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  • Young ballet dancers in white tutus perform at the Aberdeen Youth Festival
    Young ballet dancers perform at the Aberdeen Youth Festival
  • Highland dancers compete at the Lonach Gathering
    Highland dancers at the Lonach Gathering
  • Hogmanay fireworks launched from the roof of His Majesty's Theatre
    His Majesty's Theatre at Hogmanay
  • The exterior of the Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city
    The Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city
  • The Stonehaven Fireball Festival
    The Stonehaven Fireball Festival

Aberdeen City and Shire plays host to a variety of exciting events and festivals throughout the year. Celebrate Hogmanay at an ancient fire festival, witness the colourful spectacle of the Highland games and enjoy music, comedy, dance and more in the city of Aberdeen.

The region boasts a proud maritime and cultural heritage that is kept alive today at vibrant festivals. The Doric Festival celebrates the unique dialect, music and customs of Aberdeenshire with events held across the region’s towns and villages.

Get a sense of the region’s seafaring past at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy and watch as traditional vessel from far and wide congregate in one of the oldest harbours in Europe.

Visit between May and September and you’ll have to chance to attend one of the region’s exciting Highland games, the most famous of which is the Braemar Gathering. Take in traditional Highland competitions like the caber toss and hammer throw, Highland dancing and rousing sound of the bag pipes. 

Bring in the New Year at the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony and watch as locals reenact the ancient custom of parading down the street swinging great fireballs over their heads before flinging them in the harbor on the stroke of midnight.

The city of Aberdeen is the setting for a diverse array of events and festivals. The Aberdeen International Youth Festival brings together talented young performers from the world of dance, music and theatre while the New Words Festival explores the spoken and written word in performances across the region. 

Catch gigs by up-and-coming contemporary acts at the Lemon Tree, the heart of the city’s thriving local music scene, and enjoy everything from ballet and opera to West End musicals at His Majesty’s Theatre.

With something for everything taste – literary, musical, traditional and cultural –whenever you visit Aberdeen City and Shire you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

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  1. Kapten Piano Trio

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Classical performance.

    Dates

    26 Oct 2014
  2. Model Aeroplanes

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Indie-pop quartet from Dundee. With support from Vynce, Barstow Bats.

    Dates

    23 Nov 2014
  3. Thomas Truax

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    American experimental musician. With support from Craig John Davidson and The Kitchen Cynics.

    Dates

    30 Sep 2014
  4. From The Jam

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings perform the Jam's hits.

    Dates

    3 May 2015
  5. Gradings

    Fraserburgh

    A variety of events held in Fraserburgh over the summer.

    Dates

    10 May 2014 to 16 Dec 2014
  6. Big Country

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The five-piece performs Celtic-rock.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2014
  7. The Simon And Garfunkel Story

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The compelling story of the well-known music duo.

    Dates

    23 Feb 2015
  8. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Upbeat anecdotes, feel-good humour and witty observations.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2014
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Learn the traditional patchwork pattern of the snowball.

    Dates

    31 Aug 2014
  10. Skerryvore

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Celtic rock outfit from Glasgow.

    Dates

    17 Oct 2014
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