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California Scottish Festivals


LONG BEACH  Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest  February 14-15, 2015

Celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Queen Mary. This unique ship exemplifies the fine craftsmanship of Scotland and is proud to be the most famous ship built on the River Clyde. We celebrate this legacy today with a festival of Scottish Culture through music and dance.

FREMONT Tartan Day Scottish Faire  Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ardenwood Boulevard. The entrance is just north of Highway 84, Fremont, CA *they have had trouble with website, they announced
(old info: Admission (tickets at the gate only) $10 adults, $6 seniors (62+) $5 children (4-17 yrs) kids 3 & under are free Free Onsite Parking No Pets Allowed in the Park Regardless of where your family's history started, it's important to celebrate cultural heritage.)

The East Bay Scottish Association is dedicated to celebrating the full, rich culture of Scotland through interactive events such as the Tartan Day Scottish Faire. Tartan Day, as we currently celebrate it every April 6th , started in New York City in 1982 as a celebration of contributions by Scottish Americans to the United States throughout its history. This marks the date a declaration of Scottish independence against Edward I's English rule, known the Declaration of Arbroath, was signed in 1320 and submitted to Pope John XXII. The declaration intended to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state, defending Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked. Over the next 300 years, thousands of Scots fled their home for a better future in the Americas.   

SONORA  Sonora Celtic Faire March 6-8, 2015

A special Friday Night Kick-Off Party, which starts at 7pm, will feature many Celtic bands and dancers at the festivals large pub tavern, cost approx. $15. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year's event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 11 musical groups, performing on five stage

BAKERSFIELD - The Annual Kern County Scottish Gathering and Games Saturday April 18, 2015

Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 South P St. Bakersfield, CA Gathering & Games 9 am to 5 pm Ceilidh begins 6 pm Tickets are $tbd Adult General Admission, $tbd Senior Citizens (60 and over), Students & Military with ID, Children 10 and under are free. Ceilidh tickets are $tbe for a combination Games & Ceilidh Ticket)

DIXON: Scottish Games September 26, 2015, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dixon May Fairgrounds
655 S. First Street
Dixon, California
$10 age 18 -61
$8   age 9-17, age 62 and older
Free   age 8 and younger; and active military with ID card

Ceilidh & BBQ after the games! This is a celebration of the Scottish culture that you can experience up close and personal. There are many elements to the event, something to engage everyone's interest. Experience the sights and sounds of Scotland. Our Scottish Games will be better than ever with all the pageantry you have come to expect. Enjoy Scottish, Celtic, and Irish folk musicians; bagpipe bands; Scottish gifts, foods, ales, and whiskies; Scottish athletic competitions; Scottish animal and living-history exhibits; Highland dancing; Irish Dancing; rugby tournament; shinty; clan information booths; children's activities; pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies; and a wee bit more fun for the entire family. Scottish Games

PLEASANTON:  Labor Day Weekend September 5-6, 2015

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.
Alameda, CA
$21 day, $28 weekend pass, approx.
 The Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents the 149th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Events include: Archery | British Cars | Birds of Prey | Celtic Heritage | Childrens Glen | Clydesdales | Concert | Gathering of the Clans | Grandstand Show | Heavy Athletic Events | Highland Dancing | Irish Dancing | Kilted Mile Race | Living History Musical Entertainment | Piping and Drumming | Rugby and Shinty | Scottish Cattle | Sheep Dog Trials | Soccer and Whisky Tasting.

WOODLAND - Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival April 25-26, 2015 /

Yolo County Fairgrounds   Woodland, CA  Gates open at 9 a.m. both days, Event still on the last full weekend.

COSTA MESA  2014 ScotsFest Memorial Day Weekend May 23-24, 2015

(2013 info: Orange County Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, Ca. Adult One Day - $15 Adult Two Day - $22;  Age 65 and over/Military/Student One Day-$13, $19 for 2 day pass.  Age 5-12 One Day - $3 age  4 and under are free,  age  5-12, Two Day - $4 age, 4 and under are free)

NEVADA CITY Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp  Saturday June 20-28, 2015

A week of intensive study, recreation, and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and beyond.  Shady Creek Camp on the San Juan Ridge near Nevada City, CA 

SAN DIEGO / VISTA -San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans is June 27-28, 2015 
Brengle Terrace Park
Vista, CA
Tickets $5-15
Entertainment with many Irish bands, a marketplace, food vendors and the famous games make this a wonderful gathering of the clans event you won't want to miss--Scottish or not.

GRASS VALLEY  Celtic Festival  October 2-4, 2015
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA

Come for the Music... Stay for the Magic! The  Annual KVMR Celtic Festival will be held at The Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

SANTA CRUZ - Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School August 28-September 5, 2015

The Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in the northern California redwoods invites you its Annual week of intensive study, recreation, and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland.

VENTURA October 9-11, 2015 Seaside Highland Games

Seaside Park in beautiful Ventura County, California Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA

Whisky Tasting & Scottish evening
THE GAMES 9:00 am to 5:00 pm What you'll experience: Large Men Throwing Stuff
Massed Pipebands
Scottish Fiddling Competition
Scottish Entertainers
Clan Tents
Children's Glen
British Food
Highland Re-enactments
Dart Competition

past events

MONTEREY/SALINAS  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival Saturday, August 2-3, 2014   no updates as of Jan. 26, 2015

The Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula and The Salinas Jaycees present The 46th Annual event at Monterey County Fairgrounds, Toro Park Highway 68, Salinas, CA

FORTUNA September 6, 2014 - website says they'll post new dates February

Scottish Society hosts games, potluck, music & fun. 1600 S. Main St. Rohner Park Fortuna, CA 707.498.3014 


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