Have a bonny good time at Scottish Fest this weekend at OC Fairgrounds

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Looking for a bonny good time this weekend?

Scottish Fest is the oldest and largest festival of its kind in Southern California.  The festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.  This year, the festival will be held on May 27 and 28 from 9 am to 6 pm.

The festival was established in 1932 and was called a Highland Games in the tradition of Scottish heritage.  During 1941 to 1945 the Highland Games were not officially held due World War II.

The massed bands will perform at the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday, as well as at the closing ceremonies at 5 p.m. Sunday. A memorial service honoring our veterans will be held 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the Alex Beaton stage.

ScottishFest offers a variety of Scottish and Irish foods. It has a nice selection of meat pies, fish and chips, bangers and corned beef.  Plus all sales at the Scottish food booths go back to ScottishFest to help us  continue to

A Scottish clan (from Gaelic clann, “progeny”) is a kinship group among the Scottish people. Clans give a sense of shared identity and descent to members. Most clans have their own tartan patterns, usually dating from the 19th century, which members may incorporate into kilts or other clothing.

 Enjoy the clan parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Clan booths can help you trace your heritage.


A Saturday Evening Celtic Concert featuring Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth will be held 6 p.m. Saturday in the Hangar Building.


This Celtic Troubador was born a mile from the William Wallace (Braveheart) monument, in Johnstone, Scotland. Raised in a close Scots/Irish family in the River Clyde valley.  A passionate Celtic tenor and multi-instrumentalist, Neil has entertained for many years at global Celtic, Roots and World Music event-venues.


Described as “the most recorded piper of all time” Eric is constantly in demand in studios from Hollywood to Nashville to Abbey Road, bringing the timeless, haunting sonorities of the uilleann pipes, the Great Highland Bagpipe and the low whistle to film, television, and recording audiences around the world.

BAD HAGGIS fuses cutting-edge Celtic with influences of rock, alternative, jazz, pop, world beat, African and Latin influences. Driven by the dual leads of the “bagtar” (bagpipe & guitar) by Eric and guitarist Mike Hoffmann, to the deeply grooving rhythms laid down by bassist/vocalist Mick Linden and drummer Ryan Krieger.


These seasoned studio session musicians bring that same polished energy to stages around the world. A native Scot, Brian Caldwell is well known for his wonderful ability to charm any crowd. Joining Brian are Paul Graham Castellanos on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, Sharon Whyte, on accordion and keyboards, Bob Sale on percussion and drums, master of guitars Jim Soldi, and Glen Fisher on bass.

Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night.


Consisting of Rich Cashman (bass), Vito Gutilla (Fiddle), brothers Mark Romano (Accordion, Mandolin and Guitar) and Peter Romano, (Guitar) and Rik Shannon (rhythm, percussion, and wisecracks), they are the house band for the Tam O’Shanter Inn, the oldest continuously operating pub in Los Angeles, performing Thursday and Friday nights to capacity crowds. Most Saturday nights they can be seen entertaining at one of many music venues here in Southern California.


Christopher Yates will be appearing once again with all his Celtic/Highland comic silliness. Along with his Kenny G wig and brave stunt sheep lamb chop. Aye, it’s all your favoUrites, “Rusty Bawls”, with the Edinburgh Fringe style street theatre silliness, The Celtic Rock Comic, (wow yeah, Rod Stewart and Simple Minds are both Scottish acts), of course HIGHlander “McCloud”, and this year likely a bunch of other ginger weirdness in some new Scotsfest venues.


For the past 30 years, the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles have delighted audiences throughout Southern California with the lively, energetic and irresistibly uplifting music of Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Cape Breton Island and Ireland. Their playing is characterized by hard-driving reels and strathspeys, hauntingly beautiful airs and sweet waltzes. Directed by internationally known Scottish fiddler Jan Tappan, and frequently joined by world-renowned guest artists.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, one of ten Marine Corps fleet bands, is under the command of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band (3D MAW Band) is stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The band provides musical support for military units, civilian community relations, recruiting and troop morale and welfare. When the band is deployed in support of combat operations, its primary mission is to provide security for the Third Marine Aircraft Wing or any other mission directed by the Commanding General.


 Hailing from the greater metropolitan area of Twentynine Palms, MarineSandpiper is the High Desert’s only Rock & Roll Bagpiper. For over four years, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the state – from San Francisco to San Diego. MarineSandpiper is unique in that he covers mainstream rock, pop, and even jazz. Now a retired Marine, he earned his name during a 2005 deployment to Ramadi, Iraq where he played the pipes during down times. He wears the Desert MARPAT Camouflage kilt and boots in honor of this heritage.


After moving from Scotland to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, John
has been lucky enough to be able to be a professional musician for over
16 years, playing with well-known performers, and appearing or playing
in numerous movies, TV shows and stage comedies. His show combines some bagpipe playing, some bagpipe history, some bagpipe comedy, and lots of bagpipe fun.

The harp, Scotland’s oldest traditional instrument, appears on stone slabs and Celtic crosses in Scotland as early as the 8th century. Harps led clans in war, until bagpipes took that role in the 16th century. The late 20th century saw a Scottish harp revival, largely thanks to Scottish harper Alison Kinnaird.


Scottish Country Dancing, the social dance of Scotland, is danced by all classes, from royal courts to barns, including Queen Elizabeth. Wherever Scots have fun, you’ll find them dancing reels, jigs, and strathspeys. Dancers dance with a partner in a group, using Scottish steps and patterns. Dancers switch partners after each dance, for a friendly social experience. All music is Scottish, accompanied by fiddle, accordion, or piano.


All military – active, veteran, retired – receive complimentary admission with valid

At The Gate Prices are: Adults :  One Day: $18/ Two Day: $25
Senior(65 & over) /Student (w/ID): One Day: $16/ Two Day: $22
Kids (5-11): One Day: $3/ Two Day: $4

Online Ticket Sales are now closed. Please use this $2 off coupon and bring to Scottish Fest to continue to enjoy savings!

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