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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. Full Steam Ahead!

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Alford

    Steam vehicle rides, displays and demonstrations.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2015
  2. The Classic Rock Show 2015

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Celebrating the Top 20 guitar riffs of all time.

    Dates

    19 Feb 2015
  3. Big Country

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Steeped in a stunning catalogue of proud and stirring hit songs such as 'Chance', 'In A Big Country' & 'Look Away', along with massive albums such 'The Seer' & 'The Crossing', Big Country' continue to look beyond the next horizon.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2015
  4. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The cellist performs.

    Dates

    4 Feb 2015
  5. Dunedin Consort

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Handel's Coronation Anthems: Zadok The Priest, My Heart is Inditing and Purcell's Ode To St Cecilia.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2015
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Classic Jam songs.

    Dates

    3 May 2015
  7. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    In this brand new show, Shuttleworth will perform classic tunes such as Two Margarines and I Cant Go Back To Savoury Now as well as new ditties like Bitter Sweet Memories and Relatives In Rotherham.

    Dates

    14 Mar 2015
  8. Stonehaven Fireball Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Central Aberdeenshire

    A unique Hogmanay celebration not to be missed!

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  9. Emergency Vehicle Rides

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Alford

    Climb aboard a police car or a fire engine.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015 to 6 Aug 2015
  10. Jersey Boys

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.

    Dates

    3 Mar 2015 to 14 Mar 2015
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