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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

Talks, Lectures & Conferences Event: Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub: The Bradt Guide to North KoreaAberdeen Skeptics in the Pub: The Bradt Guide to North Korea
On 26 May 2016(Thursday Only)
Robin Tudge is a writer based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who has lived and worked in Chicago, Moscow, Hanoi, Beijing and Pyongyang, and among other tomes wrote the pioneering Bradt Guide to North Korea, now in its third edition.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
Music Event: Aberdeen Orpheus Choir's 60th Anniversary ConcertAberdeen Orpheus Choir's 60th Anniversary Concert
On 27 May 2016(Friday Only)
An evening of Choral music to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Choir
(Theme: Music)
Fundraising Event: Thank PAMIS It's FridayThank PAMIS It's Friday
On 27 May 2016(Friday Only)
Get together after work for a few drinks and raise some money for local disability charity, PAMIS.
(Theme: Fundraising)
Performing Arts Event: Con Anima Chamber ChoirCon Anima Chamber Choir
On 28 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Music by Delius, Gershwin, Monteverdi and others!
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
Theatre & Shows Event: Mr Dickens Performs!Mr Dickens Performs!
On 28 May 2016(Saturday Only)
An entertaining hour of LIVE Dickens with Dr Tim Tricker and Martin Malone who will be reading two of the writer's favourite performance pieces.
(Theme: Theatre & Shows,Written Word)
Workshops & Courses Event: Bead Pop - Angel Wing EarringsBead Pop - Angel Wing Earrings
On 28 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Work though this great project as an introduction to the techniques you need for making beautiful micro macrame pieces. Jahan will be there to help you every step of the way to make a lovely pair of earrings to take home.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
Children & Family-Friendly Event: Glashieburn Summer FayreGlashieburn Summer Fayre
On 28 May 2016(Saturday Only)
Glashieburn Primary would like to invite you to our Summer Fayre on Saturday 28th May-10-12 noon.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
Dance Event: An Unforgettable Night of DanceAn Unforgettable Night of Dance
On 28 May 2016(Saturday Only)
An event with Kevin & Karen Clifton professional dancers from Strictly.
(Theme: Dance,Music,)
Environment Event: Wildlife WeekendWildlife Weekend
From 28 May 2016 To 29 May 2016(Weekend Only)
Explore the life of the amazing bottlenose dolphins with RSPB and meet new walking and crawling friends with the Critter Keeper.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Environment)
Business Event: Aviation SeminarAviation Seminar
On 01 Jun 2016(Wednesday Only)
During a protracted period when the global oil and gas industry is rigorously seeking cost efficiencies, what are we doing to assure that UKCS offshore helicopter operations remain safe?
(Theme: Business)
Health Event: Positive LivingPositive Living
On 02 Jun 2016(Thursday Only)
Taught in a light, informal way, and over four successive Thursday evenings. Learn how to become more aware of your thoughts and influences.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
Senior Citizens/50+ Event: Dementia Awareness WeekDementia Awareness Week
On 03 Jun 2016(Friday Only)
Get involved with Dementia Awareness Week 2016. With your help we can help raise awareness and much needed funds for those living with and affected by dementia in Scotland! You can help Alzheimer Scotland to challenge dementia.
(Theme: Health,Senior Citizens/50+)
Sport & Games Event: Aberdeen Kiltwalk- Sunday 5th June 2016

Participants WantedAberdeen Kiltwalk- Sunday 5th June 2016 Participants Wanted
On 05 Jun 2016(Sunday Only)
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland are looking for individuals who are up for a challenge!!!
(Theme: Sport & Games,Fundraising)
Heritage Event: Sunset SongSunset Song
On 05 Jun 2016(Sunday Only)
Enjoy free tea and scones and a talk on the Royal Deeside buildings used in the recent filming of the northeast’s classic novel Sunset Song.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage)
Education Event: PDSA PetCheckPDSA PetCheck
From 07 Jun 2016 To 10 Jun 2016(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Free wellbeing checks for dogs and advice on the care of other popular pets.
(Theme: Education)
Design Event: Drawing Dickens WorkshopDrawing Dickens Workshop
On 06 Jul 2016
Join illustrator and author Kate Leiper to find inspiration in Dickens’ work and learn more about drawing and illustration.
(Theme: Design,Workshops & Courses,)
Storytelling Event: The Big Friendly Read in Bucksburn Library The Big Friendly Read in Bucksburn Library
On 13 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,)

