Skagit Valley Highland Games: July 11-12, 2015
Please join us for the 21st annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, July 11-12, 2015, at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA. Held the second full weekend each July, this Festival attracts over 10,000 people each year. We think of it as a kind of “Scottish 3-ring circus;’ with a wide range of activities for young and old alike.
The Skagit Valley Highland Games is part of an annual circuit of Scottish competitions held in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. As such, the quality of performers in solo bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Scottish Highland dancing is at an extremely high level.
Stuart Liddell is coming to the Northwest!
We are excited to announce that 2014 Glenfiddich Champion Stuart Liddell will be joining us for the 2015 Skagit Valley Highland Games! Stuart will be adjudicating at the games as well as performing at our Gathering of the Clans event on Friday, July 10, and during the games. From Inveraray, Scotland, Stuart is one of the world’s most gifted and incredible piper-musicians playing today. His 2015 performance of “Thunderstruck” by ACDC at Benaroya Hall in Seattle was one of the concert highlights. Fresh off of leading the Inveraray and District Pipe Band to the Grade II World Championship, Stuart promptly turned around and again won the prestigious Clasp and Quaich at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in September of this year. Stuart has won most of the top awards in solo piping in Scotland, including the Gold Medals at both the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting. Stuart routinely dazzles audiences around the world with the blazing speed and dexterity of his playing, however prizes collected over the years at the top competitions demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of traditional playing styles as well.
2015 Ticket Prices
Remember, membership in the Celtic Arts Foundation gets you into the Highland Games for free as part of your general membership benefits. For example, a family membership costs $50 and includes a pass for a group of 4 to the Games, and many other benefits throughout the year. Please consider supporting our organization and click here to become a member.
Ticket prices are outlined below.
|2015 Skagit Valley Highland Games Ticket Type||Price|
|Student/Senior or Active Military Personnel||$12|
|Family (or group) of 4||$40|
|Additional family member (when purchased with family ticket)||$8|
|Children under 5 are free||–|
|Student/Senior or Active Miltary Personnel||$16|
|Family (or group) of 4||$50|
|Additional family member (when purchased with family ticket)||$15|
|Children under 5 are free||–|
Here is last years’ Official 2013 Skagit Valley Highland Games Program (Courtesy of Skagit Publishing Company).
Some quick links to common questions:
- How to have the Perfect Highland Games Day
- Pets at the Highland Games (see below)
- Ticket prices & availability
- Parking, Address, GPS & Directions (see below)
- Promotional Poster PDF to share with your Clan and friends
A Special Thank you to our major Highland Games Sponsors!
What about pets?
We understand that many visitors to our event really appreciate that we’re one of the very few Highland Games left that allows pets. We have made this decision at considerable expense (increased insurance) and because animals have played such a vital role in our culture over the years. Whether sheepdog herding, hunting or just providing companionship, there is a very strong bond with animals in our tradition.
So yes, we allow pets but insist that their masters look after and clean up after them. Please be a responsible pet owner and help us keep this an enjoyable and safe event for everyone.
Water for pets will be available in the Celtic farm area.
Parking, Address, GPS Coordinates, Map & Directions
For visitors traveling on I-5 to the Highland Games, take exit 226 (Kincaid Street), exit west toward downtown Mount Vernon. There will be signs directing you on SR 536 to Edgewater Park where the Highland Games are held. Flaggers and volunteers will help get you to the proper lots. Parking is free at the park, with complimentary shuttles running at very regular intervals to transport guests to the grounds from remote parking lots. The shuttle runs in about 20 minute intervals throughout the weekend, starting at approximately 9:00 am until 6:30 pm Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. until 5 pm Sunday. There is a considerable quantity of designated parking for people with physical disabilities, and we’re very pleased to offer day use of complimentary wheelchairs for those guests who need some assistance with mobility. We thank Holland Healthcare and Walgreens-OptionCare for making those complimentary wheelchairs available to us this weekend.
Also consider parking in the downtown “County” parking lot, which will be clearly visible after crossing the railroad tracks coming into Mount Vernon from the Kincaid Street exit on I-5 (about 4 blocks away from the freeway exit). Parking here is free, and free shuttles will take you directly to the main gate.
Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millet Road Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Latitude: 48° 25’ 05” N
Longitude: 122° 20’ 31” W