Nostalgic celebrations of the past are preferable to celebrations of the future, for which one must travel at least 50 years just to dine on a three-course meal in pill form. Explore time immemorial with today’s Groupon to the Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games, which takes place Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 at Rillito Raceway Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a one-day admission for two, two drink tickets, and parking (a $36 value).
- For $15, you get a one-day admission for two adults, two children, and parking (a $36 value).
Guests at the Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games revel in the heritage and culture of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, drinking in live music and challenging one another in festive competitions. Each day, Scottish Highland Games pit brazen competitors against each other in traditional events such as the caber toss, hammer throw, or single-elimination dekilting, as guests competitively cut rugs with traditional dances and musicians cross notes during the pipes-and-drums competition. The youth athletic game fosters advanced beard growth in mini Celts, and Urchin Alley ignites kids’ imaginations with a pony carousel, jousting, and face painting.
On Saturday evening, revelers celebrate the Celtic New Year with the rollicking bagpipes of Seven Nations and Elemental Artistry’s dazzling fire-twirling. More than 15 grub dealers pack plates with Celtic cuisine, and bon viveurs can sip on wine, mead, and single-malt scotch at the village pub. Up to 40 Scottish clans attend the gathering, lending authenticity to the festivities, and browsers discover handmade Celtic wares and ancient Scottish floppy disks inside the village shops.
Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games
The cultural traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have enlivened Tucson for more than a quarter century thanks to the Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games. In addition to devouring traditional food and dancing to music from the likes of headliner Young Dubliners and many other Celtic bands, guests can hit the whisky train for some fortification. They can also witness feats of athletic prowess during the internationally sanctioned Scottish Highland Games. The event features activities such as a caber toss, which consists of participants lifting and throwing gargantuan wooden poles so that they land parallel to the thrower without touching any of their vital organs. The festival features Highlands dance and bagpiping competitions too. If any questions as to the event’s authenticity remain, one need only look at the audience,which includes 30 to 40 Scottish clans every year.