Arts and culture events in Aberdeen City and Shire

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  • Crowds sitting on a hillside looking towards the Braemar Games
    Braemar Gathering
  • Highland dancers compete at the Lonach Gathering
    Highland dancers at the Lonach Gathering
  • The façade of His Majesty's Theatre located on Rosemount Viaduct in Aberdeen city centre.
    His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen
  • The exterior of the Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city
    The Lemon Tree, an arts venue in Aberdeen city

Enjoy a variety of arts and culture events in Aberdeen City and Shire. Celebrate Hogmanay at an ancient fire festival, enjoy music and literature in the Granite City and see amazing boats.

Aberdeen City and Shire offers visitors of all ages a dazzling array of arts and culture events throughout the year.

One of the oldest universities in the UK, the University of Aberdeen also boasts WORD – one of the most exciting literary events in the country. Head to the beautiful King’s College and other venues located throughout the city to enjoy readings by acclaimed authors.

At the Stonehaven Fire Festival, join the locals in watching a spectacular procession of smoldering fireballs make their way down the high street before being flung in the harbor just before the old Town House bell strikes midnight. 

Get into the festive spirit during the Aberdeen Winter Festival and watch as the city’s Christmas lights are turned on, browse for stocking fillers in traditional street markets and listen to your favourite carols.

Or why not see talented young musicians from around the world perform at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival?

One of the more traditional but perennially popular events in Aberdeenshire are its Highland games. Witness everything from caber tossing to piping and Highland dancing, and come to the famous Braemar Gathering in September for the chance to see members of the Royal Family in attendance.

Embrace the region’s proud maritime history at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy which celebrates its 20th anniversary in May. Admire traditional vessels from Scotland and beyond in the historic town harbor while enjoying great food and drink and live music.

Join in the creative side of this north east part of Scotland by attending an arts and culture event in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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  1. Faux Theatre: Torn

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A unique and sensual visual performance.

    Dates

    23 May 2015
  2. Ruby Wax: Sane New World

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Stand-up material based on her book of the same name.

    Dates

    9 May 2015
  3. Sarah Millican: Outsider

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Wry observations from the Geordie stand-up and writer.

    Dates

    19 Aug 2016 to 20 Aug 2016
  4. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Objects and treasures exploring the Picts.

    Dates

    19 Jan 2015 to 30 May 2015
  5. The Bodyguard

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The Bodyguard musical starring Alexandra Burke

    Dates

    17 Mar 2015 to 28 Mar 2015
  6. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Top new theatre from some of the country's best talent.

    Dates

    28 Apr 2015 to 2 May 2015
  7. You Rang, Madam?

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Ballater

    A talk on life as a maid in the early 1800s as afternoon tea is served.

    Dates

    28 Jun 2015
  8. Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations.

    Dates

    13 Nov 2015
  9. Susan Calman: Lady Like

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Feisty and caustic wit.

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

    Dates

    24 Feb 2015 to 28 Nov 2015
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