Utah Scottish Festival Participants and Patrons,
Unfortunately, due to the global health crisis, our Utah Scottish Association board has decided to cancel this year’s 2020 Games/Festival (and other events until further notice). This has been a tough decision for us.
Not only is the principle that “the show must go on” woven into our Scottish DNA, but the impact of this cancellation on the community that makes our festival possible — the vendors, clans, artists, the festival attendees, our own committees — cannot be overstated. We understand the financial and emotional impact this might cause on all participants and patrons. Please use this time to keep building, creating and progressing our Scottish and Celtic heritage however possible.
This is an unprecedented issue that is not being taken lightly. Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.
We have been unable to find a suitable date for rescheduling this event for 2020. We WILL be hosting a Virtual Festival online. This will include some of your favourites so please stay tuned for further information!
We sincerely thank you for your continued loyalty and patience during this difficult time.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us using the provided form.
Utah Scottish Association Board and Festival Committee
Utah Scottish Festival
and Highland Games
FRIDAY JUNE 12th
Gates open at 5:00
Pre-Games Show 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
SAT JUNE 13th
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 - Opening Ceremonies Massed Bands
7:00 PM - Concert with The Fire and Wicked Tinkers
SUNDAY JUNE 9
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM - Closing Ceremonies Massed Bands
Utah State Fair Park
155 North 1000 West SLC 84116
Please be aware the Utah State Fair Park charges a $5.00 parking fee.
*Information subject to change.
Info & Tickets
JUNE 12th, 13th 14th, 2020
Buy a ticket for 1 day and the rest of the festival is included FREE!
REGULAR TICKET PRICES:
Adults Day Ticket $20.00
Seniors 65+ and Students (12-18) $15.00
12 and over must purchase tickets. (11 and under FREE and do not need a ticket.)
Active Military with Current Geneva Conventions ID get in FREE!
Current members of the Utah Scottish Association admitted FREE!
Single Membership = one free admission.
Couple Membership = two free admissions.
Membership will be verified.
If you would like to purchase a membership in advance click the Membership button below.
Memberships will be available at the festival.
Presale Discounted Tickets are not yet available but will be $15.00 per person.
There are no discounted tickets for Senior/Student tickets.
Once we begin selling them, pre-sale tickets will be available until May 1, 2020. If you would like the ticket mailed to you it will cost $1.00 extra. Please choose that option when choosing your ticket type.
After our pre-sale discount ends, regular priced tickets will be available until June 1. After June 1 tickets will only be available at the gate.
If your vendor space has already been approved by Tammi Hill click the payment button below.
To inquire about vending at our event please send a message using the CONTACT page. Please be aware we will not accept vendors who are not relevant to the culture in some way. If you are a business interested in a sponsorship space please specify in the message.
The Utah Scottish Festival and Higland games are proud to sponsor the National Sheaf Toss Competition.
JUNE 12, 5pm-8pm
JUNE 13 & 14 9am-5pm
HEAVY ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS
(Yes, this includes the Caber Toss)
Piping and Drumming
The Utah Scottish Festival is now accepting band and solo registrations!
We take pride in running a well organized and efficient event. We are located in the heart of the Western United States Pipe Band Association. It's a great place for bands and soloists from all WUSPBA branches to gather.
Please contact Jeff or Lezlie Mann by clicking the button below if you have any questions.
Scottish Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dance, and both modern ballet and square dancing can trace their roots back to the Highlands. Dating back to the 11th or 12th century, the Highland Dances of Scotland tended to be highly athletic male celebratory dances of triumph or joy, or warrior dances performed over swords and spiked shield. According to tradition, the old kings and chiefs of Scotland used the Highland Games as a way of choosing the best men for their retinue and men at arms. Highland dancing was one of the various ways men were tested for strength, stamina, accuracy, and agility. Ladies began competing only at the turn of the century. Although historically Highland dancing was restricted to men, today it is mostly performed by females. No matter who dances them, Highland dances require both athletic and artistic skill.
Registration Available Soon.
Following your clan and its history is a great way to connect with your Scottish Heritage. You can google your clan to connect with them online, but at a Scottish Festival, you can connect in person! The Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games hosts some of the best. Come visit our Clan Village.
Clans will gather all three days of our festival!
Friday: Clan representatives will march during the Tattoo.
Saturday: Clans will gather and march during the Opening Ceremonies.
Sunday: There will be a clan procession across the ground to the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan where the clans will be blessed.
Clan Storytelling will also occur on the heritage stage on Saturday at the festival.
If you are a clan regional representative and are interested in hosting a tent for your clan at our festival, contact us by clicking the Clan Info button below.
Things To Do
There are many other things to do at our event.
Watch Highland Athletics
Massed Pipe Bands
Watch a Highland Fling
Find your Clan connection
Enjoy some Celtic entertainment
Check out the Clydesdales
Enter our Shortbread Contest
Enter or watch our Bonnie Knees Contest
Watch our Kilted Tug of War
Eat some Scottish food
Learn a Scottish Country Dance
Watch some Irish Dancing
Taste some Whisky at our Whisky Garden
Participate in the Kirkin' o' the Tartan
March with your Clan
Check out our Celtic vendors
Watch the presentation on Robert Burns
More to come!
The Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible, tribal drums as a professional band since 1995 and for many years before that at parties, renaissance faires and on various street corners. With the addition several years back of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and bronze-age Irish horn the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Don’t think that this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves- the boys in the band merge the best of modern, almost rock and roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection with long-forgotten, primal emotions and half- memories of ages past and experiences unknown and yet somehow familiar. This is music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.
The Fire is a high energy traditional music band that combines world-class performances of blazing Scottish music with a distinctly Californian flare. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, dynamic bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist David Brewer, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Adam Hendey on guitar, bouzouki, and harmonium. All three band members have lived and studied in Scotland, and work together to further contribute to the traditions of Scottish music in America through performances and workshops funded by agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
A "local" band from Idaho with deep Scottish roots. Originally formed as part of Teton and District Performing Arts, a Pipe and Drum band, they play the best music of the Scottish, Irish and Celtic traditions.
They take pride in providing the best Celtic Music in their area. Their performances include a mix of fun, toe-tapping tunes and beautiful, haunting melodies.
More info on them soon!
More information on our event is coming soon. If you have any questions about our event please use the contact form below.
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