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What's On In Aberdeen

Aberdeen City and Shire is a vibrant and exciting region which will take your breath away, with a wide range of festivals and events. Choose from Highland Games, music or literature festivals and continental markets - there is more to discover everyday.

This comprehensive events calendar is updated daily by the Council, event partners and community groups to allow you to find hundreds of local events and things to do in Aberdeen City and Shire.

Event Highlights

Performing Arts Event: A Lot of Hot AirA Lot of Hot Air
On 09 Feb 2016(Tuesday Only)
A night of stand up comedy
(Theme: Performing Arts)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: Fortifying Rulership in Pictland: the results of excavations at three fortified enclosures in Northeast ScotlandFortifying Rulership in Pictland: the results of excavations at three fortified enclosures in Northeast Scotland
On 09 Feb 2016(Tuesday Only)
Evening Lecture in association with University of Aberdeen Museums and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Seasonal Event: Ash Wednesday ServiceAsh Wednesday Service
On 10 Feb 2016(Wednesday Only)
Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist
(Theme: Seasonal,Music)
Crafts Event: Wire Work Fun: Make your Own Wire LinksWire Work Fun: Make your Own Wire Links
On 10 Feb 2016(Wednesday Only)
A great workshop to show you some of the foundation techniques of wireworking.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Environment Event: Composting on a National ScaleComposting on a National Scale
On 11 Feb 2016(Thursday Only)
Rachael Reid, environmental and compliance officer at Keenan Recycling Ltd, talks about scaling up the natural processes of composting to deliver an organics recycling service for Scotland.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Environment)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Spectra Aberdeen's Festival of LightSpectra Aberdeen's Festival of Light
From 11 Feb 2016 To 14 Feb 2016(Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
SPECTRA 2016, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light returns to the city to celebrate the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Visual Arts,)
Young People Event: The Social: Superheroes & ComicsThe Social: Superheroes & Comics
On 12 Feb 2016(Friday Only)
Our Young People’s Collective invites you to take part in an evening of creativity and entertainment, inspired by the colourful world of superheroes and graphic novels.
(Theme: Crafts,Young People,)
Theatre & Shows Event: Burlesque and cabaret showBurlesque and cabaret show
On 13 Feb 2016(Saturday Only)
An evening of burlesque and cabaret
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
Education Event: The EU as a Global ActorThe EU as a Global Actor
On 16 Feb 2016
Join Europe Direct Aberdeen and the European Law Student Association for a panel discussion on the role of EU sanctions in foreign policy.
(Theme: Education,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
Business Event: Intellectual Property Advice ClinicsIntellectual Property Advice Clinics
On 17 Feb 2016(Wednesday Only)
Discuss your ideas for new products or brands with a patent attorney in the Central Library
(Theme: Business,)
Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: Circus of Horrors Murder Mystery Evening
Circus of Horrors Murder Mystery Evening
On 19 Feb 2016(Friday Only)
Murder Mystery evening with dinner at Maryculter House Hotel
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Health Event: The Power of LoveThe Power of Love
On 19 Feb 2016(Friday Only)
Spiritual love leads us to an inner stillness : one that gives us the power to unite, to guide and to free people.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
Heritage Event: Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's February MeetingAberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's February Meeting
On 20 Feb 2016(Saturday Only)
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland.
(Theme: Heritage,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Markets Event: Vintage Wedding ShowVintage Wedding Show
On 21 Feb 2016(Sunday Only)
The Vintage Wedding Show is Scotland's boutique wedding event for the bride searching for good quality, originality and style.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Markets)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Brand Nostalgia: The 1950sBrand Nostalgia: The 1950s
On 24 Feb 2016
Do you remember the 1950s? Join Aberdeen City Libraries for a nostalgic look at some of the decade's best consumer brands.
(Theme: Heritage,Senior Citizens/50+,)
Fundraising Event: Never Mind the BusinessNever Mind the Business
On 03 Mar 2016(Thursday Only)
Make a date at the Beach Ballroom for our legendary music quiz!
(Theme: Business,Fundraising,)
Films Event: 'Down by the River''Down by the River'
On 20 Mar 2016(Sunday Only)
'Down By The River' sponsored by Plan B, invites you to Aberdeen's first Open Air Cinema! http://www.myplanb.it/
(Theme: Films,Theatre & Shows)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Could you fall in love with a robot?
Could you fall in love with a robot?
On 11 Feb 2016 (Thursday Only)
Join us for a thought-provoking evening of debate focusing on our future as humans alongside artificial intelligence.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Crafts workshop: Introduction to earring making
Crafts workshop: Introduction to earring making
