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. Rolling Down Memory Lane

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A musical journey through the past six decades

    Dates

    18 Apr 2015
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A children's adventure story set in the deep ocean.

    Dates

    8 Apr 2015 to 9 Apr 2015
  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Off-the-wall animation, stand-up and music from The Mighty Boosh co-creator.

    Dates

    16 Nov 2015
  4. Romeo & Juliet

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Bard In The Botanics presents Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

    Dates

    28 Feb 2015
  5. Manipulate 2015: Butterfly

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly from the award-winning Ramesh Meyyappan.

    Dates

    31 Jan 2015
  6. 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
  7. Banchory River Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Banchory

    A free festival celebrating art, performance, heritage and live music.

    Dates

    12 Jun 2015 to 14 Jun 2015
  8. North East Open Studios

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Central Aberdeenshire

    An award-winning collective of artists, makers and designers.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2015 to 21 Sep 2015
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

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

    Dates

    31 Aug 2015 to 5 Sep 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A heart-warming tale of a young Aberdeen woman's pursuit of her dreams.

    Dates

    22 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015
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