Contact Info

          Tim Thompson
          Festival Director
          Email: tthompson@edinboro.edu

          Highland Games


          Massed-Bands

          September 8-11, 2016

          Scotland has proud traditions of independent and innovative thinking, and the Edinboro Highland Games celebrates that heritage.

          Please join us for the 23rd Annual Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival September 8-11, featuring exceptional music, dance, athletics, art, food, and family gatherings! From beer tastings by local brewers to kids' games and student competitions, the festival offers fun for all ages.

          New This Year

          Along with the US National Scottish Fiddle Championships, this year's Festival & Games will host the 2016 US National Scottish Harp Championships. We also feature these competitions: highland dance, solo pipe & drum and bagpipe bands, Scottish heavy athletics, disc golf, plein air painting, graphic design, and kids' games.

          Are you interested in volunteering during the games? Fill out the volunteer registration form.

          2015 Sponsors

          Edinboro University Student Government Association, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Erie Brewing Company, the Riverside Inn, the Robert Burns Scottish Club, and Edinboro University.

          To become a festival sponsor, or for more information, contact the festival director, Dr. Tim Thompson, at tthompson@edinboro.edu.

          A Brief History

          The first Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival was held in April 1993, after eight months of planning in Dr. Tim Thompson’s communication classes. On a day featuring typical Scottish weather, a crowd of five hundred enjoyed two pipe bands, one vendor, kids’ games, and student athletic competitions. 

          Crowds of five thousand or more now enjoy the annual games that feature an array of competitions, world-class musicians, fine gift vendors, and the gathering of Scottish clans. Musicians including master fiddlers Alasdair Fraser and Bonnie Rideout, the piper Eric Rigler of Braveheart fame, singer Ed Miller, and groups such as Cherish the Ladies, Seven Nations and the Chelsea House Orchestra have thrilled audiences across twenty years. In 2003, the Downtown Edinboro Art and Music Festival was born as part of the Edinboro Highland Games. While the Scottish Festival has since moved to a September date, the Art & Music Festival continues to thrive as a wonderful tradition each May. The Edinboro Games now hold sanctioned competitions in professional and amateur heavy athletics, pipe band and solo piping and drumming, highland dance, Celtic and Scottish harp, and the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championships. Along with delicious Scottish and festival foods and family gatherings, the Edinboro Highland Games have grown into one of the most unique and interesting cultural events in the Erie-Chautauqua region.