The Scottish Highland Games

Scottish Highland Games 2018The 153rd consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day Weekend.
Join VIP Guests Gary Lewis, Chief of Clan MacKenzie in TV’s Outlander, and Hafthor The Mountain Bjornsson of Game of Thrones, as we celebrate Scottish culture, cuisine, competition, and entertainment at its very best, right here in the East Bay.

And, of course the main event at the games is the Heavy Athletics, featuring such sports as Throwing the Caber (basically a tree trunk), Putting the Stone (similar to the Olympic Shot Put, except with a stone weighing over 17 pounds!), The Weight for Distance (metal weights thrown one-handed), The Weight for Height (throwing a weight over a tall bar like a pole vault), and the Scottish Hammer (yep, throwing a giant hammer). You can read full descriptions on this page.

This year’s Grandstand Show features guest bands, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band, as well as performances from Drum Majors, Scottish Country Dancers, Highland Dances and more

The 153rd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games features five entertainment stages and some great musicians and bands performing a wide range of traditional and modern songs and tunes throughout the weekend.

Other features include Highland Dancing, Piping & Drumming, Sheep Dog Trials, Vendors, and Whisky Tasting.

Ticket information can be found here.

The Scottish Highland Games are held at the
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, California

For Directions to get to the games visit their transportation page.

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