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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2024

Updated by Chris Murphy. Image from Grandfather Mountain Highland Games/James Shaffer

Scottish Highland Games come to North Carolina’s High Country

The High Country offers a lot when it comes to outdoor excitement and entertainment. Experience an event like no other during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, July 611-14, 2024

About the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games offers attendees a first-hand experience of Scottish Highland games and the gathering of the Scottish Clans. Celebrate Scottish traditions and culture, through dancing, piping, drumming, music and games, at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. 

The games are considered to be one of the grandest in the country due to the beautiful natural surroundings of Grandfather Mountain that are reminiscent of Scotland. Grandfather Mountain’s grassy meadow is filled with colorful tents and thousands of festival goers dressed in tartan plaids.

Funds raised by the games help to establish a scholarship to assist students from Avery County High School.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Events

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is four days filled with thrilling sport events as well as activities for festival goers. Some of the games include: a marathon, The Bear, Lochaber Trump, track and field, highland wrestling and more.

Attendees who aren’t competing can enjoy the authentic Celtic music, Scottish country dancing, a whiskey tasting and even more within the Scottish Cultural Village.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Children’s Activities

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games offers something for the whole family. Children can take part in fun field games and sack races, along with a wrestling competition with a clinic on Thursday and Friday.

The children’s tent also has a variety of activities that kids will love, including live readings, face painting, arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, entry to the GMHG Drawing Contest, and MORE!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Entertainment

Dance to the sound of bag pipes and more during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. The event will feature an array of Scottish and Celtic entertainment. Friday night includes a Celtic rock concert. Saturday night is the Celtic Jam, an outdoor concert featuring even more Celtic music.

Put your dance moves to the test with Scottish country dancing. This is Scotland’s traditional ballroom dancing. Watch as professional Highland dancers perform, then join in yourself. There will be a Scottish Country Dance Gala Friday night at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Tickets

Tickets for the 2024 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games can be purchased for all four days or for a single event.

Four-day advance adult ticket: $75

Four-day advance child ticket: $20

Single event tickets range from $15–$35 for adults and $5–$20 for children. Visit GMHG.org for more ticket information.

Save $15 by purchasing a four-day ticket in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the gate when you arrive. Children under 5 are free.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games dancing

Image from Grandfather Mountain Highland Games/Telia Terrell

More Information about the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The 2024 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are July 11-14 and take place at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain.

The charming mountain town of Banner Elk is not far from Grandfather Mountain. The town will host some of the events during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Discover the small-town charm of Banner Elk and all of the area’s attractions and activities.

Click here to read more about Banner Elk.

For more information about the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, visit GMHB.org.

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