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. Born And Baptised

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Objects and paintings from the city's collections.

    Dates

    12 Dec 2015 to 27 Mar 2016
  2. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

    Dates

    24 Feb 2015 to 28 Nov 2015
  3. Hairspray

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    A production of the Broadway musical based on John Waters's wonderfully tacky 1988 movie.

    Dates

    1 Feb 2016 to 6 Feb 2016
  4. New Balls Please!

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    An exhibition inspired by Sir John Lavery's famous painting The Tennis Party.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 9 Aug 2015
  5. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Vinyl Theatre presents Edward Albee's drama.

    Dates

    30 Sep 2015 to 2 Oct 2015
  6. Stewart Francis: Pun Gent

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Surreal and deadpan one-liners.

    Dates

    11 Dec 2015
  7. Anita Inverarity

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    Ink mediums with a high focus on line work and drawing.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015 to 4 Sep 2015
  8. Human Presence

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Banchory

    An exploration of how artists capture a human presence.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 3 Mar 2017
  9. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Witty observations and social commentary.

    Dates

    7 Oct 2015 to 15 Nov 2015
  10. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Off-the-wall animation, stand-up and music from The Mighty Boosh co-creator.

    Dates

    16 Nov 2015
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