Highland Games

Highland Games 

Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021

Revel in the rich traditions of Scotland on Edinboro University's picturesque campus during the 27th annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Sept. 10-12, 2021.

2021 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 10

Event Location

Time

Single Malt Whiskey Tasting President’s House

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday Festival

Downtown Edinboro 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  
 

Saturday, September 11

Event Location Time
Scottish Harp Competitions Student Center Theater 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Heavy Athletic Competitions Lawns 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Scottish Clan Gatherings Tent 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Scottish Village Vendors Tents/ Lawns & Lots

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Weaving Art Tent 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Scottish & American Foods Lawns & Lots 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Music Performances ** Music Tents

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Highland Dance Performances Performance Tent 10:00 a.m.
Student Contests & Games McComb Lawns

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Plein Air – Live Paint & Art Exhibitions Art Tent /Lawns

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Kids’ Highland Games & Crafts Gazebo & Lawns 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Clydesdales Lawns 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Archery Lawns 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Beer Tent McComb Lawns 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies & Massed Bands Stadium & McComb Lawns 11:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
National Scottish Fiddle Championships Virtual / Big Screen

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Scottish Harp Competitions Student Center Theater 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Highland Dance Performances Performance Tent 1:00 p.m.
Bagpipe Band Performances Performance Tent 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Tug O War McComb Lawns

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony/Massed Bands McComb Lawns

4:00 p.m.

Ceilidh! Dinner, Music, and Cash Bar

Van Houten Main Dining Hall Stage, and Lawns

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

** Musical Performances include: Chelsea House Orchestra, Pipe Bands, Concert Band of NW Pennsylvania, and Edinboro University Singers.

 

Sunday, September 12

Event

Location

Time

Chelsea House Orchestra Concert

Edinboro United Methodist

10:45 a.m.

 

All events are FREE except the Ceilidh ($15) and Single Malt Whiskey Tasting

 

Friday, September 10

Single Malt Whiskey Tasting
President’s House
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday Festival
Downtown Edinboro
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  

Saturday, September 11

Scottish Harp Competitions
Student Center Theater
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Heavy Athletic Competitions
Lawns
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Scottish Clan Gatherings
Tent
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Scottish Village Vendors
Tents/ Lawns & Lots
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weaving
Art Tent
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Scottish & American Foods
Lawns & Lots
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Music Performances **
Music Tents
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Highland Dance Performances
Performance Tent
10:00 a.m.
Student Contests & Games
McComb Lawns
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Plein Air – Live Paint & Art Exhibitions
Art Tent /Lawns
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kids’ Highland Games & Crafts
Gazebo & Lawns
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Clydesdales
Lawns
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Archery
Lawns
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Beer Tent
McComb Lawns
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies & Massed Bands
Stadium & McComb Lawns
11:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
National Scottish Fiddle Championships
Virtual / Big Screen
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Scottish Harp Competitions
Student Center Theater
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Highland Dance Performances
Performance Tent
1:00 p.m.
Bagpipe Band Performances
Performance Tent
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Tug O War
McComb Lawns
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony/Massed Bands
McComb Lawns
4:00 p.m.
Ceilidh! Dinner, Music, and Cash Bar
Van Houten Main Dining Hall Stage, and Lawns
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
** Musical Performances include: Chelsea House Orchestra, Pipe Bands, Concert Band of NW Pennsylvania, and Edinboro University Singers.

Sunday, September 12

Chelsea House Orchestra Concert
Edinboro United Methodist
10:45 a.m.

All events are FREE except the Ceilidh ($15) and Single Malt Whiskey Tasting

Printable Schedule of Events

REGISTRATION

Vendor Registration

Clan Registration

The Story of the Edinboro Highland Games

 

 

 

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.

Sponsors

Edinboro University
Edinboro University Student Government Association
Erie Arts & Culture
Erie Brewing Company
ECGRA
Pennsylvania Counsil on the Arts
Visit Erie
Robert Burns Scottish Club