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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. The Outside Track

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Celtic, Canadian and Irish folk group from Edinburgh. With support from Paul McKenna Band.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2014
  2. Gradings

    Ballater

    A beginner's guide to fungi.

    Dates

    14 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Witty jokes and pop-culture observations.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2014
  4. Gradings

    Inverurie

    All the arts, crafts and food at the Fair are lovingly and carefully made in Scotland.

    Dates

    22 Nov 2014 to 23 Nov 2014
  5. Vigo Thieves

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Indie-rock quintet.

    Dates

    28 Sep 2014
  6. Idlewild

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Banchory

    Indie-rock band.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2014
  7. Gradings

    Central Aberdeenshire

    A great day for young and old.

    Dates

    23 Aug 2014
  8. Christmas Craft Week

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    A sale of locally produced crafts suitable for gifts.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014
  9. Donnie Ross

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Artworks by a retired doctor who believes creativity is essential to health.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2014 to 29 Aug 2014
  10. Lee Evans: Monsters

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Energetic physical humour and offbeat observations.

    Dates

    27 Oct 2014 to 28 Oct 2014
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