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Events

Katie McNally Trio Concert

Katie McNally Trio Concert
Price Qty
Katie McNally Trio Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Katie McNally Trio Concert
    June 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join us on Sunday, June 11th at 7:00PM for a spectacular evening of fiery Scottish fiddle with the Katie McNally Trio!

“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA.”
-The Living Tradition

Hailing from extreme corners of the US, McNally, Alexander, and Pearlman are three of the brightest young voices in Scottish music today. Drawing on west-coast Gaelic melodies and bagpipe tunes, their fresh collaboration weaves Gaelic songs and mouth-music together with expressive tunes and percussive Cape Breton dance. Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013.

“Poised to become on the of the most influential players of Scottish music” (Fiddler Magazine), Katie McNally broke new ground with her 2016 release, The Boston States. Fluent in both the Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle traditions, McNally has appeared across North America at the Newport Folk Festival, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Cape Breton.

Elias Alexander is swiftly distinguishing himself in traditional music circles as a piper, singer, composer, and sometime comedian. Co-founder of Afro-Celtic Funk band Soulsha and the leader of Elias Alexander and Bywater Band, he has appeared with greats such as Carlos Nunez, Alasdair Fraser, and Gillebride MacMillan and has performed at top festivals such as Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Hailed as “a tremendous pianist” by BBC Radio Scotland, Neil Pearlman tours with his own band, Alba’s Edge, whose debut album Run to Fly was produced by legendary fiddler Aidan O’Rourke. Also in demand as a sideman, Pearlman tours and records with the top Celtic musicians in North America, including 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award-winner, Adrianna Ciccone.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew here.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

CAF members enjoy discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly and let them know you are booking under the Celtic Arts Foundation rate.

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner

3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner
Price Qty
3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner Ticketshow details + $35.00 (USD)  

  • 3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner
    July 7, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Friday, July 7th for the newest tradition of the Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival!

For the third year in a row, we are pleased to present The Gathering of the Clans Dinner at the Littlefield Celtic Center. The official kickoff event to the Highland Games, this dinner and bagpipe concert is the perfect way to connect with friends old and new as we celebrate one of Skagit Valley’s most anticipated summer events.

Thanks to the generous support of Clans Munro (Doc Jim Monroe) and MacKenzie (Rod MacKenzie and Ruth Flucke), we are able to offer tickets for only $35 per person.  Stuart Liddell is back once again from Scotland to pipe for us, treating us to what is sure to be a spectacular performance by one of the world’s most accomplished pipers.

Guests are encouraged to represent their clan and don their tartan and kilts for the festivities!

Social hour begins at 5:30PM with dinner to follow at 6:00PM. Our meals regularly feature meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, and other known allergens. If you have dietary restrictions or concerns, please contact us at least 10 days before the event so we may make special accommodations with the chef.

We encourage guests to purchase tickets early, as meals at the Littlefield Celtic Center have historically been sold-out events, with ticket sales ending in increasingly record times!

We are pleased to offer discounted rates at the Best Western Inn Skagit Valley Plus for members of the Celtic Arts Foundation. For instructions on how to take advantage of the member discount, please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934. Become a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation and take advantage of the discounted rate year-round. For other lodging options in the area, please see the list of Highland Games Lodging Options. We recommend making reservations early.

Questions? Please contact us at events@celticarts.org or 360-416-4934.

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2017

Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2017
Price Qty
Scottish Clan or Association, 10 X 10 boothshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Information providing (non-selling) non-profit organizationshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Food Vendor (power included - subject to review)show details + $650.00 (USD)  
Food Vendor (not-for-profit)show details + $200.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 10 boothshow details + $325.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 20 boothshow details + $450.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 20 X 20 boothshow details + $650.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - needing power (subject to review)show details + $15.00 (USD)  
Tables to rent - 2 day rentalshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Additional 2 day pass for vendors (4 provided with application)show details + $7.00 (USD)  

  • 2017 Highland Games Vendor Applications
    July 8, 2017 - July 9, 2017
    8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Vending at the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games

IMG_1123The Skagit Valley Highland Games attracts approximately 15,000 people over the course of each second full weekend of July. Clans and vendors are an important part of our event, and we do everything we can to make it a fun and worthwhile experience. Our goal is for this to be a positive and profitable experience for you, and a truly win-win situation for us all.

If you are a new vendor who has not attended the Skagit Valley Highland Games in the past, we request that you please include pictures and descriptions of merchandise for review with your application. We make efforts to have merchandise that is generally “Celtic” in theme and to the extent possible try to not duplicate food selections especially. For that reason, we also request that all food vendors submit their food menus with their application.

Our process is to review applications and make the determination on including vendors before depositing an application payment (check or credit card). If an application is not approved for any reason, we’ll return the vendor fee payment as soon as possible with notification to the applicant. The Celtic Arts Foundation reserves the right to include or reject an application for any reason.

Summary of total vendor charges for two-day event:

  • Clan, 10 X 10 booth $ 30
  • Food, not-for-profit $200 (power included as needed)
  • Food vendor $650 (power included as needed)

Merchandise vendors

  • 10 X 10 booth $325
  • 10 X 20 booth $450
  • 20 X 20 booth $650
  • Power connection $15

Table and chair rentals are available for the same cost as last year ($30). Each approved vendor receives four complimentary weekend passes to the Highland Games; additional passes are available for $7 each.

