Announcement from the Utah Scottish Association Board
Did we cancel the Highland Games and Scottish Festival scheduled for June 2021? Not yet.
The Utah Scottish Association Board of Directors has not decided if our Highland Games and Scottish Festival will be possible in 2021.
Despite the positive advances being made with Covid-19 and availability of vaccines, there are uncertainties in the months ahead regarding large gatherings in the state of Utah and the world. It takes a great deal of time and planning for our volunteer committee to organise this event. We must be realistic about timescales and the challenges that Covid-19 continues to pose. We will continually monitor the situation so we can make an informed decision.
Many Highland Games around the country have already cancelled their 2021 festivals. We hope to continue with our Highland Games and Scottish Festival this June (2021). If we are able to do so safely we will do our best to proceed.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the event please use the form on this page to contact us. Please note: The Utah Scottish Association will follow government guidelines set forth in our state and nation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Utah Scottish Festival
and Highland Games
Current Date Unkown.
Typically on Friday:
Gates open at 5:00
Pre-Games Show 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 - Opening Ceremonies Massed Bands
7:00 PM - Concert with The Fire and Wicked Tinkers
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
Current Date Unkown.
Due to the world-wide pandemic we are uncertain at this time how we will be handling our festival in 2021. Please check back for more information.
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, 2021. 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 May 20. After May 20 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.
HEAVY ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS
(Yes, this includes the Caber Toss)
Piping and Drumming
The Utah Scottish Festival is not yet accepting registration for the 2021 event. Please check back for more information.
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 not yet available for 2021.
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!
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