24th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival

Highland Games

If you love festivals but find yourself bored of traditional events, you should attend the 24th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival. Whether you want to go with friends or take the entire family, everyone will have a blast. In fact, even smaller children will drive you nuts next year, wanting to go again.

Everyone’s Invited

Whether you’re Scottish or not, this annual festival is for everyone. All you’ll need to do is head over to the Sarasota Fairgrounds, where all the excitement takes place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Jan. 27. Admission at the gate is $15. What you’ll discover after getting there is the sound of bagpipes and the beating of drums as Irish dancers put on an incredible show.

However, there’s a lot more going on at the Highland Games and Celtic Festival. You’ll get to see a variety of athletic games. Although you weren’t there during ancient times when Scots participated in athletic events, you can almost envision what it would’ve like during that era. With the music and games, not to mention the abundance of arts and crafts that you can buy, the whole experience is unbelievably fun.

Of course, there’ll also be different places where you can buy food and drinks, and yes, most of it focuses on Scottish heritage, although not all. That means there’ll be something for everyone. Even for picky eaters, you’ll have no problem finding something to eat since this is, after all, a family-friendly event.

Fun and Excitement

Along with the performers who dress up in traditional Scottish attire, kilts and all, you’ll see a lot of people who attend the festival as guests who also adopt the Scottish culture, at least for a day. Don’t feel surprised when you see a lot of men walking around in kilts and knee-high stockings.

You’ll also learn about the Scottish culture. For example, did you know that the Scots landed on Sarasota Bay on Dec. 23, 1885, or that the city’s first mayor, John Hamilton Gillespie, was Scottish? This festival is designed not only for fun and entertainment but also education.

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