Sound the bagpipes! It’s time to celebrate all things Scottish as the 147th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games comes to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton
Sept. 1 and 2 for a weekend of music, history, athleticism, food, and plenty of family fun.
You can watch band pipe competition and U.S. Drum Major Championships, try out the tantalizing Scottish eats, watch the heavy event athletics and live history reenactments, enjoy Celtic Rock on six stages, as well as a Scottish Fiddlers Rally and Celtic Harpers.
Almost 100 clans will be represented – a good chance to find out if you have any Scottish blood in you. For fur and feather enthusiasts, birds of prey and their expert handlers will be on hand, and sheep dog trials are sure to be a hit.
For sports fans, a Five-A-Side Soccer tournament with eight teams from Northern California and Nevada, plus Rugby and the ancient Scottish Shinty tournaments, will take place.
Kids will love the Children’s Glen, which will offer games and prizes. And come with an appetite: you’ll find scrumptious treats like steak pies, bangers, shepherd’s pie, scotch eggs, haggis, pasties, Celtic rolls, as well as a variety of ales.
Tickets can be purchased at the event. One-day ticket prices for adults are $20, senior and youth (12-17) are $12, and kids 11 and under are free. Parking is $8.
The gathering and games open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with the heavy event athletics starting up at 8:30 a.m. The other venues will open at 10 a.m. Closing time is 6:30 p.m. both days.
For more information, visit http://www.thescottishgames.com/index.php