GATHERINGS & FESTIVALS

RINGWOOD HIGHLAND GAMES & CELTIC FESTIVAL

Be treated to a Grand Parade of Scottish Clans and Mass Pipe Bands as well as lots of activities on the day including:

  • Scottish Country Dancing

  • Pipe Band Performances

  • Highland Dancing Premiership

  • Dog Flyball Competitions

  • Light/Heavy Games

  • Haggis Hurling / Welly Boot Throwing

  • Historical Scottish Martial Arts

  • Scottish Clan Tents

  • Children Animal Farm 

When/Where:

Last Weekend in March Annually. 9am-5pm.

JW Manson Reserve, Selkirk Ave, Wantirna

VIC 3152.

ringwoodhighlandgames.org.au

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Highland Dancer at Ringwood Highland Games

BUNDANOON IS BRIGADOON

The ultimate family friendly day out with something for everyone to enjoy.  It kicks off with a street parade at 9:30am then onto the mass band display, official opening ceremony, Scottish country & highland dancing, the highland games, highland cattle display, musicians, performers and visit us among the many Celtic traders there.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:​

Saturday 2nd April 2022. Annually.

The Bundanoon Oval, a short walk from the town.

brigadoon.org.au

THE AUSTRALIAN CELTIC FESTIVAL

The Australian Celtic Festival is held from Thursday through to Sunday, with most events held at the Australian Standing Stones from Friday night. There's something for everyone including Celtic music, poetry and dance, competitions, strongman event, street parade,  re-enactment groups, Kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, children’s entertainment, boutique stalls, and more.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When/Where

First weekend in May, annually.

The Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes. 

australiancelticfestival.com

Glen Innes standing stones

BONNIE WINGHAM

SCOTTISH FESTIVAL

A fun family day out with street parade, opening ceremony, pipe bands, highland games,  food, Celtic Traders and Clan stalls.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:​

Saturday 5th June 2021.

Wingham Central Park NSW

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Massed band at Wingham Scottish Festival

ABERDEEN HIGHLAND GAMES

The Games begin with a parade of bands, clan representatives and others that leads into the Massed Band Salute and Chieftain's Address that officially opens the day. Throughout the day there will be Highland and Country Dancing, Pipe Band displays, Strong Man events with the Tartan Warriors, as well as tug-of-war, egg tosses, three-legged races, and the famed Kilted Dash to participate in. A multitude of stores and stands surround the area selling all manner of Scottish items, food and drink.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:​

Saturday 2nd October 2021.

Jefferson Park, Aberdeen, NSW

aberdeenhighlandgames.com

Aberdeen Highland Games NEW South Wales Australia

CLANS ON THE COAST

NELSON BAY CELTIC FESTIVAL

Nelson Bay Clans on the Coast

A fun family day with everything from Scottish Pipe Bands, Stalls, Caber Toss, Tug-Of-War, Celtic Dancer, Dog Parade, Sword Fighting Demonstrations and more. We even have events for the kids!

When / Where:​

3rd Saturday in September, annually.

Tomaree No 1 Sports Field, 4981, Nelson Bay Road, NSW.

www.clansonthecoast.com.au

Clans on the Coast

THE ILLAWARRA SCOTTISH FAIR

Enjoy a day of Scottish festivities, food, music and culture including; pipe band competion, massed bands,highland dancing, haggis hurling, kids races, heavy event competition and more.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:

3rd Sunday in October annually.

The Dandaloo Hotel Sports Ground, 336 Kanahooka Road, Dapto NSW.

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DAYLESFORD HIGHLAND GATHERING

This charming Gathering includes a captivating Street March in the Main Street of Daylesford and a full days Drumming, Piping and Dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park, located at the southern entrance of Daylesford. The end of the day is heralded spectacularly with the Massed Bands.

When / Where:​

1st Saturday in December annually.

Main street and Victoria Park, Daylesford, Victoria, North West of Melbourne.

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Highland dancers at Daylesford highland gathering

SCOTS DAY OUT

The Bendigo Highland Gathering is a free community event organised by Golden City Pipe Band. This Scottish celebration of culture and tradition includes the street parade, Scottish stalls, clan tents, musical performances, highland dancing & pipe band competitions and kids activities.

When / Where:​

Last Saturday in February annually.

Rosalind Park Bendigo, Victoria.

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NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL

Australia’s largest and most diverse Celtic gathering, attracting audiences and performers from across the country and around the world. Enjoy a packed program of world-class musical acts from Friday night through to Monday afternoon. Enjoy Celtic dance performances & Celtic acts or attend one of the many workshops available. Stroll through the Celtic markets and walk to one of the venues nearby for some good food & drink.

When / Where:​

Every year on the June long weekend.

