Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival

SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2016

For more than three decades, Estes Park has been the backdrop for one of the nation's largest celebrations of the heritage, the sounds, the tastes, and the arts of the Scottish and Irish cultures.

Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, Estes Park's Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands - from the marching kind to the rocking kind and everything in-between - hailing from Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

With jousting knights, dancing girls, hoisting athletes and calling bagpipes, groups and families of all ages will catch the Celtic spirit at this festival - surrounded by the scenic peaks of Estes Park!

One of the weekend highlights is the free hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park's main street. Bagpipes, drummers, dancers, clans in tartan, Dogs of the British Isles, brass military bands and precision drill teams give a preview of what can be seen on the festival grounds.

Festival Activities:

Music & Entertainment: Tannahill Weaver, Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Highland Way, Enter the Haggis, The Rogues, Albannach, The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, US Coast Guard Honor Drill Team, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Band, Dartmouth Pipes and Drums, Bag Pipe Competition, Country Dance, Highland & Irish Dance

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets: Browse a variety of Scottish and Irish vendors in the shopping tents to find highland inspired jewelry, clothing, kilts, accessories, home décor, and more.

Scottish Athletics: Strong Man Competition. On the Festival field, there will be hammer throws, putting the stone, and caber throwing contests. Come join us and see a mere man toss a 19'7",  140 lb. caber end over end!

US/International Jousting Championships: Games, Light Armor & Heavy Armor

Dogs Of the British Isles: Dog Agility & Herding, Terrier Races & Dog Exhibit Booths

Looking for tickets?  Purchase here.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, September 8th

Tattoo Estes 7:30pm: An extravagant & reverent show of patriotism & celebration of international cooperation, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

Friday, September 9th

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm 

Additional Friday Events:

Piobaireachd Championship, 1pm: The word “piobaireachd” literally means pipe playing or pipe music, but is now used to describe the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe

Tattoo Estes, 7:30pm: An extravagant & reverent show of patriotism & celebration of international cooperation,  Fairgrounds at Stanley Park 

Estes Folk Concert, 7:30 - 10:30pm: Held at the E. P. Event Center, this concert will featured Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Highland Way, Tannahill Weavers

Saturday, September 10th

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm

Additional Saturday Events:

Highlander 5K, 9:30am: Run through the start of the Parade!

FREE Downtown Parade, 9:30am: This famous parade features the highlights of the Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Festival through the heart of downtown Estes Park.

Tattoo Estes, 7:30pm: An extravagant & reverent show of patriotism & celebration of international cooperation -  Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.

Estes Ceilidh Rock, 7:30 - 10:30pm: At the E. P. Events Center. Entertainment by Albannach, The Roques, and Enter the Haggis 

Sunday, September 11th

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm


During the festival, many Estes Park business feature live Celtic music and whiskey tastings throughout the village! Check out the event calendar for additional events throughout the weekend.

See full event schedule at the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival Website.