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5th - Open day at Auchtavan ferm toun hingin lum cruck framed cottage and the Queen Mother’s
former Victorian picnic cottage.
Get a free haircut (or at the low cost of £10 depending on style) on a Tuesday in Aberdeen see our Facebook page for full details.
Go Ape Adventure Course Forest Park
now open at Crathes Castle.
Entry for Aberdeen Race For Life is now open.
Ballooning in Aberdeenshire including those that take you over the Castles.
Book a Dolphin watching trip.
Book a seat on a Train Trip on the Orient Express which leaves Aberdeen station or other Scottish train stations.
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Jamie Oliver Italian Restaurant Aberdeen now open.
15 May – 11am to 5pm: “Re-Open Day” at Aberdeen Antique Centre. Join them for drinks and nibbles and help celebrate their re-opening. Visit their Vintage Quarter and meet dealers.
19 May 2013 - Baker Hughes 10k Race and fun run.
Sunday 19 May 2013 6.30pm - 9.00pm: Scottish Music Evening from the fiddle and accordion players of Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society's award winning senior orchestra, along with the junior Orchestra return for their annual Scottish Music Evening. Featuring a varied blend of traditional music from soulful slow airs to rattlin' reels - a great evening of entertainment and toe tapping is assured. Compere for the evening is Ron Gardner. This takes place at the Lemon Tree (Studio Theatre), 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT. Tickets cost £9 / £7 concessions and a 10% booking fee applies.Tickets from Aberdeen Box Office, Union Street or Rosemount Viaduct. Tel 01224 641122 or online at
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea Aberdeen.
Visit the Cambus O May Suspension Bridge for some magnificent views of Royal Deeside.
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Book a make up lesson experience.
Book a night out at a Murder Mystery Aberdeen event.
May 2013 - Word Festival.
May 2013 Granite Festival events.
May 2013 - Free Duthie Park Ballet and Opera Concert.
TBA - Wordfringe.
Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen from 9.30am – 2.30pm: Young Scotland’s Got Talent Grampian. It is for young people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum (aged 14 -24) who want to work when they leave school or college. Families, people interested in this or professionals working in the field are also welcome. Priority will be given to young people and their families. Please note that it is free to attend. This is the tenth Young Scotland’s Got Talent event. Everyone who takes part says that events are amazing!!! They also said that they learned useful information about finding a job. For a taster, please watch the short video at
This road show is a partnership event between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Cornerstone, Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, Skills Development Scotland, Values Into Action Scotland and many others. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0141 559 5720. To book a place or places at the event email email@example.com.
12th and 13 June 2013 - Global Energy Career Expo AECC. This recognises the skills gap in the oil and gas industry and provides a crucial platform for jobseekers and recruiting companies to meet and discuss the latest offshore and onshore employment opportunities. Leading organisations from across the oil and gas industry will use it as the place to network and meet thousands of qualified professionals who are actively seeking recruitment opportunities for the next step in their career. For further information, visit
30 June 2013 - Aberdeen Race For Life
TBA June 2013 - Taste of Grampian Food Festival.
TBA June 2013, 10am - 4pm Stonehaven Feein Market at Market Square and Town Hall. The 2013 Feein Market will be a Jubilee Special and you are invited to a whole day of fun, frolics and banter for all the family and generations with a packed programme of live music and acts all day in the square together with stalls, games, kids rides, great food, fare and good company. This year is twinned as a special Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration so join in the fun, dress up for the occasion if you wish and have a right royal day out. Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire Carole Kinghorne will set the ball rolling for what once again promises to be the town’s premier event to kick off the summer. More info at www.feeinmarket.org.uk
Sunday TBA June - 11am - 4pm St. Ternan's Fair in the Bellfield Park - ferret racing, SSPCA Companion Dog Show, Banchory Birl tent with traditional musicians and local stalls. Ends with Praise in the Park at 3.30pm
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Fun what's on Aberdeen events that helps you keep fit and make new friends includes
Dance Classes that take place throughout the City.
TBA- Flying Pigs perform live at
TBA - Emmerdale Extravaganza.
TBA - Military Show
Saturday and Sunday June - Grampian Country Fair 2013
June - Father's Day. Read the history and origins of Father's Day.
TBA - One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the
TBA - Oldmeldrum Sports Highland Games.
TBA - Castle Fraser Steam and Vintage Fair.
21 - The Longest Day.
Saturday TBA June 2013 - Armed Forces Day with a march down Union Street for members of the Forces, Veterans and Cadets.
TBA - Ythan Challenge
TBA - A new event in Aberdeen is the Northern Lights Music Festival and tickets for this July Aberdeen event will be on sale soon.