Portarlington, Victoria. It is 105 km from Melbourne and 30 km from Geelong. Take the Portarlington road to get to the festival.

nationalcelticfestival.com

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MACLEAN HIGHLAND GATHERING

The popular Maclean Highland Gathering is held annually over the Easter weekend. Enjoy the Highland Dancing & Pipe Band Competitions. The Highland Games attract competitors for the social participation and are a spectacle like no other with a programme for Men, Ladies, Boys and Girls. From traditional heavy athletics like caber tossing, log wrestling, shot put, famers walk to field and track events. Don't forget the many Celtic Stalls offering all kinds of products.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When / Where:​

Easter Weekend Annually.

Maclean showgrounds, 12 Caqmeron St.

macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

Lone Piper at Maclean

IRONFEST LITHGOW

Comprising of art exhibitions, stalls, live music, street performance, historical re-enactments, Cosplay competitions, blacksmithing demonstrations, workshops, automotive displays, educational, historical and technological displays; pro-wrestling, a gypsy camp and lots more!

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When/Where

23rd - 25th April 2022. Anually.

Lithgow Showground

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BERRY CELTIC FESTIVAL

Traditionally commencing with a street pipes parade through Berry, the Festival runs a mix of musical items, from pipes to string ensembles, dancing and singing performances of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Galician and Australian Heritage origins, demonstrations by the Tartan Warriors, Cornish pasty competition, wandering minstrels, food and Celtic vendors and more.

When/Where:

3rd or 4th Saturday in May, annually.

Berry Showground, 35 Alexandra St.

berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

Berry Celtic Festival

CLYDESDALE SPECTACULAR & FASSIFERN HIGHLAND GATHERING

The Fassifern Highland Gathering is part of the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular. Clydesdale events are both days of the weekend, while the Scots events are Saturday only. These events include; grand parade, calling the clans, scots cuisine, heavy events, workshops, history, along with pipe band, highland dancing and Scottish music performances.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be in the Scots Pavilion all weekend.

When / Where:​

The 12th & 13th of June 2021.

Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne St.,
Boonah, QLD.
 

Email:       clydiespectacular@hotmail.com

Website:  www.boonahshowsociety.org.au

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/clydiespectacular

Competitor in Highland Dress with Clydesdale at the Clydesdale Spectacular

SCOTS IN THE BUSH

Scottish entertainers, John Colville and Primrose Henderson.

A day celebrating the contribution of the Scottish people in opening up much of Australia.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When / Where:​

19th - 22nd August 2021 (Cancelled)

Boondooma Homestead

8262 Mundubbera-Durong Rd Boondooma QLD 4613.

boondoomahomestead.org.au/events/scotsinthebush

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CANBERRA BURNS CLUB

HIGHLAND GATHERING

A family friendly event with something for everyone including; the ACT Pipe Band Championships, massed bands, highland dancing competition, the Tartan Warriors, Ceilidh, kilted dash, kids zone with a range of activities, Scottish food stalls and vendors.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:​

2nd Saturday in October annually.

Kambah District Playing Fields, off Kett street in front of the Canberra Burns Club.

canberragathering.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/canberrahighlandgathering/

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HUNTER VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES

An entertaining family event celebrating all things Scottish with a range of activities including; the National Highlander Championships, Pipe Bands, Scottish Dancing, blacksmithing demonstration, kids activites, Scottish & Clan stalls, Saltire Estate premium wines and local gourmet catering.

The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When / Where:​

2nd Saturday in August annually.

Saltire Estate, 113 Wilderness Road,

Lovedale NSW 2320.

huntervalleyhighlandgames.com.au

saltireestate.com.au/events

pipers in kilts at saltire estate

MARYBOROUGH HIGHLAND GATHERING

The Highland Gathering was originally organised to re create traditional New Year Highland celebrations. Combined with Australian sports, recreation and athletics this tradition has a full day of Athletics Competitions, Street Parade, Pipe Band performances, Massed Bands, Heavy Games Event, Carnival, Highland Dancers and Drum Major Competitions, evening concert, firworks and more.

When / Where:​

Annually on the 1st of January.

Princes Park, Maryborough, Victoria.

highlandsociety.com.au/index.php/highland-gathering

massed pipe band parade at maryborough highland gathering

GEELONG HIGHLAND GATHERING

The annual attractions include; free entertainment for children, Victorian Pipe Band championships, South Pacific heavy games championships, Highland & Scottish country dancing, 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, Celtic stalls, clans and Scottish dogs.

When / Where:​

3rd Sunday in March annually.

Osborne Park, Swinburne Street 

North Geelong. Vic.

geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

strong man throwing stone at geelong highland gathering

SYDNEY HIGHLAND GATHERING

The Sydney Highland Gathering at Scots College will feature Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Traditional Highland events with the Kilted Warriors as well as stalls selling Scottish goods, gifts, fine food and artisan products. Attracting around 3000 people comprising of competitors and spectators to the school in 2018, an attempt will be made to break the world record for the largest bagpiping ensemble in 2020, rain, hail or shine! Compeitions start at midday and finish at 4pm.

When / Where:​

Sunday 15th March 2020, 11am - 4pm.

Scots College, 53 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill, NSW.

For details email: sydneyhighlandgathering@gmail.com

or call 0414305757

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