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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. Paul Merton's Impro Chums

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Improvised scenarios based on audience suggestions.

    Dates

    16 May 2015
  2. Jersey Boys

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.

    Dates

    3 Mar 2015 to 14 Mar 2015
  3. 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
  4. Wishbone Ash

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Veteran blues-rockers.

    Dates

    16 Nov 2014
  5. Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Beethoven.

    Dates

    17 Jan 2015
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Tricks and illusions.

    Dates

    12 Nov 2014
  7. Joan Armatrading

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Pop-rock singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    18 Mar 2015
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An adaptation of Harper Lee's great book.

    Dates

    16 Feb 2015 to 21 Feb 2015
  9. Birdsong

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An adaptation of the popular Sebastian Faulks novel, set during the First World War.

    Dates

    10 Feb 2015 to 14 Feb 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Tribute act.

    Dates

    17 Jan 2015
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