Events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

January

Burns Night - Celebrated in Scotland every year on January 25th.  Usually celebrated by a "supper" which is a meal of mashed "neeps" (swede), mashed potato and haggis (a tradtional scottish dish) and Scotch Whisky.  The celebration is started with a Selkirk grace.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

February

SPECTRA Light Festival - Aberdeen’s Festival of Light, dazzles the city with a spectacular array of light installations, exhibitions and events.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City. 

March

Jazz Festival - Five days packed with musical excitement from across the jazz and blues spectrum. Bringing stars of the blues and jazz world to Aberdeen, playing not only at  Festival’s heart - The Blue Lamp - but also The Music Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

April

Scottish International Square Dance Festival - The Scottish International Square Dance Festival been held in Elphinstone Hall since 2008, and dancers from all over the world have commented that it is the only festival that is held at "Hogwarts"!

International Street Market - The Market features around 70 stalls displaying and selling food, crafts and gardening supplies from around Europe. France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy and traders from the UK all feature.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

May

Speyside Whisky Festival - The first weekend in May.  The Festival invites visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink through an inventive and wide-ranging programme of whisky-inspired events – some educational, all of them fun.

May Festival - The University is committed to being a key player in the cultural and intellectual life of the North-East and beyond, and we are proud to see the May Festival establishing itself as a highlight in the region’s cultural calendar.  Show-casing history, music, science and literature.

World Whisky Day - A day to celebrate the national drink with tastings, ceilidhs and distlillery visits.

Ballater Walking Festival - Run continuously since 1998 this festival caters to all abilities of walkers. Making the most of the magnificent views on easy, medium and strenuous walks over six days, which are led by knowledgeable local residents, full-time rangers and professional mountain guides.

Energetica Walking & Wildlife Festival - a weekend to enjoy guided walks and wildlife watching on the spectacular coastline north of Aberdeen.

Great Grampian Beer Festival - Celebrating the best real ales available, with around 100 cask beers and a selection of traditional Cider and Perry all housed in Pittodrie Stadium.

Look Again - Aberdeen’s visual art and design festival showcasts innovative and imaginative artwork throughout the city centre.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

June

Taste of Grampian - The one-day food and drink festival - a great day out for all the family. This popular annual event allows visitors to discover and sample the wide range of high quality food and drink products from Grampian in the North East of Scotland.  Local producers invite you to taste and buy the finest smoked salmon, mouth-watering shortbread, delicious ice-cream, sumptuous prime roast beef, creamy fudge and maybe a dram or two of the best Scottish whiskies from local distilleries and much more.  The festival programme also includes music, children's entertainment, arts & crafts, cookery competitions and demonstrations...and the celebrity chefs and guests ensure a fun packed day for all.  

Aberdeen Highland Games - The Aberdeen Highland Games are an integral part of the Grampian Games circuit and are delivered under the auspices of the Scottish Highland Games Association.  There are many events taking places at the Games, from Caber Tossing, to Highland Dancing and Piping.

BrewDog AGM - Not one to do things by half, the annual event is more of a party than a stuffy meeting - live bands kick off the day with investors sampling the Ellon brewery's top notch beers.

Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games - The first games were held in 1930, and are now an institution in the area.  On the day you can enjoy a host of events including - The Massed Pipe Bands, Glenfiddich Qualifying Heavy Events, Britsih Caber Tossing Championships and Highland Dancing.

Portsoy Boat Festival - Through the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, the Salmon Bothy and the PORT Boatshed, every member of the family can discover, enjoy, learn about and participate in the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East. This includes sailing, boat building and restoration, fishing, history, crafts, theatre, literature and language, music, dance and dancing and food & drink.

International Street Market - The Market features around 70 stalls displaying and selling food, crafts and gardening supplies from around Europe. France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy and traders from the UK all feature.

Country Fair - Last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

July

Stonehaven Folk Festival -  An annual festival of traditional and contemporary music and song held in the picturesque harbour town of Stonehaven.  Held over 4 days the town comes alive with music, as all the pubs and halls open their doors to ad hoc sessions and concerts.

BP Big Screens - Free outdoor relays from the Royal Opera House, bring a picnic to the Duthie Park and enjoy an evening of the very best opera screened live from London.

Denis Law Soccer Tournament - The main tournament forms just one part of a festival of football that takes place every July, with opportunities for the whole community to get involved in football.  We are very fortunate to have the Scotland legend himself as our patron and when asked about the tournament Denis said "this is the type of footballing festival that will assist the development of local children in the area, and also provides them with an opportunity to test themselves against visiting teams".

Aberdeen International Youth Festival - One of the world’s biggest celebrations of youths arts. AIYF brings you the very best in International culture and preforming arts. Theatre, Dance, World Music, Opera, Orchestras & Jazz.

Aboyne & Deeside Festival - An annual arts festival in Royal Deeside with a broad range of events covering classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film.

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

August

Aboyne Highland Games -1st Saturday in August - Having run for over 140 years, the Aboyne Games have attracted thousands of visitors to witness the yearly show of Scottish culture in one of the most scenic parts of Aberdeenshire.

