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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: 'A Fairytale of Aberdeen' - Free drama workshop for ages 6-9 exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.'A Fairytale of Aberdeen' - Free drama workshop for ages 6-9 exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
On 05 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Vibrant Aberdeen, Foundation Scotland, and Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Stoirm Òg and ACT Aberdeen will be holding free community workshops exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Children & Family-Friendly)
Crafts Event: Aberdeen Ministry of CraftsAberdeen Ministry of Crafts
On 05 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts monthly market is held the first Saturday of every month. Over 20 stalls featuring the best artists, designers and makers from city and shire.
(Theme: Markets,Crafts)
Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: Danestone Congregational Church Autumn FayreDanestone Congregational Church Autumn Fayre
On 05 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
Autumn Fayre
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
Performing Arts Event: 'A Local Beauty' - Free drama workshop for ages 18+ exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.'A Local Beauty' - Free drama workshop for ages 18+ exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
On 05 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Vibrant Aberdeen, Foundation Scotland, and Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Stoirm Òg and ACT Aberdeen will be holding free community workshops exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Performing Arts)
Young People Event: 'My City, Early Days' - Free drama workshop for ages 10-14 exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.'My City, Early Days' - Free drama workshop for ages 10-14 exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
On 05 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Vibrant Aberdeen, Foundation Scotland, and Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Stoirm Òg and ACT Aberdeen will be holding free community workshops exploring themes related to North East culture, history, language and song.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Young People)
Theatre & Shows Event: SPECTRETOWN, a new Doric play inspired by the bothy ballads of the North East.SPECTRETOWN, a new Doric play inspired by the bothy ballads of the North East.
From 05 Sep 2015 To 07 Sep 2015(Monday, Saturday and Sunday)
Stoirm Òg, in co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre, present SPECTRETOWN, written by Elspeth Turner and directed by Matthew Lenton.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
Health Event: Positive LivingPositive Living
On 06 Sep 2015(Sunday Only)
Learn how your mind really works and how we can steer our thoughts to control how we feel and to make better choices.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Putting the Positive into DementiaPutting the Positive into Dementia
On 07 Sep 2015
Join Aberdeen City Libraries and dementia researcher and writer John Killick to celebrate the strengths and insights of people living with dementia.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Senior Citizens/50+,)
Visual Arts Event: Gray's School of Art, Short Course EXTRA
4 Day: Figure Drawing SchoolGray's School of Art, Short Course EXTRA 4 Day: Figure Drawing School
From 07 Sep 2015 To 10 Sep 2015(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
A new Short Course Extra opportunity to spend 4 days of concentrated study, working from the human form in the drawing studios of Gray’s School of Art.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Visual Arts)
Dance Event: Aberdeen Kilt Kickers American Square Dance ClubAberdeen Kilt Kickers American Square Dance Club
From 07 Sep 2015 To 14 Sep 2015(Monday Only)
Open night to introduce new-comers
(Theme: Dance,Workshops & Courses)
Heritage Event: An Introduction to Family HistoryAn Introduction to Family History
On 09 Sep 2015
Learn more about family history resources and discover tips and techniques for getting the most out of them at this free workshop led by Aberdeen City Libraries' Local Studies team.
(Theme: Heritage,Workshops & Courses,)
Business Event: Business Boosters - “Explore new opportunities, increase visibility to potential buyers, streamline pre-qualification”
Business Boosters - “Explore new opportunities, increase visibility to potential buyers, streamline pre-qualification”
On 09 Sep 2015(Wednesday Only)
Overview of current buyer trends in the local market Update on Achilles FPAL services: New Buyers, Updated Pilot Forward Workplans
(Theme: Business)
Sport & Games Event: Westburn & Victoria Park - Urban Orienteering!Westburn & Victoria Park - Urban Orienteering!
