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HIGHLAND GAMES UPDATE ; JULY 27 2020 – Virtual Highland Games are now being planned – we share news and updates


Recent messages from ASF Members and friends show how important Highland Games are to our community, and so we are delighted this week to share news around Virtual Highland Games that are now planned in August.

August 1st Chicago Scots are among those in the Scottish-American community who are leading the way in providing a safe, meaningful alternative to live games in this era of COVID-19 with some form of streaming event.  As the Chicago Scots so aptly put it, “ On Saturday, August 1st we are bringing the fun and traditions to you-wherever you are! ”  

August 1 Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games has announced a virtual online program through Facebook is being planned.

August 2 – Montreal Highland Games – virtual Piping Competition just announced

August 7 -9 Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Virtual Ceilidh just announced!

September 19 -20 We have also heard that NHScot are bringing theNH Highland Games to us virtually

Michael Reid, ASF Board Director shares with us the late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled – Keep up to date with ASF News via our Facebook and website.

Last week, the organizers of Grandfather Mountain also had a streaming concert in lieu of games.  
Later in October this year, the Celtic Colors event in Nova Scotia will be a streaming festival.  While a virtual event is not the same experience as a games with caber toss, sheaf toss, IrnBru, ginger beer, Scotch eggs, fish & chips and ice cream, it nonetheless provides an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and maintain an active event for annual continuity.  

In addition, we are providing the following update on Highland Games and related events through the end of August (we’ll report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux)


August 8 -9 Cold Spring Village Celtic Festival, NJ- still on

August 15-16 Amherst Scottish Festival & Highland Games – – smaller event will take place but online reservations only

August 22 – Douglas County, OR Highland Games & Gathering –still on

One of a Highland Games most popular events –
the heavy athletics and the throwing of the Hammer is one of the most popular – weighing 22lbs.

August Games Cancellations:
–  Monterrey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – Cancelled –
– Central NY Scottish Games & Cancelled
-Loch Norman Highland Games -Cancelled   

–  Maine Highland Games – Cancelled
– Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival (MT) – Cancelled
– Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games – Cancelled

With so much in flux we ask that you stay in touch with the organizing committee of the games you normally attend and check status as with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 all is subject to change.
ASF will share updates as we learn more. Keep up to date with ASF News on our website and Facebook pages. ___________________________________________________________________________ As of July 9th the following report covered Fall Games

September Games

ScotFest, Okl – September 18-20 IS CANCELLED

Springfield Area Highland Games & Celtic Festival (IL) – September 26

October Games – Arkansas Scottish Festival – October 9-11- Northeast FL Scottish Games & Highland Festival – October 11- Red Stone Highland Games Utah, October 14 -15- Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Decatur, October 18-20- Iron Thistle Scottish Festival OKL, October 16-18

November Games- Coastal Highlands Games, SC – November 14 – Dunedin Scottish Games, FL – postponed to November 21-22, new location: Dunedin Community CenterV

Awaiting Dates we are hoping for this Fall- Latta Celtic Festival (North Carolina) – postpone – new date tbd – Sherman Celtic Festival & Highland Games (Texas) – new date tbd – Ormond Beach Celtic Fest (FL) – Postponed – new date tbd – Cheyenne Celtic Music & Arts Festival – Postponed – new date tbd – Celtic Fling & Highland Games (PA) – Postponed – new date tbd – Pikes Peak Celtic Festival (CO) – Postponed – new date tbd – Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Postponed – new dates tbd – Savannah Highland Games (SC) – Postponed – new dates tbd (website says both postponed and cancelled…..) AD

As we move from hot summer days to cool fall breezes there’s something in the air just smells like Scotland.  Unfortunately, not all of us can get over the pond to enjoy the crisp Scottish weather but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Scotland and all it has to offer from the states!
In the coming weeks don’t miss out on these Highland Games.  Each one is unique and has something special to offer.  So whether you’re in the northeast, somewhere down south, or even out in the dessert, every American-Scot can enjoy the magic of the bagpipes and the swirl of a kilt.
From September 25-27 you can visit the Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethleham, PA.
As October comes our way, so do the Scotland Highland Games in Scotland, CT on the 11th. And, if you find yourself in the Southern States you can catch the Scotland County Highland Games in Laurinburg, NC on October 3rd and then head on over to Atlanta, GA for the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival from October 16-18th.
When that fall chill starts to become a little too cool for you, head on over to the Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games in Tucson, AZ from November 6-8th.
All these Highland Games are sure to make for an exciting Autumn Season!

Say hello to the Amazing Tartan Week committee. They're bound to bring you another fantastic week of celebrations this April!

Say hello to the Amazing Tartan Week committee. They’re bound to bring you another fantastic week of celebrations this April!

One of our youngest walkers at last year's Tartan Day Parade was dressed to impress at this year's Westbury Highland Games.  Can't wait to see what he wears to this year's parade!  Isn't he handsome?!

One of our youngest walkers at last year’s Tartan Day Parade was dressed to impress at this year’s Westbury Highland Games. Can’t wait to see what he wears to this year’s parade! Isn’t he handsome?!

