Once again Amy and I are looking forward to attending the annual Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games as media guests. We have been attending this event for at least the last 15 years. We are in the process of reserving a Celtic Cabana for Saturday.
The annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV will be held this year on February 16 – 17, 2019 from 9AM-6PM. It is held each year on President’s Day weekend. You will be able to experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine that truly honors the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.
Queen Mary celebrates the rich history of their heritage. Did you know that construction of the Queen Mary began in Scotland? Almost ninety years ago, in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland, construction began on the Queen Mary.
Keeping up with traditions, ScotsFestival is bringing back the amazing Scottish clans & 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 precursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill, and technique of ancient warriors, with competitors converging on our beautiful ship to once again test who’s the best!
The annual ScotsFestival will offer a full weekend of rich Scottish tradition highlighted through authentic activities, dancing, entertainment, cuisine and athletics. Whiskey tasting sessions with aged malt experts are available for adult festival goers ($18 pre-sale) and Chef McBride will demo authentic Celtic Cuisine in the Culinary Corner. In addition to cooking demos, multiple exciting and authentic food vendors will offer delectable bites sure to tantalize taste buds of all ages.
Tastings, archery, herding and so much more are returning to celebrate the ancient culture of Scotland, while the wee laddies & lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games as we celebrate our 25th year bringing culture and joy to the community!
A couple of years ago, Amy surprised her nephew and his wife with kilts for their twin boys. We love this video of them watching the parade and listening to the bagpipes. So special! Click here to watch the video.
Last year, Amy’s niece, Stephanie, brought her family to the ScotsFestival with us. We think Stephanie’s daughter enjoyed the Scottish dancing! She has even started to take lessons since attending this event.
Special Events & Pricing
The Queen Mary presents a true Gaelic tradition taking place on board our ship after the event closes on Saturday, February 16th, come join us for traditional folk music, dancing, and pub-style lounges!
February 16, 2019 • 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $10 | Does not include event ticket, event ticket needs to be purchased separately.
ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI
February 16-17, 2019 • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $12 online for ages 4-11 and $25 online for guests 12 and over. VIP tickets, two-day festival passes and hotel packages available.
There will be cannon fire & musket fire at this event, please be aware if you suffer from PTSD.
About Queen Mary ScotsFestival
For more information about the ScotsFestival, please visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/
1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
Information: (877) 342-0738 • Hotel Reservations: (877) 342-0742 • QUEENMARY.COM
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Disclaimer: Amy and I will be attending the Queen Mary ScotsFestival and purchased the Celtic Cabana on our own dime. As always, all thoughts are our own.