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Highland Games

Skagit Valley Highland Games: July 9-10, 2016

Please join us for the 22nd annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, July 9-10, 2016, 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.

 2016 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 four (4) to the Games, and many other benefits throughout the year. Please consider supporting our organization and click here to become a member.

Purchase tickets here.

Ticket prices are outlined below.

2016 Skagit Valley Highland Games Ticket Type Price
One-day Pass
Adult $15
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
Weekend Passes
Adult $20
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


For details on registrations and entries for the various competitions (piping, drumming, Highland dancing, athletic and sheepdogs), please go to this page.

Other information –

Schedule for Festival:
Saturday,  July 9   9:00-am to 7:00 pm
Sunday,  July 10    9:00-am to 6:00 pm

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 from 2015 Highland Games PDF to share with your Clan and friends

A Special Thank you to our major Highland Games Sponsors!


 Best_Western_logo.svgWhat 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

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Latitude: 48° 25’ 05” N
Longitude: 122° 20’ 31” W