is 50 this year! In order to mark this special occasion, the famous Reaper will return to it’s home in Anstruther Harbour after restoration works at Rosyth. The Reaper will be joined by a flotilla of up to 50 boats on the day which is set to be a breath-taking spectacle!
Saturday 6th July, 11.45pm – 01.00am, Kirkcaldy Town Centre, Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW
This year, everyone is invited to take part in the Fife Pride celebrations, which will feature a parade throughout Kirkcaldy Town Centre and a full day of fun and entertainment. During the day, live music, cabaret acts, drag queens and kings and lots of family events will be taking place.
Don’t miss the Kirkcaldy Merchant’s Quarter Summer Festival at the East End of the High Street; pop down for some food and drink, live music and shopping! What’s more, there will be a Fife Pride afterparty taking place at O’Connell’s and The Exchequer bar will be running a pride-themed weekender. Look out for the local businesses who are taking part in the event and showcasing Pride-themed goodies, including Kangus Coffee House, Print it Stich it and The Bakers Apprentice.
In order to mark the 3rd year of Fife Pride, OnFife are organising a Taste the Rainbow event at the Carnegie Hall on the 2nd of June, where you can enjoy drag performances, book readings and cocktails and the Twilight Tease Burlesque Revue will be performing at the Carnegie Hall on the 5th of July.
Monday 15th of July, Burntisland Links, Kinghorn Rd, Burntisland KY3 9EB, 10.00 – 16.30pm
Arguably one of Fife’s most popular days out, the 367th Burntisland Highland Games returns to Burntisland Links alongside the town’s annual summer fairground. The games are the second oldest in the world and the arena sits next to a beautiful award-winning beach which offers stunning views across the Forth.
There are plenty of things to keep the kids (and big kids!) entertained throughout the day including highland dancing, running, heavy events, pipe bands, caber tossing, candyfloss, rides, stalls and more. A fantastic family day out.
Friday 19th – Sunday 28th July, Various venues throughout Largo
The brand-new Largo Arts Week is certainly not to be missed, featuring an impressive line up of artists, comedians, writers, poets and musicians including David Mach, Rab Noakes, Phil Jupitus, and Richard Jobson. The week will be jam-packed with exhibitions, gigs, workshops and street food throughout the Largo area.
Grab your tickets quick! Selected events are now sold out.
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July, Anstruther Harbour
Anstruther Harbour Festival is back again to provide 3 full days of top class family entertainment. This year, the Dunedin International Folk Dance Festival is being hosted on the Friday afternoon which will feature dance teams from across Europe.
The Anster Fair will be taking place in the Folly Marquee, where there will be local food and craft stalls, as well as live music, street theatre and children’s activities. The Feis Anster will also showcase 3 days of traditional Scottish music in the music marquee and Scottish Fisheries Museum. On top of this, a huge gathering of classic boats from the Forth and beyond will be visiting the harbour during the weekend to take part in the Anster Muster!
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August, Pittencreiff Park, 53 Tern Road, Dunfermline KY12 8QH, Saturday, 7.00pm onwards, Sunday, 10.00 - 4.00pm
Discover the story of 1940’s wartime Dunfermline, which had it’s defences strengthened against infiltration from enemy tanks and paratroopers. The Festival is inspired by the recently unearthed confidential maps and plans drawn up by the allied Polish armies who were sent to Scotland in WWII.
This year, the festival will be focussing on the early war with displays of home defend, air, land and sea. On Sunday there will be lots of entertainment in the Pittencreiff Park including live battles, encampments and displays, a pop-up cinema and stalls.
There will also be a special new event on the Saturday night; a 1940’s style evening dance at the Glen Pavillion - remember to get dressed up!
Friday 9th August 2019, Various locations throughout Fife, finish line at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline , 12.15 – 5.00pm
Fife will host Stage 1 of the first ever women’s tour of Scotland, an outstanding new, permanent edition to the UCI professional cycling calendar. The race will be contested by many of the top women’s teams in the world, including the very best British and Scottish talent.
With an anticipated 100,000 spectators in total, the Tour will attract visitors, fans and cycling enthusiasts from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
The route will start at 12.15 in Dundee, travel through Tayport, Cupar, Falkland and Leslie, finishing in Pittencrieff Park at 3.00pm. There will be lots of exciting cycling related activities taking and leader's jersey presentations in the afternoon.
The event is set to be a thrilling experience – come and cheer on the participants!
Sunday, 11th of August, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Dunfermline, KY12 9TF
This August, Knockhill Racing Circuit will host the 4th World of Supercars Show and Track Day which will be the biggest gathering of sports and supercars ever seen at Knockhill! An anticipated 350+ hypercars, supercars and sportscars will be on display with many driving on the famous British Touring Car Circuit. Not only will be paddocks be packed with stunning machinery, but the air will be full of the noise of V8’s, V10’s and the odd V12 being put through their paces.
There will also be the opportunity for passenger rides in a huge range of supercars! It's set to be a great event for all the family.
Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th September, Various venues throughout Dunfermline
A huge range of musicians, comedians, writers and artists are invited to the town to host a series of concerts, exhibitions, workshops and Q&As over 6 days at Outwith Festival.
The festival, which takes place across various venues in the town, is set to bring another hugely exciting programme to Scotland’s ancient capital again this year.
Acts this year include Idlewild, Honeyblood, William McCarthy (Augustines) Siobhan Wilson, and Avalanche Party.
7th, 8th, 14th and 15th of September, Various venues across Central Fife, 10.00pm – 6.00pm
Central Fife Open Studios is an art trail that takes place on the first weekend in September each year. Come along and discover the work of professional local artists and designers and see where they work.
The event provides an exclusive opportunity to speak to artists about their methods and sources of inspiration and you can even buy or commission original art, whether it is textiles, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, or photography.
The area covers Central Fife stretching from Inverkeithing and North Queensferry in the west, up to Glenrothes, Leven and Lower Largo in the east.
To discover more of Fife’s exciting events, visit www.welcometofife.com/events or download the free Fife Events App which is available on the App Store and Google Play.