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LONG BEACH  Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest  February 15-16, 2014  queenmary.com

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 7-9, 2014 sonoracelticfaire.com

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 5, 2014  kernscot.org

Location: TBA  ( 2013 info: Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 South P St. Bakersfield, CA Gathering & Games 9 am to 5 pm Ceilidh begins 6 pm Tickets are $16 Adult General Admission, $13 Senior Citizens (60 and over), Students & Military with ID, Children 10 and under are free. Ceilidh tickets are $16 or $26 for a combination Games & Ceilidh Ticket)

WOODLAND - Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival April 26-27, 2014  saccallie.org

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 24-25, 2014   scotsfest.com

(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 14-22, 2014  sierrafiddlecamp.org

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 -San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans is June 28 & 29, 2014  sdhighlandgames.org
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.

FREMONT Tartan Day Scottish Faire  Saturday, April 5, 2014 

Ardenwood Boulevard. The entrance is just north of Highway 84, Fremont, CA
tartanday.eastbayscots.org

(2013 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.  

GRASS VALLEY  Celtic Festival  September 28-29, 2013  kvmr.org/celticfestival

Come for the Music... Stay for the Magic! The 17th Annual KVMR Celtic Festival will be held at The Nevada County Fairgrounds

MONTEREY/SALINAS  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival Saturday, July 6 - 7, 2013   montereyscotgames.com

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

SAN FRANCISCO - Labor Day Weekend - August 31 to September 1, 2013    caledonian.org

The 148th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games will be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

SANTA CRUZ - 30th annual Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School August 23-31, 2013  valleyofthemoon.org

The Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in the northern California redwoods invites you its 30th 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 11-13, 2013 Seaside Highland Games seaside-games.com

Seaside Park in beautiful Ventura County, California Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura When: October 11 Whisky Tasting & Scottish evening at the Four Points 5:00 pm til 10:00 pm 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
Dancing
Dart Competition

WATSONVILLE - Scottish Renaissance Festival June 15 & 16, 2013  scottishrenaissancefestival.org

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville, CA Scottish Renaissance Festival 10 am to 10 pm Saturday ~ 10 am to 6 pm Sunday Explore the History, Myth, & Legend of 16th century Scotland!


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