Our 52nd year of celebrating Dunedin’s Scottish Heritage promises to be one of our best ever. This year’s events will begin with Hail to the Chieftain, a new kick-off event in Weaver Park on Saturday evening, March 31st to introduce the Honorary Chieftain of the Games, followed by a concert in Weaver Park.
Friday, April 6th, the day before the Games, we have a few special events:
• Bagpipe Recital by World Champion Piper Stuart Liddell, Pipe Major of the Grade 1 World Champion Inverary & District Pipe Band from Scotland. This recital is not to be missed if you enjoy the bagpipes, he was voted #1 in the World in August, 2017!
• Our Annual Downtown Dunedin Pipe Band March, featuring hundreds of pipers, Highland dancers and Scottish Clans. This parade down Main Street to Scotland Street and back up to Pioneer Park is colorful, musical and a real spectacle
• Following the Pipe Band March, we are having a free Ceilidh (Scottish Party) in Pioneer Park featuring music by Off Kilter, beer and wine, and will be selling tickets and Festival merchandise for the next day’s event.
Saturday, April 7th, the 52nd Annual Dunedin Highland Games & Festival, Highlander Park. Beginning with a 5K Highland Trail Run through Hammock Park and ending at the field, we offer an entire day of competitions in Piping & Drumming (over 100 solo competitors), Highland Dancing (the Florida Open Championship), and Men’s & Women’s Heavy Athletics.
Visitors can research their heritage at one of over 30 Scottish Clans and Societies, and listen to a variety of traditional and contemporary Celtic music all day long. Celtic merchandise and food vendors, and a Kidz Zone with mini-Games for the children.
It’s one of the City’s biggest events!