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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

Crafts Event: Braemar Highland FlingBraemar Highland Fling
On 24 Jul 2016(Sunday Only)
Country Fair and Highland Games come together in a new event celebrating Highland life, past and present with activities and events for all the family.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Crafts)
Business Event: Weird, Wacky and Wonderful!Weird, Wacky and Wonderful!
On 27 Jul 2016
Visit Airyhall Library for a journey through some of history's stranger inventions at this free event.
(Theme: Business,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: The Big Friendly Read in Cults Library The Big Friendly Read in Cults Library
On 27 Jul 2016
Take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland in Aberdeen City Libraries from Friday 1 July to Saturday 20 August as we celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Written Word,)
Health Event: In Sickness and in Health: An Overview of Historical Health Records in AberdeenIn Sickness and in Health: An Overview of Historical Health Records in Aberdeen
On 27 Jul 2016
Learn more about historical health records at this free talk by Fiona Musk, archivist with NHS Grampian Archives.
(Theme: Health,Heritage,)
Music Event: Vivaldi Bach Mozart * Classics from GermanyVivaldi Bach Mozart * Classics from Germany
On 27 Jul 2016(Wednesday Only)
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Classics from Germany performing on Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 7.30 pm in Cathedral Church of St. Machar in Aberdeen
(Theme: Music)
Storytelling Event: The Big Friendly Read in Airyhall LibraryThe Big Friendly Read in Airyhall Library
On 28 Jul 2016
Take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland in Aberdeen City Libraries from Friday 1 July to Saturday 20 August as we celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling,)
Exhibitions Event: Tea and a TreasureTea and a Treasure
On 29 Jul 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,)
Education Event: IET Engineering Open House DayIET Engineering Open House Day
On 30 Jul 2016(Saturday Only)
Join us for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Open House day at Aberdeen Science Centre, on Saturday 30th July.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Education)
Performing Arts Event: Engage 2016 - ONE VOICE!Engage 2016 - ONE VOICE!
On 31 Jul 2016(Weekdays Only)
Engage is an annual worship event in Aberdeen Scotland. These annual concerts focus on lifting up GOD's name in a creative, professional, excellent and inclusive way.
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Garden Party - Grandhome HouseGarden Party - Grandhome House
On 31 Jul 2016(Sunday Only)
Explore the beautiful Gardens and enjoy afternoon tea in the grounds of Grandhome House, Danestone, one of Aberdeen's oldest homes.
(Theme: Senior Citizens/50+,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Workshops & Courses Event: Boost Your Brand IQ!Boost Your Brand IQ!
On 03 Aug 2016
Your brand is a valuable asset - come along to this free workshop to find out how to protect it.
(Theme: Business,Workshops & Courses,)
Fundraising Event: Popcorn & ProseccoPopcorn & Prosecco
On 04 Aug 2016(Thursday Only)
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new pop-up cinema event!
(Theme: Fundraising)
Enhanced Access Event: Signed Stories for FamiliesSigned Stories for Families
On 10 Aug 2016
Free storytime session with British Sign Language
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Enhanced Access,)
Dance Event: Gallowgate Gala Week - ZumbaGallowgate Gala Week - Zumba
On 10 Aug 2016(Wednesday Only)
Zumba Class
(Theme: Health,Dance)
Sport & Games 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)
Guided Walks/Tours Event: Alzheimer Scotland Memory WalkAlzheimer Scotland Memory Walk
On 18 Sep 2016(Sunday Only)
Annual Memory Walk raising funds for Alzheimer Scotland
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Guided Walks/Tours)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Bead Pop - Mini Makers
Bead Pop - Mini Makers
From 05 Jul 2016 To 28 Jul 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: Crafts,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: RISING LIGHT SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB FOR CHILDREN
RISING LIGHT SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB FOR CHILDREN
From 18 Jul 2016 To 29 Jul 2016 (Weekdays Only)
Rising light holiday club is open to all children age 4-11 attending primary school.
