Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival

September 6, 2014

Please join us for the 21st annual Edinboro Highland Games, September 6, 2014, when the picturesque campus of Edinboro University will be filled with the rich traditions of Scotland, including world-class musicians, fine gift vendors, highland dance and athletic competitions, clan gatherings and traditional Scottish food.

Sponsored By: Edinboro University Student Government Association, Edinboro University Foundation, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Highmark, The Riverside Inn, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 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 US 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.