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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. 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, which includes a vibrant programme of festivals. The Aberdeen International Youth Festival brings together talented young performers from the world of dance, music and theatre while the annual Aberdeen Jazz Festival really gets things swinging when talented performers from across the world roll into town. 

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. Gradings

    Aboyne

    Take a trip to 1950s Italy in this chic and romantic telling of one of Mozart’s best-loved operas.

    Dates

    10 Oct 2015
  2. Sarah Millican: Outsider

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.

    Dates

    19 Aug 2016 to 20 Aug 2016
  3. Museum Closes

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Alford

    The last chance to see the 2015 exhibition.

    Dates

    25 Oct 2015
  4. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Violinist Alexander Janiczek and pianist Llyr Williams lead the SCO in their continued explorations of the Beethoven Piano Concertos.

    Dates

    5 Mar 2016
  5. Curious Seed: Chalk About

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The company presents a show for children created by Christine Devaney and Leandro Kees.

    Dates

    19 Sep 2015
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An exploration on the Scottish painter.

    Dates

    23 Aug 2015 to 29 Nov 2015
  7. A Not So Silent Night

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    The Great Hall will be coming alive with a festive treat of carol singing, clarsach playing, readings, solo performances and much more.

    Dates

    11 Dec 2015
  8. Bring In The Spirit

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Banff

    An entertaining & memorable evening of Scots song and verse, full of warmth & humour with Rod Paterson, Kirsten Easdale, Gregor Lowrey & Marc Duff.

    Dates

    3 Sep 2015
  9. Braemar Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Braemar

    Traditional Highland gathering and sports which usually hosts a member of the Royal family.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  10. Cowboy Trail And Hunt

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    A treasure hunt.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015 to 6 Sep 2015
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