On 11 Feb 2016 (Thursday Only)
This is a great introduction to making earrings, from dangles and cute little studs to gypsy style hooped charm earrings.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2016
From 08 Feb 2016 To 12 Feb 2016 (Weekdays Only)
The University of Aberdeen will mark the Chinese New Year with traditional activities to welcome the year of the monkey.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Make Your Own Spring Leaf Bracelet
Make Your Own Spring Leaf Bracelet
On 12 Feb 2016 (Saturday Only)
Another great macrame knotted bracelet workshop from Jahan!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Papercut Workshop at Bead Pop
Papercut Workshop at Bead Pop
On 13 Feb 2016 (Saturday Only)
Choose from three designs, then using a scalpel and cutting mat we will help you make a professional looking finished piece that is bound to be admired.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Classics at Ferryhill
Classics at Ferryhill
On 13 Feb 2016 (Saturday Only)
Grampian Concert Orchestra's February concert features three joyful and magical works to lift the spirits on a winter's evening.
(Theme: Music)
 Event: MICK FERRY at Breakneck Comedy
MICK FERRY at Breakneck Comedy
On 13 Feb 2016 (Saturday Only)
Aberdeen's Premier Comedy Club
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
 Event: Astronaut Training
Astronaut Training
From 16 Jan 2016 To 14 Feb 2016 (Weekend Only)
Join us every weekend in January for our Astronaut Training Programme.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Photography - Alternative Processes (Advanced/40hr)
Photography - Alternative Processes (Advanced/40hr)
From 17 Oct 2015 To 14 Feb 2016 (Weekend Only)
This course provides an exploration of a variety of alternative photographic processes.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Visual Arts)
 Event: Beginners Jewellery Making Class
Beginners Jewellery Making Class
On 16 Feb 2016 (Tuesday Only)
New to jewellery making? In this workshop you'll get familiarised with the tools and terminology of basic bead jewellery making whilst learning multiple techniques and making your own gorgeous jewellery to take home with you on the day.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Exploring Old Roads on Deeside
Exploring Old Roads on Deeside
On 16 Feb 2016 (Tuesday Only)
An illustrated lecture on the Old Deeside Road and the Mounth passes
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Beginners Crochet Workshop (Part 1)
Beginners Crochet Workshop (Part 1)
On 17 Feb 2016 (Wednesday Only)
We are very excited to be hosting this beginner’s crochet workshop with Judith Balfour!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Kids activities at Bead Pop
Kids activities at Bead Pop
From 16 Feb 2016 To 17 Feb 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Choose a morning or afternoon session and make a badge, keyring, bracelet or necklace!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Jewellery Making Workshop: Make your own prong set ring!
Jewellery Making Workshop: Make your own prong set ring!
On 20 Feb 2016 (Saturday Only)
During this workshop, Marie will show you how to make your own ring setting using wire.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: City of Ghosts: A Dialogue with George Washington Wilson
City of Ghosts: A Dialogue with George Washington Wilson
From 15 Oct 2015 To 21 Feb 2016 (Everyday)
In this exhibition, the contemporary photographer John Perivolaris reaches back in time to the Aberdeen of the late 19th Century to create a new suite of photographs that pay homage to George Washington Wilson and the city he depicted.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Heritage)
 Event: Meditation in the Park
Meditation in the Park
On 21 Feb 2016 (Sunday Only)
A time for reflective contemplation assisted by music and conducted commentaries, and in the company of nature. Come and go as you please.
(Theme: Environment)
 Event: Cafe Med: Save your bacon
Cafe Med: Save your bacon
On 22 Feb 2016 (Monday Only)
The recent WHO classification of processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens has created many newspaper headlines about the risk of eating bacon. We'll examine what we know about how the body processes meat and the link with cancer development.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
 Event: LUNCHTIME TALKS: BORN AND BAPTISED SEASON
LUNCHTIME TALKS: BORN AND BAPTISED SEASON
From 03 Feb 2016 To 23 Feb 2016
Talks take place on a Wednesday from 12.30-1pm at Aberdeen Maritime Museum or The Tolbooth Museum unless otherwise stated. Admission is free but advance booking is required on 01224 337714.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: An Introduction to Watercolours -Short Course
An Introduction to Watercolours -Short Course
From 02 Feb 2016 To 23 Feb 2016 (Tuesday Only)
A Short Course in Watercolour - running weekly from 2-23 February on Tuesdays 10.30-12.30
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Visual Arts)
 Event: Printed Textiles (Foundation/40hr)
Printed Textiles (Foundation/40hr)
From 05 Oct 2015 To 29 Feb 2016 (Monday Only)
This course is aimed at complete beginners to fabric printing and offers students the opportunity to explore a range of screen printing processes and fabric manipulation including Devore, Procion and Discharge printing methods.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Visual Arts)

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