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Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games celebrating 30 years

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Come celebrate 30 years of the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games. 

A weekend of more merriment and festivities than they have ever had before, begins Nov. 4 with Pirate Pub Night at the Rillito Race Track at 4502 N. 1st Avenue. 

Guests can come dressed in their best pirate garb and join in the celebration.  There will be a 'Best Legs in a Kilt' contest hosted by Flanagan’s Celtic Corner, as well as games, a scavenger hunt, fortune teller, the Scottish Clan Torchlight Ceremony, and much more. 

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and will last until 10 p.m. Admission on Friday is $5 at the gate, children 5 and under are free. 

There will be musical performances throughout the weekend at two stages, an array of unique Celtic merchants & eateries, Scottish clans, heritage and cultural booths, educational workshops, Highland athletic competitions and more.

A Mass Pipe Band will lead the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. Students from Maguire Academy of Irish Dance and Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance will perform on Saturday and Sunday. Competitions in Scottish Highland Dance will also take place on Saturday at the Highland Dance stage. Musical guests include The AnGry Brians, Celtica, Aris, Out of Kilters, Puca and Cockswain.

Children’s activities will include games, jumping castles, storytelling and even a Highland Games just for the kids! Tickets and wristbands for these events available in the kids area.

Highland Games Athletic Competitions featuring over 50 amateur athletes in caber toss, weight for height, weight for distance, the Braemar Stone and sheaf toss all weekend.

Saturday night's concert will feature musical guest Celtic rock band, “The AnGry Brians” and a Fire Dance performance by Cirque Roots!

Tour the whisky regions of Scotland with fine single malt Whisky Tasting Seminars for only $15 per person. Learn more about whiskies of Scotland in one of several entertaining and educational seminars.

Festival days are: Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


  • Wee Ones (Under 6) FREE with adult admission
  • Youth (6 – 15) $6
  • Adult (16 and older) $16 ($14 with donation to Emerge!)
  • Seniors & Military ID $10
  • Two Day Adult Pass $22
  • Daily Parking $3

**The Tucson Celtic Festival supports the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Suggested Donations are Hair Conditioner, New Hair Brushes, Razors, Baby Wipes and Diapers.

DIRECTIONS TO FESTIVAL FROM I-10 Take Exit 250 at Orange Grove Rd east to First Ave. Turn right (south) and continue past River Rd where you will see signs for the General Public Festival Entrance on the east(left) side of the street. Rillito Raceway is located at 4502 N. First Ave at River Road. A map to the event can be found on our website.

Festival Policy on Animals and Firearms Sorry, NO PETS OF ANY KIND are allowed at the Festival...except Service Animals of course! Guests are not permitted to bring Firearms onto the Festival site.

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