We love The Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival. My ultimate goal is to make it to the actual highlands one day to watch the Highland Games. Hopefully, I can fulfill that goal next summer, but for now, I’ll just have to settle for the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
What is The Middle TN Highland Games and Celtic Festival
The Middle Tennessee Highland Games is part highland games and part festival that brings a little bit of Scotland to the states. The festival Includes Scottish Heavy Athletic Competitions, Hurling and Rugby Games, Kids Zone & Minor Athletics. Entertainment includes 3 Stages of Celtic Music and Dance, Bagpipe & Drum Bands. There are Beer Tent, Food Vendors, Celtic Product and Art Vendors and Demonstrations, for instance. Over 40 Scottish Clan & Organization Tents, Sheep Dog Herding Demonstrations, Scottish Coos, Tartan Parade and much more!
These events are held as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland and Ireland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events. The entertainment that fills the air for two full days, gives the event it’s joy and true celtic ambience. There is entertainment for all age groups, including a great Kids Zone and celtic crafts and sheep herding demonstrations. Bands include Tuatha Dea, The Nashville Celts, The Secret Commonwealth, Colin Grant Adams,and Fiddle Frenzy
The festival provides the chance for amateur athletes to compete in all the traditional Heavy Scottish Athletic events, to the thrill of a large crowd of fans. Men over 40 compete in the Masters Class and men under 40 compete in the Men’s class.Festival attendees can watch the competitions throughout the entire day on the Main Field, except for the hammer throw which is done on the Tournament Field.
When it is
The Highland Games take place on September 7-8, 2019
Where it is
Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
Hours of Operation
Saturday September 7th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday September 8th 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tickets can be found here.