NB Highland Games Festival 2016: Be A Scot for One Weekend in Fredericton

NB Highland Games Festival 2016: Be A Scot for One Weekend in Fredericton

Everyone gets to be a Scot for at least one weekend in Fredericton. The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is back from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 at Government House. The Games officially kick off with an opening ceremony featuring over 10 pipe and drum bands from Atlantic Canada playing en masse, and a ceilidh (traditional Scottish folk music, dancing and storytelling) on the Friday night.

The weekend also features the crowd favourite heavy athletics competitions, with events like hammer toss and caber (19-foot wooden pole) toss. Last year, more than 35 women and men vied for the title. There is also piping and drumming competitions in Parade Square with more than 13 bands from across Atlantic Canada, Maine and Ontario.

Take one of several workshops and you might learn how to play the Bodhran (bagpipes), or learn some Scottish Gaelic. New this year, is the “Forces of Nature: Early Scottish Pagan Spirituality” workshop. Participants in this workshop will learn all about the lore and history of the important role nature played in the lives of many Scottish people.

If you enjoy walking or running, the Games participants put a Scottish twist on the standard 5K by donning traditional Scottish dress, everything from kilts and tartan sashes to dresses and trews, to get into the spirit of the weekend. Registration is required to participate in this event.

Enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend long with a lineup that features Celtic bands like Pogey and Salty Dog. Check the website for the full line up of great music from Friday to Sunday!

The Kids’ Corner Craft tent will keep the little ones happy and busy throughout the Festival!

The Games come to an end on Sunday with closing ceremonies with an encore performance by the pipe and drum bands en masse.

Be a Scot for the Weekend! Visit the website for a full schedule.