Alma Highland Festival & Games

Alma Highland Festival & Games Join us Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend for Scottish dance, music, food, entertainment, athletics, vendors, Scottish clans, and more!

The festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year the festival brings thousands of visitors the very best of Scottish tradition. The festival combines great competition with Scottish hospitality. The festival is HOME TO the following REGIONAL COMPETITIONS:

-GREAT LAKES SCOTTISH HEAVYWEIGHT ATHLETIC COMPETITION (Professional/Amateur)
-GREAT LAKES HIGHLAND DANCE CHAMPI

The festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year the festival brings thousands of visitors the very best of Scottish tradition. The festival combines great competition with Scottish hospitality. The festival is HOME TO the following REGIONAL COMPETITIONS:

-GREAT LAKES SCOTTISH HEAVYWEIGHT ATHLETIC COMPETITION (Professional/Amateur)
-GREAT LAKES HIGHLAND DANCE CHAMPI

Operating as usual

Less than two weeks to get your entry in for the Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see you back i...
10/18/2021
2021 Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition

Less than two weeks to get your entry in for the Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see you back in Alma!

https://almahighlandfestival.ticketleap.com/2021-alma-indoor/

Alma Highland Festival invites you to attend the 2021 Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition Saturday, November 6, 2021ScotDance USA MW-0202Alma High School - Auditorium1500 North Pine AveAlma, Michigan 48801 Judge: Kitty Hart MacNaughton, Minneapolis, MinnesotaCompetition Schedule8:30am - Registrat...

Less than one month away from our Indoor competition. But…why is called “Alma Indoor?” Take a guess in the comments! Sub...
10/10/2021
2021 Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition

Less than one month away from our Indoor competition. But…why is called “Alma Indoor?” Take a guess in the comments!

Submit your entry: https://almahighlandfestival.ticketleap.com/2021-alma-indoor/

Alma Highland Festival invites you to attend the 2021 Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition Saturday, November 6, 2021ScotDance USA MW-0202Alma High School - Auditorium1500 North Pine AveAlma, Michigan 48801 Judge: Kitty Hart MacNaughton, Minneapolis, MinnesotaCompetition Schedule8:30am - Registrat...

09/06/2021

Save the date!
Alma Indoor Competition will take place on Saturday, November 6.
Entry form coming soon!

08/05/2021

Our Queen of Scots, Abbey, will be in Grand Haven this Saturday for the Coast Guard Festival along with a pipe band joining her in the parade. She is in need of a driver and convertible or vehicle with moon roof/open top capabilities to help es**rt her in the parade! Are you willing to help her and promote the AHF at the same time? We would really appreciate it!
Please email [email protected] if you would have a lead on how to help her participate in the Coast Guard Festival’s parade.
Thank you, Festival Friends and Family!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

05/29/2021

The Highland Experience was a success! We are thankful for all those that came to share the experience, the participants, and to our wonderful sponsors that made it possible:

Alma Realty
Bravehearts Pub
Cheryl Chapman
Commercial Bank
Doreen Lewis
Duncan's Highland Supply
Dr. Haverbush
Garr Tool
Gemini Capital Management, LLC
Glen Erin Pipe Band, Lansing Mi
Mancino's
Main Cafe
Mercantile
Miller Auto
Next Level Espresso

We are looking forward to 2022!

We are celebrating the sunset with Crossbow! Come and join us!
05/29/2021

We are celebrating the sunset with Crossbow! Come and join us!

We are celebrating the sunset with Crossbow! Come and join us!

Congratulations to our 2021 Queen of Scots and Court!Queen of Scots: Abbey Zerbe1st Runner-Up: Aynslee Koutz 2nd Runner-...
05/29/2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Queen of Scots and Court!
Queen of Scots: Abbey Zerbe
1st Runner-Up: Aynslee Koutz
2nd Runner-Up: Maris Fett
3rd Runner-Up: Alivia Giles

Wonderful job this evening, ladies!

Congratulations to our 2021 Queen of Scots and Court!
Queen of Scots: Abbey Zerbe
1st Runner-Up: Aynslee Koutz
2nd Runner-Up: Maris Fett
3rd Runner-Up: Alivia Giles

Wonderful job this evening, ladies!

05/29/2021

Crossbow live at 8:30 at the Main Stage!!

Our Queen candidates are up on stage - we are eagerly awaiting the crowning of the Queen this year!
05/28/2021

Our Queen candidates are up on stage - we are eagerly awaiting the crowning of the Queen this year!

Our Queen candidates are up on stage - we are eagerly awaiting the crowning of the Queen this year!

05/28/2021
Chelsea House Orchestra is starting in about 6 minutes! See you here for the awesome music!
05/28/2021

Chelsea House Orchestra is starting in about 6 minutes! See you here for the awesome music!

Chelsea House Orchestra is starting in about 6 minutes! See you here for the awesome music!

