The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is celebrating 72 years of Celtic contributions to 150 years of Canadian culture throughout the weekend of
August 11th-13th in the beautiful, historic town of Fergus, Ontario. In honour of this incredible achievement you will enjoy a line-up of events filled with pipes, plaid, and pageantry…
musical acts vary from traditional to bagrock (yes, that’s a thing!):
“We are absolutely tickled tartan with the music line-up for this year’s festival,” says Katie Sinclair, 2017 Music Venue Chair. “It is a wonderful combination of traditional and new age…there truly is something for everyone! It’s important for us to bring entertainment for all our visitors, so this year, you will see some acts that are very traditional Celtic and stir up one’s true pride in their Scottish roots, as well as other performances that are full of energy and attitude! We have performers from the homeland and we have amazing performers that are right here in our own backyard…whether from over the pond or local, the talent is amazing and will be sure to leave the crowd wanting more!”
This year’s highlights:
- Returning for another groundbreaking Friday evening concert, direct from Scotland, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers!!!. Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning.
- The Highland Pub will feature a rocking rotation of Celtic performers all weekend long, including festival favourite Albannach returning from Scotland with their own brand of bare-knuckle pipes and drums. This year’s Saturday night concert features a Hometown Reunion party with local band Fair Warning!
- The downtown Fergus Celtic Traditions concert has moved to Melville United Church and features an evening of talented Celtic music acts!
- Friday’s “Tattoo’d in Tradition” emcee is Gillebride MacMillan, a singer, scholar and poet. Like the Bard he portrayed in the hit television series Outlander, Gillebride will wander the Festival to entertain the clans and guests.
- Discovery Channel’s Andrew Younghusband (Canada’s Worst Driver) will be filming at and competing in this year’s Heavies Events competitions for the hit series “Tougher Than It Looks“!
- In partnership with Riverfest Elora, Fergus Fall Fair, Elora Festival and the Township of Centre Wellington, we are offering a a mobile water unit with access to free municipal water! Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Water Bottle!!!
- Recipient of a Top 100 Festival and Events Ontario (FEO) award!
- A new, user-friendly website with interactive schedules and online ticket sales, and a completely rebranded logo, launching the festival into the digital age with style!
View full schedule to see all of the incredible Celtic entertainment and activities we’ve got for the whole clan: Pipes, Dancing, Vendors, McKiddies, Parade of Clans, Heritage Workshops, Downtown Events, Music, Sunday Races, Tea Tent…it’s all the best of Scotland, without the airfare!