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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

Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: Puffins: Past Present and Future
Puffins: Past Present and Future
On 17 Sep 2014(Wednesday Only)
What lies behind the dramatic changes in fortune of this iconic Scottish Seabird?
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: Cafe Scientifique - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Cafe Scientifique - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
On 17 Sep 2014(Wednesday Only)
Speaker: Professor Christian Haerpfer On the eve of one of Scotland's biggest decisions, we will look at democratic transitions and transformations across the globe and the many factors affecting decision-making.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Music Event: Jazz at the Blue Lamp - Ollie Howell QuintetJazz at the Blue Lamp - Ollie Howell Quintet
On 18 Sep 2014(Thursday Only)
Young drumming phenomenon in the powerful yet accessible style of Art Blakey. His young band include Duncan Eagles (sax), Mark Perrt(trumpet), Matt Robinson (piano) and Max Luthert (bass).
(Theme: Music)
Dance Event: La Fiesta Latina - Latino Night.La Fiesta Latina - Latino Night.
On 19 Sep 2014(Friday Only)
Salsa class for beginners followed by Salsa Party.
(Theme: Dance)
Performing Arts Event: Death By Chocolate Murder Mystery Drama and BuffetDeath By Chocolate Murder Mystery Drama and Buffet
From 19 Sep 2014 To 20 Sep 2014(Friday and Saturday)
An entertaining evening drama based on a real historical event.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
Workshops & Courses Event: Seed Bead: Floral LinksSeed Bead: Floral Links
On 20 Sep 2014(Saturday Only)
Jewellery making class at Bead Pop in Aberdeen city centre.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Young People Event: Heroes of TomorrowHeroes of Tomorrow
On 20 Sep 2014(Saturday Only)
As part of the Statoil sponsorship, TechFest In September will stage a new Science communication event featuring students from S1-S6 presenting short 5 minute talks on a particular STEM topic which they are passionate about.
(Theme: Education,Young People)
Heritage Event: Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's September Meeting.Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's September Meeting.
On 20 Sep 2014(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)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Dr Bunhead's Secret Science LabDr Bunhead's Secret Science Lab
On 20 Sep 2014(Saturday Only)
Liquid Magnets, Super Sticky Bogeys, Rainbow Foam Jets, and loads more.
(Theme: Education,Children & Family-Friendly)
Fundraising Event: CLAN Landmark Walk Goes PurpleCLAN Landmark Walk Goes Purple
On 21 Sep 2014(Sunday Only)
Put your best foot forward and take part in our sponsored walk around Aberdeen to raise awareness and funds for CLAN, your local cancer support charity.
(Theme: Fundraising,Children & Family-Friendly)
Business Event: The Big Aberdeen EventThe Big Aberdeen Event
On 22 Sep 2014(Monday Only)
The Big Aberdeen Event is a Conference accompanied by Give it a Try arenas offering free family fun, help and advice, opportunities to try and activities to interact with
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Business)
Environment Event: What the frack?What the frack?
On 22 Sep 2014(Monday Only)
Come along to find out a bit more about the process of shale gas extraction.
(Theme: Environment,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Exhibitions Event: Free talk and launch of photography exhibition 'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' by Judah PassowFree talk and launch of photography exhibition 'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' by Judah Passow
On 22 Sep 2014
Award-winning documentary maker Judah Passow has travelled the length and breadth of the country documenting Scottish Jewish life in the 21st Century. His photography will be displayed in the Central Library until 30 December.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
Health Event: There's more to vision than meets the eyes!There's more to vision than meets the eyes!
On 22 Sep 2014(Monday Only)
We will discuss the amazing ability of our brain to make sense of the visual world.
(Theme: Health,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon.Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon.
On 22 Sep 2014(Monday Only)
Join local shipwreck author and technical diver Rod MacDonald of Stonehaven as he discusses the "Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon"
(Theme: Heritage,Senior Citizens/50+)
Sport & Games Event: Dry Slope Dynamics: Discovery Tour.Dry Slope Dynamics: Discovery Tour.
On 24 Sep 2014(Wednesday Only)
An Exploration into the Science and Technology behind the modern ski and snowboard equipment. With the backdrop of the weekly freestyle night at the dry ski slope
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Sport & Games)
Countryside Event: John Muir Trust Visiting Speaker.John Muir Trust Visiting Speaker.
On 25 Sep 2014(Thursday Only)
Shaila Rao, Ecologist, Mar Lodge Estate, Natinal Trust Scotland, will give a talk on behalf of John Muir Trust North East Group, on the subject of Woodland Restoration in the Uplands.
(Theme: Environment,Countryside)
Guided Walks/Tours Event: Under Pressure: National Hyperbaric Centre Discovery Tour.Under Pressure: National Hyperbaric Centre Discovery Tour.
On 25 Sep 2014(Thursday Only)
Have an up close and personal glimpse into the vital work carried out at the centre guided by it's enthusiastic staff.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Guided Walks/Tours)
Visual Arts Event: After Hours: Colour ClashAfter Hours: Colour Clash
On 26 Sep 2014(Friday Only)
We’ll be wrapping up our gloriously colourful Kaffe Fassett exhibition in the best way possible! Don your most vibrant outfit as we invite you to join the Colour Clash.
(Theme: Visual Arts,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Written Word Event: Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival The Power of Words.Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival The Power of Words.
