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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

Sport & Games Event: The Highs and Lows of Scottish Football with Richard GordonThe Highs and Lows of Scottish Football with Richard Gordon
On 24 Nov 2014
Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon will visit Aberdeen Central Library to talk about his books 'Glory in Gothenburg' and 'Scotland 74: A World Cup Story' as part of Book Week Scotland.
(Theme: Sport & Games,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
Written Word Event: Collections Close-upCollections Close-up
On 24 Nov 2014(Monday Only)
Get up close and personal with the treasures of the Special Collections Centre. Featuring John James Audubon's classic "The Birds of America from Original Drawings" vol. 2, of 1831-1834.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word)
Workshops & Courses Event: Rosette Making WorkshopRosette Making Workshop
On 25 Nov 2014(Tuesday Only)
You are invited to come along and make a rosette at the Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen Find out about Glasgow Women’s Library “March of Women” and Aberdeen Women’s Alliance “Women Make History” projects and getting involved in volunteering with us.
(Theme: Design,Workshops & Courses,)
Heritage Event: Family History Workshop at Mastrick LibraryFamily History Workshop at Mastrick Library
On 25 Nov 2014
Join Aberdeen City Libraries to discover more about tracing your ancestry and digging into the past!
(Theme: Heritage,Workshops & Courses,)
Music Event: University of Aberdeen Chamber ChoirUniversity of Aberdeen Chamber Choir
On 25 Nov 2014(Tuesday Only)
Conducted by Paul Mealor
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
Business Event: Business Boosters - Digital MediaBusiness Boosters - Digital Media
On 25 Nov 2014(Tuesday Only)
The Connection Voucher Scheme forms part of Aberdeen's participation in the UK Government's £150 million Super-Connected Cities Programme, running to March 2015.
(Theme: Business)
Countryside Event: Caring for Bennachie and its LandscapeCaring for Bennachie and its Landscape
On 25 Nov 2014(Tuesday Only)
A lecture from Jackie Cumberbirch, Forestry Commission Scotland
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Countryside)
Films Event: CSID's African Film Series presents Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper.CSID's African Film Series presents Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper.
On 25 Nov 2014(Tuesday Only)
Come join us every Tuesday at the University of Aberdeen for an evening of film and discussion.
(Theme: Films)
Young People Event: the BIG BOOK THEORY: Teen Book Quiz 
the BIG BOOK THEORY: Teen Book Quiz
On 26 Nov 2014(Wednesday Only)
Calling all literature loving teens! Gather together a team for Book Week Scotland 2014.
(Theme: Young People,Written Word)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Christmas Tree Switch OnChristmas Tree Switch On
On 27 Nov 2014(Thursday Only)
Enjoy a short carol service in front of the magnificent Christmas tree given by our twin city of Stavanger in Norway before the Lord Provost and the Deputy Mayor of Stavanger switch on the lights.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Fairs, Festivals, Galas,)
Fundraising Event: Quiz and Game Show NightQuiz and Game Show Night
On 28 Nov 2014(Friday Only)
Quiz and Game Show night to raise club funds
(Theme: Fundraising,)
Crafts Event: March Hare Craft & Vintage MarketMarch Hare Craft & Vintage Market
On 29 Nov 2014(Saturday Only)
The March Hare Craft & Vintage Market.
(Theme: Crafts,Markets)
Visual Arts Event: PechaKucha - Visual Culture.PechaKucha - Visual Culture.
On 02 Dec 2014(Tuesday Only)
Join us for a series of short presentations in the PechaKucha format as a number of speakers explore the meaning of visual culture.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Visual Arts)
Seasonal Event: The Acclamations Christmas Concert in aid of EbolaThe Acclamations Christmas Concert in aid of Ebola
On 07 Dec 2014(Sunday Only)
Annual Christmas Concert in aid of Ebola
(Theme: Music,Seasonal)
Health Event: The Medicinal Herb Garden through the seasonsThe Medicinal Herb Garden through the seasons
On 11 Dec 2014(Thursday Only)
An illustrated talk showing what herbs can be grown or wild crafted for medicinal purposes in Northeast Scotland. Retired Medical Herbalist Erica Hollis describes when herbs are in season, how they are prepared and how they are used to sustain health.
(Theme: Health,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Exhibitions Event: St Machar Academy Great War ExhibitionSt Machar Academy Great War Exhibition
On 15 Dec 2014(Saturday Only)
The exhibition focuses on commemorating the memory of those from Aberdeen and the North East who fought and died in the conflict.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Heritage)
Dance Event: Burns Ceilidh SupperBurns Ceilidh Supper
From 23 Jan 2015 To 24 Jan 2015(Friday and Saturday)
A traditional Burns Ceilidh Supper.
(Theme: Dance,Fairs, Festivals, Galas,)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Halloween and Bonfire Night: So What do you do?
Halloween and Bonfire Night: So What do you do?
On 23 Nov 2014 (Sunday Only)
Join us for a fascinating insight into how local communities celebrate traditions at this public film screening showcasing the outcomes of a community film-making project.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Lily & Mim – A Department Store 
A new art exhibition in the form of a‘Department Store’.
