Aberdeen City Guide

Enjoy Our Brief Visitor Guide

Aberdeen and Grampian 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 every day

The City Events team are responsible for the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Council's annual Festivals and Events programme within the City of Aberdeen.  They also offer support and advice to a wide variety of other events organised within the City

Examples of events the team directly deliver are Aberdeen's Highland Games, Freedom of the City Ceremonies, 3 week 50+ Festival, 50+ Outdoor Activities Programme, Tea Dances, Aberdeen's Singing Chorus, Aberdeen's Tartan Day, British Armed Forces and Veterans Day and the Winter Festival

For the best kept online calendar of what’s on in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire generally, updated regularly, visit www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

Highland Games and Gatherings, which take place from Cowal to Tomintoul and all points in between, are a unique mix of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a program of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber. The competitive element is a major attraction in its own right but when combined with the spectacle of Highland dancers and pipers and the colour and grandeur of the Scottish scenery which forms their backdrop, Highland Games become a must on any visitor's Scotland itinerary. Some Highland Games gatherings attract thousands of spectators, but most are on a far smaller scale, and many of them are still genuine community events

Main Highland Games in Aberdeen and Grampian

Aberdeen Highland Games                                       
Lonach Highland Games                            
Braemar Gathering                        
Ballater Highland Games                           

Find out what’s on at the AECC

Find out what’s on at The Lemon TreeThe Music Hall and Her Majesty’s Theatre and you can buy tickets online