The 57th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games will take place at Gilbert Regional Park this weekend
PHOENIX – People can experience the sights and sounds of Scotland this weekend during the 57th annual Phoenix Scottish Games at Gilbert Regional Park.
Running Friday through Sunday, the festival features a variety of live entertainment, interactive exhibits and sporting events at the park located near Queen Creek and Higley Roads in Gilbert, according to a news release.
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Single-day tickets can be purchased at the door or online for $25, while the weekend ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday entry is $40. There are also discounts for military personnel and children. Parking at the park is free.
Activities to see include Highland Dance and Desert Southwest Pipe Band championships, traditional folk music and bluegrass performances, and men and women of all ages from across North America participating in sporting events like throw a log bigger than a telephone pole. and throw a hammer farther than most can throw a ball.
Other festival amenities are a car show, clan and genealogy area, several Four Peaks beer gardens, Scotch whiskey tasting and a Celtic village.
Shopkeepers in the Celtic Village will offer many items for sale, including clothing, musical instruments, and jewelry.
Food items available for purchase include traditional shortbread biscuits, Highland beef dishes, as well as baked goods and other traditional cookware.
A full list of attractions can be viewed online.
The state’s largest Celtic organization, the Caledonian Society of Arizona, is producing the event, according to the release.
Funds raised help fund scholarships for Highland athletes, musicians and dancers, the statement said, as well as other individuals or organizations that promote Scottish heritage.