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.

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Schedule of Events:

(times not listed are TBD)

Thursday, September 8th

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

Friday, September 9th

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm 

Music & Entertainment, 10am - 5pm: Live music from Sligo Rags, Socks in the Frying Pan, Ed Miller and Seamus Kennedy. Albannach, CAL and The Elders will play at the Performance Rock Tent and the High Country Cloggers will perform at the Highland Dance Tent. Listen to the Fountain City Brass Band.

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets, 9am - 5pm: 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, 10am - 4pm: 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, 10am - 5pm: Games, Light Armor & Heavy Armor

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

Additional Friday Events:

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

Estes Folk Concert: Held at the E. P. Event Center, this concert has featured authentic acts, such as Seamus Kennedy, Sligo Rags, Socks in the Frying Pan and Ed Miller

Saturday, September 10th

Saturday Morning Events:

Highlander 5K: (4mile) 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.

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm

Music & Entertainment, 10am - 5pm: Live music all day with multiple stages that have featured acts such as Sligo Rags, Socks in the Frying Pan, Ed Miller and Seamus Kennedy. Albannach, CAL and The Elders will play at the Performance Rock Tent. Also listen to the Fountain City Brass Band. 

Highland Dance Performances & Competitions begin at 9am: (Morris, Welch, Scottish, Irish)

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets, 9am - 5pm: 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, 10am - 4pm: Amateur Championships & Heavy Athletic Professional Championships 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, 10am - 5pm: Light Armor & Heavy Armor

Dogs Of the British Isles: View the dogs in the main parade in Downtown Estes Park and at the
1 pm Grand March of the Dogs. Also see Dog Agility & Herding, Terrier Races & Dog Exhibit Booths.

Additional Saturday Events:

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

Estes Ceilidh Rock: At the E. P. Events Center. Past shows have featured Albannach, CAL and The Elders. 

Sunday, September 11th

Festival Hours: 9am - 5pm

Music & Entertainment, 10am - 5pm: Live music all day from authentic acts such as Sligo Rags, Socks in the Frying Pan, Ed Miller and Seamus Kennedy. Albannach, CAL and The Elders will play at the Performance Rock Tent. Listen to the Fountain City Brass Band. 

Highland Dance Performances & Competitions begin at 10am: (Morris, Welch, Scottish, Irish)

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets, 9am - 5pm: 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, 10am - 4pm: Amateur Championships 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, 10am - 5pm: Light Armor & Heavy Armor

Dogs Of the British Isles: At 1pm see the Grand March of the Dogs. Also experience Dog Agility & Herding, Terrier Races & Disc Dogs.

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.