Greater Moncton Highland Games & Scottish Festival | New Brunswick, Canada
The 17th annual Greater Moncton Highland Games & Scottish Festival takes place June 13-17, 2023, with the return of our free community concerts before the big day on Saturday!
Admission on Saturday:
$10/person (kids 12 & under free) or $25/family
(up to two adults & accompanying children)
FREE events to kick off the festival!
Join us as we kick off the festival with a FREE community concert in Moncton's Victoria Park with Fundy Ceilidh!
The Town of Riverview will raise the flag of Scotland at 11am, followed by the City of Moncton at noon. Everyone welcome to attend!
Enjoy another FREE community concert at the Riverview Gazebo along the Riverfront Trail. Enjoy the RCMP Pipes & Drums, Dunnett Highland Dancers, and Charlie Owens & Allan Laity!
Entry to the site is FREE on Friday!
We'll hold a special session on the field Friday night for those wanting to give heavy events a try!
Join us for tunes & more Friday night! Cape Breton's Nathan MacDonald will perform, along with the Landry Highland Dancers.
Admission $10/person (kids 12 & under free) OR $25/family (up to two adults & accompanying children) ** TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
It's a full day of fun! Competitions, entertainment, demonstrations, vendors, & more!
Competitors entrances open at 8am; most activities for public viewing begin at 9am or 10am.
Individual piping & drumming competitions in the morning, band competitions in the afternoon, followed by a Massed Bands performance at the Closing Ceremonies.
Watch regional Heavy Events athletes compete!
Grab your plaid & lace up your sneakers - it's time again for our 5K Tartan Run!
Sign up to run (or walk!) a 5km loop from the Highland Games site across to the Town of Riverview & back on the lovely Riverfront Trail.
Your race registration fee includes full day entry to the grounds on Saturday, as well as a kilt-shaped medal to add to your collection.
Sign up on Race Roster:
Individual Highland Dance competitions take place Saturday morning & afternoon.
Singlestick has long been used to train for Broadsword and British Military Sabre use; it was even an Olympic event in 1904. Participants use a 36-inch long stick with leather basket to protect their hand – not unlike the Highland Baskethilt Broadsword. The tournament comprises three phases: Pools, Elimination, and Finals. The Finals feature the day’s four top fencers competing in three-minute rounds.
Throughout the Games' Site you'll find displays & demonstrations to enjoy, including:
Sheep herding & shearing
Clans & Associations
Face painting & Henna
Moonica the Milking Cow
What day isn't made better with a little live music? Our Ceilidh Tent features the best in Maritime talent.
10am - Cynthia Sewell
11am - Nathan Bishop MacDonald
Noon - Clan Parade / Address to a Haggis / Susan's Scottish Stories
1pm - Ivan & Vivian Hicks & the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers
2pm - Nathan Bishop MacDonald
2:30pm - CF Snowbirds flyover
3pm - Patricia Murray
4pm - Allan Laity & Charlie Owens
5:30pm - Closing Ceremonies AT PARADE SQUARE (Piping Field
6-9pm - Gypsy Rovers
Please note: Some schedule changes may occur. We will update as quickly as possible in that case.
There is no on-site public parking at the Highland Games. There are more than 600 on-street parking spots withing a short walk, as well as four city-owned parking lots nearby. City parking is free on weekends. You can find the detailed map at: Downtown Moncton Parking - Downtown Moncton
The City has allowed for a 'drop & go' lane on Assomption Blvd at the Games' Main Gate. Passengers can be dropped safely at the entrance. We are planning an expanded turn around area to make this process smoother than last year.
The City of Moncton will provide bike racks at both our Main Gate & the 'East Gate' which is accessible from the Riverfront Trail system - a great option if you've parked downtown.
We thank Maritime Door & Window and Lafford Realty for allowing the use of their parking lots on Saturday, June 17. These spaces are first come, first served for Volunteers & Competitors. There will be a check in point at each location with a list of approved names.
We will have a dedicated area at the Main Gate for those with proper placards. This area is limited; first come, first served.
Dogs are permitted provided they are well-socialized and on a leash. Visitors are asked to clean up after their dogs, and the organization will ask anyone with a dog exhibiting signs of aggressiveness or excessive barking to leave.
No outside alcohol, coolers, etc allowed on site. Water bottles, lunch containers, etc ARE allowed.