Highland Harmony: 40 Years of Scottish Tradition and Triumph at the Southeast Florida Festival

For almost four decades, the Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games have become well-known around the country for their high-quality organization and featured entertainment celebrating Scottish Culture and Heritage. 

March 2nd will mark the 40th anniversary of the festival at Plantation Heritage Park. The centrally located premier venue will be transformed into an exciting exhibition of Scottish culture. 

The Scottish Festival is a very colorful cultural event. Highlights include massed bagpipe bands, heavy athletics, country dancing, highland dancing, clans and societies, Celtic rock and traditional music, piping and drumming competitions, children’s games, living history demos, sheepherding, Scottish food, drink, and merchandise.  

Live music performances feature Albannach from Scotland, The Mudmen from Canada, Scottish folksinger Colin Grant-Adams, Gaelic Singers, the Blue Skye Pipes & Drums all-female band, and the North American Champion City of Dunedin Pipe Band.  

This is coupled with a Highland Games, which comprises competitions in bag-piping, drumming, and heavy athletics with participation by people of all ages, ethnicities, and sexes and is not restricted to those of Scottish heritage. 

Additionally, an area of children’s activities will immerse young lads in Scottish culture through dress-up, coloring, child-appropriate athletics, and a passport game that guides them around the heritage displays. 

Hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, rain or shine. Adult tickets are $20 in advance (online ticket outlets) and $25 at the gate. Children 6-14, $5. Under 6 free. Ticket price includes park entry fee and parking. Rain or shine, no refunds.

The Scottish American Society of South Florida is a 501(c)3 not for profit, organization dedicated to the furtherance of Scottish culture through Scottish dance, music and art. The organization holds events throughout the year including the Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Highland Games and an annual Burns Supper, which commemorates the birth of the poet Robert Burns.  Most years, scholarships are awarded for academic courses and Scottish performing arts.