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Snowmass, Colorado Scottish Festival

Bagpipes. Drumming. Highland dancing. Whisky tasting. Celtic concert. And all this is in Colorado? Yes, and I’m was thrilled to attend my first ever Colorado Scottish Festival in 2015, held in Snowmass Village, annually in August, the only FREE Scottish Festival in Colorado!
Colorado Scottish Festival in Snowmass Village, Colorado

Colorado Scottish Festival

I’ve traveled across the pond to Scotland three times now, and this country never fails to capture my heart with its stunning landscapes, historic castles and epic battles, culture, charm of its locals, and yes, golf, whisky, kilts, and bagpipes.  (Hello, Game of Thrones fans, right?)

Bagpipes in Colorado? Yes you can at the annual Colorado Scottish Festival in Snowmass, Colorado.
Bagpipes in Colorado? Yes, you can at the annual Colorado Scottish Festival in Snowmass, Colorado.

But Scotland is thousands of miles away, and lucky for me, Snowmass, Colorado, is just under 4 hours from Denver.

When I received the invite to attend my very first Scottish Festival (in the United States), well, suffice it to say, I had visions of bagpipes, kilts, and whisky, and a Colorado road trip worthy of putting miles on my Ford Escape. I was not disappointed!

Scottish Festival: Weekend Getaway to Snowmass

Looking for a spontaneous weekend getaway? Then join me in Snowmass Village this weekend for the annual three-day Scottish celebration.

In the tradition of Highland Games, the Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games comes alive for three days in Snowmass.

Things to do During Colorado Scottish Festival

  • Experience the earth-shaking sound of the massed bagpipes and drums, the grace of the Highland and Irish dancers, and the power of the great Scottish athletes as they throw the caber (telephone pole).
  • Trace your family history and meet members of your clan.
  • Laugh aloud as the Ladies of the Festival judge kilted men in the Bonny (Pretty) Knees Contest.
  • Enjoy Scottish-Irish music, dance, food and vendors all day, both days.
  • Pet the friendly Dogs of the British Isles. Bring your favorite four-legged friend — the Festival is dog-friendly!

Other events range from non-stop Celtic Music, a British car display, a parade of Irish Clans (won’t that be cool!), and free concerts on Saturday evenings.

Due to the popularity of this festival, in 2015, the Colorado Scottish Festival moved to Snowmass Village. Sure it was difficult convincing Nessie, the official mascot of the Colorado Scottish Festival, to make the move, but yes, fans will continue to see her.

For more information on dates and event schedule:   Colorado Scottish Festival 

Free admission! In 2016, The Festival moved into beautiful Snowmass Village itself, eliminating all admission charges.  Free entry and free parking in one of Colorado’s most beautiful settings. Just come and enjoy.

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Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Snowmass, Colorado
Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Snowmass, Colorado

Photos Courtesy of Colorado Scottish Festival / Snowmass Tourism and

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