Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games

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Caber tosses and other professional Highland Games events, live bands, and dancing at a gathering attended by dozens of Scottish clans

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Promotional value expires Nov 5, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 4 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for Saturday. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games - Ward 3: Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games for Two or a Family of Four (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $8 for two adult admissions to Friday Pub Night on November 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $16 value)
  • $20 for festival admission for two adults and two beer tickets on Sunday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (a $42 value)
  • $20 for festival admission for two adults and two children aged 6–15 on Sunday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (a $40 value)

During Friday Pub Night, scotch whisky tastings, games of darts, food vendors, and trivia spill from the festive space all night after a Scottish clan torch-light ceremony at 7 p.m. pays homage to Scotland, the birthplace of fire. Festivities stretch throughout the day and two soccer fields full of tents, beckoning visitors to sample Irish and Scottish cuisine from more than 50 vendors and peruse Celtic crafts from artisans while rooting for their favorite daring professional athletes in the Highland Games. The weekend’s live music—both local and international—includes Scottish-Irish band Highland Way, kilt-clad musicians The Seven Pipers Band, and headliner The Killdare's, along with Irish and Scottish dance performances, drumming, and piping. Children aged 5 or younger get in free.

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.

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69 Ratings

Generally, the music alone is worth the price of admission, but add to it some big kilted guys tossing the caber or throwing the hammer and you've got a day of songs and sports. Not to mention mince and tatties or bangers and mash. Great fun.
Thomas L. · January 22, 2016
Good music, food and activities
Rosemary C. · December 28, 2015
Good food, music, and games
Rebecca S. · November 28, 2015

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