05/28/2021
Athletes are setting up...heavy athletics demonstrations right on Superior Street starting at 4!
05/28/2021

Athletes are setting up...heavy athletics demonstrations right on Superior Street starting at 4!

Athletes are setting up...heavy athletics demonstrations right on Superior Street starting at 4!

There’s been a Nessie sighting right here in Downtown Alma! Children’s Take & Make Crafts and Nessie rides are starting ...
05/28/2021

There’s been a Nessie sighting right here in Downtown Alma! Children’s Take & Make Crafts and Nessie rides are starting soon!!

There’s been a Nessie sighting right here in Downtown Alma! Children’s Take & Make Crafts and Nessie rides are starting soon!!

05/28/2021

TODAY IS THE DAY!
3-10 p.m. in Downtown Alma - see you at the Highland Experience!
Our Main Stage will feature two Festival Favorites:
Chelsea House Orchestra from 5:30-7 p.m.
Crossbow from 8:30-10 p.m.
Each of these groups pack a Celtic Rock punch that is sure to keep you entertained!
Bring a chair, grab some food and a beverage from one of the MANY local establishments offering specials on Friday, and enjoy all that the Main Stage entertainment has to offer!
See you there!

05/27/2021

Although ABC12: First In-Depth Everywhere WJRT-TV reported that we are hosting our Festival over Friday and Saturday, we are still only putting on the Highland Experience on Friday from 3P-10P.

Save the date for Memorial Day Weekend 2022 to be in Scotland, USA, all weekend long!

05/27/2021

Tomorrow is the Highland Experience! Just ONE day away!
In the parking lot of His Place, we will have an arts & crafts show with free admission! Check out the talent from 3-7 p.m. before strolling on down Superior Street to see the other events in the Highland Experience!
Further along, on the corner of State and Superior Streets, there will be Nessie rides for children (sanitation provided between each ride) and take & make crafts!
The 2021 Queen of Scots and her Court will be crowned this Friday evening! After private interviews with judges, the candidates will be at the Main Stage at 7:00PM to answer an on stage question of “What does the Alma Highland Festival mean to you?” in front of a live audience and pageant judges. Come see who will be our next Queen of Scots!
Bring a chair, dress warm, see you there!

We are excited to share an UPDATED map and schedule for Friday! Some reminders: - bring a lawn chair to sit in while you...
05/26/2021

We are excited to share an UPDATED map and schedule for Friday!
Some reminders:
- bring a lawn chair to sit in while you enjoy the entertainment
- Highland Arts on the Main Stage include both Highland Dancing and Bagpipes!
- many events take place rain or shine - be sure to check out the information booth on Friday for any updates to locations or events based on weather
- there will be designated areas where you can bring beverages from local businesses in to-go containers only and enjoy the music while also supporting Downtown establishments

We are excited to share an UPDATED map and schedule for Friday!
Some reminders:
- bring a lawn chair to sit in while you enjoy the entertainment
- Highland Arts on the Main Stage include both Highland Dancing and Bagpipes!
- many events take place rain or shine - be sure to check out the information booth on Friday for any updates to locations or events based on weather
- there will be designated areas where you can bring beverages from local businesses in to-go containers only and enjoy the music while also supporting Downtown establishments

Check out the UPDATED list of participating businesses!
05/25/2021

Check out the UPDATED list of participating businesses!

Check out the UPDATED list of participating businesses!

Only THREE (3!) more days until the Highland Experience! Today we want to highlight some of our exhibitions:Our athletic...
05/25/2021

Only THREE (3!) more days until the Highland Experience!
Today we want to highlight some of our exhibitions:
Our athletic exhibition will include demonstrations of some heavy lifting and caber tossing right in Downtown Alma! Check out some local athletes (men and women!) showing off their skills and providing some education about the various athletic events that we would see at a traditional Highland Games Event! Bring a chair and come ready to cheer the impressive athletes on!
Our music exhibition will highlight local musicians: The Alma High School Jazz Band and St. Louis Schools Steel Drum Band! Lots of local young talent to enjoy! Bring a chair, take a seat on the corner of Prospect and Superior streets, and enjoy the music!

Only THREE (3!) more days until the Highland Experience!
Today we want to highlight some of our exhibitions:
Our athletic exhibition will include demonstrations of some heavy lifting and caber tossing right in Downtown Alma! Check out some local athletes (men and women!) showing off their skills and providing some education about the various athletic events that we would see at a traditional Highland Games Event! Bring a chair and come ready to cheer the impressive athletes on!
Our music exhibition will highlight local musicians: The Alma High School Jazz Band and St. Louis Schools Steel Drum Band! Lots of local young talent to enjoy! Bring a chair, take a seat on the corner of Prospect and Superior streets, and enjoy the music!

