The award-winning Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula will hold its 47th Annual Monterey ScottishGames & Celtic Festival (www.montereyscotgames.com (http://www.montereyscotgames.com/))
This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the Monterey Scottish Games & CelticFestival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with thrilling massed pipe bands on parade, including ten award-winning California-based pipe bands and talented Highland and Irish dancers. The outstanding array of special entertainment this year will include many crowd-pleasing favorites, including the Irish singer and humorist, Seamus Kennedy, Celtic rock band (www.seamuskennedy.com), Stand Easy (www.standeasyband.com), ,the singer/songwriter Peter Baldry Trio (www.peterdaldry.com) and more.
The Monterey Scottish Games & Festival also provides exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart. Rob Roy and Brave, including the famous caber toss, weights for distance, weight over the bar, heavy hammer, open stone putt, braemar stone putt and sheaf toss.
Other crowd-pleasing activities include the powerful massed pipe bands, Drum Major competition, Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step dancing, sheepdog and duck herding, historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland including Clan Galbraith, St. Andrew’s Society with Mary Queen of Scots, and the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism)
Festival attendees will enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents. There is also the popular whisky tasting seminar that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports—fine, single malt Scotch whisky.
Over 50 vendors at the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival will offer tasty British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music that will be enjoyed by all. On Sunday, theFestival will feature a very special “Salute to the Irish” that will include Irish entertainment. Come out and watch the highly trained sheepdogs gently guide sheep and ducks under the command of their handlers. Attendees can stroll through the Avenue of Clans, visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry.
There will be lots of fun interactive children’s games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children's Glen, too. Little ones can participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt), plus enjoy fun Celtic craft projects and the popular Celtic Quest.
Advance presale tickets are now available at www.montereyscotgames.com:
Adult One-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]
Senior (65+) One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]
Military One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]
Child (9-15) One Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]
Adult Two-Day - Presale [$20.00] - At Gate [$30.00]
Senior (65+) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]
Military Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]
Child (9-15) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]
Children 8 & under free
Each year, the proceeds from the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival benefit several local non-profit organizations in Monterey County.
For more details, call (831) 682-2022 (tel:%28831%