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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. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A short introduction to the exhibition.

    Dates

    14 Jul 2014 to 28 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Offbeat storytelling from the Canadian stand-up.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Turriff

    Welcome to the Fyvie Homecoming Festival!

    Dates

    28 Aug 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
  4. Thomas Truax

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    American experimental musician. With support from Craig John Davidson and The Kitchen Cynics.

    Dates

    30 Sep 2014
  5. Sixties Gold

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    60s music showcase.

    Dates

    12 Nov 2014
  6. Lulo Reinhardt

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Lulo represents a unique style in Gypsy music today.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2014
  7. Christmas Craft Week

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    A sale of locally produced crafts suitable for gifts.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 14 Dec 2014
  8. Don Paterson

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Poet and jazz guitarist.

    Dates

    24 Sep 2014
  9. Sam Brookes

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Indie-folk singer-songwriter from London.

    Dates

    6 Oct 2014
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Observational humour and cheeky banter.

    Dates

    19 Mar 2015
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