An Ithaca Heritage Event: The Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

The Inn at Gothic Eves welcomes you during the Ithaca Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, being held from June 29-30, 2013 at Steward Park in Ithaca (on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake)!

Now in its fifth year, this annual event brings together people of Scottish, Celtic, and other Eastern European heritage to celebrate their history and culture.  This beloved event expands each year, and the goal of the event is to host a large-drawing pipe-band competition by its 10th year.  At the rate they’re going, there’s a very good chance of this happening!


At the Festival, browse the many booths offering Clan and historic information, artistic goods, and alternative wellness information, and more.  Take in performances, both dramatic and musical.  The Ithaca Shakespeare Company will be on-hand to perform some short scenes.  Also, five bands will be performing a variety of Irish/Celtic/Gaelic music from lilting to rowdy; both instrumental and vocal.  With drums, pipes, and strings, you will be truly entertained.

Traditional competitions will be held including athletics, bag-piping, and dance.  The event also celebrates the traditional life of these peoples by offering demonstrations in kilt-making, wool-spinning, sheep-shearing, tweed-softening (termed “waulking”), step-dancing, and more.  Children’s activities include tug-o-war, scavenger hunt, races, athletics, games, face-painting and so much more.  A full schedule of events is available.

Ithaca Beer Company and MacGregor Winery will be featured for the adults who choose.  The refreshment tent will also offer food and non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Pre-event tickets are available between May 17 and June 28 from the Ithaca Ticket Center at 171 The Commons, by phone at 607-273-4497, or online.

Ticket Prices (Pre-Sale/At Gate):

Adult:  $12/15
Students (13-18 and college with ID):  $6/8
Seniors (65+):  $6/8
Kids 12 and under:  free
Adult Weekend Pass:  $20/25
Student/Senior Weekend Pass:  $10/15

If you would like to compete during your visit, competitive sign-ups are being taken for Heavy Athletics, Bagpipe Bands, Piping/Drumming Solos, and Highland Dance.  Vendors, volunteers, and entertainers are also being accepted.

Whether you plan on participating, or just want to attend, now is the perfect time to plan your bed and breakfast stay here in Trumansburg, just a 13-mile drive from the event.  Our welcoming rooms, delicious breakfasts, and spa amenities in a quiet, small-town setting will have you enjoying your accommodations just as much as the festival!

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