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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

Children & Family-Friendly Event: StorypocketsStorypockets
On 21 Apr 2015(Saturday Only)
Sessions for families and very young children to enjoy rhymes, songs and simple stories and make a "pocket place" as somewhere to keep their own creative responses.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: Pictish stones at the UniversityPictish stones at the University
On 22 Apr 2015(Wednesday Only)
A FREE curator's Talk
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage)
Environment Event: Little Scientists Day: PlantsLittle Scientists Day: Plants
On 22 Apr 2015(Wednesday Only)
Little Scientists from Aberdeen City are invited to take a fun journey through plants from all over the world!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Environment)
Business Event: Intellectual Property Advice ClinicsIntellectual Property Advice Clinics
On 22 Apr 2015
Discuss your ideas for new products or brands with a registered patent attorney in the Central Library
(Theme: Business,)
Music Event: Jazz at the Bluelamp - Dave NewtonJazz at the Bluelamp - Dave Newton
On 23 Apr 2015(Thursday Only)
David Newton has been the winner of ‘Jazz Pianist of the Year’ in the British Jazz Awards on no less than 10 occasions
(Theme: Music)
Performing Arts Event: Va Va Voom PresentsVa Va Voom Presents
On 23 Apr 2015(Thursday and Friday)
Va Va Voom presents "Aye Spy" Aberdeen's Inclusive drama group's latest production at the Lemon Tree Aberdeen.
(Theme: Performing Arts)
Exhibitions Event: The Far North: Curators' TalkThe Far North: Curators' Talk
On 23 Apr 2015(Thursday Only)
In this curators talk, Professor Peter Davidson and Sophie Dietrich will give an introduction to the history and ideas behind the current exhibition in the Sir Duncan Rice Library Gallery - The Far North: Frozen Stars, Shifting Ice & the Silence Beyond.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Exhibitions)
Theatre & Shows Event: Tonight...From The West EndTonight...From The West End
On 23 Apr 2015(Thursday Only)
Join us for an extravaganza of Musical Theatre this April as some of the hottest names from the West End and Broadway take to the stage to perform in an all singing all dancing production featuring some of the songs from the best loved shows.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
Written Word Event: World Book Night with Quintin JardineWorld Book Night with Quintin Jardine
On 23 Apr 2015
Author Quintin Jardine will visit the Central Library on World Book Night to talk about his bestselling crime fiction.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word,)
Sport & Games Event: Forest Sprint Orienteering - TollohillForest Sprint Orienteering - Tollohill
On 24 Apr 2015(Friday Only)
Blast away the cobwebs of the week with the 2015 Spring Friday Evening Orienteering sprint series.
(Theme: Sport & Games,Countryside)
Fundraising Event: Pop in for Parkinson'sPop in for Parkinson's
On 24 Apr 2015(Friday Only)
Pop up Cafe and Community Fun Day in aid of Parkinson's UK Please come, support us and join the fun, everyone is very welcome.
(Theme: Fundraising,Children & Family-Friendly)
Health Event: You are Priceless!You are Priceless!
On 24 Apr 2015(Friday Only)
We don’t value people and things because we have not taken the time to appreciate them.  Recognise the value of each moment and that some things, like time, health, and love, are simply priceless!
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
Design Event: Great Recovery WorkshopGreat Recovery Workshop
On 28 Apr 2015(Tuesday Only)
The RSA's Great Recovery project comes to Aberdeen, giving you a chance to take part in a tear down workshop of design and reuse
(Theme: Design,Workshops & Courses)
Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: Walk on the Wild SideWalk on the Wild Side
On 29 Apr 2015(Sunday Only)
Walk on the Wild Side is a 3k jungle themed sponsored walk and family fun day.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Crafts Event: Iceberg's Open DayIceberg's Open Day
On 01 May 2015(Friday Only)
Iceberg's Open Day is an opportunity to involve in exciting print and design activities, to learn something new, to have lunch outside and to enjoy performances of comedians and musicians!