For more information visit the Seaton Park Concert Northern Lights Music Festival
TBA June 2013 - Kevin's Day at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven from 10am till 4pm. Kevin's Day is a fun family day with various attractions, entertainment and events such as It's a Knockout, bouncy castle, teddy toddle, ceilidh, fun fair, car boot sale, craft stalls, face painting, climbing wall and 1k, 3k and 10k runs.
Kevin's Day is held in memory of Kevin Humphreys and raises money for charities such as The Anthony Nolan Trust in Scotland and Clic Sergent. For more information on this event, to see photos and learn more about Kevin please visit
During Kevin's Day there will be a number of races which includes a 10k and 3k. To register for these go to www.born2run.co.uk
There is also a 1k race and for more information about how to take part please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The organisers of Kevin's Day are also looking for teams of 10 to take part in the It's a Knockout. To register a team please contact carol email@example.com
Carol Humphreys can also be contacted by those who wish to book a stall for the day. This includes traders as well as stall holders or traders.
- Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy
Please spare a thought and prayer for those who died on the The Piper Alpha this day in 1988.
July 2013 - Scottish Week at Peterhead.
- Tartan Day.
August - Wizard Festival
2013 - Moscow State Circus at Queen's Links, Beach Boulevard Aberdeen. Read the
Aberdeen Circus page for details of their 50% off tickets offer for readers.
August 2013 Fyvie Live concert event tickets now available.
- Tarland Show.
- Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
- Grampian Military Vehicle Tattoo.
- Arbroath Sea Fest.
- International Youth Festival Finale Variety Gala at
HMT Aberdeen. For details on how
to book a ticket see the
Box Office page.
TBA - One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
- Keith Folk Festival.
- Aboyne Highland Games.
Saturday August - Snowsports Centre Open Day annual event Aberdeen with a wide range of activities on offer including introductory ski and snowboard lessons, discounted airbag and tubing sessions, football, BBQ, face painting, industry stalls, etc. At this Aberdeen event there will be half hour introductory sessions for skiing and snowboarding running throughout the day – ideal for those wanting to give either (or both!) a go for the first time. Tubing sessions are also scheduled for this event Aberdeen along with airbag sessions for those wanting to improve their freestyle skills (minimum standard required). Entry to the Centre is free, all skiing and snowboarding and tubing sessions are just £2 including all equipment hire. Airbag sessions are £10. Advanced booking for payable sessions is essential and can be made by calling 01224 810215.
August 2013 - NEX Factor singing competition and concert. For more details of this new Aberdeen event please visit the
Concerts and Music Events page.
- Stonehaven Folk Festival.
- ChildLine Scotland Midsummer Ball
at the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel in Dyce.
- Turriff Show.
- Lonach Gathering and Games, Strathdon.
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- St Ternan's Medieval Fair, Banchory.
- The Garioch Theatre Festival.
- Aboyne and Deeside Festival.
- Deveron Music Festival
at Duff House, Banff.
- Drumtochty Highland Games.
- Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
- Forres Highland Games.
- Tomintoul Highland Games.
- Stonehaven Highland Games.
- Dufftown Highland Games
- Aberdeen Country Fair.
Nordic Walking events.
- Pride In Aberdeen.
- Bon Accord Bike Ride.
- Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally
at Crathes Castle.
- Turriff and District Pipe Band Competition.
- Feugh Fest
- Aberdeen Blooms
- Braemar Highland Games and Highland Gathering at Braemar.
- Grampian Truck Show at Grampian Transport Museum, Alford.
- Motorvation at The Grampian Transport Museum, Alford.
- Free2013 or Free2014 Hazlehead Park Concert organised by Northsound Radio.
- Aberdeen Walkathon.
Sunday 29 September 2013 - The Beast Race 10km
obstacle race in Banchory over rough terrain, dirt tracks and forest.
Entrants take on over 20 mega obstacles on the way where they can run solo or in a team to win prizes.
Fancy dress participants and those who want to raise funds for charity are encouraged.
The route starts on the banks of Knockburn Loch and sees competitors climb the hill of Kerloch.
Obstacles include the gravelator where you climb a local quarry.
If you love a challenge and think yourself fit then this is for you: if you are brave enough! See www.beastrace.co.uk
September 2013 - North East Open Studios Neos events throughout Aberdeenshire.
Gym in Aberdeen discounted offers.
Watch the salmon jumping at Falls of Feugh between September and November and between February to March.
TBA - One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the
Doors Open Day - Free admission to over 32 attractions
and venues throughout Aberdeenshire.
September - TechFest events.
