57th annual Phoenix Scottish Games to take place at Gilbert Regional Park this weekend

Mar 3, 2022, 4:15 AM

(File Facebook Photo/Phoenix Scottish Games)...

(File Facebook Photo/Phoenix Scottish Games)

(File Facebook Photo/Phoenix Scottish Games)

PHOENIX — People can experience the sights and sounds of Scotland this weekend during the 57th annual Phoenix Scottish Games at Gilbert Regional Park.

Taking place Friday-Sunday, the festival offers a variety of live entertainment, interactive displays and athletic events at the park located near Queen Creek and Higley roads in Gilbert, according to a press release.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Single-day tickets can be purchased at the gate or online for $25, while the weekend ticket that includes admission on Saturday and Sunday is $40. There are also discounts for military personnel and children. Parking at the park is free.

Among the activities to see are the Highland Dance and Desert Southwest Pipe Band championships, performances of traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as men and women of all ages from across North America competing in athletic events like throwing a log bigger than a telephone pole and tossing a hammer farther than most can throw a ball.

Other amenities at the festival are a car show, a clan and genealogy area, multiple Four Peaks beer gardens, Scotch whisky tasting and a Celtic Village.

Merchants in the Celtic Village will offer numerous items up for sale, including clothing, musical instruments and jewelry.

Food items available to purchase include traditional shortbread cookies, highland beef dishes, as well as baked goods and other traditional culinary items.

A full list of attractions can be viewed online.

The largest Celtic organization in the state, the Caledonian Society of Arizona, is producing the event, according to the release.

Funds raised help support scholarships for Highland athletes, musicians and dancers, according to the release, as well as other people or organizations who promote Scottish heritage.

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57th annual Phoenix Scottish Games to take place at Gilbert Regional Park this weekend