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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's Easter Egg Trails

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Turriff

    Collect the clues and solve the puzzle to win a chocolate treat!

    Dates

    20 Apr 2014 to 21 Apr 2014
  2. Lino Printing: Workshop

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Banchory

    With Rachel Ashton.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2014
  3. Amy Duncan

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Edinburgh-based folk singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2014
  4. Aberdeen's War

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Historical photographs, documents and artefacts providing an insight into the role played by Aberdeen during the First World War.

    Dates

    22 Mar 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  5. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Discover the characters, story and costumes.

    Dates

    17 Jan 2015
  6. The Royal Deeside Golf Classic

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Royal Deeside

    Interesting and challenging golf courses to take part in or spectate.

    Dates

    28 Jul 2014 to 1 Aug 2014
  7. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A vivid reinterpretation of Shakespeare's greatest love story, with Prokofiev's magnificent score.

    Dates

    30 Apr 2014 to 3 May 2014
  8. Derren Brown: Infamous

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Exhibitions of magicianship and psychological manipulation.

    Dates

    7 Jul 2014 to 12 Jul 2014
  9. Gradings

    Banchory

    With Louise Hewitt.

    Dates

    15 May 2014
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    With a soundtrack by Relaxed Muscle, Scritti Politti and The Sex Pistols.

    Dates

    10 Jun 2014
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