Saturday October TBA 2013 - Snowsports Centre Open Day. Fancy giving skiing or snowboarding a go in time for winter? Come along to their open day and have a try for only £2! Half hour introductory sessions for skiing (ages 4 - adult) and snowboarding (ages 7 – adult) will be running throughout the day. Tubing sessions (ages 5 - adult) are also scheduled for the day along with an open ski session for those who can already ski. Also taking place on the day will be Own It, a freestyle competition which will see some of the best local and national riders battle it out so come and cheer them on! With a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, industry stalls and much more going on throughout the day we have something for everyone.
Free entry to Centre; £2 per skiing / snowboarding / tubing session (advanced booking essential) Visit aberdeensnowsports.com/event/openday or call 01224 810215 to book or for more information.
- Peterhead Fish Fest
- Jailbreak Challenge Aberdeen Children 1st.
New wall mural unveiled on the Cruden Bay Painting page.
31 - Halloween Events.
Huntly Hairst Halloween Food Festival with many Aberdeenshire events.
5 - Bonfire and Fireworks Night.
Enchanted Castle Crathes
This winter weather is ideal for visiting the atmospheric Rattray Head Lighthouse.
November 2013 - Remembrance Sunday.
30 - St Andrew's Day. To read about St Andrew visit
Utter Trivia where there is also a fun Saint Andrew quiz.
There is free admission to Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral today to celebrate St Andrews Day. There are several events taking place
to celebrate the winter festival and St Andrew's day and these Aberdeen events can be read on the
St Andrews Day Aberdeen page.
For details of events happening in Aberdeen throughout the festive season including the Christmas lights switch on visit the
Christmas in Aberdeen page and the
Christmas Events page.
Sunday TBA November 2013 - Union Street Christmas Lights are switched on.
November 2013 - Touch of Tartan Ball at the Beach Ballroom.
November 2013 - Santa Run at the beach and Pittodrie Stadium.
November 2013 - One of our most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the
Aberdeen Christmas tree switch on which will take place at Castlegate or the Union Terrace Gardens.
Tickets now available for the Inverurie Pantomime. Read our Inverurie Panto Review page for details.
- Evening Express Carol Concert at
The Music Hall, to book tickets see the
Box Office page.
21 - The Shortest Day.
- Christmas Carol Concert at the David Welch Winter Gardens of the
Duthie Park from 4 - 6pm.
- 2013 Snow Ball for Children 1st.
- Festival4stars are in Aberdeen.
- Tattoo Convention.
24 - Leave a wee dram for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph!
December 2013 - Santa Run at the beach and Pittodrie Stadium.
TBA - One of the AboutAberdeen most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the
Reindeer Parade at Crathes Castle.
- Status Quo Concert in Aberdeen.
- Aberdeen Cup.
Delgatie Castle traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre.
There is lots to do and see over the Christmas period throughout the City and the Shire -
click here for a full listing of Aberdeen events in addition to those on this page.
For details of Pantomimes during December and January
click here and do take the children on the
Mall Centre Road Train.
25 - A very Merry Christmas from everyone at About Aberdeen!
25 - Temperance Walk at Inverallochy
26 December - Take part in the Boxing Day Swim Aberdeen and raise funds for your favourite charity.
Inflatable Snow Globe
31st Hogmanay - The AECC party. For this and more New Year's Eve events details such as the Hogmanay fireworks display visit the
About Aberdeen Hogmanay Aberdeen page.
- German Christmas Market at the Castlegate with wooden chalets, German traders, traditional German gifts for sale, crafts and food. The market opens
at 10am and closes early evening each day. There will be festive German Xmas music and Christmas decorations.
1 - Temperance Walk at Cairnbulg
2 - Temperance Walk at St Combs
25 - Burns Night Aberdeen celebrations includes Burns suppers and ceilidhs.
- Mensa Testing.
- Burning of the Clavie at Burghead.
14 - St Valentine's Day events.
8 - Happy 78th Birthday Oor Wullie
- Mothering Sunday
- Aberdeen Jazz Festival
- Gang Show.
- Aberdeen Cyrenians Annual Charity Sleepout.
Easter Extravaganza Festival at the Duthie Park.
- Good Friday. The Walk of the Cross at Kincorth, Aberdeen.
1 - Buy Tartan Paint.
1 April - Please spare a thought for those who lost their lives on Flight 85N. Read about this tragedy and see photos of the granite memorial on the
Johnston Gardens page.
TBA Beach Watch Clean Up.
TBA - Torcher Parade, Union Street one of the most popular events in Aberdeen.
- Granite City Rally.
- One of the AboutAberdeen most favourite what's on and where to go events in Aberdeen is the - Free Entry to
Historic Scotland properties.
- Balmoral Road Race, Royal Deeside.