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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. 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, which includes a vibrant programme of festivals. The Aberdeen International Youth Festival brings together talented young performers from the world of dance, music and theatre while the annual Aberdeen Jazz Festival really gets things swinging when talented performers from across the world roll into town. 

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. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Vinyl Theatre presents Edward Albee's drama.

    Dates

    30 Sep 2015 to 2 Oct 2015
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Craft sessions and workshops.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2015 to 26 Sep 2015
  3. Born And Baptised

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Objects and paintings from the city's collections.

    Dates

    12 Dec 2015 to 27 Mar 2016
  4. Gradings

    Inverurie

    An array of Christmas gifts for sale.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2015 to 29 Nov 2015
  5. Big Country - Best Of Tour

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Celtic-rock.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2015
  6. Gradings

    Banchory

    Explore the castle's art collection.

    Dates

    29 Sep 2015
  7. Gradings

    Central Aberdeenshire

    Free access to lots of buildings throughout Aberdeenshire!

    Dates

    19 Sep 2015 to 20 Sep 2015
  8. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Meet creatures and monsters interacting with each other.

    Dates

    19 Sep 2015
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Fogle recounts his adventures, challenges and trials.

    Dates

    29 Sep 2015
  10. Wet Wet Wet

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Pop and soft rock band.

    Dates

    13 Mar 2016
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