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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. Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Themed trail with clues to solve.

    Dates

    5 Apr 2015
  2. Color Me Rad 5K

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A 5K with a colourful difference.

    Dates

    6 Jun 2015
  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

    Dates

    24 Feb 2015 to 28 Nov 2015
  4. Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Solve the clues amongst this themed trail.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015 to 5 Apr 2015
  5. You Rang, Madam?

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Ballater

    A talk on life as a maid in the early 1800s as afternoon tea is served.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2015
  6. Rolling Down Memory Lane

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A musical journey through the past six decades

    Dates

    18 Apr 2015
  7. Allan Ramsay: Master Draughtsman

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Banff

    Explore the paintings and drawings of the Allan Ramsay.

    Dates

    27 Mar 2015 to 5 Jul 2015
  8. AllFord

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Alford

    The Blue Oval Spectacular returns to GTM.

    Dates

    16 Aug 2015
  9. Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Craft fair selling a variety of gifts made locally.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  10. Bill Bailey: Limboland

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The comedian and musician performs.

    Dates

    19 Oct 2015 to 20 Oct 2015
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