Here are some of the Inverness Events that are scheduled to take place in or near Inverness in 2022. The schedule may be affected by due to COVID-19 restrictions so please check with any of the actual event organisers for chages or potential cancellations.
To entertain visitors, the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band performs in Inverness High Street every Tuesday from 8pm until 8.30pm (usually from end June until early September). You are likely to see a piper or other musicians busking in the streets of Inverness and sometimes other entertainment around the Eastgate shopping centre.
Music in pubs/bars/hotels:
Most nights there’s traditional Scottish Music at Hootananny (Church Street) and the Gellions (opposite the tourist information centre), as well as live music at Johnny Foxes (Bank Street, overlooking the river) and the Market Bar (Church Street). Also try The Waterfront Pub (Huntly Street) for traditional Scottish music.
Piano music on Friday & Saturday nights in the bar at the Glenmoriston Hotel on the riverside.
For ceilidhs, try Hootananny on a Saturday afternoon and The Phoenix Ale House on Sunday afternoons.
For more venues, see the notice board in the tourist information office or posters around the city centre.
Vue is a cinema multiplex a couple of miles outside the city centre.
Concerts and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (near the cathedral on the river).
For art events, The Castle Gallery at 43 Castle Street (tel: 01463 729512) has exhibitions of original contemporary fine and applied art.
The Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of each month (except January), with stalls of local produce (meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, home baking) in the Eastgate pedestrian area of Inverness city centre.
On Sundays there’s a car boot sale at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium from March – December.
For additional events listings, see:
The Inverness City Advertiser – detailed events listings covering music, nightclubs, cinema, theatre, sports, exhibitions, restaurants, etc.
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Events in 2022:
Due to Covid, please check with event organisers before making plans to attend any events.
15 – 16 January: Strathpuffer 24-hour Mountain Bike Endurance Event in Strathpeffer CANCELLED
12 February: Inverness Chinese New Year Celebrations and street parade
25 February – 6 March: The Inverness Music Festival
5 March: The Snowman Rally organised by the Highland Car Club. Start/finish at The Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord. Parade through Dingwall.
13 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
16 April: Annual Commemoration Service at Culloden Battlefield
24 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
6 – 8 May: Crime & Thriller Festival at Cromarty on the Black Isle
tbc – usually in May: Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
20 – 22 May: The LochNess360 Challenge – 3 marathons, an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge.
28 May: The Gathering is a music festival in Inverness at the Northern Meeting Park
11 June: Truckness at Dores, by Loch Ness. 10th anniversary year.
25 June: European Pipe Band Championships over 4000 pipers and drummers at Bught Park, Inverness.
2 July: Duran Duran in concert in Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium
2 July: Skipinnish in concert at Bught Park, Inverness
3 July: Texas in concert at Bught Park, Inverness
15 July: Inverness Highland Games (200th anniversary)
28 – 30 July: Belladrum – Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly.
30 July: Nairn Show – livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements.
4 August: Black Isle Show at the Showground, Muir of Ord. 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: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness).
12 August: Amy MacDonald in concert at the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness
13 August: Olly Murs in concert at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness
tbc 13 August: Strathpeffer Highland Gathering in the grounds of Castle Leod.
tbc 20 August: Nairn Highland Games
22 August: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
tbc end August : Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
27 August – 3 September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
tbc end September – early October: Highland Archaeology Festival
tbc September: Blas Festival ceilidhs and concerts across the Highlands.
2 October: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
6 – 8 early October: NessBookFest – Inverness book festival
8 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
Halloween: Whin Park – tbc
5 November: Bonfire night and fireworks – tbc
late November: Inverness Christmas lights switch on – tbc
November and December: Christmas craft fairs by Exclusively Highlands, venues to be confirmed
tbc November: Brodie Illuminated – when The National Trust for Scotland illuminates the grounds around Brodie Castle near Forres
15 December 2022: The Proclaimers in concert at the Inverness Leisure Centre