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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

Business Event: Boost Your Brand IQ!Boost Your Brand IQ!
On 04 May 2016
Your brand is a valuable asset - come along to this free workshop to find out how to protect it.
(Theme: Business,Workshops & Courses,)
Health Event: Positive LivingPositive Living
On 04 May 2016(Wednesday Only)
Taught in a light, informal way, one evening a week over four successive weeks. This month, Weds 4 May, then Thursdays 12, 19, 26 May.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
Music Event: Aberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society - Rembetika NightAberdeen Scottish Hellenic Society - Rembetika Night
On 04 May 2016(Wednesday Only)
An evening of Greek underground music
(Theme: Music)
Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: Meet A Mentor for WomenMeet A Mentor for Women
On 04 May 2016(Wednesday Only)
SFEDI, The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and the Government Equalities Office are running a free Meet A Mentor for Women event in Aberdeen.
(Theme: Business,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Media Event: Aberdeen City Libraries Media SaleAberdeen City Libraries Media Sale
From 04 May 2016 To 11 May 2016
Grab a bargain on hundreds of CDs and DVDs in the City Libraries' annual media sale.
(Theme: Media,Markets,)
Written Word Event: Talk: An Evening Out in Victorian Aberdeen - Dr Jane McDermidTalk: An Evening Out in Victorian Aberdeen - Dr Jane McDermid
On 05 May 2016(Thursday Only)
Part of the series of talks and events to accompany the exhibition 'An Audience with Charles Dickens' currently on display in The Gallery of The Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Written Word)
Crafts Event: Bead Pop - Introduction to Earring MakingBead Pop - Introduction to Earring Making
From 05 May 2016 To 07 May 2016(Thursday and Saturday)
This is a great introduction to making earrings; from dangles and cute little studs to gypsy style hooped charm earrings, Alex will show you a variety of techniques and tips to enable you to create several stunning pairs!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Dance Event: Ceilidh for First Aid AfricaCeilidh for First Aid Africa
On 07 May 2016(Saturday Only)
A Traditional Scottish Ceilidh to raise funds for the Charity First Aid Africa.
(Theme: Dance,Fundraising)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Plant Sale - Cruickshank Botanic GardenPlant Sale - Cruickshank Botanic Garden
On 07 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Bump up your borders with surplus plants (some rare and unusual) from the Botanic Garden and from Friends' gardens. All proceeds from this Spring Plant Sale go to support Aberdeen’s Cruickshank Botanic Garden.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Environment)
Fundraising Event: Adam Night Comedy Hypnosis ShoqAdam Night Comedy Hypnosis Shoq
On 07 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Back by popular demand. Be prepared to be amused and confused.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Fundraising)
Markets Event: Candybelle's Secret Cellars FairCandybelle's Secret Cellars Fair
On 07 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Stalls featuring a handpicked selection of the best local businesses in the North East - featuring designer, makers, vintage and food stalls.
(Theme: Markets,Crafts)
Sport & Games Event: Granite City Roller Derby Double HeaderGranite City Roller Derby Double Header
On 07 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Rising Stars game followed by Granite City Roller Derby's Fight Hawks against Dundee Roller Girls' Bonnie Colliders.
(Theme: Sport & Games)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: 'Have a Go Day' Aberdeen and Crathes Croquet Club'Have a Go Day' Aberdeen and Crathes Croquet Club
On 08 May 2016(Sunday Only)
Competitive croquet is so different from the back garden version. It’s challenging and skilful but can be played on equal terms by all.
(Theme: Sport & Games,Senior Citizens/50+)
Design Event: Dancing Pigs and Groping Mermaids: Some 16th-Century Carved Panels from FetteressoDancing Pigs and Groping Mermaids: Some 16th-Century Carved Panels from Fetteresso
On 09 May 2016
Discover the fascinating stories behind the wood carvings of Fetteresso Church at this free talk.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Design,)
Education Event: O is for HooletO is for Hoolet
On 12 May 2016(Thursday Only)
Language is personal. Nothing gets closer to our hearts. Who owns it? Who governs it? And why?
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Education)
Heritage Event: Family History - Copyright/Copy Wrong?Family History - Copyright/Copy Wrong?
On 12 May 2016
Discover the rights and wrongs of copyright as it relates to your family history research at this free talk
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage,)
Visual Arts Event: Helen Dillon -Keeping the Show on the RoadHelen Dillon -Keeping the Show on the Road
On 12 May 2016(Thursday Only)
Writer Helen Dillon tells the story of her Dublin garden in a sumptuous illustrated talk showing how gardens evolve. The gardener is creator not curator, negotiating an agony of all-consuming love of plants and ambition for the garden spectacle.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Visual Arts)
Performing Arts Event: “REVOLUTION” concert – Bucksburn and District Pipe Band and Scottish Power Pipe Band“REVOLUTION” concert – Bucksburn and District Pipe Band and Scottish Power Pipe Band
On 14 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Time to get your tickets for this year’s concert on the 14th May with the ScottishPower Pipe band. A concert not to be missed!
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
Fairs, Festivals, Galas Event: International EveningInternational Evening
On 15 May 2016(Sunday Only)
A social evening enjoying international cuisine and customs.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
Storytelling Event: Bookbug Week at Central Library Bookbug Week at Central Library
On 17 May 2016
Celebrate Bookbug Week with Aberdeen City Libraries!
