The Peebles Arts Festival invites locals and visitors alike, to join together in a weekend of having fun and enjoying the arts from Friday the 28th of August until Monday 31st August.


It’s a shorter, punchier Festival this year, in response to feedback we’ve received over our 18-month consultation about the future of the Arts Festival.

Many commented that they enjoyed the weekend events but that work, school and family commitments limited their involvement with week-day events. This year we’ve put together a long weekend of both new and familiar events, activities and exhibitions to showcase the arts in Peebles.

The Festival brings together local organisations and individuals that act, sing, play, paint, write, weave, dance, juggle, recite, march, and otherwise create the town’s vibrant arts community.

This year the Mutxiko Dance troupe from Hendaye is visiting for the Festival weekend, performing their spectacular dances at the Eastgate Theatre on Sunday, and joining in our High Street busking event as well as the Festival Ceilidh on Saturday evening.

There are exhibitions of art work in galleries, shops and businesses in our annual Art Trail, plenty of hands-on workshops as well as theatre, dance, talks and music all around the town.

Look out for events which are highlighted with either our yellow hands-on workshop symbol, and/or our pink kids’ event symbol as shown below.

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