Meet Celtic Fun at the Wisconsin Highland Games

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. Sept. 2 – Sun., Sept. 4, 2022. 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.


Piping & Drumming

Pipe and drum groups and solo acts will compete on specific days you can find here.


Dancers Prancing

A variety of local dancers will compete at the Reuel Zielke Highland Dance Stage Sat., Sept. 3 and Sun., Sept. 4 morning with workshops and competitions in the afternoon.

Dancers perform the famous Highland Fling and Sword Dance, Sailor’s Hornpipe, Seann Triuhbas and more.


Live Music

Enjoy live music all weekend.  Live Celtic musical acts will perform at the Young’s Pub Tent.

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Celtic Canines

Meet Celtic canines Sat. from and Sun. There is also a parade of breeds at noon on Sat. There will also be herding demonstrations with herding sheep and ducks by herding dogs on Sat. and Sun. For the times of each activity, consult this schedule.


The Games

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 or shoot longbows.


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.


Kids Area

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.

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