On 26 Sep 2014(Friday Only)
Poetry evening
(Theme: Written Word,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Markets Event: March Hare Craft & Vintage MarketMarch Hare Craft & Vintage Market
On 27 Sep 2014(Saturday Only)
The March Hare Craft & Vintage Market is a regular monthly market in Aberdeen City, Scotland. We feature an eclectic selection of stallholders from vintage fashion to handmade furnishings.
(Theme: Crafts,Markets)
Seasonal Event: Union Square Student Sessions.Union Square Student Sessions.
On 01 Oct 2014(Wednesday Only)
Abderdeen's biggest student day.
(Theme: Seasonal,Young People)
Films Event: Director's Cut Event - Thomas Weber and Niki Stein.Director's Cut Event - Thomas Weber and Niki Stein.
On 13 Oct 2014(Monday Only)
In 2010, Professor Thomas Weber at the University of Aberdeen published a ground-breaking text, Hitler’s First War.
(Theme: Films,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Breakneck Comedy
Breakneck Comedy
On 16 Sep 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Tuesday 16th September Breakneck Comedy: Graham Mackie Plus Guests Venue: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Doors: 8pm / Show 8.30pm Tickets: £5
(Theme: Performing Arts)
 Event: Brewology : The Science Behind BrewDog
Brewology : The Science Behind BrewDog
On 16 Sep 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Join BrewDog Head Brewer Stuart Bowman as he talks about the Scientific side of Brewing great craft beer.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Science of Cookery.
Science of Cookery.
On 16 Sep 2014 (Tuesday Only)
This presentation will cover the wonders of food combinations and how Science makes for great cooking.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Scottish Water : Powering Our Future.
Scottish Water : Powering Our Future.
On 16 Sep 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Join us for an overview of Scottish Water's energy strategy towards an aspiration of self-sufficiency from renewable power generation.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Fast Algorithms and Slow Things.
Fast Algorithms and Slow Things.
On 17 Sep 2014 (Wednesday Only)
This Talk Speculates upon a Future in which objects will begin to interact with us in different ways.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Scottish Country Dancing Taster Sessions
Scottish Country Dancing Taster Sessions
From 16 Sep 2014 To 18 Sep 2014 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Come and try Scottish Country Dancing in a taster session prior to classes commencing the following week!
(Theme: Dance)
 Event: Face To Face With Your Ancestors.
Face To Face With Your Ancestors.
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
What does your face tell us about your ancestry and identity? The science behind Facial Depiction.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Stonehaven Lifeboats: On The Up
Stonehaven Lifeboats: On The Up
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
Stonehaven's lifeboat is now "on Station" it's Crew will give an account of the trials, tribulations and successes along the way.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Will We Burn More Fossil Fuels? Can We Do It With Low Carbon Emissions.
Will We Burn More Fossil Fuels? Can We Do It With Low Carbon Emissions.
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
Join us for a presentation and open discussion about the effects of burning fossil fuels on our climate.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Household Recyclable Material: Is There A Real Need For Recycling?
Household Recyclable Material: Is There A Real Need For Recycling?
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
Can we bring back the good old days of non-segregated wastes? Is it all just a wee bit over the top now.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: More Than Just Pandas: Role of A Modern Zoo
More Than Just Pandas: Role of A Modern Zoo
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
What does the future hold for zoos worldwide?
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Animal Conservation With Animates
Animal Conservation With Animates
On 19 Sep 2014 (Friday Only)
This workshop explores the aspects of animal conservation and how poaching and the black market are strong contenders in the depletion of species numbers.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Introduction to Meditation
Introduction to Meditation
On 20 Sep 2014 (Saturday Only)
An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Suitable for Complete Beginners.
(Theme: Education)
 Event: Breakneck Comedy
Breakneck Comedy
On 20 Sep 2014 (Saturday Only)
Saturday 20th September Breakneck Comedy: The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III Plus Guests Venue: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Doors: 8pm / Show 8.30pm Tickets: £10
(Theme: Performing Arts)
 Event: Seed Bead: Embellished Herringbone
Seed Bead: Embellished Herringbone
On 20 Sep 2014 (Saturday Only)
Jewellery making class at Bead Pop in Aberdeen city centre
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Run, Splash and Jump
Run, Splash and Jump
On 21 Sep 2014 (Sunday Only)
Come on an adventure and find out how many fun,easy and free things you can do outside. This event is aimed at children age 10 and under.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Comedy Night
Comedy Night
On 21 Sep 2014 (Sunday Only)
Join Simon Watt and Helen Arney for a fun filled night of Science themed comedy.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows)
 Event: Makeit - Glo
Makeit - Glo
On 21 Sep 2014 (Sunday Only)
Join 57 North, an Aberdeen Hacklab, for a three hour introductory electronics workshop and build a bendy, multi-coloured 'MakeIt-Glo' lamp using the Arduino compatible Digispark microcontroller.
(Theme: Education,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Schiaparelli Pink Day.
Schiaparelli Pink Day.
On 21 Sep 2014 (Sunday Only)
Free entry to Braemar Castle for those wearing pink.
(Theme: Heritage,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Dr Death and the medi-evil medicine show
Dr Death and the medi-evil medicine show
On 21 Sep 2014 (Sunday Only)
Warning this show promises blood, guts, gore and a lot more!
(Theme: Education,Children & Family-Friendly)

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