The Highland Games: Scottish Culture At Home

Experience the sports, music, pageantry, and tradition of Scotland at your local Highland Games, linking the past to our future.

Photo via travel.nationalgeographic.com

Photo via travel.nationalgeographic.com

Through-out North America Highland Games are held, bringing our love of Scotland past and future together. The Highland Games transport you to Scotland from wherever you are and are a true way to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture.

Centuries ago, when the Highland games began in Scotland, the events focused on athletic and sports competitions, from dance to tugs of war. The same is true today.

caber shoot

Photo via twitter.com/camillaghellman

This past weekend Fergus, Canada challenged the Guiness Book of Records for Cabers turned, a famous element of Highland Games. To the roar of the crowds, Fergus took the record from Inverness. Now, for Scotland, the challenge is on. Besides the Caber Toss, other unique Highland Games sports include the Stone Put and the Scottish Hammer Throw.

At a Highland Games today you will find a great array of Scotish and Celtic merchandise, gifts and food together with Ancestry and Clan tents. This is a great time to discover your roots or to plan a trip back to Scotland. Visit Scotland is present at several of the Highland Games.

red hot chilli pipers

Photo via thecourier.co.uk

The pipes are an essential piece of the Games. Groups of pipers perform throughout the events, while they compete for different titles. Great contemporary bands like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Albannach and MacTalla Mor bring modern sounds into the mix.

The first Highland Games in the USA took place in 1836. Since then the Games have only grown; today there are over 200 annual Highland Games and gatherings across just the US, Canada and the UK. In the coming weeks many of the largest Highland Games will take place in North America.

children at highland games

Photo via gmhg.org

Look for the American-Scottish Foundation at the Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, August 22nd.

The Games always ensure a great day out. Scottish culture and family fun combine at the Highland Games; a great way to introduce the next generation to their scottish roots and support the local community. Head to your nearest Highland Games and experience Scotland in the USA this summer!

Watch this video from the recent Fergus Scottish Festival in Canada for a taste of what the games have in store…

Look for the American-Scottish Foundation at the Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, August 22nd.

For a list of upcoming Games visit



Summer Highland Games Across the United States!

Highland Games season is upon us, and this summer brings a wealth of celebrations across the country. From Milwaukee to Monterey, Chicago to Colorado, join in the festivities and celebrate in true Scottish style around the United States!


May 2015

May 23-24: Alma Highland Festival and Games – http://www.almahighlandfestival.com/

June 2015


Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games

June 6: Milwaukee Highland Games – http://www.milwaukeehighlandgames.com/

June 6: The Allegany County Celtic Festival – http://www.alleganycountyceltic.com/

June 12-14: Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games – http://ncfhg.com/

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

June 13-14: Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games – http://www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org/

June 19-20: Chicago Scots – http://www.chicagoscots.org/

June 27: Ohio Scottish Games – http://www.chicagoscots.org/

July 2015

July 9-12: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games – http://www.gmhg.org/homepage.shtml

July 25-26: Seattle Scottish Highland Games – http://www.sshga.org/

August 2015

July 31-August 2: Colorado Scottish Festival – http://www.scottishgames.org/

August 1: 166th Annual Highland Games in Livonia, MI – http://www.highlandgames.com/


The Highland Games presented by the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit

August 1-2: Monterey Scottish Games – http://www.montereyscotgames.com/

August 15: Maine Highland Games – http://www.mainehighlandgames.org/

August 22: Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games – http://www.liscots.org/

August 29: Green Hill Highland Games – https://www.facebook.com/GreenHillHighlandGames

Both the American Scottish Foundation and the Association of Scottish Games and Festivals are members of the Scottish Coalition USA, a collective of six national organizations who seek through collaboration to strengthen the Scottish American Diaspora.

For the most up-to-date news regarding the Highland Games, please visit the Association of Scottish Games & Festivals‘s website and Events Calendar here.


Highland Games Calendar for October

October brings a bounty of Highland Games and Festival celebrations across the United States. Here is this month’s Highland Games calendar of events.

October 3-5 Scotland County (North Carolina) Highland Games – www.schgnc.org

The Scotland County Highland Games in Laurinburg, North Carolina will feature Clan and Society tents, Scottish musical entertainment, athletic competitions, special children’s athletic events, a Highland dancing competition, EUSPBA sanctioned solo piping and drumming, and sheep dog demonstrations. 

October 4-5 Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival www.aztechighlandgames.com

Held in the lovely Riverside Park along the Animas River in Aztec, New Mexico, the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival features two days of live Celtic music, as well as a series of traditional physical competitions, Scottish dance exhibitions, clan tents, and children’s activities.

The Wicked Tinkers, headliners at this year’s Aztec Highland Games

October 17-19 Stone Mountain Highland Games – http://smhg.org/

The 42nd annual Stone Mountain Highland Games will be held in the gorgeous meadows of Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring a variety of events, including a whisky seminar and tasting, geneology seminar, athletic competitions, a Scottish harp competition, Highland Dance competition, and several musical performances.

Guest of Honor2014 Stone Muontain Highland Games Guest of Honor Lorne Gillean Iain Maclaine, 26th Chief of Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie and Feudal Baron of Moy