What's On Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
Deeside Holiday Park is a tranquil retreat set in the southern valley of the River Dee ideal for getting away from it all. And yet, the park is only a few miles from the lively city of Aberdeen – “the granite city" with its sparkling stone architecture and its international culture as the Energy capital of Europe.
Deeside has long been a favourite destination for the Royal family and for many other visitors to the north-east of Scotland. Steeped in history and tradition, the area is a must for heritage lovers with its castles and folklore, whisky distilleries and museums and of course its atmospheric stone circles – history comes to life at every turn.
Whether you choose to visit Deeside Holiday Park to relax and explore the great outdoors or to have some fun on a lively activity break, there are a host of opportunities on your doorstep.
Please check the websites listed before travelling to or booking tickets for any events as dates/times may be subject to change and we're not liable for any changes to events.
January - March 2020
SPECTRA Light Festival 2020
Various Locations, Aberdeen
The 2020 theme for SPECTRA will Visit Scotland’s themed year to create and support works that are inspired by our remarkable costal landscape. Click through to propose a work for the festival or a panel/talk for the conference.
Aberdeen Restaurant Week
Aberdeen City Centre
Due to popular demand Aberdeen Restaurant Week returns this February for a whole week of delicious food, tasty drinks and foodie events, all offered up by your favourite city centre businesses! The concept is simple - £10 for a two course lunch and £20 for a three course dinner, giving you the chance to try out somewhere new.
Aberdeen Jazz Festival
Various Locations, Aberdeen
you can expect cutting edge, vintage, swing, fusion and every other style of Jazz you can think of. There’s also acoustic and electric Blues, soul, R’n’B, hip hop, Big Band, world music, and all manner of derivatives that create a festival of national and international importance, while focusing on creating special occasions for people to enjoy.
April - June 2020
Ballater Duck Festival
Join us on Royal Deeside on Sunday 7th June 2020 (To be confirmed) for a quacking good day out at the Ballater Duck Festival!
Midsummer Beer Happening
Baird Park, Stonehaven
The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven announces its dates for 2020 and “locks in” the third weekend in June for future years.
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Aberdeen Highland Games
Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen
A highlight on the Aberdeen summer calendar, it promises to be a day full of family entertainment, including traditional Scottish Highland Games competitions, pipe band championships and solo piping competitions, as well as a funfair, family entertainment stage performances, free children’s activities, catering outlets and a beer tent.
July - September 2020
Summer Fair at Garioch Heritage Centre
Exclusively Highlands brings their summer craft and food fair to Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie. Some of Scotlands finest handmade crafts and food producers will be appearing at this unique venue, which will be our only wheelchair and buggy friendly event in Aberdeenshire, no spiral stairs here!
Stonehaven Folk Festival
The Stonehaven line-up combines old favourites and exciting new acts in a programme of concerts, ceilidh, workshops, sessions and the Tradition Bearers Concert.
Art, Craft and Food Festival - Summer at Crathes
Crathes Castle, Banchory
The finest Arts Craft & Foods come to Crathes Castle for our second Summer at Crathes Fair. Beautiful displays throughout the Castle and the Horsemill and an outdoor fair also continues into the stable courtyard, an enjoyable summer event not to be missed.
Stonehaven Highland Games
Mackie Academy, Stonehaven
The 2020 Games will be held on Sunday 19th July 11am to 5pm at Mackie Academy and will feature, Highland Dancing, Running and Heavy events like Tossing the Caber, Hammer Throwing etc and Pipe Band Competition.
King George V Park, Banchory
An agricultural one day show set in the heart of Royal Deeside. Come and see cattle, sheep, horses, tractors and lots more. A fun day for all the family!
Ballater Highland Games
Monaltrie Park, Ballater
Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are a number of varied trade stands, together with a funfair for the children.
True North Festival
True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located at the heart of the city, the festival features the contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists.
Drum Castle Autumn Food & Craft Festival
Drum Castle, Banchory
Exclusively Highlands is at Drum Castle for Drum’s Food and Craft Festival with more exhibitors than ever before as we combine the festival within the Castle, Brewhouse and Courtyard.
October - December 2020
Aberdeen International Comedy Festival
From Fringe favourites to stand out headliners Aberdeen's the funniest place to be every October. Keep an eye out here and on our social channels for up to date news on our acts which are added to the line up frequently….stay tuned comedy fans!
An innovative festival of new music bringing together a wide range of different musical styles in a variety of concerts, workshops, installations and talks.
Drum Castle Christmas Festival
Drum Castle, Banchory
Come and see the Castle transformed for the festive season, peruse Exclusively Highland’s unique Christmas Fair situated througout the entire castle - ceramics, candles, jewellery, photography, wood, felted creatures & art, try the wonderful 'german inspired' courtyard food and visit the Secret Drum Fairy hideaway