Festivals

Part of the mission of Pint of Irish is to support other organizations and associations that promote interest and participation in Celtic culture, music, and dance.  These Celtic Festivals are held yearly in California by groups with this same mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February

 

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV

February 17-18, 2018 (President's Day Weekend)

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA

(877) 342-0738

www.queenmary.com

 

ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and Highland athletics.  Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings are available for adult festivalgoers while the wee laddies & lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.

 

March

38th Annual North County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 
Sunday, March 17, 2018 
9 am - 6 pm 
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. 
www.sandiego.org

Come experience the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade west of the Mississippi! Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 38th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival taking place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Balboa Park between 6th Street and Laurel. Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, and a Celtic village. The Kids Zone has a band stage featuring young performers and traditional Irish music, carnival rides and crafts.

April

 

24th Annual Kern County Scottish Gathering & Games

Saturday, April 6-7, 2019
Kern County Fairgrounds

1142 South P St.

Bakersfield, CA

www.kernscot.org

 

Come on out and Get Yer Plaid On!  This event gets bigger and better every year! This is a day of great fun, a day of tradition. A day that had something for everyone, Scottish or not. If you've never experienced the Games, come and see what brings people back year after year. It's a fun packed day that is filled with things to do: Scottish heavy athletics, genealogy, clans and family history, live music on multiple stages, sheepdog herding demos, dance shows, a large area just for children, a petting zoo and a multitude of really great food and merchandise vendors.

 

May

 

Irish Immersion Weekend

May 4-6, 2018

Westlake Village​, CA

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www.gaelicla.com

Hosted by Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) Los Angeles.  The Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta is a weekend devoted to immersion in Irish language and culture. Teachers are flown in from Ireland and around the country. Join us for a fun-filled weekend of workshops in Irish language, music, art, sport, and dance. A céilí and a beach party are also planned. Food, instruction, and course materials are all included in the fees. For more information about this event please visit the Conradh na Gaeilge website at www.gaelicla.com.

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest

May 20, 2018   9 am -6 pm

Paramount Ranch (Where Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman and many other shows were filmed)

Agoura Hills​, CA

www.topangabanjofiddle.org

Since 1961, Southern California's Favorite Bluegrass, Old-Time and Folk Music Festival.  Members of the Pint of Irish Ventura Slow Session will meet for jamming. Listen for Celtic music and keep an eye out for a Pint of Irish sign. They will be sitting in a shady spot under a tree.

Scottish Fest - Scottish Highland Games

May 26-27, 2018

Orange County Fair & Event Center

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

www.scottishfest.com

 

Scottish Fest is part of the United Scottish Society, a 501c(3) non-profit corporation.   It is the oldest and largest festival of its kind in the Southern California area.  The festival occurs annually on Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Fair and Event Center (OCFEC) located in Costa Mesa, California. 

 

June

 

43rd Annual Big Irish Fair & Musicfest

June 9-10, 2018

The Great Park

6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618 

www.irishfair.org

The BIG Irish Fair has been viewed as a living Irish cultural center because it presents the very best in Irish music, song, dance and sport and is the largest Irish outdoor exhibition in the Western United States. From Sheep Herding shows to harp and fiddle competitions to ancient Irish displays and reenactments to Gaelic sports to the absolute best in new-age and traditional Irish entertainment -  the BIG Irish Fair is the event to visit to learn, enjoy and share the very best in all things Irish.

 

Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans

June 23-24, 2018 (4th weekend in June)

Brengle Terrace Park

1200 Vale Terrace Dr.

Vista, CA

www.sdhighlandgames.org

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Events at the  San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans include Educational  Seminars, Whiskey Tasting, Genealogy Seminars, Story Telling, Kid's Games, Bagpiping & Drumming Competitions, Highland Dancing, Drum Major Workshop and Inspection, Heavy Athletics (Braemar Stone Throw, Hammer Throw, Caber Toss), Sheep Dog Trials, Clan Meetings, and Scottish Country Dance Demonstrations.

September

 

153rd Annual Pleasanton Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

September 1-2, 2018 (8:00am-6:30pm)

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA

www.thescottishgames.com

 

This year’s 153rd Games features Heavy Events Championships, the US Drum Major Championships, the Western U.S. Open Highland Dancing Championships and various grades of Pipe Band Competitions. Other competitive events include the Kilted Mile Race and Soccer, Shinty and Rugby competitions. Visitors to the Games can enjoy Scottish Country Dancers, the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and other traditional entertainment on the Celtic Heritage stages. Other events include Birds of Prey and Archery exhibitions, historical re-enactments, historic British cars and motorcycles, sheep dog trials, the Clan Glen and Children’s Glen, Clydesdale horses and Highland cattle. In addition, there is more entertainment in the Irish Pavilion, Traditional and Celtic Rock Bands on the Entertainment Stages and whiskey tasting and master classes with ‘Whiskey Live’. Finally, each day, the Games Grandstand Show features the ceremony, competition and entertainment of the Games including the hugely impressive March of the Massed Bands with over 600 pipers and drummers.

 

 

Fresno Highland Gathering and Games

September 15, 2018

Kearney Park

6725 W Kearney Blvd.

Fresno, CA

www.fresnoscottishsociety.org

 

Visit Mary Queen of Scots, Living History Village, Merloch the Magician, Vendor Booths, and Clan Row.  Watch the Massed Pipes Bands, March of Clans, large men and women throwing heavy stuff at the Scottish Athletics Games, and the Sheep Herding Exhibition. Enjoy Scotish food, drink, and Ale, listen to Scottish and Celtic Entertainers and have your kids participate in the Youth Athletic events.

 

 

October

 

Seaside Highland Games

October 13-14, 2018

Seaside Park, Ventura Fairgrounds

10 W. Harbor Blvd.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-3376

www.seaside-games.com

 

Events at the Seaside Highland Games include Massed Pipebands, Scottish Fiddling Competition, Scottish Entertainers, Clan Tents, Children's Glen, British Food, Highland Re-enactments, Dancing, and Dart Competition.

Workshops
Learn traditional Irish "sean nos" singing, dance a jig, try your hand at playing tunes, or learn all about the Bodhran!

Sessions

 

Weekly Celtic Music Slow Sessions. Join us! See our Sessions page for more info.

 

Lessons
Learn to play Celtic tunes from top musicians in Southern California!

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