Lily & Mim – A Department Store A new art exhibition in the form of a‘Department Store’.
From 01 Nov 2014 To 23 Nov 2014 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
“Everything and more than you wanted…”
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: The Choir of Davids – Encore World Record Attempt
The Choir of Davids – Encore World Record Attempt
On 23 Nov 2014 (Sunday Only)
Are you called David? Dave? Davy? We need you for a world record attempt!
(Theme: Music,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Ceilidh with CABRACH Ceilidh Band on Saturday 22nd November for Scottish Culture and Traditions Association
Ceilidh with CABRACH Ceilidh Band on Saturday 22nd November for Scottish Culture and Traditions Association
From 13 Nov 2014 To 23 Nov 2014 (Everyday)
On Saturday 22nd November there will be a ceilidh for dancers of all ages and abilities with Cabrach Ceilidh Band at Holborn West Church Hall, raising funds for Scottish Culture and Traditions Association. Please come along
(Theme: Dance,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Christmas Lights Switch On Parade
Christmas Lights Switch On Parade
On 23 Nov 2014 (Sunday Only)
See our new glittering lights and watch the ‘Christmas Past and Christmas Future’ parade featuring colourful panto characters, music and more. Why not dress up and watch in costume, such as Scrooge, Buzz Lightyear or characters from Star Wars.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Fairs, Festivals, Galas,)
 Event: Collections Close-up
Collections Close-up
On 25 Nov 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Get up close and personal with the treasures of the Special Collections Centre. Featuring the Hortus sanitatis or "Garden of Health", an illustrated medieval manuscript of 1491.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word)
 Event: Breakneck Comedy
Breakneck Comedy
On 25 Nov 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Tuesday 25th November Breakneck Comedy: Stuart Mitchell Plus Guests Venue: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Doors: 8pm / Show 8.30pm Tickets: £5
(Theme: Performing Arts)
 Event: Great Scottish Mountain Crags of Scotland: lecture
Great Scottish Mountain Crags of Scotland: lecture
On 26 Nov 2014 (Wednesday Only)
A lecture on some of the finest climbing Scotland has to offer
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Collections Close-up
Collections Close-up
On 26 Nov 2014 (Wednesday Only)
Get up close and personal with the treasures of the Special Collections Centre. Featuring tiny books including 17th century thumb bibles and a miniature book by the famous Scottish calligrapher and miniaturist Esther Inglis.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word)
 Event: Family History Workshop at Aberdeen Central Library
Family History Workshop at Aberdeen Central Library
On 26 Nov 2014
Join Aberdeen City Libraries to discover more about tracing your ancestry and digging into the past!
(Theme: Heritage,Workshops & Courses,)
 Event: BI, Design, Innovation & Mobile Technology.
BI, Design, Innovation & Mobile Technology.
On 27 Nov 2014 (Monday Only)
IRW has developed expertise in Business Intelligence (BI), software solutions and User Experience Design (UX) since 1999.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Design)
 Event: Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Buddhism
From 06 Nov 2014 To 27 Nov 2014 (Thursday Only)
These evenings will teach meditation and core Buddhist ideas.
(Theme: Education)
 Event: University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra
University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra
On 27 Nov 2014 (Thursday Only)
Conducted by Christopher Gray and featuring Judith Howarth, soprano
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
 Event: African Film Series.
African Film Series.
From 16 Sep 2014 To 28 Nov 2014 (Tuesday Only)
Diverse collections of African films shown every Tuesday.
(Theme: Films)
 Event: Family Ceilidh
Family Ceilidh
On 29 Nov 2014 (Saturday Only)
Bring a Hipflask to see the Hipflask Ceilidh Band!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Music)
 Event: When History Meets Mystery: an afternoon of historical crime and mystery with novelist Shona MacLean
When History Meets Mystery: an afternoon of historical crime and mystery with novelist Shona MacLean
On 29 Nov 2014
Historical crime novelist Shona Maclean will visit the Central Library during Book Week Scotland to talk about her series of Alexander Seaton novels, set in 17th Century Aberdeen.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word,)
 Event: Workshop with Graphic Novelist and Illustrator William Goldsmith
Workshop with Graphic Novelist and Illustrator William Goldsmith
On 29 Nov 2014
Graphic novelist and illustrator William Goldsmith will host this special workshop for teens and young adults as part of Aberdeen City Libraries Book Week Scotland celebrations.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Young People,)
 Event: Book Laboratory
Book Laboratory
On 29 Nov 2014 (Saturday Only)
FREE family workshop for Book Week Scotland 2014
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Caoimhe's Pink Tie Ball.
Caoimhe's Pink Tie Ball.
On 29 Nov 2014 (Saturday Only)
A black tie event to raise awareness and money for local charity, Caoimhe's Trust for Edwards. Details and information about the Charity can be found on the link below, or by contacting Patricia Ritchie.
(Theme: Fundraising)
 Event: Breakneck Comedy
Breakneck Comedy
On 29 Nov 2014 (Saturday Only)
Saturday 29th November Breakneck Comedy: Scott Ironside Plus Guests Venue: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Doors: 8pm / Show 8.30pm Tickets: £10
(Theme: Performing Arts)

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