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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. Breabach

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The band plays a unique brand of folk music.

    Dates

    22 May 2015
  2. Stonehaven Fireball Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stonehaven

    Ancient custom in which 45 participants swing blazing balls of fire above their heads.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2015
  3. Big Country - Best Of Tour

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Big Country perform classic hits including Harvest Home - Fields of Fire - In A Big Country - Chance - Wonderland - Look Away - The Teacher, plus many more.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2015
  4. The Waterboys

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Alt rock band from Edinburgh.

    Dates

    9 Nov 2015
  5. Gradings

    Inverurie

    Afternoon tea by a fire.

    Dates

    29 Jun 2015
  6. Color Me Rad 5K

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A 5K with a colourful difference.

    Dates

    6 Jun 2015
  7. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Objects and treasures exploring the Picts.

    Dates

    19 Jan 2015 to 30 May 2015
  8. Gradings

    Ballater

    Join the Earl of Mar's hunting party for a barbecue and a re-enactment.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    New material with Reginald D Hunter.

    Dates

    13 Jun 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter.

    Dates

    8 Jul 2015 to 9 Jul 2015
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