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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. 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
  2. Gradings

    Turriff

    Welcome to the Fyvie Homecoming Festival!

    Dates

    28 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
  3. Kast

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Banchory

    The Kast dance company perform their latest work.

    Dates

    18 Sep 2014
  4. Ian Hunter & The Rant Band

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Classic rock outfit.

    Dates

    23 Sep 2014
  5. Don Paterson

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Poet and jazz guitarist.

    Dates

    24 Sep 2014
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Stand-up from the comic who has asked his audiences to name his show.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014
  7. Ballater Winter Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Family entertainment.

    Dates

    29 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
  8. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An adaptation of William Golding's classic novel, Lord Of The Flies.

    Dates

    27 Aug 2014 to 30 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Works by Shostakovich,

    Dates

    6 Feb 2015
  10. Sunset Song

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Sell a Door Theatre Company revives Alastair Cording's faithful adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic story,

    Dates

    11 Nov 2014 to 13 Nov 2014
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