THINGS TO DO
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Participate in many activities your family will enjoy. Find your clan among one of the 60+ clans in clan village where you can also find answers for your genealogical questions. Take in a seminar, delight in the sheep dog trials, learn to Highland Dance at a Try It class, watch breathlessly as your favorite athlete tosses cabers, or sing along at a music venue. There is something for everyone and all day time activities are included in your ticket price except the beer and whisky tasting events.
Each year, crowds gather at the NH Highland Games & Festival eager to enjoy Scottish and Gaelic music ranging from lively tunes and soulful ballads to tribal beats. Music venues include the Octagon and Governor’s Lodges, Piper’s Pub and the Main Concert Tent. Each venue will host a lineup of top performers each day. Entertainment continues into the evening on Friday at The Tartan Dinner & Ball, NHSCOT’s Got Talent and Saturday performances at the Main Concert Tent and the Cape Breton Dinner & Concert at the Indian Head Resort. Special event tickets are required for the evening events.
Don’t miss crowd favorite Massed Bands on Saturday for the Games opening ceremony. Over 30 pipe bands will march onto the parade grounds to perform together in a spectacular show of pageantry!
SCOTTISH LIVING HISTORY
The historical re-enactors bring history to life as they share the story of life in the Highlands from 1314-1746. Check the Festival Guide for encampment location and for schedule of special demonstrations you won’t want to miss.
TRY IT CLASSES
Want to try your hand at playing the bagpipe, tenor drum or stone lifting? These and other Try It classes are offered free throughout the weekend. Try It classes will give you the opportunity to delve into Scottish culture and perhaps decide to continue lessons in Highland Dance or in becoming a drum major. Classes often fill quickly. Check the Festival Guide for classes and schedule.
BAIRNS & WEANS
We welcome your laddies and lassies ages five to pre-teen to join the activities designed with them specifically in mind. Scottish children’s games and crafts, heavy athletic competitions, visits from musicians and dancers as well as storytelling allows our youngest visitors to experience and enjoy learning about our rich Scottish heritage.
BAIRNS TO WEANS
Additional Activities for Children:
- On Sunday, children are invited to march in the Parade of the Bairns. Check the Festival Guide for the schedule and lineup location. Children love marching through the Games displaying their creations and showing their Scottish pride.
- The Passport Program – Children can collect passport stamps as they visit various Games venues. Passports are available in the Bairns & Weans area, at the Information Tent, and the Clans’ Committee Tent.
On Sunday morning, join NHSCOT in the Concert tent for a memorable ecumenical service in the White Mountains. The service will include a Blessing of the Bairns, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans and Flowers of the Forest.
Blessing of the Bairns – a personal blessing for your wee ones
Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans – a blessing for your family tartan
Flowers of the Forest – a remembrance to honor those who have passed.
You may share names you would like included prior to the service, at the Information Tent or contact the NHSCOT office throughout the year.
Check the Festival Guide for the Worship Service schedule
Check out a seminar! Always fascinating, past seminars have included The Scottish Prisoners and Ulster Scots in New England; The Story of the 1650 Scottish Solders Buried on Palace Green in Durham (UK); themed Cooking Demonstrations; Haunted Castles of Scotland; History of Traditional Scottish Attire; History of the Scottish Regiments; The Ancient Scottish Game, Shinty; Origins of Clan Tartans; and so much more.
Free. Check the Festival Guide for scheduled seminars and locations.
SHEEP DOG TRIALS
On Friday, sheep dogs and sheep take center stage on the athletic field. The dogs, guided by their handlers using personalized whistle commands, are judged on their performance and efficiency to guide a pack of sheep through obstacles in the fastest time. Winners are noted on the Campbell Cup trophy. This competition is invitation only. Don’t miss seeing these amazing animals as they fly through their paces!
SCOTTISH SHOPPING/VENDOR VILLAGE
Looking for New Hampshire Tartan, a kilt, Scottish goodies, piping supplies, a NHSCOT Heavy Athletic tee shirt? Vendor Village at the NH Highland Games & Festival has what you’re looking for! Visit our vendors to find just that must-have item for yourself or a gift for that special person.
SCOTTISH STANDING STONE
Have your picture taken in front of our Standing Stone! In 2012, the NH Highland Games & Festival was presented with its own standing stone, reminiscent of a megalithic monument created up to 6000 years ago. Instantly, the stone became a favorite spot for photographs. Don’t forget to share your photos to our social media pages.
This year’s Games is going virtual! Please see our Virtual Highland Games page for more details.
For ticket information regarding the 2021 NH Highland Games & Festival, see below.
General Tickets do not include special ticketed events which require an extra purchased ticket.
Whether planning to join us for a day or the whole weekend, take advantage of our discounted early bird online Games ticket sales available through June 30th.
Miss the early bird discount? It still pays off to buy tickets in advance so that you can skip the lines at the Gate. Purchase your tickets to the NH Highland Games & Festival by August 30th to receive your ticket/s by mail. After August 30th, your tickets will be placed in Will Call at the Main Gate.
Any available tickets for special ticketed events can be purchased at the Information Tent during the Games.
Check out our special ticketed events which include our popular whisky and beer tastings and fun evening concerts, talent competition, and tastings.
Weekend Passes allow three days of access to the grounds for all events Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, 2021.
Weekend Pass Early Bird Discount:
Save 25%! Buy your Weekend Pass through June 30 for $55 each
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH TICKETS
Only attending Friday this year? Highlights include sheepdog trials, harp demonstration, and multiple music venues.
Buy your Friday ticket through June 30 for $20 each
Gate price for Friday tickets is $30 each
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH TICKETS
Experience it all! Highlights for Saturday attendees include opening ceremonies and massed bands, drum major contest, athletic competitions, multiple musical venues, music and dance competitions, seminars, and kid’s program.
Buy your Saturday ticket through June 30 for $35 each
Gate price for Saturday tickets is $45 each
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH TICKETS
Sunday getaway? Highlights for Sunday attendees are athletic competitions, multiple musical venues, music and dance competitions, seminars, kid’s program, closing ceremonies and massed bands.
Buy your Sunday ticket through June 30 for $20 each
Gate price for Sunday tickets is $30 each