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2021 Capital District Scottish Games

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The 2021 Capital District Scottish Games return to the Altamont Fairgrounds. Join in the festivities with live music, dance performances, bagpipes, Scottish cuisine, and so much more!

Saturday, September 4: Gates open at 8:00am

Tickets at the Gate

  • Saturday: $22 at the gate
  • Children 12 years of age and younger are free
  • Free Parking
  • Veterans and Active Military: You will save 50% on your Gate Admissions. Just show your ID Card at the Gate. These discounts are available only at the gate on the day of admission and only to the veteran or active service member

Events Highlights

Experience a "Taste of Scotland" in the Capital Region. The Scottish Games is a full day of Scottish celebration complete with Caber tossing, Scottish Cuisine and one of the Nation's Largest Pipe Band competitions.

The annual Capital District Scottish Games started as a picnic organized by Clan MacRae for immigrant Scots in 1939 and were held at Turn Verin Park on Hetcheltown Rd in Scotia. By the 1950's they moved to Locomotive Park in Schenectady, and the band competition was attracting 12 bands. In 1978, the Schenectady Pipe Band took on the task of organizing the Games, and the attendance grew to 8,000, with 25 bands competing.

The Games are now celebrated by 12,000 enthusiastic spectators, who come early to see the opening massed pipes and drums at 12 Noon and stay to watch the caber toss, highland dancing, visit the clan tents, see the Scottish Breed Dog show and watch Celtic entertainment in the huge entertainment tent. The Schenectady Pipe Band, a Capital Region tradition since 1917, has been presenting the Games for the past 42 years, and this year will feature 35 pipe bands from throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. The Games will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 of Labor Day Weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

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