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April 2018

Loch Norman Highland Games ~ Huntersville, NC

April 21 - April 22
Rural Hill, 4431 Neck
Huntersville, NC 28078 United States
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Loch Norman Highland Games to be held at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville, NC.  Event schedule to be announced. Tickets go on sale on January 9, 2018. From their FB page: New this year, you'll be able to buy your tickets, camping passes, Scottish Breakfast tickets, and Whisky Tasting Tickets all in one transaction, making easier than ever to get the most out of the 25th Loch Norman Highland Games!! Aye! New for the 25th Loch Norman Highland Games - MORE BAGPIPES! Loch Norman Highland Games is pleased to be hosting the 6th Annual Jimmy McIntosh Piobaireachd Challenge Friday evening, April 20th, 2018 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St, Davidson, NC come listen to world class soloists compete in a variety of different styles. This event is free to the public to attend.

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Pioneer Day ~ Old Fort, NC

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Mountain Gateway Museum, 24 Water Street
Old Fort, NC 28762 United States
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Annual celebration of mountain heritage. The one-day festival features mountain music in the amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, blacksmithing, and pottery turning, "Hit or Miss" engine displays and vendors displaying and selling their wares. Photo from https://www.mgmnc.org/  

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Fraser’s Ridge Scottish Music Jam ~ Burlington, NC

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, 5803 South Nc 62
Burlington, NC 27215 United States
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From the event's Facebook page: Join us at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site for an afternoon of music by local musicians, inspired by the book and television series “Outlander.” Hear selections ranging from traditional Scottish tunes to the songs of the North Carolina mountains. Bring your own lawn chair or spread a blanket out on the grass to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of music in a historic setting. Admission is FREE and open to the public. #outlander #frasersridge #jamiefraser  

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May 2018

Bethabara Highland Games ~ Winston-Salem, NC

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 United States
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From their website: Come celebrate the Eighteenth Annual Bethabara Highland Games on May 5, 2018. Scottish Heavy Athletics begin on the Athletic Field at 9:00 a.m. Historic Bethabara Park opens to the public 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. Reminiscent of the Scotch Fairs that were held in the Carolinas in May in the late 1790s, the Bethabara Highland Games offers a relaxing day for family gatherings with congenial kinfolk, musical entertainment, and the camaraderie of competition. On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Historic Bethabara Park opens to the public at 10 a.m. with some heavy throwing athletic events already underway on the Athletic field. Admission to the event as well as access to the Visitor Center and historic buildings is FREE. Traditional Scottish athletic competitions are once again a highlight of this year's Games with tartan-clad athletes throwing the 56- & 28-pound weights for height and distance. Champion athletes come to test their strength by tossing the 100+ pound, 19+ foot caber end over end. Other events include the Clachneart (Stone of strength), hammer throw, and the sheaf toss for height. In 2014, an Amateur World Record was set at the Sheaf Toss: 20-pound bag, 35 feet by…

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Fight for the Backcountry ~ Alamance Battleground, Burlington, NC

May 19 - May 20
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, 5803 South NC 62
Burlington, NC 27215 United States
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From their website: Experience North Carolina’s internal power struggle on the eve of revolution! On May 16, 1771, a group of rebellious backcountry farmers who called themselves “Regulators” met the loyalist militia of Governor William Tryon in open battle. “Fight for the Backcountry” will feature a recreation of the Battle of Alamance, and will explore life in the backcountry in the early 1770s, as the American colonies stood on the brink of revolution. Admission is $2 for adults, children under the age of 12 are FREE.

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June 2018

Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival ~ Franklin, NC

June 14 - June 17
Town of Franklin Franklin, NC 28744 United States + Google Map

From their website: Franklin's Scottish Heritage Festival A day of Scottish Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Dancers, Games, Clans, Border Collie Demonstrations, Crafters, Continuous Entertainment and Culture for the whole family! Franklin, NC has the only Scottish Tartan Museum in the United States. Visit the museum when in the area. You won't be disappointed.

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Regulator Commemoration ~ Hillsborough, NC

June 19

From Alamance Battleground website: A flower laying ceremony to honor the six men who were executed in Hillsborough on 19 June 1771 will take place at the Regulator Marker, located behind the Orange County Board of Education Building at 200 East King Street, Hillsborough, NC. Time unknown. Call 919-732-7741 for more information.

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July 2018

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games ~ Linville, NC

July 12 - July 15
MacRae Meadows, US 221
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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The Highland Games event has been held each year since 1956 at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Celebrating the history and culture of Scots in North Carolina, it is among the first and largest modern Highland Games established in the United States. Competitions and displays take place in Scottish styles of piping, drumming, costume, dance, and traditional sports. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games In 1956, Mrs. Agnes MacRae Morton of Linville, North Carolina and Mr. Donald F. MacDonald of Charlotte, North Carolina co-founded the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Donald MacDonald's vision for the games was based on the Royal Braemar Gathering, which he'd attended a few years before in Scotland in 1954. The Braemar Games had been held there for several hundred years and the Grandfather Mountain Games was often later called "America's Braemar". It was special in many ways, by boasting an oval track in which traditional foot races could be held, along with the heavy events in the inner field. The site became a favorite among games attendees very fast for its striking resemblance to the Highlands of Scotland. The MacRae family owned the land where the games were held at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina. The MacRae family actually…

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August 2018

Outlander Weekend at Tryon Palace ~ New Bern, NC

August 9 - August 12
Tryon Palace, 529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28562 United States
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From thier FB event page: Due to popular demand, we are returning to the Palace! This 4 day/3 night event will be just what Diana Gabaldon Outlander fans are looking for. Spending time in a location from the Outlander story that is steeped in history and meeting other fans to discuss their love of the books and TV series. Special food, music and a customized itinerary will highlight the Outlander story in a location that reaches back to Colonial America. This tour is being presented by Our State Magazine and Celtic Force Enterprises. For more info click on the link for a schedule of events, package details and pricing: http://www.thecelticforce.com/tours/outlander-weekend

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September 2018

Triad Highland Games ~ Brown Summit, NC

September 21 - September 22
Bryan Park, 6104 Southshore Rd,
Brown Summit, NC United States
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Event info to come when it becomes available!

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