Turriff Show - held on the Sunday & Monday before the first Tuesday in August - the largest annual event to be held in Aberdeenshire and is the largest two-day show in Scotland. The Show is now regarded as the main shop window for the promotion of agriculture and the food industry in the north east of Scotland. The show offers a wide variety of attractions for the whole family from cookery demonstrations, food & craft fairs, vintage cars to highland dancing.

Ballater Victoria Week - Second week of August - Nine days of fun in Royal Deeside’s prettiest villiage.  Initiated in 1987 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession and to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater's Victoria Week brings together numerous sections of the community to lay on a host of fun activities for all ages.

Ballater Highland Games - held annually on the 2nd Thursday in August - The games have been held since 1864 and today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship.  Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are multifarious trade stands, together with a fun fair for the children.  To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned for 7pm on the Church Green in Ballater.

Lonach Highland Gathering & Games - always the 4th Saturday in August - Offering all the favourite events such as heavy events, dancing competitions, hill race and Beating of the Retreat, for many the highlight is the march of the Lonach Highlanders and massed pipe bands.

International Street Market - The Market features around 70 stalls displaying and selling food, crafts and gardening supplies from around Europe. France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy and traders from the UK all feature.

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

September

Aberdeen Art Fair - Visitors can expect to see the cream of Scottish talent, previously unseen work from established artists, household names, fresh new work from up and coming artists all in a friendly informal atmosphere at Aberdeen's iconic Music Hall.

Huntly Hairst - A celebration of food and farming.  An unique annual Harvest festival taking place in Huntly. This family event celebrates the food and traditions of Aberdeenshire. It has something for everyone, from the legendary Halloween parade to the Best Stovies in the World competition.

Braemar Gathering - 1st Saturday in September -  Visited annually by members of the Royal Family, International athletes will be among those taking part in the "heavy" and "track" events.  Pipers and dancers will be of the usual high standard, while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in the InterServices Unit Tug of War Championship and in the Services Medley Relay Race.  A Hill Race will again be run up Morrone and Scottish Pipe Bands will be to the fore with the customary Massed Pipe Bands appearing.

North East Open Studios (NEOS) - an award winning collective of artists, makers and designers based in the North East of Scotland. It is run on voluntary grounds as a community organisation. Painters, jewellers, photographers.

TechFest - Aberdeen's annual science festival, with workshops, talks and events for all ages.

True North - Aberdeen's Festival of Music and Song presents concerts and gigs of up and coming musicians.

Doors Open Day - Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event.  It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology).  Both are supported by Historic Scotland. 

Scottish Home Show - The Award Winning Scottish Home Show, in association with TradesAdvisor.com and sponsored by Bon Accord Glass, is an annual fixture, showcasing the latest in home and garden design, gadgets and interiors.

Active Aboyne Outdoor Activities Festival - showcasing the best outdoor activities that Royal Deeside has to offer including - watersports, walking, mountain biking and nature watching.

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

October

DanceLive Festival - DanceLive is an annual festival celebrating dance, and is Scotland’s only festival exclusively presenting contemporary dance.  DanceLive presents a programme of work from large scale to studio sharings, from national and international companies, and performances for new and family audiences. The Festival also provides opportunities for people to engage and take part through a programme of film, talks, school and community workshops and masterclasses. 

Aberdeen Film Festival - The first Official Aberdeen Film Festival! The festival will showcase the final entries of the world famous "48 Hour Film Project" which is taking place in Aberdeen for the first time.

Sound Festival - sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large range of different genres of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and encourage people to discover new sounds and widen their musical horizons.

Dancesport Scotland Competition - this annual event is the penultimate ballroom dance competition in the Ballroom Dance calander in Scotland, at the iconic Beach Ballroom on Aberdeen's Beach Front.

March Hare Market  - We feature an eclectic selection of stallholders from vintage fashion to handmade furnishings.

International Street Market - The Market features around 70 stalls displaying and selling food, crafts and gardening supplies from around Europe. France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy and traders from the UK all feature.

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

November

Bonfire Night Fireworks - The Winter Festival starts off its seasonal calendar on the 5th November with Aberdeen's spectacular Fireworks display at Aberdeen Beach. Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated enthusiastically north of the border, expect the usual bonfires, firework displays and 'penny for the guy' requests.

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City. 

December

Aberdeen's Winter Festival - Aberdeen's Christmas celebrations are well underway with Christmas light switch on, carol concerts and santa's grotto and much more!

Country Fair - The last Saturday of the month - Since 2000, Apardion has been running Aberdeen Country Fair on Belmont Street to allow local producers the chance to showcase their goods to the people of Aberdeen City.

Stonehaven Fireball Festival - December 31st - keeping alive the ancient custom of participants parading while swinging balls of fire above their heads. The flaming balls are thrown into the harbour at the end of the parade, being followed by Hogmanay parties to see in the new year.

 

For more daily events see the Visit Aberdeenshire website

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