Celebrate Scottish culture fun at Highland Games

Visitors of all backgrounds are welcome to join in on the competitions, activities and live entertainment

Tug-of-war, pipe bands and many more Scottish traditions will be featured at the annual Highland Games in Montreal. This year’s event will be held on August 6 at the Douglas Hospital in Verdun from 8:30 a.m. to7 p.m.

Although the games highlight Scottish traditions, visitors of all backgrounds are encouraged to join in the competitions, activities and live entertainment.

Children and adults are invited to compete in the hammer throw, caber toss and more. Kids can partake in the dance and band competitions, and will have their own mini-Highland Games, which will include many of the same events as the adult version.

The children’s games will take place in the Family Village, which has been enhanced this year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of this event. Kids can get their face painted, enjoy inflatables, watch medieval combat presentations or learn combat moves. Kids can also participate in a one-kilometre race in the Caledonian Run at 9 a.m.

Children under the age of 14, who are accompanied by an adult, can participate in the games for free, while adult tickets cost $12.50 until Aug. 3. After that date, tickets are $15 and can be bought at the gate.

Traditional Scottish dishes such as Haggis, meat pies and shortbread cookies will be available at a concession stand. A free shuttle bus service will run from Verdun metro station to the Douglas Hospital, while parking on the grounds will cost $6.

The Highland Games also presents other events throughout the summer, including a special concert on July 9 by the Ayshire Fiddle Society, a 60-piece youth orchestra from Scotland, at Strathearn Park in Montreal West at 2 p.m.

On Aug. 3, there will also be a Caber Parade that will kick off on Wellington St., with Scottish music and traditional Celtic dancing. To participate, contact the Highland Games Society; kids of all ages are welcome.

At the Highland Games launch party on Aug. 5, at 5 p.m, kids and families can see photos and displays of Scottish culture in Quebec. Later that evening, there will be a Cèilidh for parents to enjoy local Celtic bands.

For more information, visit montrealhighlandgames.com

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