Come To Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival This Weekend
For more than three decades, Estes Park has been the backdrop for one of the nation’s largest gatherings for those of Scottish heritage, those interested in Scottish heritage, those who like the sound of Scottish brogues, those who enjoy a Scottish malt beverage, those who enjoy the rhythmic sound of Scottish footsteps on a dance floor and more.
Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands from Great Britain, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.
One of the weekend highlights is the hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park’s main street. Bagpipes, drummers, dancers, clans in tartan, Dogs of the British Isles, brass military bands and precision drill teams give a preview of what can be seen on the festival field.
Come to Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival and renew your spirits, dance to the pipes, and hear the cannons roar!
There will be pipers piping and drummers drumming, kilts and plumed bonnets. The dogs indigenous to the British Isles will win your hearts and tempt you to add a “family member.” There are fine merchants and talented crafters with exotic Celtic merchandise. Add the clans with their gorgeous tartan displays, hospitality tents and joyous reunions. The Festival is a haven of the familiar American foods and Celtic specialties.
You’ll hear international and world famous singers and entertainers on the field and watch the “creme de la creme” of young dancers executing the Highland, Folk and Irish dances of their heritage. You’ll see brave steeds bearing medieval jousters in combat, caber, stone and hammer throwing athletes.
From the Tattoo on Thursday night, events include Friday and Saturday night Celtic Rock Concerts and Folk Concert, Ceilidh (Celtic New Year’s Party) and a Sunday morning Pancake Breakfast with the Jousters and Athletes. The Festival Field events, competitions, merchants and entertainment are continuous Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday evening marks the end of the festival with the Honored Guest Banquet. For more information, go to www.Scotfest.com.