FEST: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend

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

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The bagpipes are coming! The bagpipes are coming…

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (September 3 & 4), 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; 9am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

The Saturday night Ceilidh, the post-competition Saturday evening party, features the music of Get Up Jack. Admission to the Ceilidh is included with a Saturday ticket. Ceilidh-only tickets are also available for $10 in advance; $12 at the gate.

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

Colin Grant-Adams (1:15pm, 3:45pm Saturday; 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm Sunday)

Daimh (12:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm Saturday; 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm Sunday)

The McKrells (2-5pm Saturday)

The Brigadoons (11am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm Saturday; 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm Sunday)

Aaron Drescher (3pm, 4:30pm Saturday; 2:45pm, 4pm Sunday)

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