The 10th annual Greenville Scottish Games take place this weekend, May 22 to 23. This celebration of Scottish heritage is more than just a sports competition—it’s a world-class cultural celebration with something for everyone.
The festivities begin this Friday, May 22nd, at 6 p.m. with the Great Scot! Parade on Main Street downtown, featuring themed floats, historical re-enactors, distinguished guests, and of course bagpipes.
On Saturday, come to Furman University for the Greenville Scottish Games and the surrounding festival. Watch traditional feats of strength such as the caber toss (which involves balancing and tossing something slightly smaller than a telephone pole), as well as Celtic dance, pipe bands, a British car show, and medieval combat demonstrations. Animal lovers, don’t miss the falconry demonstrations or the Border Collie sheep herding competitions.
Browse the tents of the many vendors, where you’ll find jewelry, imported foods and goods, and even broadswords (you know, if you just happen to need one of those). Then try your hand at archery or even ax throwing. Wee Scotland, an entire section for children, features activities such as face painting and a climbing wall.
Finish off the evening with the Celtic Jam, featuring Celtic rock bands Lissakeole, Cleghorn, and Albannach.
For more information about tickets and events, visit the official Gallabrae website.