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No need to travel to Scotland, The Wisconsin Highland Games & Celtic Fling will bring it to you. (PHOTO: Highland Games/Facebook)

Highland Games and Celtic Fling: Aug. 29-31


Kilts, cabers, collies, bridies ... oh my, it's time for the Milwaukee area's second Highland Games of the season! Hit up the Culture Stage to don your tartan, dance to your heart's content and fill up on haggis. Mmmm ... haggis (no, really, we like it!).

The game events – on Saturday and Sunday – end around 5 p.m., but the fun keeps comin'.

Friday night is dedicated to the opening ceremonies and a music and dance-filled Ceilidh – there's also a fish fry – and on Saturday and Sunday, there are drummers and pipers, St. Andrew's Pub Tent, a marketplace, cultural area, the heavy athletics and much more.

Where: Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd.

Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday's hours are expanded this year!

Admission: $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free.

Highlights: Friday night offers spectacular opening ceremonies, the calling of the Clans, live music and a fish fry. The games run Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., with St. Andrew's Pub Tent open until 10 p.m. Games on Sunday run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the pub tent open until 9 p.m.

This festival is the only one in Wisconsin to feature Professional Heavy Athletes for hammer throw, stone put, sheaf toss and the traditional caber toss. This year's music is provided by Seven Nations, Jiggernaut and one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music, Brian McNeill. Two of Milwaukee's favorites bands Dublin O'Shea and Blackthorn Folly will also be performing on stage. There will also be authentic Celtic and American food.

How to get in free: Volunteer and not only do you get free admission, but you'll be in good graces. Och. Aye.

For more information: (414) 517-5163 or wisconsinscottish.org.


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