Haste ye back! The 24th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games are July 14th & 15th, 2018! Please join us for the 24th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival, July 14-15, 2018, at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, WA. Held the second full weekend each July, this Festival attracts over 10,000 people each year. We think of it as a kind of “Scottish 3-ring circus,” with a wide range of activities for young and old alike. The Skagit Valley Highland Games is part of an annual circuit of Scottish competitions held in the Pacific Northwest and Lower Mainland of British Columbia. As such, the quality of performers in solo bagpiping and drumming competitions, bagpipe bands, fiddling, traditional Scottish athletics (the “heavy” events) and Scottish Highland dancing is at an extremely high level. Features of the Skagit Valley Highland Games include athletic competitions, bagpipe and drumming competitions, Highland dance competitions, a beer and whisky garden, sheepdog trials, clan and culture tents, children’s activities, musical performances, and much more! We are pleased to welcome dogs at the Skagit Valley Highland Games. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and human companions are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends. We understand that many visitors to our event really appreciate that we’re one of the very few Highland Games left that allows pets. We have made this decision at considerable expense (increased insurance) and because animals have played such a vital role in our culture over the years. Whether sheepdog herding, hunting or just providing companionship, there is a very strong bond with animals in our tradition. Please be a responsible pet owner and help us keep this an enjoyable and safe event for everyone. Want to come to the Games for FREE? Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation receive free admission to the Skagit Valley Highland Games as part of general membership benefits. A family membership is only $50, the same price as a Weekend Family Pass at the Games! Skip the line and get straight to the fun this July by becoming a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation today! You can also complete your membership registration at the Highland Games, and have your ticket prices credited toward membership dues. To learn more about membership benefits or become a member today, please go to our Celtic Arts Foundation Membership page at www.celticarts.org. Volunteers go to the Games for FREE! Volunteers who help at the Games for a three-hour shift receive a complimentary Family Weekend Pass, which provides admission for four both Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer shifts are available before, during, or after the Games. Learn more about various positions and sign up on our Volunteer Registration page, which will be available soon! Add the Gathering of the Clans Dinner on July 13th part of your Skagit Valley Highland Games tradition! The official kickoff event for the weekend, this dinner features a performance by one of the world’s greatest pipers, Stuart Liddell! Tickets are available for pre-purchase at www.celticarts.org. Get yours today and skip the line this July! Registration for clans, vendors, athletes, music competitors, dance competitors, and volunteers is available online at www.celticarts.org.