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 2 & 3), 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 Ceilidh – the post-competition Saturday night party – features the music of Get Up Jack.

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
11:30am, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm Sunday

Enter the Haggis
12:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm Saturday
1:30pm, 3:30pm Sunday

The McKrells
11am Saturday

Get Up Jack
7pm Saturday

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

Michael DeAngelis
12:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm Saturday

Aaron Drescher
2:45pm, 4pm Sunday

GO HERE for the complete schedule of events at the 2017 Scottish Games…

FINAL STRETCH MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, September 2, FREE
ALBANY RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing, Albany, September 9, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 16, FREE
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE
LARKFEST @ Lark Street, Albany, September 23, FREE
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR THE LAKE @ Wood Park, Lake George, September 23-24 UPDATE: This fest has been cancelled…

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