Join Us as We Pay Tribute to Scottish Culture With a Day Full of Traditional Games and Competitions, Authentic Scottish Fare and a Good Time!
Written By: Brittany Zendejas
Photography Provided By: The Queen Mary Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival
Check out the return of The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVII!
On Feb. 15 and 16, The Queen Mary will host a two-day event (from 9 a.m.-6 p.m) filled with the rich culture and history of Scotland with authentic activities ranging from dancing, athletics, entertainment and cuisine, all while embracing the ocean liner’s Scottish heritage. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 11—be sure to grab them before they sell out!
Let the Games Begin!
With competition categories ranging from the Caber Toss, Throwing the Weight, The Hammer Toss, Putting the Shot and Sheaf Toss, professional and amateur Highland athletes will be showcasing their skills during the men’s and women’s Highland Games during both days of the ScotsFestival. New to this year’s Men’s championship is the Stones of Strength series, in which athletes lift natural stone boulders onto platforms of varying heights, and whoever raises them the fastest is the winner! On Sunday, the North American Lightweight Women’s Championship will crown the 2020 champion!
Feast like a Scot Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival
Dine on authentic Scottish fare such as fish n’ chips, Scotch eggs, meat pies, Haggis, and more! Sip on the flavors of Scotland through whisky tastings every hour at the Tasting Tavern, or climb aboard the ship to explore Greyfriar’s Pub, which will surely transport you to the streets of Edinburgh. The pop-up pub will be open beginning at 10 am each day, with a traditional Cèilidh on Saturday evening at 6:15 pm–featuring pub-style games, drinks and live music.
Do as the Scots Do Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival
Immerse yourself and become a Scot for a day—or two! You will learn the artistry of sheepherding, can try your hand at axe throwing and archery, and witness a stunning and educational birds of prey show. Live music will be provided by Riahm, LA Scots and several other authentic artists. You can also enjoy live reenactments from Scottish Clans, metalworking demos and more. Feel free to participate and truly learn the way of the Scots!
Fun for All Ages! Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival
Has your kid ever wanted to be crowned a knight? Get sent on a quest to save the kingdom? They can do all that at The Queen Mary’s knighting and coronation ceremonies located in a very special area that’s all about the laddies and lassies. There will also be a mini Highland Games for kids to participate in. Keep an eye out for face painting, Celtic caricatures and tattoos!
Take Home a Piece of Scotland
Don’t forget to stop by Vendor Valley to grab a unique piece of Scottish heritage. With over 50 clans and vendors represented, there is sure to be something that catches your eye. The Scottish market will offer everything from unique jewelry, kilts, toffee, crystal creations, leather goods, swords, flags and more.
ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVII
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802