On 09 Sep 2015(Wednesday Only)
Gramp Orienteers Wednesday Evening Urban Series Event
(Theme: Sport & Games)
Environment Event: TechFest Opening Night
Faulty Communications: Why Earthquake Science is Failing At-Risk Communities.TechFest Opening Night Faulty Communications: Why Earthquake Science is Failing At-Risk Communities.
On 11 Sep 2015(Friday Only)
Professor Iain Stewart from Plymouth University talks about how to translate our scientific understanding of the earthquake hazard into effective preparedness and improved safety on the ground.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Environment)
Guided Walks/Tours Event: Doors Open Day - Aberdeen Central LibraryDoors Open Day - Aberdeen Central Library
On 12 Sep 2015
Find out more about the history and architecture of Aberdeen Central Library during free tours for Doors Open Day.
(Theme: Guided Walks/Tours,Heritage,)
Fundraising Event: Wee Jaunt AberdeenWee Jaunt Aberdeen
On 13 Sep 2015(Sunday Only)
The Wee Jaunt Aberdeen, now in its third year, is a family friendly bike ride offering a fantastic traffic-free loop route route right through the heart of Aberdeen.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Fundraising)
Music Event: Singles' Dinner DanceSingles' Dinner Dance
On 19 Sep 2015(Saturday Only)
You are invited to Zesty Adventures' Singles' Dinner Dance
(Theme: Dance,Music)
Films Event: Hollywood ScienceHollywood Science
On 21 Sep 2015(Monday Only)
Based on the BBC/Open University TV series Hollywood Science Dr Jonathan Hare of the University of Sussex looks at the science behind those blockbuster movies.
(Theme: Films,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Media Event: SocialMediaScienceSocialMediaScience
On 22 Sep 2015(Tuesday Only)
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, blogs, frappe, cyber-bullying and sexting. Over the past decade the social life of teens has moved online.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Media)
Education Event: Little Scientists Days: Colour & LightLittle Scientists Days: Colour & Light
On 24 Sep 2015(Thursday Only)
On the 24th ofSeptember, explore the mysteries of light, colour and shadows in this interactive workshops for 3-5 year olds!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Education)
Exhibitions Event: Scottish Home ShowScottish Home Show
From 25 Sep 2015 To 27 Sep 2015(Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
The largest new homes and DIY show in North Scotland!
(Theme: Exhibitions)
Countryside Event: Outdoor & Woodland LearningOutdoor & Woodland Learning
On 27 Sep 2015(Sunday Only)
Join us for some family fun outdoor activities. Booking ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited.
(Theme: Countryside,Children & Family-Friendly)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Aberdeen Art Fair 2015
Aberdeen Art Fair 2015
From 04 Sep 2015 To 06 Sep 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
The AAF offers visitors the opportunity to view and buy a wide range of art from a broad range of galleries and artists from across Scotland and the UK.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Visual Arts)
 Event: Meditation Made Easy
Meditation Made Easy
On 07 Sep 2015 (Monday Only)
This introductory course over four sessions shares basic Raja Yoga philosophy which helps to settle our thoughts so that we can then become focused and peaceful.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
 Event: Meditation Made Easy
Meditation Made Easy
On 07 Sep 2015 (Monday Only)
This introductory course over four evening sessions shares basic Raja Yoga philosophy which helps to settle our thoughts so that we can then become focused and peaceful.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
 Event: Matt Wilson 'Ten Isles'
Matt Wilson 'Ten Isles'
From 22 Aug 2015 To 08 Sep 2015 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Lithographs, digital prints and screenprints by an award winning artist Matt Wilson.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: How It All Began: The Story Behind The Brand
How It All Began: The Story Behind The Brand
On 10 Sep 2015
Discover the story behind your favourite brands at this free event with Aberdeen City Libraries
(Theme: Business,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: Demystifying BMI and the Truth About Fat
Demystifying BMI and the Truth About Fat
On 13 Sep 2015 (Sunday Only)
Join us as Dr Saleyha Ahsan delves into the mysteries of BMI and the truth about fat
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
 Event: Alzheimer Scotland Aberdeen Memory Walk 2015
Alzheimer Scotland Aberdeen Memory Walk 2015
On 13 Sep 2015 (Sunday Only)
Alzheimer Scotland is asking everyone to put their best foot forward and take part in a 3.5K walk around Hazlehead Park, to raise money for people living with dementia and their families in Aberdeen.
