Be A Scot for the Weekend

The NB Highland Games & Scottish Festival Returns This Weekend

The NB Highland Games & Scottish Festival is this weekend (July 28-30, 2017) at Government House in Fredericton. The NB Highland Games & Scottish Festival, Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with the mandate to advance knowledge of the Scottish / Celtic culture and heritage in New Brunswick. The New Brunswick Highland Games has been held since 1981.

The NB Highland Games Festival celebrates and shares knowledge of the Scottish/Celtic culture and heritage in an inclusive manner — whether visitors are of Scottish descent or simply wish to learn about and participate in this vibrant culture.  They offer workshops, entertainment, competitions and an opportunity to learn more about your Scottish heritage. They are regarded by competitors and enthusiasts as one of the top events of its kind in North America.

Enjoy world-class Piping and Drumming and the crowd favourite, Massed Bands – a spectacular sight with hundreds of pipers and drummers marching together.

Watch the strength of the Scottish Athletics, admire the Highland Dance competitions and enjoy Celtic Music. Explore Scottish history along the Avenue of the Clans, sample haggis, and browse wares from Celtic Vendors. Join a Workshop and learn how to play the bagpipes, speak Gaelic, or sample whiskey. There’s fun for everyone including mini-golf in the Kids Corner.

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More About The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival

The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is a volunteer, not-for-profit, charitable organization. Our purpose is to celebrate Scottish culture and provide an opportunity for education and growth of this diverse culture.

The Highland Games has been held annually since 1981. The Games were first held in Oromocto until 1991, then moved for a brief time to the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds before settling into our current home on the beautiful grounds of Old Government House.

Until 2002, the Highland Games were a part of the New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association, but became independent upon incorporation in 2003. The Games achieved charitable status in the spring of 2005.

Fredericton Highland Games (2015)


What makes the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival so special is that the event has two equally important halves – the Highland Games (piping and drumming, highland dancing and traditional athletics) and the Scottish Festival (entertainment, clans and workshops)

Although provincial in scope, the event draws hundreds of competitors and performers from across Atlantic Canada, Ontario and the Eastern seaboard.

Listed as one of New Brunswick’s ‘Top Festivals’ and one of the American Bus Association’s 100 Best Events in North America for 2011, 2012 and 2013, the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in Atlantic Canada and is certainly a favourite amongst competitors and visitors alike. The event has twice been named an Attractions Canada Award Winner, including Best Provincial Sporting Event. Each year, nearly 100 volunteers and 7,000 visitors come to Government House for this pageant of music, colour and Scottish culture.



The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is organized by a volunteer Board of Directors who work year-round to make this event the success that it is. Of course none of this would be possible without our key partnerships with the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and staff of Government House, the City of Fredericton, the Province of New Brunswick and Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.

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For More Information

New Brunswick Highland Games

PO Box 1491, Station A
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5G2

Phone: (506) 452-9244
Toll Free: 1-888-368-4444


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