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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. Yolanda Brown

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    London-based jazz musician.

    Dates

    7 Mar 2015
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Learn all about the making of the show.

    Dates

    1 May 2014
  3. Natural Bennachie

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Works in various media.

    Dates

    3 May 2014 to 23 May 2014
  4. Gradings

    Banchory

    With Louise Hewitt.

    Dates

    2 May 2014
  5. Curator's Corner: (Over 16s)

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Explore the artefacts with curator Jesper Ericsson.

    Dates

    12 Mar 2014 to 14 May 2014
  6. TechFest

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Annual science festival.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014 to 26 Sep 2014
  7. 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
  8. Gradings

    Banchory

    Explore the rose garden.

    Dates

    2 Jul 2014 to 30 Jul 2014
  9. Banchory Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Banchory

    An agricultural display and activity day for all the family.

    Dates

    26 Jul 2014
  10. Bennachie Landscapes

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    A one day course on Archaeological study.

    Dates

    23 Apr 2014
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