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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: Aberdeen Booked! UnboundAberdeen Booked! Unbound
On 29 Aug 2016
Unbound, the nightly cabaret caper during Edinburgh International Book Festival, heads north for a one-off spectacular at ACT Aberdeen!
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Written Word,)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: James Oswald and Gunnar Staalesen James Oswald and Gunnar Staalesen
On 29 Aug 2016
Two bestselling crime writers come together to discuss the latest chilling instalments of their novels.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word,)
Business Event: Business Boosters - Networking doesn't happen by magicBusiness Boosters - Networking doesn't happen by magic
On 30 Aug 2016(Tuesday Only)
Fifth Dimension give hints and tips on how to make the most of networking. .
(Theme: Business)
Education Event: Robert Gordon University Undergraduate Open DayRobert Gordon University Undergraduate Open Day
On 31 Aug 2016(Wednesday Only)
Open Days are an important part of the process when choosing a university.
(Theme: Education)
Exhibitions Event: Tea and a TreasureTea and a Treasure
On 31 Aug 2016
Join Aberdeen City Libraries’ staff for a cup of tea and find out more about the Treasures from our Collections exhibition
(Theme: Exhibitions,Heritage,)
Health Event: Overcoming AngerOvercoming Anger
On 02 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
How can we change our anger within and use our energy in more positive ways?
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
Fundraising Event: Food-Drive Quiz Night in Aid of Instant NeighbourFood-Drive Quiz Night in Aid of Instant Neighbour
On 02 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Join Aberdeen Bon Accord Lions Club and Harlaw Leos Club for a Quiz Night with a difference!
(Theme: Fundraising)
Workshops & Courses Event: Northern arts club open eveningNorthern arts club open evening
On 02 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Social Gsthering
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Education)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Friends of Hazlehead Dandara 5K Challenge 2016Friends of Hazlehead Dandara 5K Challenge 2016
On 03 Sep 2016(Saturday Only)
Superheroes from Aberdeen and beyond will join forces at Hazlehead Park this year, as organisers Friends of Hazlehead announced the Dandara 5k and family fun day will take place on Saturday 3rd September.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Sport & Games)
Crafts Event: Bead Pop - Japanese FlowerBead Pop - Japanese Flower
On 03 Sep 2016(Saturday Only)
Chain maille is a fabulous jewellery making technique. Linking rings together to create this intricate looking flower, Nik will help you to make pendants, earrings, key rings, bracelets....the possibilities are endless!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Visual Arts Event: 4 Day: Figure Drawing School (24hr/EXTRA)4 Day: Figure Drawing School (24hr/EXTRA)
From 05 Sep 2016 To 08 Sep 2016(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
An 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)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Brand Nostalgia: The 1970sBrand Nostalgia: The 1970s
On 07 Sep 2016
Do you remember the 1970s? Join Aberdeen City Libraries for a nostalgic look at some of the most popular brands of the decade.
(Theme: Heritage,Senior Citizens/50+,)
Music Event: TAIZE EVENINGTAIZE EVENING
On 08 Sep 2016(Thursday Only)
An evening of Taize music and intercessions - reflective and meditative music for peace and unity. Lead by the Aberdeen Diocesan Choir.
(Theme: Music,Fundraising)
Storytelling Event: DOORS OPEN DAY AT THE TOLBOOTH MUSEUMDOORS OPEN DAY AT THE TOLBOOTH MUSEUM
On 10 Sep 2016(Saturday Only)
Five of the Tolbooth’s earliest residents will ‘come to life’ during the museum’s Doors Open Day.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling,)
Guided Walks/Tours Event: Open Doors Day at the James Hutton InstituteOpen Doors Day at the James Hutton Institute
On 10 Sep 2016(Saturday Only)
The James Hutton Institute at Craigiebuckler will be participating for the first time this year in Aberdeen Doors Open Day on Saturday 10th September.
(Theme: Guided Walks/Tours,Environment)
Theatre & Shows Event: Findhorn Bay FestivalFindhorn Bay Festival
From 21 Sep 2016 To 26 Sep 2016(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture taking place the last weekend of September.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Theatre & Shows)
Performing Arts Event: Chicago Workshop
Chicago Workshop
On 02 Oct 2016(Sunday Only)
Come and Learn a dance routine from the show taught to you by a current Cast member.
