HIGHLAND GAMES AND EVENTS
* Denotes events the Scottish Country Shop will attend as vendors
*2017 - OREGON SCOTTISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL - CANCELED FOR 2017
The Oregon Scottish Heritage Festival is designed for people of all ages, but especially for young families and youth who want to enjoy a day of good family fun, educational information, and insights into their own possible Celtic connections.
In addition to pipe bands, dances, and Celtic music, the Oregon Scottish Heritage Festival will have a special focus of sharing stories of Scottish heritage. There will be educational and interactive booths that tell the stories of clans, accounts of immigration to America, information on the achievements and contributions of Scottish people to science, education, and the formation of our own country's constitution. The story will be told about the influence of Scottish pioneers in the establishment of Oregon as a state, and the formation of several Oregon cities, including the city of Albany. There will be special opportunity for children to get dressed in Scottish costumes, learn some Gaelic words, do a treasure hunt, participate in highland games, and visit the Queen's Court. Authentic Scottish food will be served at Mary and Sandy's Kitchen. Families and individuals will have an opportunity to explore their Celtic genealogy and heritage. In addition to all this, there will be entertainment by award winning, nationally famous Celtic musicians, the Gothard Sisters, Golden Bough, and a number of other excellent entertainers.
Click here to visit the OREGON SCOTTISH SOCIETY'S SCOTTISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Linn County Fair & Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany, OR
*April m29-30, 2017 - ELK MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES & MAY DAY FESTIVAL
There’s not many festivals where you can go and watch a cob earth oven-building demo alongside a female roller derby scrimmage. Walk twenty yards and see medieval combat skills in action, an edged weapons competition, and horseback gymnastics known as vaulting. Wander through the artisan Vendor Village and around the colorful twenty-foot May Pole, an ancient spring tradition from cultures around the world, to the front field where strong men and women are competing in Scottish Heavy Athletics, throwing stones and hurling stripped trees. A bluegrass band takes the stage and aerial silk performers are on deck, beside you are giant dancing puppets of trees, birds, and dragons. Welcome to the Elk Mountain Highland Games & May Day Festival, an eclectic event that pulls the past into the present. Did we mention the kids can learn how to flint knap and make rope out of cordage?
The Elk Mountain festival aims to bring together the eclectic elements that make southern Oregon unique and fuse them with historic and modern skills while welcoming the return of spring. Join us for a family friendly event you’ll remember; there’s more than just things to see, there are things to do!
For more information visit the ELK MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES & MAY DAY FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Evans Valley Education & Community Center, 8205 E. Evans Creek Rd., Rogue River, OR 97537
*May 27, 2017 - EUGENE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
• Entertainment and Bagpipes
• The Best Scottish Bangers – Ever!!
• Scottish Clans & Family Associations, and Vendors Selling Authentic Scottish Goods
• Scottish Heritage Museum
• Children’s Area, and Free Wagon Rides Pulled by Belgian Horses
• And Much Much More!!!
For more information visit the EUGENE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Irving Grange, 1011 Irvington Rd., Eugene, OR
*2017 - BELLINGHAM HIGHLAND GAMES - CANCELED FOR 2017!
A Country Fair with Scottish Flair with something for everyone in the family! Scottish Highland Dancing, Heavy Athletics, Piping and Drumming, Scottish Country Dancing, Celtic Music Showcases, Food and Merchandise Vendors, Kids Games and our Ale & Wine Garden give more than ample entertainment for the whole family.
With a free Friday Night Ceiligh (Kay-lee) featuring the Blessing of the Games and the Ale where we tap our Firkin for the first time, live music, and Scottish Idol over by the Ale Garden we get it started early. The night begins around 6pm and continues until close with the famous Flaming Saltaire!
Following on Saturday and Sunday the events begin. Early morning revel in the dancers footwork and poise. Feast on Scottish delights (and more recognizable food too) in our Food Vendors then take a stroll through our Merchandise Vendors and find that special something to take home. Be sure to catch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the ever popular Massing of the Bands on the Great Field. Just before the Closing Ceremonies watch the athletes turn the impressive Caber.
Sorry, NO PETS allowed on the field.