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Storytelling,)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: AbacusAdventure - Abacus & Mental Maths Class for Kids
AbacusAdventure - Abacus & Mental Maths Class for Kids
From 03 May 2015 To 03 May 2016 (Tuesday Only)
This is a unique maths enrichment course including maths, and mental maths, for children aged 4-12 based on the use of the ancient Chinese/Japanese Abacus.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Bead Pop - Messy Wrap Earrings
Bead Pop - Messy Wrap Earrings
On 03 May 2016 (Tuesday Only)
These gorgeous earrings are a real show-stopper!Choose from a variety of material, everything you need to go home with a pair of lovely earrings is included. This workshop is ideal for beginners or those who would just like to practice this technique.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Meet The Expert - Can Sharks Help Humans Fight Disease?
Meet The Expert - Can Sharks Help Humans Fight Disease?
On 05 May 2016 (Thursday Only)
In this talk we will learn more about sharks and how they protect themselves from infection.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Leadercast Live Aberdeen - Architects of Tomorrow
Leadercast Live Aberdeen - Architects of Tomorrow
On 06 May 2016 (Friday Only)
Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to over 100,000 leaders around the globe in hundreds of locations around the world each year.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Ceilidh
Ceilidh
On 07 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Family Ceilidh at Holburn West Church with the Dark Island Ceilidh Band. This is a fund-raising event for Scottish Culture and Traditions (SC&T).
(Theme: Dance,Fundraising)
 Event: Bead Pop - Zip Bracelet
Bead Pop - Zip Bracelet
On 07 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Use Right Angled Weave stitch to create this stunning bracelet and zip it all together with embellishment beads of your choice. This class is perfect for beginners to bead stitching.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Bead Pop - Oriental Lamp Earrings
Bead Pop - Oriental Lamp Earrings
On 07 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Learn to incorporate beads into your micro macrame pieces to increase their 'wow' factor! Jahan will be there to help you every step of the way to help you make a lovely pair of these earrings to take home.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Blair Davie Music Night
Blair Davie Music Night
On 08 May 2016 (Sunday Only)
Blair Davie is an incredible young talent from Perth, who's despite his young age had already made his debut on O2 Arena Glasgow, had been opening Christmas Lights 2015 in Perth and just recently made his appearance on STV.
(Theme: Music)
 Event: Leveraging your Hidden Value
Leveraging your Hidden Value
On 09 May 2016 (Monday Only)
Speaker - Martin Layton Scottish Enterprise 1200 Lunch and networking opportunity 1230 Presentation
(Theme: Business)
 Event: Bead Pop - Miranda Necklace
Bead Pop - Miranda Necklace
On 11 May 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Learn how to knot a spring sinnet and incorporate beads to create this stunning Miranda necklace!
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Cafe Create
Cafe Create
From 23 Apr 2016 To 11 May 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Cafe Create in the café bar at Seaton Community Project. It’s completely free and open to everyone adults and children, young and old.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Crafts)
 Event: Bead Pop - Beaded Bead Earrings
Bead Pop - Beaded Bead Earrings
On 12 May 2016 (Thursday Only)
Learn how to make a delicate 'bead from a bead' using 3mm or 4mm pearlised beads and then incorporate them into a pretty pair of earrings with a dangle.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: AFTER HOURS: PLAYGROUND
AFTER HOURS: PLAYGROUND
On 13 May 2016 (Friday Only)
Loosen off your ties and let out those bunches for an energetic evening of competing, plotting, creating, imagining and letting go, as you discover more about the purpose of play.
(Theme: Crafts,)
 Event: Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's May Meeting
Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society's May Meeting
On 14 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based in the North-East corner of Scotland.
(Theme: Heritage,Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Night at the Museums - Animal Armoury
Night at the Museums - Animal Armoury
On 14 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
A fun-filled family evening at the University of Aberdeen Zoology museum, where it will come to life, literally as people will have an opportunity to hold live animals and see how they defend themselves from predators with camouflage, tails and scales.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Bead Pop - Chunky Snake Knot Necklace
Bead Pop - Chunky Snake Knot Necklace
On 14 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Learn the Chinese Snake Knot technique to make this gorgeous chunky knotted cord bib necklace
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: MEDITATE IN THE PARK
MEDITATE IN THE PARK
On 15 May 2016 (Sunday Only)
Every third Sunday of the month is a pre-designated day across the world to sit for an hour and to give thoughts of peace to those in need.
(Theme: Environment)
 Event: CALA’S Fun Filled Easter Egg Hunt in Cults
CALA’S Fun Filled Easter Egg Hunt in Cults
From 25 Mar 2016 To 15 May 2016 (Everyday)
Luxury housebuilder, CALA Homes (North) is preparing to hand out hundreds of free Easter eggs to children in Aberdeen as part of its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cults.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: Calling all runners, walkers, or meanders!  Come and join this year’s Baker Hughes 10K taking in the sights around Aberdeen’s beach front on Sunday 15th May 2016.
Calling all runners, walkers, or meanders! Come and join this year’s Baker Hughes 10K taking in the sights around Aberdeen’s beach front on Sunday 15th May 2016.
On 15 May 2016 (Sunday Only)
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned runner looking to push past your PB or you’re looking for a fun run with your family or friends, the Baker Hughes 10K offers something for everyone.
(Theme: Fundraising,Sport & Games)
 Event: 'URBEX'
'URBEX'
From 22 Apr 2016 To 17 May 2016 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Group Exhibition (part of Look Again festival)
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)

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