Festival Fever: The Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds

Bagpipe bands
The massed pipe band at the Capital District Scottish Games, 2013

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31), and naturally there will be plenty of competition going on – everything from the traditional caber toss to the Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championship to the Highland Dance Competition.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without music – lots of music. The grounds will be jam-packed with a wide assortment of musical variety all day long on Saturday and Sunday. There’s solo piping and drumming, as well as the massed pipe band extravaganza featuring more than 500 pipers.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday; 10am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

In addition, the weekend-long celebration of all things Scottish will also feature performances by:

Colin Grant-Adams (Saturday and Sunday)

The McKrells (Saturday)

The Brigadoons (Saturday and Sunday)

Aaron Drescher (Saturday and Sunday)

The American Rogues (Saturday and Sunday)

GO HERE for a complete schedule of festival events…


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The Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, 8/30&31/14, FREE.
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LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, 9/20/14, FREE
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