(Theme: Design,Crafts)
Markets Event: Aberdeen ministry of CraftsAberdeen ministry of Crafts
On 02 May 2015(Saturday Only)
Makers monthly market featuring 20+ stalls. Quality handmade items from local artists, designers and makers
(Theme: Crafts,Markets)
Dance Event: Afternoon tango brought to you by Tango Aberdeen and TangodeeAfternoon tango brought to you by Tango Aberdeen and Tangodee
On 03 May 2015(Sunday Only)
A Milonga similar to those in Buenos Aires on your Scottish doorstep.
(Theme: Dance,Music)
Films Event: Cafe Philosophique - Philosophy, Mountaineering and RiskCafe Philosophique - Philosophy, Mountaineering and Risk
On 08 May 2015(Friday Only)
4th Annual Philosophy Public Lecture
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Films)
Visual Arts Event: Gray's School of Art, Short Course EXTRA
Printmaking: Monoprint and DrypointGray's School of Art, Short Course EXTRA Printmaking: Monoprint and Drypoint
On 09 May 2015(Saturday Only)
Spend a day creating your own unique intaglio prints in Gray's Printmaking Workshop with an experienced tutor on hand. This course is suitable for beginners and offers an introduction to monoprint and drypoint processes.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Visual Arts)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: How To Use The Free Library eMagazine ServiceHow To Use The Free Library eMagazine Service
On 11 May 2015(Monday Only)
Silver City Surfers hold monthly information talks on different aspects of computing and the Internet. May's talk will demonstrate to older people (over 55) how to use their library services online to download eMagazines.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Senior Citizens/50+)
Young People Event: Murder on the High SeasMurder on the High Seas
On 15 May 2015(Friday Only)
Will you make it off the S.S Maritime alive? Catch the culprit before they catch you! A murder mystery event and themed creative activities.
(Theme: Performing Arts,Young People)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Silent Discussion presents Terry Whyte (Creepy Finger Records)
Silent Discussion presents Terry Whyte (Creepy Finger Records)
From 18 Apr 2015 To 19 Apr 2015 (Saturday Only)
Scottish DJ/Producer Terry Whyte has become an established name on the Scottish, UK and International clubbing circuit since debuting in Paisley’s notorious Club 69 back in 2007.
(Theme: Music)
 Event: Teddy Bear Sleepover & Storytime with Linda Strachan
Teddy Bear Sleepover & Storytime with Linda Strachan
On 23 Apr 2015
Bring your favourite teddy to Aberdeen Central Children's Library on World Book Night for a fun, family event with children's author Linda Strachan
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling,)
 Event: The Trickery
The Trickery
On 24 Apr 2015 (Friday Only)
The Trickery is back, bringing you the best and most original acts from around the world. Join us for a fun filled Friday night of cabaret.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
 Event: International Conference on Violence against Women and Faith Responses
International Conference on Violence against Women and Faith Responses
From 23 Apr 2015 To 25 Apr 2015 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
For faith leaders, community leaders, activists, academics, researchers, students, and interested professionals and particularly, everyone who wants to make a difference to women’s lived experience of surviving violence.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: Aberdeen Student Show presents: Tilly Elliot!
Aberdeen Student Show presents: Tilly Elliot!
From 22 Apr 2015 To 25 Apr 2015 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
When the council and a local oil company threaten to close down John Deere' farm, he looks to his son Elliot to help him. The only problem is, Elliot doesn't want to be a farmer...
(Theme: Performing Arts)
 Event: Alfie's Trust recruiting now for runners to join Team Alfie
Alfie's Trust recruiting now for runners to join Team Alfie
From 25 Apr 2015 To 26 Apr 2015 (Weekend Only)
Looking for a challenge to get fit in 2015. Alfie's Trust is one of the nominated charities at Run Balmoral this year.
