20th Annual Highland Games and Festival
Eighty-two years ago, in a small seaside town in Scotland called Clydebank, construction began on the Queen Mary. Exemplifying the fine craftsmanship of Scotland, the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy is undeniable and today we celebrate our ship’s glorious heritage with a two-day festival honoring Scottish culture and history.
The 20th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest offers guests a glimpse into Scottish culture and history. Featuring a variety of traditional Scottish activities including athletic competitions, a Grand Parade, dancing, piping, and whisky tasting, ScotsFest is fun for the entire family.
Featuring a variety of traditional Scottish activities including athletic competitions like the caber toss, a Grand Parade with authentic clans, whisky tasting, a Kids Zone, sheepherding and Vendor Village.
SHEEPHERDING - One of the most unique and unpredictable events at ScotsFest is sheepherding. Owners, their dogs and of course, the sheep, will compete through an obstacle course where they will earn points for speed and accuracy.
VENDOR VILLAGE Browse through dozens of kiosks featuring a wide variety of Scottish-themed goods.
WHISKY TASTING - Explore the complex taste of traditional Scottish whisky and learn why sometimes it’s spelled with an “e”.
ATHLETICS - Honoring the ancient Celtic tradition, the Scottish Highland Gamesare a test of strength, skill and technique. Face off in men’s and women’s stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, caber, sheaf and other Challenge Events.
DANCING - Traditional highland dancing was once considered an athletic event due to the stamina and physical strength required to do properly.
PIPING - One of the most popular competitions at ScotsFest each year is the pipe bands. Today, bagpipes don’t just represent the Highland Games, but have come to symbolize Scotland itself.
TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH FOODS:
Black Bun, Bridie, Fish & Chips, Haggis, Neeps, Porridge, Scotch Pies/Meat Pies, Tatties
For one night only... The Queen Mary will symbolically set sail for a rendezvous with her roots in Scotland. Jump aboard and tilt your Kilt to some of the best Scottish, Gaelic, and Celtic bands this side of the pond. Sling a stein or slew at the Wee Whisky Bar and slide between traditional Celtic Folk in the 'Royal Highland Room' and popular Scots Rock in the 'Queen's Clan' Room. The concert area will also feature whisky tasting, a full bar and grab-and-go food items. Concert 6pm - Midnight.
Bands include: TNT, Hoist the Colors, Highland Way, the ever popular Whooligans, and Sligo Rags.
When: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: 1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
Festival Tickets Only: $18 online at the Queen Mary site
Concert Ticket Only: $15 online; $20 at door (save $5 off concert with proof ofScotsFest admission ticket)
Festival AND Concert Tickets: $20 for both at Goldstar.com while supplies last (it's the one that says 9 am - Midnight)