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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. The Script

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Pop-rock trio with support from Labrinth.

    Dates

    21 Feb 2015
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A mixture of traditional carols and festive orchestral classics.

    Dates

    19 Dec 2014
  3. Pinocchio

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A traditional family pantomime based on the famous fairy tale.

    Dates

    4 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  4. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Join in on this world record attempt.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014
  5. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Artefacts record the story of the regular and territorial battalions of the regiment in the first few months of the First World War.

    Dates

    25 Feb 2014 to 29 Nov 2014
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Learn the stories of the people and places of Scotland.

    Dates

    3 Dec 2014 to 6 Dec 2014
  7. Sparkle and Song

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A selection of carols and songs for all ages.

    Dates

    13 Dec 2014
  8. E OF E

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Rock foursome from Dudley.

    Dates

    27 Nov 2014
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    With conductor John Storgards and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.

    Dates

    30 Apr 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Scottish Ballet presents Peter Darrell's version of the popular piece soundtracked by Tchaikovsky.

    Dates

    14 Jan 2015 to 17 Jan 2015
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