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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

Exhibitions Event: Tea and a TreasureTea and a Treasure
On 28 Sep 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,)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: LUNCHTIME TALK: TRANSPORTED BEYOND THE SEASLUNCHTIME TALK: TRANSPORTED BEYOND THE SEAS
On 28 Sep 2016(Wednesday Only)
From 1788 to 1868 almost 164,000 UK citizens were transported to Australia, around 25,000 were women.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage,)
Music Event: Jazz at the Blue Lamp - DAVID LYTTLE TRIOJazz at the Blue Lamp - DAVID LYTTLE TRIO
On 29 Sep 2016(Thursday Only)
MOBO awarded Irish drummer leads a genre hopping jazz trio
(Theme: Music)
Performing Arts Event: Frenemies: Aberdeen Early Music CollectiveFrenemies: Aberdeen Early Music Collective
On 29 Sep 2016(Thursday Only)
A collection of renaissance/baroque music from the Aberdeen Early Music Ensemble
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
Health Event: Woodside Free Community Lunch, Information & Advice Event.Woodside Free Community Lunch, Information & Advice Event.
On 29 Sep 2016(Thursday Only)
Fersands & Fountain Community Project/ Cash In Your Pocket Network working together to raise awareness and provide easy access for people to get the help they need.
(Theme: Education,Health)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Games and Apps:The Digital Future?
Games and Apps:The Digital Future?
On 30 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Games galore for all the family!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
Films Event: Sci-Screen: Inception
Sci-Screen: Inception
On 30 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Get ready to think outside the box.
(Theme: Films)
Theatre & Shows Event: Bright Club Aberdeen
Bright Club Aberdeen
On 30 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Laugh as you learn.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows)
Sport & Games Event: Pub Quiz!Pub Quiz!
On 30 Sep 2016(Friday Only)
Get your thinking caps on.
(Theme: Sport & Games)
Visual Arts Event: Confucius Day Chinese Film Festival, Sep 30th - October 25th 2016Confucius Day Chinese Film Festival, Sep 30th - October 25th 2016
From 30 Sep 2016 To 25 Oct 2016(Monday and Friday)
Aberdeen China Film Club, as part of the Confucius Institute Aberdeen, is proud to present its Confucius Day Chinese Film Festival line-up for 2016.
(Theme: Films,Visual Arts)
Fundraising Event: Granite City Roller Derby Double HeaderGranite City Roller Derby Double Header
On 01 Oct 2016(Saturday Only)
Granite City Roller Derby host their final double header of the year on Saturday the 1st October.
(Theme: Sport & Games,Fundraising)
Dance Event: ABERDEEN DANDIYA & GARBA NIGHT - 1st October 2016ABERDEEN DANDIYA & GARBA NIGHT - 1st October 2016
On 01 Oct 2016(Saturday Only)
ABERDEEN DANDIYA & GARBA NIGHT 2016 A beautiful festival from Western part of India where you dance on traditional Gujarati & Bollywood DJ tunes using wooden sticks.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Dance)
Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: Food and Fiddle FortnightFood and Fiddle Fortnight
From 01 Oct 2016 To 16 Oct 2016(Everyday)
A celebration pairing Royal Deeside’s culinary genius with musical talent.
(Theme: Music,Fairs, Festivals, Galas)
Guided Walks/Tours Event: Scot Free Tours AberdeenScot Free Tours Aberdeen
From 01 Oct 2016 To 29 Oct 2016(Saturday Only)
Learn about Aberdeen's history and colourful characters, from pirates to Lord Byron, in this free one and a half hour walking tour.
(Theme: Guided Walks/Tours)
Workshops & Courses Event: Introduction to Raja Yoga MeditationIntroduction to Raja Yoga Meditation
On 03 Oct 2016(Monday Only)
Taught in a light, informal way, once a week over four evenings in October. No special clothing is required, no hard mats, and no difficult positions or chants to learn!
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
Written Word Event: Poetry WorkshopPoetry Workshop
On 05 Oct 2016
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Aberdeen City Libraries at a free workshop for beginners.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Written Word,)
Design Event: 3D Printer Demo3D Printer Demo
On 11 Oct 2016
Free children's event in Central Library
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Design,)
Business Event: Intellectual Property Advice ClinicsIntellectual Property Advice Clinics
On 19 Oct 2016(Wednesday Only)
Discuss your ideas for new products or brands with a patent attorney in the Central Library
(Theme: Business,)
Storytelling Event: Aliens and MonstersAliens and Monsters
On 20 Oct 2016
Free craft and story session for children
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling,)
Young People Event: Illustration Workshop for Teens & Young AdultsIllustration Workshop for Teens & Young Adults
On 22 Oct 2016
Find inspiration in items from the past to create your own illustrations at this free and unique workshop.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Young People,)
Environment Event: Meditation in the ParkMeditation in the Park
On 23 Oct 2016(Sunday Only)
Seated meditation in natural surroundings to inspire us to take a moment to send out healing thoughts to a troubled world.
(Theme: Environment,Health)
Crafts Event: Modern Frame Loom Weaving Workshop with Le Petit MooseModern Frame Loom Weaving Workshop with Le Petit Moose
On 29 Oct 2016(Saturday Only)
Come and learn the basics on making your own modern hand-woven wall hanging.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Seasonal Event: Autumn Plant Sale in aid of Friends of Cruickshank Botanic GardenAutumn Plant Sale in aid of Friends of Cruickshank Botanic Garden
On 29 Oct 2016(Saturday Only)
The Friends of Cruickshank Botanic Garden is a charity which supports the work of the Garden. The sale provides a great opportunity to buy interesting,locally grown plants,supplied by members who are enthusiastic and skilled gardeners.
(Theme: Seasonal,Fundraising)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Struggle, Suffering and Hope: Explorations in Islamic and Christian Traditions

Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh, OBE
Struggle, Suffering and Hope: Explorations in Islamic and Christian Traditions Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh, OBE
From 20 Sep 2016 To 29 Sep 2016 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
This series of five lectures are structured so as to explore the theme of human struggle, suffering and hope in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner that analyses the writings of both Christian and western scholars alongside those of Muslim writers.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Education)
 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: Lunchbreak Concert
Lunchbreak Concert
On 29 Sep 2016 (Thursday Only)
Music by Corelli, Purcell, Vivaldi and Handel.
(Theme: Music,)
 Event: Emerging Engineers Forum 2016
Emerging Engineers Forum 2016
On 29 Sep 2016 (Thursday Only)
This is a "bridge the gap" style event where young professionals in the oil and gas industry get to learn from experienced professionals. There will be 2 keynote sessions centered on the future of the industry and how to thrive, not just survive.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
From 28 Sep 2016 To 30 Sep 2016 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Aberdeen Studio Theatre Group is proud to present Liz Lochhead’s vivid re-imagining of a darker part of Scottish history.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Performing Arts)
 Event: EXPLORATHON AT ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM
EXPLORATHON AT ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM
On 30 Sep 2016 (Friday Only)
Pirates, Plunder and Shipwrecks from Aberdeen’s Medieval Archives
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage,)
 Event: Science Bites on the Bus
Science Bites on the Bus
On 30 Sep 2016 (Friday Only)
Tasty treats and interesting facts.
(Theme: Health)
 Event: Explorathon at Aberdeen Science Centre
Explorathon at Aberdeen Science Centre
On 30 Sep 2016 (Friday Only)
Interactive fun for all the family.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: PECHAKUCHA ABERDEEN
PECHAKUCHA ABERDEEN
On 30 Sep 2016 (Friday Only)
An evening of fast paced inspiring talks
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)
 Event: EXPLORATHON IN THE CITY CENTRE
EXPLORATHON IN THE CITY CENTRE
On 30 Sep 2016 (Friday Only)
A day of discovery, meet researchers at our stands in front of Marks and Spencer and in the Bon Accord Centre.
(Theme: Exhibitions)
 Event: Granite City Brawlers Taster Session
Granite City Brawlers Taster Session
On 01 Oct 2016 (Saturday Only)
Granite City Brawlers are opening our doors again for another Taster Session to grow the Brawler team.
(Theme: Sport & Games)
 Event: MUSICAL DISCOVERIES & CONJECTURES
MUSICAL DISCOVERIES & CONJECTURES
On 01 Oct 2016 (Saturday Only)
A concert by John Riley of Edinburgh
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
 Event: SensationALL Quiz Night
SensationALL Quiz Night
On 01 Oct 2016 (Saturday Only)
SensationALL are hosting a quiz night at Westhill Golf Club on Saturday 1st October to raise funds. SensationALL is a sensory charity based Westhill offering activities, services and training to families all over the north of Scotland.
(Theme: Fundraising,Fundraising)
 Event: Student Choir of Nankai University
Student Choir of Nankai University
On 02 Oct 2016 (Sunday Only)
An afternoon of Chinese folklore, song, dance and martial arts.
(Theme: Performing Arts,Music)
 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)
 Event: DANCE SCOTTISH - CEILIDH
DANCE SCOTTISH - CEILIDH
On 04 Oct 2016 (Tuesday Only)
Dance sessions run by Aberdeen Branch of Royal Scottish Country Dance Society led by an RSCDS certified teachers
(Theme: Dance,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Choral Mass to mark the anniversary of the dedication of St Mary's Cathedral sung by the choir of King's College, Aberdeen
Choral Mass to mark the anniversary of the dedication of St Mary's Cathedral sung by the choir of King's College, Aberdeen
On 05 Oct 2016 (Wednesday Only)
The choir will be singing Missa O Quam Gloriosum, by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), and also the motets ‘Locus Iste’ by Bruckner and ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ by Mozart.
(Theme: Music)
 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: LUNCHTIME TALK: PIETY AND PERSECUTION, THE STORY OF ABERDEEN’S FIRST QUAKERS
LUNCHTIME TALK: PIETY AND PERSECUTION, THE STORY OF ABERDEEN’S FIRST QUAKERS
On 05 Oct 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Quaker persecution reached its height in the 1670s. Many were fined or imprisoned for their beliefs.
(Theme: Heritage,Talks, Lectures & Conferences,)

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