(Theme: Fundraising,Health)
 Event: Science of Champagne
Science of Champagne
On 14 Sep 2015 (Monday Only)
A guided and tutored tasting of Champagne. This event is strictly age 18+
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Aberdeen Kilt Kickers American Square Dance Club
Aberdeen Kilt Kickers American Square Dance Club
From 07 Sep 2015 To 14 Sep 2015 (Monday Only)
Open Night to introduce new-comers
(Theme: Dance,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: TechFest Goes Quiet
TechFest Goes Quiet
On 15 Sep 2015 (Tuesday Only)
Aimed at families with children who have additional support needs. This event is not open to the general public and places must be pre-booked.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Science is for Everyone: Changing the World, One new Biologist at a Time
Science is for Everyone: Changing the World, One new Biologist at a Time
On 15 Sep 2015 (Tuesday Only)
Thinking of studying Biology but don’t know exactly what kind of career it might lead you to? Aberdeen Science Grrl and The Society of Biology are hosting an evening of talks from women working in STEM careers with a focus on BIOLOGY!
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Young People)
 Event: Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism
Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism
From 02 Sep 2015 To 16 Sep 2015 (Wednesday Only)
An introduction to basic Buddhist meditation and the ideas behind it.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Balgownie - Urban Orienteering!
Balgownie - Urban Orienteering!
On 16 Sep 2015 (Wednesday Only)
Gramp Orienteers Wednesday Evening Urban Series Event
(Theme: Sport & Games)
 Event: Seaton Park & Hillhead - Urban Orienteering!
Seaton Park & Hillhead - Urban Orienteering!
On 16 Sep 2015 (Wednesday Only)
Gramp Orienteers Wednesday Evening Urban Series Event
(Theme: Sport & Games)
 Event: Old News: The Gateway to New Knowledge
Old News: The Gateway to New Knowledge
On 16 Sep 2015
Join Aberdeen City Libraries' Local Studies team at this free workshop to discover something new about the past using local history resources.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Heritage,)
 Event: Tea and a Tour of TechFest
Tea and a Tour of TechFest
On 17 Sep 2015 (Thursday Only)
You are never too old... For afternoon tea and a tour of our science workshops at the Gordon Barracks
(Theme: Senior Citizens/50+,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
 Event: Quiz Night Fundraiser for CFINE
Quiz Night Fundraiser for CFINE
On 18 Sep 2015 (Friday Only)
JCI Aberdeen are organising a fundraising Quiz Night on behalf of Community Food Initiatives North East
(Theme: Fundraising,Sport & Games)
 Event: The Far North: Frozen Stars, Shifting Ice and the Silence Beyond
The Far North: Frozen Stars, Shifting Ice and the Silence Beyond
From 03 Apr 2015 To 20 Sep 2015 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Our new exhibition in the University Library Gallery explores the idea of the The Far North through contemporary art and music, historical artefacts and written words.
(Theme: Heritage,Visual Arts)
 Event: City Centre Women's Heritage Walk
City Centre Women's Heritage Walk
From 26 Jul 2015 To 23 Sep 2015 (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
You'll hear some great stories about some remarkable women who had some wonderful achievements and contributions to our city. Many of these women were truly pioneers.
(Theme: Guided Walks/Tours)
 Event: Catherine Redgate: Open Night & Art Exhibition
Catherine Redgate: Open Night & Art Exhibition
From 21 Aug 2015 To 23 Sep 2015 (Weekdays Only)
Featuring local artist, Catherine Redgate, you are invited to come along to our advanced preview of her first solo exhibition since graduating in 2011, as part of our Art in the Waiting Room programme on Friday 21st August, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
(Theme: Exhibitions,Fundraising)

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