Scottish music, Scottish dancing, bagpipe and athletic competitions, and lots of Scottish tartans from many Sottish clans. That's what you can expect each year when the Caledonian Society of Arizona puts on the annual Phoenix Scottish Games (formerly known as the Glenmorangie Scottish Gathering and Highland Games and, before that, the Scottish Highland Games).
What is the Phoenix Scottish Games About?
Even if you aren't Scottish, you are invited to this annual event celebrating the heritage and history of Scotland and its people.
There are athletic events; piping, drumming and Pipe Band competitions; Highland Dancing exhibition; Tartans, Genealogy and Clans; historical reenactment groups; Scottish country dancing; traditional and modern Scottish music; children's area; food and beverages; education center; and vendor booths.
When is it?
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where is it?
The Phoenix Scottish Games event is located at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix. Here's a map with directions to Steele Indian School Park. Parking is available at 4041 N. Central Ave. for $5 per vehicle if paid in advance online, $10 day of event, and includes a free shuttle ride to the Games.
Steele Indian School Park is also accessible by Valley Metro rail. Use the Central/Indian School Station.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?
Tickets are available at the gate on the days of the event or online, in advance (service fee will be added).
Ages 13+: $20
Military/Seniors 60+: $15
Child age 6 -12: $5
There is an additional charge for all day Kids Zone entry.
Are discounts available?
Advance tickets offer a discount. Two day tickets are also available at a discounted rate.
Tips for Attending the Phoenix Scottish Games
Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind when attending the event.
- Wear comfortable shoes. There's a lot of ground to cover between events and activities. You might be walking on uneven surfaces at times.
- Dogs on leashes are allowed, as long as you clean up after your pet. The dog park will be closed this weekend.
- If you get there early for Pipe Bands and athletic events, dress in layers. It can be very cool in the mornings, even if it warms up later on.
- The nice people organizing this festival allow re-entry, so if you want to deposit extra jackets or sweaters or things that you've purchased in your car, you can do that and then return to enjoy more of the festival.
- You are welcome to bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy athletic events and entertainment.
- If you are visiting from out-of-town the closest hotels are in central Phoenix. Arriving early or staying for a few days? Here are some other things that you can do in Phoenix.
- You can pick up a schedule of events at the gate.
- The scheduling here is more of an art than a science. Times are approximate.
What if I have more questions?
For more information visit the Caledonian Society of Arizona online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.