One week away! Next Friday, May 28th, from 3-10 p.m. in Downtown Alma, the Highland Experience will be happening! Join u...
05/21/2021

One week away!
Next Friday, May 28th, from 3-10 p.m. in Downtown Alma, the Highland Experience will be happening! Join us for a "taste" of the Highland Festival: athletic demonstrations, live music, dancing and piping, and lots of food, drink, and local shopping opportunities as well as a craft show and so much more!
Mark your calendars - see you Downtown Alma next Friday!

One week away!
Next Friday, May 28th, from 3-10 p.m. in Downtown Alma, the Highland Experience will be happening! Join us for a "taste" of the Highland Festival: athletic demonstrations, live music, dancing and piping, and lots of food, drink, and local shopping opportunities as well as a craft show and so much more!
Mark your calendars - see you Downtown Alma next Friday!

05/21/2021

COMING SOON....Highland Festival Specials ALL WEEK beginning Monday, May 24th at the Main Cafe!

We are currently accepting Pre-Orders for our frozen, unbaked 4-packs of Meat Pies through today, May 21st. Pre-Orders are not required, but highly recommended!

With our Highland Experience coming May 28, we are seeking sponsorships to make this event a success! Would you consider...
05/07/2021
Alma Highland Festival & Games

With our Highland Experience coming May 28, we are seeking sponsorships to make this event a success! Would you consider partnering with us?

$100 - Street Sponsor:
Name printed and displayed in windows of Downtown businesses

$300 - Main Stage Sponsor:
Name printed and displayed in windows of Downtown businesses, announced on Main Stage at the top of each hour (or more frequently between acts)

We are asking that all donations be sent or designated by Friday, May 21 (we can invoice you: email [email protected]).

Here is a link to donate using our Square Checkout:
https://checkout.square.site/merchant/00484KCBKZYMY/checkout/RHGOZJIOT4C67PE4PNW5R7H3

Want to send a gift to our office? PO Box 516, Alma, Michigan 48801.

Together we can make the Highland Experience an incredible event in Scotland, USA!

2021 Highland Experience

Calling all Arts and Crafts vendors! We have availability for our showcase on Friday, May 28! Please see the application...
05/04/2021
2021 _Highland Festival Experience_ - Google Docs

Calling all Arts and Crafts vendors! We have availability for our showcase on Friday, May 28!
Please see the application here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19VI_M8gI68Gk2G8zwpKQODW-jMlfPl8rPe-KgTUXiZQ/edit?usp=sharing

Any questions? Email [email protected].

2021 Highland Festival Experience Date & Show Time Friday, May 28, 2021 3:00-7:00 p.m. Set-up Times Friday, May 28, 2021 1:00-3:00 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed in the vendor area after set-up time. If you arrive after set-up time, please proceed directly to vendor parking and get your item...

Just three days away from Casual Kilt Friday!  Get those kilts out and ready!
05/04/2021

Just three days away from Casual Kilt Friday! Get those kilts out and ready!

Just three days away from Casual Kilt Friday! Get those kilts out and ready!

HERE IT IS! We are proud to present the Highland Experience coming to Downtown Alma on Friday, May 28! All events and ha...
04/21/2021

HERE IT IS! We are proud to present the Highland Experience coming to Downtown Alma on Friday, May 28!

All events and happenings are scattered Downtown--Arts & Crafts, Athletics Exhibition, a Main Stage of entertainment with CrossBow and Chelsea House Orchestra, Highland Dancing, other bands, Children's Games and more! AND it is FREE!

We are collaborating with local businesses and restaurants to have a great event full of something for everyone while giving a small taste of what Scotland, USA, is all about! Further details will come as the day draws nearer!

Until then, check out the Schedule and Map to get ready to maximize your experience on May 28!

HERE IT IS! We are proud to present the Highland Experience coming to Downtown Alma on Friday, May 28!

All events and happenings are scattered Downtown--Arts & Crafts, Athletics Exhibition, a Main Stage of entertainment with CrossBow and Chelsea House Orchestra, Highland Dancing, other bands, Children's Games and more! AND it is FREE!

We are collaborating with local businesses and restaurants to have a great event full of something for everyone while giving a small taste of what Scotland, USA, is all about! Further details will come as the day draws nearer!

Until then, check out the Schedule and Map to get ready to maximize your experience on May 28!

The Alma Highland Festival and Games is happy to announce a Highland Experience coming your way May 28th! While it won’t...
04/13/2021

The Alma Highland Festival and Games is happy to announce a Highland Experience coming your way May 28th! While it won’t be the same as the full Festival weekend, we plan on family fun, entertainment, a craft show, athletic demonstrations, and more all in Downtown Alma, Scotland, USA! Save the date! We will see you there!
Keep watching our page for updates and specifics about the event as we get closer!

