to sponsor, encourage and promote Celtic Culture through events and educational activities.
Call Us: 360-416-4934

24th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games

Haste ye back! The 24th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games are July 14th & 15th, 2018!

Please join us for the 24th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, July 14-15, 2018, 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.

Features of the Skagit Valley Highland Games include athletic competitions, bagpipe and drumming competitions, Highland dance competitions, a beer and whisky garden, sheepdog trials, clan and culture tents, children’s activities, musical performances, and much more!

We are pleased to welcome dogs at the Skagit Valley Highland Games. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and human companions are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends. 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. Please be a responsible pet owner and help us keep this an enjoyable and safe event for everyone.

Want to come to the Games for free? Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation receive free admission to the Skagit Valley Highland Games as part of general membership benefits. A family membership is only $50, and includes a weekend pass for four people. You can complete your membership registration at the Highland Games, and have your ticket prices credited toward membership dues. To learn more about membership benefits or become a member today, please go to our Celtic Arts Foundation Membership page.

Add the Gathering of the Clans Dinner on July 13th part of your Skagit Valley Highland Games tradition! The official kickoff event for the weekend, this dinner features a performance by one of the world’s greatest pipers, Stuart Liddell!

Left photo courtesy of Lynn Bakeman; center and right photos courtesy of Ken MacKenzie