The air will be filled with the sounds of bagpipes and the sight of kilts as the Scottish Fest returns to the OC Fairgrounds on May 25-26, 2024. This annual event, a cherished tradition for over 30 years, promises a weekend brimming with the vibrant culture and rich history of Scotland.

A Tradition of Celebration

Scottish Fest is Southern California’s premier Scottish Highland Games and Festival, attracting thousands of visitors each year. The festival showcases the best of Scottish culture, from its spirited music and Highland dancing to caber tossing and Scottish goods and wars. Clans will gather once again, affording visitors the opportunity to explore their Scottish heritage, if they have it.

The Music: Bagpipes and Beyond

Music is the heart and soul of Scottish Fest, and this year, attendees can look forward to performances by some of the most talented bagpipe bands in the region. The festival will feature competitions and performances by world-class pipe bands, solo pipers, and drummers. These musicians will compete in various categories, showcasing their skills in playing traditional Scottish tunes that stir the soul and ignite the spirit.

In addition to bagpipes, the festival will also host performances by Celtic rock bands, folk singers, and traditional Scottish musicians. Attendees can enjoy the harmonious blend of ancient and contemporary sounds that define Scottish music today.

The highlight of each day is the Massed Bagpipes, when all the competing pipe bands march into the arena together, playing “Scotland the Brave” and other crowd favorites.

Cultural Highlights

Beyond the music, Scottish Fest offers a plethora of activities celebrating Scotland’s cultural heritage. The Highland Games are a highlight, featuring traditional athletic competitions such as the caber toss, hammer throw, and tug-of-war. These events demonstrate the strength and endurance that are hallmarks of Scottish athletics.

For those interested in the finer arts, the festival will include Scottish dancing exhibitions, showcasing the grace and precision of Highland and country dancing. There will also be storytelling sessions, where visitors can immerse themselves in Scottish folklore and history.

Family Fun and Festivities

Scottish Fest is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages. The festival also includes craft and vendor booths offering Scottish goods, from tartan wear to unique crafts and souvenirs.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in traditional Scottish fare, including haggis, shepherd’s pie, and shortbread, along with modern favorites and local brews.

Event Details

The Scottish Fest will take place from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the gate.

Advanced purchase tickets are discounted for seniors and adults, and must be purchased by midnight on Friday, May 24:

Adults (13-61) are $30 for single-day admission and $45 for two-day admission.
Seniors (62 and up) are $26 for single-day and $32 for two-day admission
Kids (5-12) are $6 for single-day and $8 for two-day admission.

At the gate prices are as follows:

Adults (13-61) are $35 for single-day admission and $50 for two-day admission.
Seniors (62 and up) are $31 for single-day and $37 for two-day admission
Kids (5-12) are $6 for single-day and $8 for two-day admission.

Children ages 4 and under are admitted free.

Military personnel and first-responders are admitted free at the gate, with ID.

Join the festivity at the OC Fairgrounds and experience the dynamic culture and enduring traditions of Scotland. Whether you’re a long-time attendee or a first-time visitor, Scottish Fest 2024 promises an unforgettable celebration of Scottish heritage.