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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. 2 Guitarras Malaguenas

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Flamenco duo from Spain.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2014
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Stories and smart gags.

    Dates

    22 Nov 2014
  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Fun for all ages kicks off with 100 strong band of bikers cruising round Aberdeen City & Shire. From 12pm attractions including bouncy castle, BBQ, prize draw, kids arts & crafts, massages and much more.

    Dates

    17 Aug 2014
  4. Aberdeen's War

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Historical photographs, documents and artefacts providing an insight into the role played by Aberdeen during the First World War.

    Dates

    22 Mar 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  5. Lee Evans: Monsters

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Energetic physical humour and offbeat observations.

    Dates

    27 Oct 2014 to 28 Oct 2014
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Discover the characters, story and costumes.

    Dates

    17 Jan 2015
  7. Paul Merton's Impro Chums

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Improvised scenarios based on audience suggestions.

    Dates

    16 May 2015
  8. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel.

    Dates

    31 Aug 2015 to 5 Sep 2015
  9. Gradings

    Central Aberdeenshire

    Over 90 events including heavies, piping and dancing, as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

    Dates

    2 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    MWAHHHH! - The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back in their latest sizzling and seductive production. Feel the temperature soar as the stars burn up the stage in 'Red Hot Kisses' their brand new show for 2014.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2014 to 27 Jul 2014
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