(Theme: Fundraising,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Modern Naturalis
by Morgan Cahn
Modern Naturalis by Morgan Cahn
From 04 Apr 2015 To 26 Apr 2015 (Weekend Only)
Modern Naturalis is about looking at the world with wonder.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: Cafe MED: Weight Loss Surgery - A magic pill?
Cafe MED: Weight Loss Surgery - A magic pill?
On 27 Apr 2015 (Monday Only)
Obesity reduces the quality of life for individuals and puts a strain on health services. We will ask whether surgery is currently our best method of intervention and explore what might be on offer in the future.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
 Event: Experience Caledonia
Experience Caledonia
On 27 Apr 2015 (Monday Only)
The key points of our event concept are: *Scottish/Celtic traditional musical celebration * Embrace and expose traditional Scottish culture * Subtle Scottish integration
(Theme: Music)
 Event: Grimescapes Exhibition
Grimescapes Exhibition
From 04 Apr 2015 To 28 Apr 2015 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Works by a fine artist Grant McNicoll who specialises in high detail oil paintings. He previously studied at Gray's School of Art and graduated in 2013 with BA Honours Degree in Fine Art.
(Theme: Visual Arts,Exhibitions)
 Event: An Evening with John McGuinness
An Evening with John McGuinness
On 28 Apr 2015 (Tuesday Only)
An opportunity to hear from motorcycle racing legends
(Theme: Sport & Games,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: Comedy, Cocktails & Cupcakes at the Carmelite
Comedy, Cocktails & Cupcakes at the Carmelite
On 29 Apr 2015 (Wednesday Only)
Join us for an evening of Comedy, Cocktails & Cupcakes at The Carmelite - tickets just £15 per person which include a cocktail & cupcake.
(Theme: Fundraising)
 Event: Cafe Scientifique- A wake-up call on Sleeping Sickness
Cafe Scientifique- A wake-up call on Sleeping Sickness
On 29 Apr 2015 (Wednesday Only)
African Sleeping Sickness is threatening a staggering 60 million Africans. Discover how students from the University of Aberdeen have pioneered detection of dangerous diseases using synthetic biology.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Jazz at the Bluelamp - Phil Dwyer
Jazz at the Bluelamp - Phil Dwyer
On 30 Apr 2015 (Thursday Only)
Canadian Sax man Phil Dwyer has been a force on the international jazz scene for over two decades and comes to the Bluelamp as part of his European tour,
(Theme: Music)
 Event: Light, Science, Action!
Light, Science, Action!
From 04 Apr 2015 To 30 Apr 2015 (Everyday)
For Spring, Aberdeen Science Centre will celebrate the International Year of Light with events and activities that will light up the day for all the family!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Young People)
 Event: Intellectual Property Basics for Charities
Intellectual Property Basics for Charities
On 30 Apr 2015
To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, Aberdeen City Libraries is offering local charities the opportunity to find out more about the role of Intellectual Property in their sector at this free event.
(Theme: Business,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: Knit One Pearl One Bracelet
Knit One Pearl One Bracelet
On 02 May 2015 (Saturday Only)
Use these innovative 'superduo' seed beads to weave a bracelet with a knitted texture in this workshop with Carol Paris at Bead Pop.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Crafts)
 Event: Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea
From 02 May 2015 To 03 May 2015 (Weekend Only)
Experience the sheer indulgence of Afternoon Tea at the Beach Ballroom.
(Theme: Music,)
 Event: The Art of Vintage & Crafts
The Art of Vintage & Crafts
On 03 May 2015 (Sunday Only)
Up to 40 Tables filled with Vintage, Arts & Crafts.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Markets)
 Event: Wellcome Image Awards at Aberdeen Science Centre
Wellcome Image Awards at Aberdeen Science Centre
From 19 Mar 2015 To 19 May 2015 (Everyday)
Aberdeen Science Centre, Satrosphere will host the Wellcome Image Awards and showcase the best in science imaging talent and techniques.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)

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