Event: Medium TN Highland Games & Celtic Festival

The annual Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival takes place at Percy Warner Park this weekend on Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8.

This rain or shine event brings families together each year to learn, appreciate, preserve and celebrate Scottish and Celtic traditions for charitable, educational, social and sporting purposes.

The festival features Scottish Highland sporting competitions, a children’s cultural activities area with mini games and crafts, demonstrations, a Celtic market with unique vendors, live streaming music, Scottish bagpipes , traditional Celtic dancers and much more.

Event details

OR: Percy Warner Park (at Vaughn’s Gap)
7199 Hwy 100, Nashville

WHEN: Saturday September 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday September 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Pre-purchased day tickets for the games start at $ 20 for Saturday and $ 15 for Sunday for adults and $ 10 for Saturday and $ 5 for Sunday for children and $ 15 for Saturday and $ 10 for Sunday for active or retired military personnel.
  • Pre-purchased weekend passes for the Games cost $ 30 for adults and $ 10 for children and $ 20 for serving and retired military personnel.

Buy your tickets on www.midtenngames.com.

Here are some highlights of the festival:


  • Two stages of traditional Celtic music and Celtic rock.
  • Three groups of bagpipes and drums that will roam the grounds and participate in a mass rally.
  • A dance scene featuring Scottish and Irish dancers.
  • A solo bagpipe competition, open to all


  • Male and female athletes participating in stone throw, caber throw, wreath throw, hammer throw and shot put. Men under 40 compete in the “Men’s Class”, while men over 40 compete in the “Master Class”.
  • There will be Hurling demonstrations on Saturday and Rugby demonstrations on Sunday.


  • Dozens of art, food and beer vendors will be on hand for guests to enjoy, including stalls geared to the interests of children.


  • Explore the Celtic history that played such a big part in the colonization of much of Tennessee while learning about the heritage of each family clan, perhaps find a piece of your own ancestry.


  • Watch Phil Lakin Farms – Sheep Dog Herding demonstrations and pet the sheep.

Family fun

  • The Kid’s Celtic Quest Presented by Nashville Parent where children can ‘walk through the stones at Craigh Na Dun’ and enter the exciting world of Merida, Harry Potter and Nessie from Loch Ness.
  • Make a Sporran – Paint their faces and grab a passport to travel through ancient culture.
  • Hear Stories – Throw a caber and venture out in search of a bagpiper, the oldest national flag, a pair of dancing ghillies and a real cooing of the mountains.
  • Collect passport stamps from Family Clan Village.
  • Visit the Celtic Market Traders – Watch the Border Collies Work – Pet the Highland Sheep – Listen to the Music – Learn a Dance – Throw the Haggis
  • Test their strength in the Grand Tug-o-War.
  • At the end of the journey, collect a Quest Medal and keep it to reimagine all the ancient adventures until you return to the Quest on another day.
  • Mini golf activities for the whole family.

Visitors to the games and festival can bring lawn chairs to enjoy a fun day of music and culture.

It is strongly recommended to buy tickets in advance to avoid queues at the door. For more information and to buy your tickets, go to www.midtenngames.com

A portion of all proceeds from tickets to this event will be donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, a local organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those undergoing breast cancer treatment.

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Jennifer R. Strohm