The annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games returns for its 57th year to bring together hundreds of bagpipe bands and Scottish clan members for a fun-filled weekend of events. This year's event takes place in the North Carolina High Country from July 12 to July 15, 2016. This is one of the biggest Scottish games events in the United States and takes place around the blue peaks of Grandfather Mountain.
The event kicks off with opening ceremonies and the sheep dog demonstration. You can expect to see plenty of live Celtic music and dance performances throughout the long weekend. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy each evening so you can settle in and watch the performances. A torchlight ceremony officially opens the event and the 'raising of the clans' announces the celebration of heritage and culture.
"The Bear" footrace attracts hundreds of runners and will take place right before the torchlight ceremony. Cheer on your favorite racers as they make there way around the summit of Grandfather Mountain and prepare for the marathon on Saturday. Heavy-weight Scottish athletic events, a highland dancing competition, and bagpipe band parades are also on this year's itinerary.
When you're heading to North Carolina for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games this summer, stay at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park hotel just a short drive from the event grounds. Guests enjoy spacious, luxurious accommodations offering tranquil mountain views and suite options with in-suite tubs.
- Start:July 07, 2016
- End:July 10, 2016
- Where: 4210 Mitchell Ave # 2, Linville, North Carolina, USA, 28646
- Event Type:Sports & Recreation
- Ticket Price:N/A