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Inverness has seen huge growth in Events and Festivals since it was awarded City status in 2000 and the expansion of the Highland Capitals Events and Festivals programme shows no signs of slowing down.
The best place to find up to date details about what is happening is at the Inverness Festivals Official Website which has a great diary which is updated daily by the Inverness City Advertiser.
Inverness is home to the famous Inverness Highland Games (which was founded in 1822) and takes places each July on the third Saturday of the month. In 2015 the Highland Games moved to Bught Park to be the featured event on the opening day at a brand new 2 day event in the City - the Inverness Gala.
Numerous Highland Games fans make a point of coming to Inverness to take a look at the world's oldest Highland Games Stadium Northern Meeting Park (which opened in 1864) and is located behind Inverness Cathedral in Inverness City centre, opposite the Castle.
The Park is used for the Highland's Strongest Man event, large scale concerts and on New Year's Eve is home to Scotland's 2nd biggest Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) Party - The Red Hot Highland Fling.
Admission to the Hogmanay Party is free and as a result is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The event very definately family friendly, with children of all ages made welcome and encouraged to attend. Don't expect anything other than Scottish music at this event which is designed to have 10,000 plus Highlanders and visitors dancing their way into the New Year which is always greeted with a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
Amongst the great traditional events you will find in Inverness is The Highland Military Tattoo which takes place in September at Fort George and The Kirking of the Council which is a parade through the streets to the Old High Church which takes place on the second Sunday in September.
October's Loch Ness Marathon is regarded as having the world's most attractive route by just about everyone.
One of the most popular events of the year in the Highland Capital is the Halloween Show which is staged on Ness Islands which normally takes place on the weekend closest to Halloween. Over 100 performers take part in this event which also features a number of special effects and illuminations.
The November 5th Bonfire and Fireworks show features one of Scotland's biggest bonfires and the 20 minute fireworks display usually attracts crowds in excess of 15,000. Staged a mile from the city centre, it seems like the whole of Inverness turns out for this one, so park well away from the site and stroll down the riverside with the crowds.
Several Events are held annually at the Bogbain Farm, including The Whisky Festival (early April), Brew at the Bog (June from 2016) and the Northern Roots festival (late May).