If you haven’t been to the Wisconsin Highland Games at the Waukesha County Expo Center, then you have been missing out! The Wisconsin Highland Games is a weekend of affordable Celtic fun for the entire family (kids 12 and under are free) Fri. Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 1, 2019. From live music to learning more about the Celtic culture and everything in between, it’s a weekend of Celtic magic. Here are eight activities you should check out when visiting the Highland Games.
Bagpipes & Drumming
Pipe and drum groups and solo acts compete Sat. August 31 from 8:30am-5pm and throughout the day Sun. September 1. The crowd favorite comes at the end of the day competition where all the bands come together.
A variety of local dancers will compete at the Reuel Zielk Highland Dance Stage Sat., Aug. 31 from 10-5pm and Sun., September 1 with workshops and competition.
Dancers perform the famous Highland Fling and Sword Dance, Sailor’s Hornpipe, Irish Jig and more.
Enjoy live music starting at 11am Sat. and Sun. Live Celtic musical acts will perform at the Young’s Pub Tent.
One of the best reasons to attend the Wisconsin Highland Games is for… the games! It’s amazing to witness the competitors’ strength, agility and coordination with Caledonian & Hibernian heavy athletics. Competitive athletes come to the Wisconsin Highland Games from around the world, including Olympians, national champions, world record holders and local amateurs. The games they play use their strength and power in the heavy athletics portion of the weekend. These opponents throw stones, heave weights, hammers and cabers (these look like large telephone poles) and compete in the sheaf toss (tossing a sack of hay with a pitchfork). You can also join in the games with learning how to throw battle axes and knives or single stick fencing.
Food & Drink
Savor succulent corned beef sandwiches and tatties (potatoes), brisket, fish and chips, meat and shepherds pie and more traditional American cuisine from a variety of food vendors.
Shop at the Celtic Marketplace
The Celtic Marketplace at the Wisconsin Highland Games offers a wide range of Celtic and Scottish kilts, accessories, clothing, art, jewelry, books, signs and gifts.
The Li’l Rampant Lions Kids Area is a place for kids to play, pick up a Wisconsin Highland Games Passport, get wearable art for their face, arm, hands, etc. and enjoy fun hands-on activities.