New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival
September 20-22, 2019

New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

  • September 20-22, 2019
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    September 20-22, 2019
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    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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    Loon Mountain Resort

Grab your kilt for the 44th annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival! One of the largest Scottish festivals in the country, the Highland Games will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions.

Festival Highlights

Pipe Bands
More than 30 Scottish pipe bands from Canada and the United States will perform at Loon over the course of the Games.

Scottish Heavy Athletics World Championships
The New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival has become a favorite venue for many of the world's top Heavyweight athletes. In the past, we've hosted Thor Bjornsson, star of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as an outstanding field of professional, masters and amateur athletes.

This year, competitors from seven countries will vie for the world championship title, including 2018 Highland Games champion, Chuck Kasson.

Seminars include whisky & beer tasting as well as a look back at Scottish history. Demonstrations and workshops are also available for harp, fiddle, and Scottish country dancing.

Competitions are held in Highland dance, piping and drumming, pipe bands, fiddle, and harp. Plus, don't miss the sheepdog trials!

Youth Program
The Games offer great Youth programs on both Saturday and Sunday. Children can try their hand at various craft projects, participate in games and demonstrations, or listen to a traditional Scottish storyteller! Events are designed for children 5 years to preteen, but we welcome all who are interested in discovering more about Scottish culture in an interactive way.

Gondola Skyride
Soar to the top of Loon Peak on NH's longest scenic Gondola Skyride. While at the top, explore summit adventures like the glacial caves, observation tower, mountaintop amphitheater and more. Buy your Gondola Skyride tickets at Loon Mountain Sports located inside the Gondola Barn. 

Many vendors and food & beverage outlets are cash only. ATMs are located inside the Governor Adams Lodge as well as the Octagon Lodge.

Due to limited space, all parking is located at satelite lots in the towns of Lincoln & North Woodstock. All parking is free. As you get of the highway, please follow the signs to designated parking areas and ride free shuttle buses into the Games at Loon Mountain Resort. Shuttle buses will run 8:00 am until 6:00 pm (Shuttle service hours will be extended as necessary). For those attending evening events after 5 p.m., parking is free and on-site for all locations.

Handicapped Parking
Please park at Pemigewasset Base Camp at South Peak and you will be shuttled, via handicap-equipped bus, directly into the event grounds.

There are lots to see and do, so wear comfortable shoes. This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Highland Games apparel and merchandise will be available at Loon Mountain Sports' three locations: Gondola Barn, Governor Adams Lodge and the summit of Loon Peak.

Only service animals are allowed on the grounds during the Highland Games. Please do not bring pets.

Please do not bring alcoholic beverages on the bus or to the resort.