(Theme: Dance,Performing Arts)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Robot Exhibition
Robot Exhibition
From 02 Jul 2016 To 29 Aug 2016 (Everyday)
Meet dozens of robot models, cyborgs and androids – full size models, heads and toys – from TV shows and films from the past 60 years!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Exhibitions,)
 Event: Aberdeen Booked! Festival
Aberdeen Booked! Festival
From 29 Aug 2016 To 30 Aug 2016
Aberdeen Booked! Festival brings the buzz of Edinburgh International Book Festival north for a two-day literary feast, with great events for book lovers of all ages.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,)
 Event: An Evening with James Robertson
An Evening with James Robertson
On 31 Aug 2016 (Wednesday Only)
James Robertson, acclaimed contemporary Scottish fiction author, will be on tour talking about his new novel, To Be Continued.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word,)
 Event: Bead Pop - Chenille Rope
Bead Pop - Chenille Rope
On 03 Sep 2016 (Saturday Only)
Spend a relaxing morning learning Chenille stitch with Vee during this 2 hour session - it's a great versatile rope stitch that you can embellish in anyway your imagination will allow to make fabulous jewellery!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: 20th Annual Fintray Sheltie Stakes
20th Annual Fintray Sheltie Stakes
On 04 Sep 2016 (Sunday Only)
Fun-fuelled Shetland Pony Race Day & Family Fun
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: One Digital Meet Up
One Digital Meet Up
On 07 Sep 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Bringing together the third sector for digital inspiration, making connections and to exchange ideas.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Jazz at the Blue Lamp present
PIXEL
Jazz at the Blue Lamp present PIXEL
On 08 Sep 2016 (Thursday Only)
A young jazz/indie band from Norway
(Theme: Music)
 Event: Bead Pop - Channel Set Ring
Bead Pop - Channel Set Ring
On 10 Sep 2016 (Saturday Only)
A stunning new ring technique from Marie - add beads into a channel setting using wire and incorporating some weaving to finish off your ring.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Catherine Ross 'The Narrowing Sky' Solo Exhibition
Catherine Ross 'The Narrowing Sky' Solo Exhibition
From 13 Aug 2016 To 10 Sep 2016 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Exhibition of paintings and models by a multi award-winning artist born in Canada, but raised in Aberdeenshire,Scotland.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: DORICANA FEST
DORICANA FEST
On 10 Sep 2016 (Saturday Only)
One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts.
(Theme: Music,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: ABERDEEN'S SOLIDARITY WITH THE SPANISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE
ABERDEEN'S SOLIDARITY WITH THE SPANISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE
From 28 May 2016 To 10 Sep 2016 (Everyday)
This display tells the story of the Spanish Steamship Eolo, which berthed in Blaikie’s Quay, Aberdeen Harbour 80 years ago.
(Theme: Heritage,Storytelling,)
 Event: BATTLE OF JUTLAND
BATTLE OF JUTLAND
From 28 May 2016 To 18 Sep 2016 (Everyday)
Aberdeen Maritime Museum will mark the centenary year of the Battle of Jutland, with a small display telling the tragic, real-life story of local Aberdonian boy, George MacDonald Rennie.
(Theme: Heritage,Storytelling,)
 Event: TechFest Festival 2016
TechFest Festival 2016
From 26 Aug 2016 To 18 Sep 2016 (Everyday)
TechFest's 23rd Annual Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: 'Possibilities Tuning Into Kids Parenting Group'
'Possibilities Tuning Into Kids Parenting Group'
From 06 Sep 2016 To 27 Sep 2016 (Tuesday Only)
'Tuning in to Kids' is a 4 session Possibilities Parenting Group for parents of children aged 4 to 10 years old.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
 Event: Exhibition: Eastern European Performance in Scotland: The Legacy of Richard Demarco
Exhibition: Eastern European Performance in Scotland: The Legacy of Richard Demarco
From 25 Apr 2016 To 27 Sep 2016 (Weekdays Only)
An exhibition in the MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen
(Theme: Visual Arts,Exhibitions)
 Event: Bead Pop - Mini Makers
Bead Pop - Mini Makers
From 30 Aug 2016 To 29 Sep 2016 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Join us for Mini Maker mayhem! Bring your 18 month - 5 year old and help them to thread a selection of large holed beads and make their very own necklace and bracelet to take home on the day.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Crafts)
 Event: ARGENTINE TANGO BEGINNER COURSE with TANGO ABERDEEN

IT MAY BE THE LAST TANGO FOR FLAVIA AND VINCENT BUT IT COULD BE THE FIRST FOR YOU!
ARGENTINE TANGO BEGINNER COURSE with TANGO ABERDEEN IT MAY BE THE LAST TANGO FOR FLAVIA AND VINCENT BUT IT COULD BE THE FIRST FOR YOU!
From 17 Aug 2016 To 05 Oct 2016 (Wednesday Only)
This course will explore the key elements of tango that together make up the ‘tango toolkit’. By the end of the course we hope you will be able to take to the floor and enjoy dancing tango socially anywhere in the world!
(Theme: Dance,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Kate Steenhauer: Art Exhibition Open Night
Kate Steenhauer: Art Exhibition Open Night
From 25 Aug 2016 To 05 Oct 2016 (Weekdays Only)
Join us for the open night of Kate's work: open night is Thursday 25th August 2016 at 6.30pm.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Fundraising)
 Event: #WriteCity Creative Writing Course
#WriteCity Creative Writing Course
From 03 Sep 2016 To 15 Oct 2016
Aberdeen City Libraries' #WriteCity festival returns this autumn with a free creative writing course for adults and young people (aged 16+).
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Written Word,)
 Event: The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life
The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life
From 07 Jun 2016 To 03 Dec 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
A new student-curated exhibition that explores the local heritage of North East Scotland through Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel Sunset Song.
(Theme: Exhibitions)

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