GATHERINGS & FESTIVALS

HARBOURSIDE MARKERTS

Come along and enjoy the thrill of discovery in an authentic outdoor market bursting at the seams with a great range of fresh local produce, tasty foods, delicious coffee. Browse art, jewellery, clothing, beauty & lifestyle products, plants, vintage and collectable stalls, handcrafted and pet products. Sit back, relax and enjoy your Sunday in style with free live music! The Celtic Thunder shop will be there every Sunday until February 2022. You will find us in the area opposite the amenities block. You may click and collect orders from our website and pick up from here.

When: Every Sunday, 8.00am – 2.00pm.

Where:​ Marina Drive, Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour NSW.

Website: harboursidemarkets.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/HarboursideMarkets

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SCOTS DAY OUT

Scots Day Out will be a day filled with fun starting with a colourful parade down View St to Rosalind Park at 10am. From 11am to 4pm there will be Pipe bands for the Victorian Highland Pipe Band competition, Highland Dancing competition, Clan tents, Scottish Stalls with haggis and whisky tasting, Folk music groups and singing, Scottish activities for children and families and Kilt Run. Finishing off with a  spectacular finale at 4.30pm featuring Scots Day Out participants.

When: Saturday 5th March 2022. Annually.

Where:​ Rosalind Park Bendigo Vic.

Website: scotsdayout.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScotsDayOut

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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 many Celtic traders. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When: Saturday 2nd April 2022. Annually.

Where:​ Bundanoon Oval, 70 Erith St. Bundanoon NSW.

Website: brigadoon.org.au

Facebook: facebook.com/Brigadoon1978

IRONFEST LITHGOW

Comprising of art exhibitions, stalls, live music, street performance, historical re-enactments, Cosplay competitions, blacksmith demonstrations, workshops, automotive displays, educational, historical and technological displays; pro-wrestling, a gypsy camp and much more! The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When: Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April 2022. Annually.

Where: Lithgow Showground, Barton Street Lithgow NSW.

Website: www.ironfest.net

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BERRY CELTIC FESTIVAL

The annual Berry Celtic Festival has been going for 10 years and commences with the tradition of the Grand Street Parade down the main streets of Berry, arriving at the Showground where the “Host of the Day” opens a day full of entertainment amid the angelic sounds of the massed bands.

When: Saturday 7th May 2022. Annually.

Where: Berry Showground, 35 Alexandra St. Berry NSW.

Website: berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

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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 shed.

When: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th of June 2022.

Where:​ Boonah Showgrounds 8 Melbourne St. Boonah QLD. 

Website:  clydesdalespectacular.com.au

Facebook:  facebook.com/clydiespectacular

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ABERDEEN HIGHLAND GAMES

The day officially opens with a parade of Pipe bands, clans and others that lead into the Massed Band Salute and Chieftain's Address. 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, with stores selling Scottish items, food and drink. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When: Saturday 2nd July 2022. Annually.

Where:​ Jefferson Park, New England Hwy Aberdeen NSW.

Website: aberdeenhighlandgames.com

Facebook: facebook.com/aberdeenhighlandgames

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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: ​2nd Saturday in August. Annually.

Where: Saltire Estate, 113 Wilderness Road Lovedale NSW.

Website: huntervalleyhighlandgames.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/hvhighlandgames/

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Melbourne Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Celebrating the traditions and heritage of Scotland in a Highland Gathering, the Melbourne Highland Games & Celtic Festival has been operating for over 50 years, bringing Celtic culture, music, dance, kinship and crafts to the community.

 

When: Sunday 3rd October 2021,  9.00am – 5.00pm

Where: Eastfield Park, Croydon, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

Website: scotsofaus.org.au/highland-gathering-societies/ringwood

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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: Cancelled. 3rd Sunday in October. Annually.

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

Facebook: facebook.com/Illawarra-Pipe-Band

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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, fireworks and more.

When: New Years Day 1st of January. Annually.

Where:​ Princes Park, Maryborough, Victoria.

Website: highlandsociety.com.au/highland-gathering/

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CELTICFEST WARWICK

Come along to have a great weekend of fun at CelticFest! The annual Celtic Festival features Highland Strong Man Games, Irish Dancing, Highland Dancing, Pipe Band Competition, Massed Pipe Bands, Celtic Choir, Celtic Fiddle Group, Celtic Markets, Clans, Medieval Re-enactment, Lost Trades, Celtic Animals & much more! Head over to CelticFest Warwick for more info. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.

When: Friday 25th March - Sunday 26th March 2022.

Where:​ Warwick Showgrounds, Kingsford St, Warwick QLD.

Email: celticfestqld@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CelticFestWarwick

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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: 3rd Sunday in March annually.

Where:​ Osborne Park, Swinburne St North Geelong Vic.

Website: geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

Facebook: facebook.com/Geelong-Highland-Gathering

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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, Celtic Stalls and Highland Games. The games attract competitors for the social participation and includes caber tossing, log wrestling, shot put, farmers walk, field and track events, with a programme for Men, Ladies, Boys and Girls. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there all weekend.
When: Friday 15th - Saturday 16th April 2022. Annually.

Where:​ Maclean Showgrounds, 12 Cameron St. Maclean NSW.

Website: macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/lowerclarencescottishassociation

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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: Thursday 28th April - Sunday 1st May 2022. Annually.

Where: The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Dr. Glen Innes NSW. 

Website: australiancelticfestival.com

Facebook: facebook.com/AustralianCelticFestival

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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 Clan of Honour for 2022 will be Clan Donnachaidh. The program will depend on COVID requirements. Hopefully, we will be able to have a full program for 2022. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the main day, Saturday 4th June.

When: Sunday 29th May to Sunday 5th June 2022.

Where:​ Wingham Central Park NSW

Website: visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/forster-and-taree-area/wingham/events/bonnie-wingham-scottish-festival

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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: Annually on the June long weekend.

Where:​ Newcombe St. Portarlington Vic.

Website: nationalcelticfestival.com

Facebook: facebook.com/nationalcelticfestival

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SCOTS IN THE BUSH

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: Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st August 2022. Annually.

Where:​ Boondooma Homestead 8262 Mundubbera-Durong Rd Boondooma QLD.

Website: boondoomahomestead.org.au/events/scotsinthebush

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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! The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When: Saturday 17th September 2022. Annually.

Where: Tomaree No Sports Complex Nelson Bay Road NSW.

Website: clansonthecoast.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/ClansOnTheCoast

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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: ​Saturday 8th October 2022. Annually.

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

Website: canberragathering.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/canberrahighlandgathering/

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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. The Celtic Thunder shop will be there on the day.

When: 1st Saturday in December. Annually.

Where:​ Main Street/Victoria Park Daylesford VIC.

Website: daylesfordhighland.com

Facebook: facebook.com/DaylesfordHighlandGathering

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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. Competitions start at midday and finish at 4pm.

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

Where:​ Scots College, 53 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill, NSW.

For details email: sydneyhighlandgathering@gmail.com

or call 0414305757

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