Where families come together every year to learn, appreciate, preserve and celebrate Scottish and Celtic traditions for charitable, educational, social, and athletic purposes.
Enjoy athletic events, children’s activities, demonstrations, a beer tent, unique vendors, Celtic music, and so much more!
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Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival provides the chance for amateur athletes to compete in all the traditional Heavy Scottish Athletic events, to the thrill of a large crowd of fans. Men over 40 compete in the Masters Class and men under 40 compete in the Men’s class.
We also have a Women’s amateur class and a Women’s Masters class. Any athlete can sign up to compete by completing a form and submitting the $30 fee to the address on the form. Competitors are accepted on a first come first accepted basis.
All Classes are limited to 10, with 2 alternates. Awards are presented in all classes for the top 3 scores. Festival attendees can watch the competitions throughout the entire day on the Main Field, except for the hammer throw which is done on the Tournament Field.
Pre-registration deadline is July 31st OR until classes are full.
Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival will host a Heavy Athletics Clinic on Friday September 6, 2019 from 12 pm - 4 pm. First-time athletes will be required to register for the Heavy Athletics Clinic. The clinic will be beneficial for most athletes, but it is only mandatory for first-time athletes. Please follow the link below to submit your registration.
Highland Games are events held as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland and Ireland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events. The entertainment that fills the air for two full days, gives the event it's joy and true celtic ambience. There is entertainment for all age groups, including a great Kids Zone and celtic crafts and sheep herding demonstrations.
For 2019, the festival is proud to feature…
Two stages of celtic traditional and celtic rock music.
Three bagpipe and drum bands who will roam the grounds and participate in a mass band gathering.
A dance stage featuring both Scottish and Irish dancers.
A solo bagpipe competition, open for all to watch.
Master of Ceremonies, Bob Valentine
Robert Valentine, Master of Ceremonies
Bob is a popular “compere” (master of ceremonies) at Scottish heritage events across America. His stock of stories and ready wit are as suited for a drumming session (WhiskyTasting) as for the entertainment stage or the comedy club. A veteran of stage and film, he is the author of five books, and has a comic CD titled, “I’ll Tak the Lo Road.” When not “working the Games,” he is a lecturer in Mass Communication at Murray State University in Kentucky.
Celtic Traditional and Celtic Rock
Bagpipe & Drum
The form will download to your computer upon clicking the above. Please note: This is NOT an interactive form. Those entering will need to be able to print this form.
Scottish and Irish dancers
Phil Lakin Farms - Sheep Dog Herding Demonstrations
Middle Tennessee Highland Games
September 7-8, 2019
Warner Park, Nashville, TN
Hours of Operation
Saturday September 7th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday September 8th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival welcomes vendors that would be supportive to the Celtic culture to participate in the 5th annual MTHG games and festival. The event will be 2 days this year, held on September 7-8, 2019 at Warner Park (Vaughn's Creek Cross Country Course) right off Highway 100 in Nashville, TN.
April 23-26 --First round of vendor notifications sent to applicants who applied by April 22nd.
June 4-7 --Second round of vendor notifications sent to applicants who applied by June 3rd.
July 9-12 --Last round of vendor notifications sent to applicants who applied by July 8th.
Payment is due upon acceptance into Middle Tennessee Highland Games. Absolute final payment deadline is Friday July 19th.
Artist/Non Profit/Local Artisan Business
10x10 space - $150.00
10x20 space - $250.00
20x20 space - $275.00
Food Truck/Vendor Space: 15% of gross sales at the event.
Middle Tennessee Highland Games will collect a non-refundable deposit of $300 upon acceptance into Middle Tennessee Highland Games. Food vendors will need to provide a gross sales report following the event. In the event 15% of your gross sales exceeds the deposit amount, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance. Failure to provide your sales report at the end of the event will result in denial of applications for future events.
-Example: You will provide a non-refundable $300 deposit prior to the event. If your gross sales are $3,000 (15% of $3,000= $450), you will receive an invoice for an additional $150. If your gross sales are $2,000 (15% of $2,000= $300), you will not receive an additional invoice.
This application is not for local businesses--
Middle Tennessee Highland Games is devoted to maintaining a creative, Celtic driven vendor marketplace. Therefore, we limit the number of promotional spaces at the event. Local businesses who intend to use space at the event for promotional purposes can be a part of Middle Tennessee Highland Games through sponsorship of the event. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring this event.
2019 vendors will be announced soon! Should you wish to apply, please do so above.
If you are interested in supporting the event, please contact Jack Davis at email@example.com