Dust off your kilt and brush up on your Ceilidh Dancing, it’s time for the Scottish Highland Games. No, you don’t need to book a flight. The Phoenix Scottish Games return to the Valley, March 3, 4, and 5.
History of Highland Games
Highland Games is a multi-day long celebration of Scottish heritage, combining aspects of sport and culture. Think of a county fair and a track meet all rolled into one.
The “games” part consists of men and women – competing in the traditional Scottish heavy athletics events: throwing various weights, stones, and the caber (a pole) for distance, height or accuracy. Multiple entertaining events occur throughout the day for spectators to experience.
Scottish Culture Performances
Celtic music performers are featured on stage at the Phoenix Scottish Games. Pipe and drum bands perform as entertainment, in competition, and as accompaniment to Highland dancing – both performances and dance competitions.
All the participating pipe bands combine in parade to open and close the event, and to Call the Clans. Scottish culture is also celebrated with Clan displays, genealogy, and educational exhibits.
Celtic food, including meat pies, delicious shortbread, and more will be available for purchase. Come thirsty, don’t forget the drink – whisky, beer and more.
Really want to get into the spirit? Check out the Market’s Scottish and Celtic clothing and accessories. Face painting for the kids and beard grooming for the adults, as well as a host of other offerings will be available in the market.
When, Where, How Much?
The Phoenix Highland Games is being brought to the Valley by the Caledonian Society of Arizona.
Join the fun at Gilbert Regional Park, located at 3005 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85298.
The Phoenix Scottish Highland Games take place on:
Friday, March 3 from 5:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Saturday, March 4 from 9 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 5 from 9 am – 4 pm.
Single day admission is $15 on Friday and $25 for either Saturday or Sunday. Children 10 and under are FREE.
Purchase tickets in advance online or pay at the event. Two – Three Day Passes and and other packages are also available. Click here for tickets, passes, and packages.
No mention of parking is on the Phoenix Scottish Games website. Here’s a link to the Gilbert Regional Park’s website. Please check back with this post, Phoenix on the Cheap will update any new information received.