Don’t miss the largest and most majestic Celtic events in the country when more than 80,000 attendees gather in Estes Park, Colo. for the 39th annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival.
The festival, which began in 1976, will kick-off this year on Thursday, September 10th with Tattoo Estes, a one-of-a-kind parade ground concert that features military and pipe bands. This year’s program will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Scots Grays Calvary Charge at Waterloo, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and the 150th anniversary of the Salvation Army.
The festival has become one of the largest of its kind with more than 50 Celtic events held throughout the weekend, including Jousting competitions, Highland games, musical acts, dance performances, dog show contests and the third annual Highlander 5K race as well as plenty of Scottish and Irish food, drink and crafts. Unique to the festival is North America’s largest Celtic parade attracting 40,000 spectators.
World-class Jousters headline the festivities as they vie for the sport’s largest purse in the “Super Bowl of Jousting”, featuring skill and accuracy events as well as the heavy armor competition. Not to be outdone, the Highland games showcase equally talented athletes displaying amazing strength and agility in the caber toss, hammer and stone throw. The festival also features a Scottish Challenge strong man competition.
Each day of the festival, Estes Park’s breathtaking mountains play backdrop to more than 1,000 Scottish, Irish and Welsh dancers while Celtic rock, folk and traditional bands liven up the clear nights. Those seeking a true glimpse into Celtic culture can top it all off by sampling traditional food and drink and browsing the wares of more than 100 importers and crafters of Celtic goods.
WHEN: • The festival will kick off Thursday, September 10th with Tattoo Estes at 7:30 p.m.
(Tattoo Estes will be held Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.)
- Friday, September 11ththrough Sunday, September 13th– fairgrounds open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with musical acts nightly.
- Friday, September 11thand Saturday, September 12th– concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
- Festival Parade: Saturday, September 12that 9:30 a.m. This year’s parade will begin with the third annual Highlander 5K race. Registration is open online.
- Saturday, September 12th– Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival art show.
WHERE: Stanley Park Fairgrounds
1209 Manford Ave.
Estes Park, CO, 80517
HOW: Order tickets today. Call 1-800-90-ESTES, visit www.scotfest.com or get tickets through TicketsWest at any King Soopers or Walgreens location. Children four and under are admitted free.
WHO: Tattoo Estes: a one-of-a-kind parade ground concert that features military and pipe bands. The inspiring music and pageantry of this event celebrates our heritage, history and patriotism.
The world’s best Jousting and Highland games athletes.
North America’s largest all Celtic parade drawing more than 40,000 spectators. This year’s parade will kick-off with the third annual Highlander 5k race.
More than 70 Scottish clans and societies.
Estes Celtic folk concert with performances by Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Siglo Rags, Socks in the Frying Pan.
Estes Celtic rock concert with performances by The Elders, CAL, Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Albannach and more.
More than 100 importers and crafters of Celtic goods as well as many Celtic food and drink vendors.
Dogs of the British Isle, comprised of more than 150 breeds native to the area, competing in shows and competitions.
Scottish and Irish dance performances and competitions.