(Theme: Education,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: SUMMER FAMILY FUN
SUMMER FAMILY FUN
From 09 Jul 2016 To 30 Jul 2016
Ahoy! Pirates, ocean adventurers and playtime enthusiasts are invited to join us at Aberdeen Maritime Museum this summer for an exciting month of activity packed family fun events!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Crafts,)
 Event: Bead Pop - Beginners Jewellery Making
Bead Pop - Beginners Jewellery Making
From 02 Jul 2016 To 30 Jul 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday)
New to jewellery making? In this workshop you'll get familiarized with the tools and terminology of basic bead jewellery making whilst learning multiple techniques and making your own gorgeous jewellery to take home with you on the day.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: WW1 Concert
WW1 Concert
On 31 Jul 2016 (Sunday Only)
Braemar Castle will continue the commemorations of the Great War with an afternoon event on Sunday 31 st July. It
(Theme: Music,Heritage)
 Event: Healing our Spirit
Healing our Spirit
On 01 Aug 2016 (Monday Only)
In order to let go of what have been supports and dependencies it means changing our relationship with these things and waking up to who we really are as imperishable souls.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Health)
 Event: Storytelling and Role Play for Children (Afternoon Session)
Storytelling and Role Play for Children (Afternoon Session)
On 02 Aug 2016 (Tuesday Only)
Dress up in your favourite costume for storytelling and play at The Gordon Highlanders Museum. All proceeds will be donated to the museum (registered charity no. SC022039).
(Theme: Storytelling,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Storytelling and Role Play for Children (Morning Session)
Storytelling and Role Play for Children (Morning Session)
On 02 Aug 2016 (Tuesday Only)
Dress up in your favourite costume for storytelling and play at The Gordon Highlanders Museum. All proceeds will be donated to the museum (registered charity no. SC022039).
(Theme: Storytelling,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
 Event: The Big Friendly Read in Mastrick Library
The Big Friendly Read in Mastrick Library
On 02 Aug 2016
Take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland in Aberdeen City Libraries from Friday 1 July to Saturday 20 August as we celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Written Word,)
 Event: Bridge of Don Health Walk
Bridge of Don Health Walk
From 03 Aug 2015 To 03 Aug 2016 (Monday Only)
Short, easy walk around the local community lead by a trained volunteer walk leader finishing with a cup o tea!
(Theme: Health,Guided Walks/Tours)
 Event: Dickensian Family Fun at the Library: Kill or Cure
Dickensian Family Fun at the Library: Kill or Cure
On 03 Aug 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Free, drop-in craft and exploration session. Suitable for children but all welcome.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Crafts)
 Event: Watercolour Painting Class @ The Gordon Highlanders Museum
Watercolour Painting Class @ The Gordon Highlanders Museum
On 04 Aug 2016 (Thursday Only)
Learn to create a watercolour painting, or refine your skills in the former home of prominent Scottish Artist Sir George Reid PRSA. All proceeds will be donated to the museum (registered charity no. SC022039).
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Crafts)
 Event: Mixed Media Art Canvas Workshop
Mixed Media Art Canvas Workshop
On 06 Aug 2016 (Saturday Only)
Learn how to create a stunning unique mixed media canvas for your home or to give as a very special gift.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Prenatal Parenting workshop
Prenatal Parenting workshop
On 06 Aug 2016 (Saturday Only)
Learn how to deal with any situation that arises in a way that is right for you and for your baby. No more feeling guilty if something makes you feel ‘bad’. Learning great techniques that will benefit your baby too.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Education)
 Event: Gallowgate Gala
Gallowgate Gala
On 06 Aug 2016 (Saturday Only)
Annual Gala in the Gallowgate Aberdeen
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Fundraising)
 Event: Mindfulness Meditation Day
Mindfulness Meditation Day
On 07 Aug 2016 (Sunday Only)
A day of guided mindfulness practices.
(Theme: Health,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Edwina Bracken 'Remote Proximities' Solo Exhibition
Edwina Bracken 'Remote Proximities' Solo Exhibition
From 16 Jul 2016 To 09 Aug 2016 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Remote Proximities is an ambitious installation of painting, drawing and sculpture.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: Exhibition: An Audience with Charles Dickens
Exhibition: An Audience with Charles Dickens
From 03 Mar 2016 To 14 Aug 2016 (Everyday)
A new exhibition at the University of Aberdeen's Library Gallery will be looking at Charles Dickens's visits to Aberdeen in 1858 and 1866 and showcasing the Special Collection Centre's unique collection of his novels.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Written Word)
 Event: Bead Pop - Japanese Flower
Bead Pop - Japanese Flower
From 20 Jul 2016 To 20 Aug 2016 (Wednesday and Saturday)
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)
 Event: Mandarin Summer Short Courses
Mandarin Summer Short Courses
From 04 Jul 2016 To 22 Aug 2016 (Monday Only)
The Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen will be running short courses in July and August for adults and children.
(Theme: Education)

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