Colorado Scottish Festival, the highest elevation Scottish Festival in the world, is the only free admittance Scottish Festival in the Rocky Mountains! Experience the earth-shaking sound of the massed bagpipes and drums, the grace of the Highland and Irish dancers, and the power of the great Scottish athletes as they throw the caber.
Learn about the “water of life” as you taste Scottish whiskies.* Pet the friendly Dogs of the British Isles. Bring your favorite four-legged friend — the Festival is dog-friendly!
Trace your family history and meet members of your clan. Laugh aloud as the Ladies of the Festival judge kilted men in the Bonny (Pretty) Knees Contest. Enjoy Scottish-Irish music, dance, children’s events and food and vendors all day, both days.
Learn about life in Scotland in the years before Culloden by visiting the Renaissance Scot’s Living History Village, complete with nonstop interactive craft activities.
Friday evening, enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring the popular group, Ruaile Buaile, direct from Ireland.
Saturday after official competitions end, join a free, exciting outdoor Scottish Ceilidh (party) complete with bagpipes, Highland and Irish dancers, Celtic musicians, demonstrations of athletic strength, and – fresh from Scotland, sword-fighting by the Renaissance Scots’ defensive arm, the “Wolves of Dunvegan.” Enjoy a special Hot Drumline performance followed by a Hot Piping Contest into the evening.
Sunday morning, attend the Kirkin’ of the Tartans and the blessing of the animals.
Festival hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm on Saturday, and from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
Free parking and shuttle service.
*Thistle Club VIP & Whisky Tastings require tickets
The Colorado Scottish Festival is sponsored by the nonprofit St. Andrew Society of Colorado, which was established to promote the music, history and dance of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and others of the seven Celtic nations. The Society is open to all who are interested in Celtic arts and culture.