Click here to visit the BELLINGHAM HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE - CANCELED FOR 2017
Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Avenue, Ferndale, WA 98248
*June 3, 2017 (NEW DATE FOR THIS YEAR ONLY!!) - PROSSER SCOTTISH FEST & HIGHLAND GAMES
Enjoy Eastern Washington's Premier Scottish Fest, where you will find. . .
Anvil Launch ••• Celtic Music ••• Pipe Bands
Clan Tents ••• Highland & Irish Dancers
Highland Heavy Athletics ••• MacPherson's Farm
Children's Activities ••• Scottish Vendors
Firefighter's Challenge ••• Flying Anvil Pub
Click here to visit the PROSSER SCOTTISH FEST & HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE
Port of Benton Wine & Food Park, Lee Road, Prosser, WA
*June 10-11, 2017- McKENZIE HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC GATHERING
Enjoy the aroma of Scottish, Irish and American food, listen to the skirl of Highland bagpipes, the beat of the drums, the impressive showing of massed bands, the elegant moves of Highland and Irish dancers, smell the aroma of American, Irish and Scottish foods, witness the raw strength and agility of the athletes and the feeling of nostalgia!
The event kicks off Friday night with a candlelight bagpipe recital featuring Piobaireachd, the Classical music of the pipes. To give this event added ambiance a whisky tasting from 6-8pm will be offered for $25- this passport to taste offers a tasting of five varities of whisky.
Saturdays event begins at 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday starts at 10:00am and ends with closing ceremonies at 5:30pm. The event is full of lots of things to do and see so come early, wear your Celtic garb and stay the day and round out the evening with a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee- meaning party/dance)!
The Ceilidh, Saturday at 6:00pm at the same location will feature live music, impromptu piping, whisky tasting, beer/wine/soda to purchase, complimentary light finger foods and dancing from 6-9pm.
Click here to Visit the MCKENZIE HIGHLAND GAMES website
Willamalane Sports Complex, 250 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR 97478, Corner of Main street and 32nd st. on Main St.
*June 24, 2017 - TACOMA HIGHLAND GAMES
Frontier Park will continue to be accessible to attendees of all ages. Instrumental music and entertainment offered all day, expanded children’s activities in the corral and a wide variety of opportunities for families. Volunteers have plans underway for a vintage British car show. Highland dancing competition, solo quartet, and band piping competitions, drumming competition, clan tents, vendors, food, athletic competitions & caber toss, massed bands, concluding with an evening ceilidh celebration.
Click here to visit the TACOMA HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE
Frontier Park (217th & Meridian / Highway 161), Graham, Washington
*July 8-9, 2017 - ATHENA CALEDONIAN GAMES
Known for its relaxed atmosphere, highlights include the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, Heavyweight Scottish Athletics, Highland Dance Competition, Solo Piping & Drumming, & Scottish Harp. A Quilt Show is planned for Sunday from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL!
Click here to visit the ATHENA CALEDONIAN GAMES WEBSITE
City Park, Athena, OR
July 8-9, 2017 - SKAGIT VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES
Arts & crafts, Athletics, Bagpipes & drums, Beer Garden, Children's events, Clans, Country dancing, Farm animals, Fiddle, Folk music, Food vendors, Harp, Highland dancing, Knights (SCA), Massed bands, Scottish culture tent, Sheepdog trials, Weavers/spinners, Whiskys of the World
Click here to visit the SKAGIT VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE
Edgewater Park, Mt. Vernon, WA
*July 15, 2017 - PORTLAND HIGHLAND GAMES
Scottish dancing; piping, drumming, and fiddling competitions; athletic competitions; musical entertainment; traditional food and merchandise vendors; children's activities; clan tents and more!
Click here to visit the PORTLAND HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE
Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
*July 28-30, 2017 - PACIFIC NORTHWEST HIGHLAND GAMES
North American Scottish Athletics Championship, US West Coast Drum Corps Championship, NW Regional Harp Finals, individual Piping and Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland and National Dancing. Clans, Food & Merchandise Vendors, Celtic Kennel and a Scottish Farm with shaggy Scotch Highland cattle, and Clydesdale horses, multiple entertainment stages, two pubs - enough to keep you more than busy for two days!.