Current And Forthcoming Events

 Event: Brand Nostalgia: The 1960s
Brand Nostalgia: The 1960s
On 25 May 2016
Do you remember Johnny Astro and Marvel Instant Milk? Join Aberdeen City Libraries for a nostalgic look at some of the most popular brands of the 1960s.
(Theme: Heritage,Senior Citizens/50+,)
 Event: Cafe Scientifique - Social interaction - the eyes have it
Cafe Scientifique - Social interaction - the eyes have it
On 25 May 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Do we interact with each other to exchange information, or simply because our brain likes it? Using virtual avatars that can respond to your own gaze, we could find out.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: A Conversation with Richard Demarco
A Conversation with Richard Demarco
On 25 May 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Amy Bryzgel, lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, in conversation with arts patron and organizer Richard Demarco
(Theme: Performing Arts,Visual Arts)
 Event: Bead Pop - Captured Bead Earrings
Bead Pop - Captured Bead Earrings
From 28 Apr 2016 To 28 May 2016 (Thursday Only)
Simply striking introductory technique to the method of combining beads with a little bit of chainmaille weaving. Join tutor Alex and learn how to piece together a beautiful "Captured Bead" pair of earrings to take home with you on the day.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Le Petit Moose - Beginner Frame Loom Weaving Workshop
Le Petit Moose - Beginner Frame Loom Weaving Workshop
On 28 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Come and learn the basics of frame loom weaving to create your very own modern woven wall hanging.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
On 28 May 2016 (Saturday Only)
Aberdeen Chamber Orchestras season final concert
(Theme: Music,Performing Arts)
 Event: Space Invaders: An Exhibition by Helen Greensmith and Jenny Hood
Space Invaders: An Exhibition by Helen Greensmith and Jenny Hood
From 30 Apr 2016 To 29 May 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
An exhibition of works by local designer Helen Greensmith of Helen Ruth Scarves and artist and Gray's graduate Jenny Hood
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: Imperial Possessions: Sir William MacGregor, doctor, governor, explorer and collector
Imperial Possessions: Sir William MacGregor, doctor, governor, explorer and collector
From 05 Feb 2016 To 29 May 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
‘More to the world than Aberdeen and twal mile roon’: highlights from the nineteenth century collections of Sir William MacGregor
(Theme: Exhibitions)
 Event: University of Aberdeen May Festival
University of Aberdeen May Festival
From 27 May 2016 To 29 May 2016 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
The May Festival, organised by the University of Aberdeen, will run from 27 – 29 May and offers over 160 events exploring themes including literature, music, science, sport, film and Gaelic culture.
(Theme: Fairs, Festivals, Galas,Children & Family-Friendly)
 Event: 'Space Invaders' Exhibition
'Space Invaders' Exhibition
From 30 Apr 2016 To 29 May 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
'Space Invaders' is a collaborative exhibition of works by designer Helen Greensmith and artist Jenny Hood showcasing their dual preoccupation with the natural world and its inhabitants.
(Theme: Exhibitions,Visual Arts)
 Event: Living Things - Explore Earth's Wildlife
Living Things - Explore Earth's Wildlife
From 02 May 2016 To 30 May 2016 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Throughout the month of May, we’ll be exploring the fauna and flora of our world to understand the great diversity of life on planet Earth.
(Theme: Children & Family-Friendly,Environment)
 Event: Bead Pop - Ear Cuffs
Bead Pop - Ear Cuffs
From 19 May 2016 To 31 May 2016 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Funk up your jewellery collection with an awesome ear cuff! Using wire, Alex will teach you how to mold the cuff into shape, fit the cuff to your ear and embellish it with beads, charms and other pretty bits and pieces.
(Theme: Crafts,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: RV_Jones Lecture: Can Computers Change their Minds?
RV_Jones Lecture: Can Computers Change their Minds?
On 01 Jun 2016 (Wednesday Only)
Can Computers Change Their Minds? Lecture given by Professor Alan Bundy, School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh (CBE). The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in James MacKay Hall.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Be Free Present "The Gathering"
Be Free Present "The Gathering"
On 04 Jun 2016 (Saturday Only)
"The Gathering" is a fun time where Graeme Pyper and the Be Free Team showcase the work they are involved in across the world as well as opening up the floor to a question and answer experience.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences)
 Event: Summer Pamper Afternoon Tea
Park Cafe Hazlehead
Summer Pamper Afternoon Tea Park Cafe Hazlehead
On 05 Jun 2016 (Sunday Only)
Raising funds for Women v Cancer Charities: - Breast Cancer Care - Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust - Ovarian Cancer Action
(Theme: Fundraising)
 Event: Over 60s Exercise Class
Over 60s Exercise Class
From 01 Feb 2016 To 06 Jun 2016 (Monday Only)
Gentle excercise to music.
(Theme: Senior Citizens/50+,Dance,)
 Event: Introduction to Easy Meditation
Introduction to Easy Meditation
On 06 Jun 2016 (Monday Only)
This introductory course over four successive Monday evenings shares basic Raja Yoga philosophy which helps to settle our thoughts so that we can then become focused and peaceful.
(Theme: Workshops & Courses,Health)
 Event: River, Railway and Ravine: Foot Suspension Bridges for Empire
River, Railway and Ravine: Foot Suspension Bridges for Empire
On 06 Jun 2016
Join Aberdeen City Libraries' Local Studies team for this fascinating talk by author Douglas Harper about his pioneering ancestors and their legacy.
(Theme: Talks, Lectures & Conferences,Heritage,)
 Event: Mindfulness Course
Mindfulness Course
From 19 Apr 2016 To 07 Jun 2016 (Tuesday Only)
8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
(Theme: Health,Workshops & Courses)
 Event: Boost Your Brand IQ!
Boost Your Brand IQ!
On 08 Jun 2016
Your brand is a valuable asset - come along to this free workshop to find out how to protect it.
(Theme: Business,Workshops & Courses,)

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