Attend the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on February 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.
Eighty-five years ago, in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland, construction began on the Queen Mary. Exemplifying the finest craftsmanship of the country, the Queen Mary’s legacy is undeniable and today the ship’s heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival honoring Scottish culture.
Official ScotsFestival Opening Ceremonies begin with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis.
ScotsFestival Schedule of Events
ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, a pre-cursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors by face offs. The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival will host World Champion Scottish Highland Dancer, Kaylee Finnegan and many internationally acclaimed athletes competing for titles in stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss.
For adult festivalgoers, there will be whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings. And for the little ones, they can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.
Additional ScotsFestival activities include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations and lively entertainment. There will also be historic re-enactments, which I personally believe is the best part of the festival.
ScotsFestival Free Children’s Activities
Plus there will be many free children’s activities at the festival like potato sack races, archery, caber toss, putting the stone, lawn bowling and tug o’ war.
Discount Tickets to ScotsFestival in Long Beach
ScotsFestival general admission tickets start at $10 for children ages 4-11 & $19 for guests ages 12 and over.
Better yet, you can get a 2-day general admission ticket to ScotsFestival for $24 on Living Social.com. LivingSocial is a great way to save money on local deals in your particular area. It’s a good idea to jump on a deal quickly before they run out, since you wouldn’t want to miss out on something you really want to do.
How to purchase a Living Social deal:
- Visit LivingSocial.com to get started.
- Select your city using the drop down menu and click the “Continue” button. (If you have already subscribed to LivingSocial before, click the link below the “Continue” button to sign in.)
- Enter your email address and click the “Continue” button.
- Enter your Zip/Postal code and click the “Continue” button. LivingSocial will use this to find deals from businesses located in your area.
- Click the “buy now!” button when you are ready to purchase the ScotsFestival deal.
- Fill out your personal information or click on the Facebook icon to do it through Facebook.
- Click the “purchase my deal” button at the bottom of the page to complete the purchase.
- Now you can either print out your receipt and take it with you to the Scotsfestival or show your receipt on your cell phone at check in.
Best Hotels in Long Beach
If you are looking for a place to stay the night while at the ScotsFestival, I recommend the following hotels in Long Beach.
The Queen Mary – The Queen Mary is one of the best and well preserved historical hotels in Long Beach, especially if you’re interested in historical events and artifacts.
Hyatt Regency Long Beach – The Hytatt Regency is located right near the water and has several restaurants and activities available within walking distance.
Holiday Inn Long Beach (Downtown) – A reasonably priced hotel located in the downtown area with free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Super 8 Long Beach – A nice and clean hotel with friendly customer service and complimentary breakfast.
ScotsFestival Ticket Giveaway
Now enter for your chance to Win 2 Tickets to the ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIII compliments of the Queen Mary! Good luck!
US Residents Only. No purchase necessary to enter. One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter.
ScotsFestival will take place at the Queen Mary at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Happy Field Tripping!
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