Click here to visit SEATTLE SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 - 284th Avenue SE, Enumclaw, WA
August 5, 2017 - SPOKANE HIGHLAND GAMES
Enjoy the traditional features of Scottish Highland Games, such as massed bands, pipe band exhibitions, individual piping, heavy athletics, highland dancing, and children's games, including "Shoot the English Knight"! Performances of Scottish country dancing and Celtic bands provide delight all day, Highland village with demonstrations and re-enactments and a British car exhibit, followed by a fanciful Scottish ceilidh (dance party) in the evening.
Click here to visit the SPOKANE HIGHLAND GAMES WEBSITE
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, WA
August 5, 2017? (waiting for confirmation) - WHIDBEY ISLAND HIGHLAND GAMES
The center piece of the Games is competitions in four major areas, Highland Piping, Drumming, Dancing, and traditional Scottish Athletics. Bring your family and experience the Scottish music, culture and enjoy the variety of Celtic performances which are scheduled throughout the day on the Main Stage. Trace your ancestry as you stroll amongst the Clan Tents or enjoy browsing throughout the vender shops, which display traditional Scottish clothing, literature, music and much, much more.
Click here to visit the WHIDBEY ISLAND HIGHLAND GAMES ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
Greenbank Farm, Greenbank, WA, Whidbey Island, WA
*August 19-20, 2017 - DOUGLAS COUNTY CELTIC HIGHLAND GAMES
Highland games event with clans, athletics competition, bagpipers, dancing competitions and demonstrations, harp and fiddle performances, folk music performances, historical demonstrations, sheep dog performances, and a weekend of fun and entertainment for the entire family.
Click here to visit DOUGLAS COUNTY SCOTTISH SOCIETY WEBSITE
Riverbend Park, 243 SE Thompson Ave., Winston, OR
August 19-20, 2017 - BITTERROOT SCOTTISH / IRISH FESTIVAL
Compete, Dance, Play! A celebration of the Scottish and Gaelic culture and heritage in the Bitterroot Valley. Events include dancing, athletics, clans, solo and pipe band competitions, clans children's activities, entertainment and a ceilidh.
Click here to visit the BITTERROOT SCOTTISH/IRISH FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Marcus Daly Mansion, Hamilton, Montana
*2017? WAITING FOR INFO- CELTIC FESTIVAL AND CLAN GATHERING OF EASTERN OREGON
A fun-filled day for the whole family. Gathering of the clans, bagpiping, dancing, entertainment and performances, demonstrations and re-enactments.
Click here to visit CELTIC SOCIETY OF EASTERN OREGON WEBSITE
Union County Fairgrounds, 3604 N. 2nd Street, La Grande, Oregon
*September 2-3, 2017 - HOOD CANAL HIGHLAND CELTIC FESTIVAL and HIGHLAND GAMES
Gathering of the clans, musical guest entertainers, pipe bands, dancers, athletic demonstrations, and a variety of food and merchandise vendors.
Click here to visit HOOD CANAL HIGHLAND CELTIC FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Belfair State Park, 3151 NE State Route 300, Belfair, Washington
*September 9-10, 2017 - KELSO HIGHLANDER FESTIVAL
Festivities begin with a fun run/walk 15K road race, Highland dance competition, Highland team games, athletic competitions and piping competition. Welcome & Parade of Clans, Shortbread Contest. Throughout the weekend there will be entertainment by various musical groups and pipe bands. Golf Tournament and Kirkin O' the Tartan Worship Service on Sunday. The Kelso Rotary also sponsors their Annual Duck Race to raise money for charities and scholarships.
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL!
Click here to visit the KELSO HIGHLANDER FESTIVAL WEBSITE
Tam 'o Shanter Park, Kelso, WA
September 23, 2016 - TREASURE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES
Piping Competition, Athletic Competition, Dance Competition, Field Events, Bonnie Knees Competition, Dog Show, Clan Tents, Tea Tent, Vendors, Musical and Entertainment Guests.
Click here to visit the SCOTTISH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TREASURE VALLEY WEBSITE
Expo Idaho (formerly Western Idaho Fair Grounds), Boise, Idaho