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Massed bands at the 2005 Pacific Northwest Highland Games

There is a very active Scottish community in the Pacific Northwest. In the states of Washington and Oregon, and the province of British Columbia, there are nearly two dozen Highland Games festivals held each year, principally during the Summer months beginning in about the middle of May and running through September.

All of these games feature a full range of Scottish highland activities, including piping and drumming, highland dancing, and Scottish athletics, including the ever popular caber toss.

The Northwest is also home to over two dozen pipe bands, including the multiple World Champion Simon Fraser University pipe band (4 time World Champion in the past 10 years), which makes an appearance at the Bellingham, Skagit Valley, and Pacific Northwest games each year.

Many of these games are attended by thousands of fairgoers. The popularity and large number of attendees ensures a large number of vendors of Scottish related merchandise and souvenirs.

2009 Highland Games ScheduleEdit

Athena Caledonian Games City Park Athena, Oregon July 11 & 12, 2009

for more information:

April 8National Tartan Day Celebration Puyallup, WA
 Comox Valley Highland Games Courtenay, BC
 Victoria Highland Games Esquimalt, BC
 Bellingham Highland Games Ferndale, WA
June 17Prosser Scottish Festival Prosser, WA
 BC Legion Highland Gathering Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC
 Tacoma Highland Games Graham, WA
 BC Highland Games Coquitlam, BC
 Penticton Highland Games Penticton, BC
 Skagit Valley Highland Games Mount Vernon, WA
July 29-30Pacific Northwest Highland Games Enumclaw, WA
Aug 1Spokane Highland Games Spokane, WA

Aug 8

Aug 24,25

Whidbey Island Highland Games

Bitteroot Irish Scottish Festival

Greenbank, WA

Hamilton, MT

Aug 31, Sept 1


Hood Canal Celtic fesitval

Kelso Highland Festival

Belfair, WA

Kelso, WA