50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival - August 5 & 6, 2017

50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival to Deliver

a ‘Feast for the Senses’ for the whole family on August 5 and 6, 2017


July, 2017. Monterey, CA. It has been 50 years since it all began! The 50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival is coming up soon on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, and there is something entertaining and educational to experience for all ages! Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment.  This festive event is truly a “feast for the senses” set in the beautiful 22 oak-studded acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.


At a Glance


What: 50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival


When: Saturday, August 5 and 6, 2017 from 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m.


The detailed daily schedule is posted on www.montereyscotgames.com


Where: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940


This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. 


The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including wonderful games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula at this unique annual event.


The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands. The event includes talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, special entertainers, athletes, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and crafts, fun and interactive children’s games with prizes, sheepdog and duck herding and much more.  This fun event for all ages is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.


The Honorary Chieftain of the 50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games will be City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson.


Information: www.montereyscotgames.com or call 831-682-2022. To schedule an interview or request high resolution photos, please contact Wendy Brickman at [email protected] or 831-594-1500.


More about the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival


Delicious Celtic Food & Drink!


Many vendors at the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival will offer tasty British and Scottish food and beverages. Enjoy the delicious tastes of Scotland and England from Ministry of Food (British bangers, Celtic rolls, and shepherds pies), Heritage Meat Pies-Sunblest Foods (assorted traditional Scottish meat pies, steak and mushroom pies, steak and veggie pies, sausage rolls, shepherd's pies, chicken pie, and lamb curry pie inspired by India/Pakistan - a former colony of Great Britain, haggis, scones with strawberries), and Taste of Britain (fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and kids specials of chicken tenders and corn dogs),  For some sweet treats, there is also delicious Mrs. Morrison’s Shortbread, the Welsh Baker’s hand-griddled Welsh Cakes, Brown’s English Homemade Toffees, and Celtic Candies and Cakes/Artisan Candies.


Don’t miss the very popular Whisky Tasting Seminar at 2:30 p.m. on both days that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports—fine, single malt Scotch whisky and learn more about the history, distillation process and various tasting characteristics of fine whiskies. Guinness beer and other beverages are abundant as well. Note: There is an extra fee for the seminar of $30 and a limited number of tickets are available at the Festival’s Information Booth.


Each day at 12:30 p.m., there is “Children’s Biscuits with Her Majesty” as part of the beautifully costumed historic re-enactments of Mary Queen of Scots and her court.


On Saturday evening, August 5th, “A Piping Hot Dinner and Ceilidh Party” will be held at Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado, Monterey, CA. Enjoy bagpiper performances by members of the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band at the Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Monterey between 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Bring your ticket stub or a copy of your Scottish Festival program given out at the festival and receive 20% off of your dinner at Britannia Arms between 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.


Great Celtic shopping!


There’s always wonderful shopping with authentic products imported from Scotland, Ireland and England and hand-made items with Celtic themes and it’s not too early to begin working on your Christmas gift lists.  


This year’s event features many returning and new vendors with an array of popular Celtic items, including A & A Company (Scottish Celtic silver jewelry), Jewelry by Rosemary (Celtic jewelry), Off Kilter Kilts (unique, stylish kilts for men and women including Utilikilts, Sport Kilt, and Celtic CDs) (Heather Glen Designs (Scottish and Celtic jewelry designs), Nagle Forge (hand-forged jewelry in silver, bronze and gold), Celtic Nook (Celtic clothing, jewelry, occult items, and tea sets), Buzz Kidder (kilts, sporrans, hats, purses, belts, buckles), C H Hutchinson (swords, armour and kilts), Phoenix and Crow (Celtic totebags and tapestries), Celtic Jackalope (Clan Crests Plaques, T-shirts), Why Knot Fashions (embossed T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts--adults and children), Family History of Surnames (histories of last names, crests), Celtic Shoppe (Clan Scarves and ties, Celtic brushed wool blankets, flags, jewelry, mugs and glassware, and kilts).


Thrilling Athletic Competition Events


The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival features exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events for both men and women, seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Brave. The competitions include the famous caber toss, hammer and stone throw, weight for distance and height, and the sheaf toss. 


Live Musical Entertainment


The very popular humorous Irish singer/songwriter Seamus Kennedy, will be returning to perform at the Festival as well as the award-winning Celtic folk band, Sligo Rags. Los Angeles Fifes & Drums will also be performing. 


Seamus Kennedy is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, comedian, all-around entertainer, and author. He has a huge repertoire that includes traditional Irish music, classic Country & Western, American standards, Scottish ballads, and kids' shows: entertainment for "the wee ones."Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades. An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country performing for thousands of people each year.


Sligo Rags was named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and are two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band. This dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences


Although there are accounts of fifes and drums playing in Los Angeles since at least 1905, the Los Angeles Fifes & Drums was re-established in 2009. They play at numerous events on rope-tensioned drums handcrafted by their members, and Healy Flute Co. Deluxe Model 10-hole B-flat fifes. LA Fifes & Drums plays Scottish and Irish tunes that the Black Watch Regimental music book had 100 years before pipe bands were even formed.  At that time, all of the music for the military was played by fife and drum.Their history begins with Civil War veterans and local GAR posts. There were also records of the "famous" Fife and Drum Corps of Los Angeles, composed of veterans of the Civil War, who attended a G.A.R. encampment in Reno, Nevada in 1913. Los Angeles Fifes and Drums will be doing on stage performances plus marching through the event at times as well.


There are solo and pipe band competitions, drumming competitions, a drum clinic on Sunday morning, the exciting Drum Major Competition and more. The massed pipe bands are always thrilling during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


Highland & Country Dancing


The beautiful costumes and steps of the Highland Dancers are a Festival favorite and there are Highland Dance competitions both days. There is also traditional crowd-pleasing Country Dancing.


Children’s Glen


The Children’s Glen hosts a number of fun activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as mini-caber toss, pillow over the bar and mini-braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.


Fascinating Living History


Step back in time with costumed historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland with Clan Galbraith, St. Andrew’s Society including meet and greets and tea with Mary Queen of Scots, and the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism).  Performers will entertain and educate Festival-goers though the medium of living history in a very large demonstration area at the Festival. The costumes are magnificent and Mary Queen of Scots and her court entertain visitors throughout both days.  


Clan Avenue


Festival attendees will also enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents as they stroll through the Avenue of Clans. Come research your Celtic heritage and meet members of your clan. There are dozens of clans who welcome visitors to their tents and share information about their history with Festival attendees.


Sheep Dog and Duck Herding


Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently and effectively herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they “imprint” on the animals, these dogs are always able to get their ducks in a row!  


Festival Tickets:


Advance Discount Presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.  Tickets (regularly priced) will be available at the gate during both days of the Festival.


Ticket Prices:


Adult One-Day - Presale [$15.00]  - At Gate [$20.00]


Senior (65+) One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]


Military One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]


Child (9-15) One Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]


Adult Two-Day - Presale [$20.00] - At Gate [$30.00]


Senior (65+) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]


Military Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]


Child (9-15) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]


Children 8 & under free


Whiskey Tasting Seminar tickets are available on site at the Festival for $30.




A big thank you to the valued sponsors of the 50th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival which include Republic Services, Brittania Arms, Pebble Beach Company and the City of Sand City and our media sponsors KSBW 8 NBC and Central Coast ABC. 


Here’s a glimpse of a past festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LMYEl8G2UY&feature=youtu.be


For more information: www.montereyscotgames.com or call 831-682-2022.