ALL VENDORS MUST COMPLETE THE VENDOR “TICKET” PROCESS BELOW (including Clans). Please make checks payable to: Celtic Arts Foundation.

Deadline: We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible; however, all applications need to be postmarked by June 7, 2017. Vendors who would like to mail in a hard copy of the application are able to access a copy to complete and print here.

Questions? Please e-mail Lindsay@CelticArts.org or call us directly at 1-360-416-4934.

Program advertising: We are currently evaluating how best to complete the program for the Skagit Valley Highland Games; we’ll be in touch with updates.

Having a Clan or Vendor booth at the Skagit Valley Highland Games requires you to enter into a legal contract which entitles you to display/vend on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  In return for the use of the space assigned to you by the Celtic Arts Foundation (CAF), you hereby agree to abide by all rules and regulations stipulated  in the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games Clan & Vendor terms.  Please review those rules and terms thoroughly before continuing. Please submit all required permits and certificates etc. to Roberta@CelticArts.org at the time of registration.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98274, United States

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Athletic Events for 2017 Highland Games

Event Phone: 360-416-4934

Price Qty
Amateur A division - Saturday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Amateur B division - Saturday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Masters (age 40+) Saturday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Lightweight division - Sunday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Novice - Sunday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Women - Sunday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
Women Masters (age 40 and over) - Sunday onlyshow details + $32.00 (USD)  
T-shirt - unisex sizes, provided to all registered competitorsshow details +

This ticket is required and must be purchased.

$0.00 (USD)  / bundle 

  • Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival
    July 8, 2017 - July 9, 2017
    8:00 am - 10:00 pm

IMGB0559Please join us as a competitor for the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games Scottish Athletic events, held July 8-9 at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA.  For over 20 years now, these traditional Scottish “Games of Brawn” have been a centerpiece and crowd favorite at the Skagit Games. Competitors from around the region join us to participate in our two-day event.

Registrations are currently available for the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games; please complete the following registration “ticket” and we’ll look forward to seeing you in July!

Entries will close on June 30, 2017, or when events fill.  Please register early to be sure to get in!

Events for the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games include:

Light Stone            Light Hammer                           Heavy Weight for Distance          Braemar Stone
Heavy Hammer    Heavy Weight for Height        Caber Toss                                        Light Weight for Distance
Sheaf Toss

The competition fee is $32 per competitor and participation in all events is expected.  Registration and payment includes lunch and competition t-shirt.  You may pay with a credit card as part of completing this process, or select the “invoice” option during payment and send a check or money order in the mail.

Event schedule will change depending on number of competitors and/or weather

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS

  1. Games operate under Scottish American Athletic Association (SAAA) rules and will be judged by an SAAA certified Judge, however, this is NOT an SAAA sanctioned event.
  2. All athletes, except Novice, must wear a kilt & long hose to compete.
  3. Organizers & Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason.
  4. Athletes are responsible for their own injuries (Basic First Aid is on field).
  5. Competitors may compete in one class only.
  6. Awards will be presented to the top three competitors in each event and each class must have at least three competitors to qualify for awards.
  7. A keeper award will be presented to each overall division winner.
  8. The “Rob Robertson Memorial Athlete of the Day” Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to top “A” amateur athlete, engraved and kept by the Celtic Arts Foundation.
  9. Athletes must make an attempt at all rounds and compete in all events to qualify as a division winner or aggregate champion.
  10. ALL competitors must be 18 years of age and be ready to show proof to Highland Games Athletic committee if asked OR have Parent/Guardian sign waiver.
  11. The Celtic Arts Foundation/Skagit Valley Highland Games Committee reserves the right to change, combine and/or eliminate events and classes.
  12. Judges decisions are FINAL.

Please note:  Our primary concern is for the safety of our guests and competitors. ANY activity by a registered athlete deemed unsafe by the Skagit Valley Highland Games Athletic events Judge, event organizers or Celtic Arts Foundation will result in disqualification from event, forfeiture of registration and potential expulsion from the grounds.

Please register and pay for each competitor individually. Select one competitor class and proceed to view event cart and then registration.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98274, United States

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23rd Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games

Price Qty
Adult 1-Day Passshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Adult Weekend Passshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
Student/Senior 1-Day Passshow details + $12.00 (USD)  
Student/Senior Weekend Passshow details + $16.00 (USD)  
Military Personnel 1-Day Passshow details + $12.00 (USD)  
Military Personnel Weekend Passshow details + $16.00 (USD)  
Family/Group of Four 1-Day Passshow details + $40.00 (USD)  
Family/Group of Four Weekend Passshow details + $50.00 (USD)  
Additional Family/Group Member 1-Day Passshow details + $8.00 (USD)  
Additional Family/Group Member Weekend Passshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Child Under Fiveshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

  • Highland Games
    July 8, 2017 - July 9, 2017
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Haste ye back! The 23rd Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games are July 8th & 9th, 2017!

Please join us for the 23rd annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, July 8-9, 2017, 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 7th 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!

Skip the line and pre-purchase your tickets below or at the following retail location:

  • Tattered Page Bookstore in Mount Vernon (514 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-3809 (360) 419-7278

Please retain the electronic record of your ticket purchase. Tickets must be printed and presented at the Gate for entry.


Vendor and Clan registration is available here.

Highland dance competition forms are available here.

Athletic registration forms are available here.

Volunteer registration will be available soon!

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98274, United States

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