Highland Games: party and play with the Scots

For 36 years, Montreal’s Scottish community has congregated at the Highland Games where, among an abundance of food and drink, competitors duke it out in bouts of musical, dance and athletic prowess.

In their new home in Verdun’s Parc Arthur-Therrien, the festivities will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, and run until 8:30 p.m. The main competitive events will happen between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and the official opening ceremonies take place at 12:30 p.m.

Athletes compete in seven traditional Highland events, including hammer and weight throws, and sheaf and caber tosses. The dancing event splits competitors into five groups based on skill level and bands will compete in piping and drumming.

There will be a Kiddies’ Corner with inflatables and other games, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.Tickets are available at the entrance for $15 (children under 12 get in free).

For discounted advance tickets and more information, visit montrealhighlandgames.qc.ca