59th Festival of the Tartans and Highland Games
Come and celebrate with us!
13th - 17th July 2016
Held annually since 1958
The Festival of the Tartans is celebrated every year with a five day program that is sure to bring out the Scot in everyone, even those without Scottish roots! The Festival of the Tartans celebrates traditional Scottish culture brought to this area by Scottish immigrants more than 2 centuries ago. There are events for all ages including a Kilted Golf Tournament, Massed Pipe Bands, Piping & Drumming Competition, Highland Dancing Competitions, Scottish Heavy Weight Events, Clan Tents & Genealogy, Pipe Band performances and other outdoor entertainment. Also plan to attend the Tartan Tea at the Opening, a Gaelic Language talk/workshop on Friday, and the popular celtic music Concert on Friday evening. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the live Celtic music and experience the historic Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Ceremony at the closing.
Schedule (Please check back for updates - at this stage, the event schedule is subject to change.) See side bar for links to events
Wednesday 13th July
2pm Tartan Tea and Opening Remarks at Carmichael-Stewart House Museum, 86 Temperance Street
Thursday 14th July
Kilted Golf Tournament - not scheduled
Downtown New Glasgow, Antique Car Show and Street Party (6 - 9pm)
Friday 15th July
The old Pioneer Cemetery on the Pioneer Trail (TBA)
Gaelic Language Introductory Workshop/Talk - New Glasgow Library (TBA)
Music on the Patio - New Glasgow Library - (TBA)
Glen Haven Manor Garden Party (2 - 4pm)
Glasgow Square 7pm: Concert with the Caledonia Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Scottish Country Dancers, among others
Saturday 16th July
The New Glasgow Highland Games: Highland Dancing Competitions (9am start), Piping & Drumming Competitions (9am start), Scottish Heavyweight Athletics (all day, starting at 10am), Pipe Band performances (afternoon), Clan Tents, Genealogy Information (10am-4pm), Food and Drink, Beer Tent Noon-5pm), the Plaid Place will be onsite (the store for everything Scottish). Admission: Adults $7.00; Youth (12 and under) $3.00; Children under 6, no charge.
Sunday 17th July
The St Andrews Society of Pictou County presents the Kirking o' the Tartan (10am), which is followed by the closing reception at the (TBD) Church, New Glasgow
Message from the Mayor
On behalf of the citizens and the Town Council of New Glasgow, it is my pleasure to invite residents and visitors alike to attend the 58th Annual Festival of the Tartans from July 15-19, 2015. To those visiting the area or returning home, welcome to New Glasgow and to Pictou County! I hope you will enjoy the warm hospitality of our citizens and businesses as we celebrate our rich Scottish heritage and the history of our town.
Begun in 1957 as the Junior Braemore Games, the Festival of the Tartans remains an important part of New Glasgow’s multi-cultural heritage and history. This year’s festival promises to be a great celebration of the Scottish pageantry, music, song, history, athletic traditions and the spirit of New Glasgow’s Scottish pioneers.
New Glasgow is very proud to be a presenting sponsor and the home community of this long standing festival. From the Tartan Tea to the Kilted Golf Tournament to an Antique Car Show, to the Friday Night Concert, to the Highland dancing competition to the Piping and Drumming competitions to the Scottish Heavy Weight Athletics to Gaelic Workshops and the Kirkin O’ the Tartans and more, this year’s festival is shaping up to be a fine one.
Congratulations to Festival of the Tartans Committee Chair Tyler Cameron and to each member of the Festival’s Board of Directors and the many other volunteers and sponsors on what promises to be a very entertaining and festive occasion.
Ciad Mile Faille- One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
Barrie E. MacMillan, Mayor of New Glasgow
Official Tartan _ Town of New Glasgow
click on picture (above) for view of plaque