Arts and culture events in Aberdeen City and Shire

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  • Crowds sitting on a hillside looking towards the Braemar Games
    Braemar Gathering
  • Highland dancers compete at the Lonach Gathering
    Highland dancers at the Lonach Gathering
  • The façade of His Majesty's Theatre located on Rosemount Viaduct in Aberdeen city centre.
    His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen
  • The exterior of the Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city
    The Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city

Enjoy a variety of arts and culture events in Aberdeen City and Shire. Celebrate Hogmanay at an ancient fire festival, enjoy music and literature in the Granite City and see amazing boats.

Aberdeen City and Shire offers visitors of all ages a dazzling array of arts and culture events throughout the year.

One of the oldest universities in the UK, the University of Aberdeen also boasts WORD – one of the most exciting literary events in the country. Head to the beautiful King’s College and other venues located throughout the city to enjoy readings by acclaimed authors.

At the Stonehaven Fire Festival, join the locals in watching a spectacular procession of smoldering fireballs make their way down the high street before being flung in the harbor just before the old Town House bell strikes midnight. 

Get into the festive spirit during the Aberdeen Winter Festival and watch as the city’s Christmas lights are turned on, browse for stocking fillers in traditional street markets and listen to your favourite carols.

Or why not see talented young musicians from around the world perform at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival?

One of the more traditional but perennially popular events in Aberdeenshire are its Highland games. Witness everything from caber tossing to piping and Highland dancing, and come to the famous Braemar Gathering in September for the chance to see members of the Royal Family in attendance.

Embrace the region’s proud maritime history at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy which celebrates its 20th anniversary in May. Admire traditional vessels from Scotland and beyond in the historic town harbor while enjoying great food and drink and live music.

Join in the creative side of this north east part of Scotland by attending an arts and culture event in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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  1. Gradings

    Inverurie

    Stories from around the castle.

    Dates

    15 May 2016
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Promoting square dancing.

    Dates

    17 Apr 2016 to 22 Apr 2016
  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Deadpan, black humour and one-liners.

    Dates

    12 Aug 2016 to 13 Aug 2016
  4. Simply Painting

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Peacock Visual Arts is delighted to announce 'Simply Painting', an exhibition of abstract painting coming to Aberdeen 4th of February. The exhibition will be held in Peacock Visual Arts' main gallery and is curated by artist Jim Mooney.

    Dates

    4 Feb 2016 to 19 Mar 2016
  5. Dylan Moran: Off The Hook

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Dry wit and surreal flights of fancy.

    Dates

    14 Mar 2016
  6. AUDS Annual Showcase

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The Aberdeen University Dance Society present their annual showcase.

    Dates

    20 Mar 2016
  7. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A series of new displays exploring the unique role played by the Gordon Highlanders during the Battle of Waterloo.

    Dates

    30 Mar 2016 to 28 Nov 2016
  8. Jango Starr: One Man Shoe

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Circus clowning and slapstick.

    Dates

    19 Mar 2016
  9. North East Open Studios

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Scotland's Largest Open Studios event.

    Dates

    10 Sep 2016 to 18 Sep 2016
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The Aberdeen Passion returns to the AECC for a third time with a brand new production featuring original songs.

    Dates

    26 Mar 2016
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