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The Scottish Highland Gathering & Games Return to Pleasanton

Sat. Sep 2, 2017 - Sun. Sep 3, 2017

$11 - $35

PLEASANTON – Since 1866, the Caledonian Club has brought Scottish culture to the San Francisco Bay Area in the form of an annual gathering. Over the years, the gathering has grown from the original family picnic setting to the multi-event celebration it is today. This year with Graham McTavish, star of Outlander and The Hobbit trilogy, joining the celebration, it will be that much bigger.    

Image via Facebook.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 12pm on both days in front of the main grandstand. During the weekend, more than 20 different events and attractions will entertain and delight, such as the Grandstand Show featuring the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and over 30 pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada. See the world’s top professional heavy event athletes compete in the “Putting of the Stone” and the Scottish hammer throw at the 43rd U.S. Invitational Heavy Events Championship. Highland dancing, an Irish Pavilion, piping and drumming competitions, sheep dog trials and a living history area with Mary, Queen of Scots are some of the many other things to see and experience.

The popular and informative Whisky Live tasting event will let attendees age 21 and over enjoy samples of over 100 various whiskies as well as fine cigars and Scottish beer. Try traditional Scottish cuisine like haggis or a Scotch egg at one of the numerous food vendors throughout the grounds.

Scottish Country Dancers perform at the 151st Highland Gathering and Games. Photo via Facebook.

Gates open each day at 8am. Athletics begin at 8:30am and other activities start at 10am. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available at TheScottishGames.com until August 3. Then tickets may be purchased at the fairgrounds during the Games. Admission is free for active military with a valid ID and children aged 11 and under. Please note that Grandstand Seating, Trackside Terrace and Whisky Tasting tickets do not include the price of entry into the Games.

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
Saturday & Sunday, September 2 -3, 2017
8:30am – 6:30pm
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Ticket: $11-35

For more information, call 1-888-769-2345 or visit TheScottishGames.com.


Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566 United States
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Pleasanton, SF Bay Area, Tri Valley