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California Scottish Festivals


LONG BEACH: Queen Mary ScotsFest February 17-18, 2018
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.

SONORA Sonora Celtic Faire March 9-11, 2018
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 -  Kern County Scottish Gathering and Games Saturday March 24-25, 2018
Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 South P St. Bakersfield, CA Gathering & Games 9 am to 5 pm Ceilidh begins 6 pm

FREMONT Tartan Day Scottish Faire Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ardenwood Boulevard.
The entrance is just north of Highway 84
Fremont, CA
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.

WOODLAND - Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival April 28-29, 2018 /

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

COSTA MESA ScotsFest Memorial Day Weekend May 26-27, 2018
Orange County Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, Ca. Adult One Day - $18-up approx.

WEAVERVILLE: Trinity Celtic Games Saturday June 3, 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Lee Fong Park
101 Lorenz Road
Weaverville, CA 96093
$25-35 game registration |
The Trinity Celtic Games is a day of fierce competition and fun in the style of Scottish Highland Games. Bring your picnic lunch, lawn chairs, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent and get ready to throw things! Admission fee covers entry into the Feats of Strength competition for your chance to take home the Celtic Warrior crown plus all-you-can-drink domestic pints from noon until 6pm. Sponsored by Tangle Blue Saloon.

PLYMOUTH: Mother Lode Highland Games & Gathering June 9-10, 2018
Amador County Fairgrounds & Event Center
18621 Sherwood Street
Plymouth, CA 95669
Second weekend in June, held at the beautiful Amador County Fairgrounds & Event Center. Events Include: Birds of Prey | Celtic Heritage | Children’s Glen | Friday Night Ceilidh | Gathering of the Clans | Heavy Athletic Events | Highland Dancing | Irish Dancing | Step Dancing | Living History | Entertainment Concerts | Piping and Drumming | Scottish Cattle | Dog Demonstrations | Wine Seminar | Whisky Tasting This is family friendly and a fun filled weekend for all. Great venue for your wedding or ring ceremony, renewal of wedding vows, family reunions.

NEVADA CITY Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp Saturday June 16-24, 2018
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 23-24, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brengle Terrace Park
Vista, CA
Tickets $5-15 approx.
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.

MONTEREY/SALINAS Scottish Games & Celtic Festival Saturday, August 4-5, 2018, 9 a.m.

The Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula and The Salinas Jaycees present The  Annual event at Monterey County Fairgrounds

FELTON: Big Trees Scottish Gathering and Highland Games October 6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Rd.
Felton, CA
$16 -up
Free age 10 & under
This new venue resurrects the Scottish Games in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers all the fantastic traditions people look forward to... vendors, music, dance, and of course, the Games! Music:
Games: Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Stone Throw, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height and Sheath Toss.

FORTUNA August 12, 2017 Frolic in the Glen
Scottish Society hosts games, potluck, music & fun.
1600 S. Main St.
Rohner Park
Fortuna, CA

PLEASANTON: Scottish Highland Gathering & Games September 1-2, 2018

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.
Alameda, CA
The Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents the 153rd 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.

DIXON: Scottish Games September 29, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dixon May Fairgrounds
655 S. First Street
Dixon, California
$10 approx.

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

SANTA CRUZ - Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School August 24-September 1, 2018

GRASS VALLEY Celtic Festival September 28-30, 2018
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.

VENTURA October 13-14, 2018 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

 MODESTO: Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans TBA 2018

FRESNO:  Fresno Highland Gathering & Games September 15, 2018
Kearney Park
Fresno, CA

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