The Alma Highland Festival and Games is happy to announce a Highland Experience coming your way May 28th! While it won’t be the same as the full Festival weekend, we plan on family fun, entertainment, a craft show, athletic demonstrations, and more all in Downtown Alma, Scotland, USA! Save the date! We will see you there!
Keep watching our page for updates and specifics about the event as we get closer!

Another moment where our Festival Family is grieving. Lorraine was dedicated to celebrating Clan heritage along Clan Row...
01/23/2021
Obituary for Lorraine Murdoch at John N. Santeiu & Son, Inc.

Another moment where our Festival Family is grieving. Lorraine was dedicated to celebrating Clan heritage along Clan Row of Festival weekends. We miss her so.

https://www.santeiufuneralhome.com/obituary/lorraine-murdoch

Age 70 Beloved wife of the late Jesse. Dear mother of Jack Karen, Carolyn Joe Sopko, and Rae Alicia Murdoch. Grandmother of Jessie, Lara, Allison, Lillian, Lucas, James, Robert and Brittany. Sister of Steve Colleen Berry, Jim the late Ruth Berry, Diana Mark Merdita, Linda David Green, Kathy Floyd Ro...

Just got the best spot and now waiting for the AHF parade to start.
01/22/2021

Just got the best spot and now waiting for the AHF parade to start.

Just got the best spot and now waiting for the AHF parade to start.

Update from the Executive Board regarding 2021's AHF. Sorry, folks.
01/13/2021

Update from the Executive Board regarding 2021's AHF.

Sorry, folks.

We had a Festival visitor share this recipe with us recently and we wish to share it with you! Corrine Nolan wrote to us...
11/22/2020

We had a Festival visitor share this recipe with us recently and we wish to share it with you!
Corrine Nolan wrote to us saying, "Hi, I found a recipe from Alma for Clootie Dumpling in my grandmother's old cook book. It mentions the Games...Christmas time is coming and I really thought this would be perfect to share here so I will give it to you and maybe start some conversations and memories."
Thank you, Corrine!
Anyone up for sharing more recipes that remind you of Scotland, USA, as the holidays are coming? Just a thought of comfort food has us craving the times we all can be together safely and healthily again.
If you make this recipe, please post a picture in the comments below!

07/23/2020

Reposting as the date is approaching:

The Alma Indoor Highland Dance Competition, scheduled for November 7, is cancelled. The health and safety of all participants is at the forefront of this decision and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Alma Highland Festival in May!

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Campus Of Alma College - 614 West Superior St
Alma, MI
48801

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Always over Memorial Day weekend each year. Come celebrate all things Scottish with us! For tickets: http://bit.ly/2017AHFGtickets

Opening Hours

Friday 7pm - 11:30pm
Saturday 7am - 12am
Sunday 8am - 6pm

Telephone

(989) 463-8979

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is the event cancelled, i seen where it was due to covid just curious
New kilt for Casual Kilt Friday!
It's Casual Kilt Friday!
May is Kilt Friday Month!
Due to the shortened festival weekend , any group is invited to join our St Clair Shores ,Mi May 30 Memorial Day parade. If you are interested contact [email protected] 5864898117 Again ,our parade is Sun May 30, so it won't interfere with the Famous and traditional Highland Games .Let me know
TO ALL CELTIC CUISINE CRUSADERS www.celticcaterer.com CELTIC COOKING COMPETITION For that is what you all here are. People who in one form or another are helping to spread the word of Celtic Cuisine. You do not have to have heritage or a bloodline that goes back 500 years to be able to enjoy such great Celtic Dishes as Shepherd’s pie, Potato & Leek soup, Chicken in a Tarragon Cream sauce, Irish Soda Bread, Guinness Chocolate Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Orange Chocolate Whisky Mousse. You are all people who like to follow their taste buds. SO, in honor of all of you, Chef McBride and the Celtic Caterer are setting up a special Celtic Cookoff to help us remain energized about Celtic Cuisine and to have a wee bit of family time enjoying eating all this good food. THE COMPETITION: We are asking all of our patrons, whether they are fans of our page or not, to Make one of Chef McBride’s Celtic Dishes from any of his 6 Celtic Cookbooks that make use of any of the 14 different Celtic Spices. (All Gaelic, Celtic Grilling, Cornish Mix Spice, Scottish Haggis Seasoning, Welsh Mustard Powder, Breton Wild Mushroom seasoning, Southern Celtic 5 pepper seasoning, Breton Bouquet Garni, Double Wood Smoked Fish Rub and Seafood mix, Irish Rub, Nordic Warming Spice, Welsh Fish and Veg Rub, Island of Man Rub, & Shetland Island Lemon Spice) All you have to do is make the dish, send us a picture that has all of the following pictured: a) the Celtic Dish itself, b) the Book that the recipe is from, and c) the Celtic Spice blends that you have used to make the dish. You can even create a Celtic Dish that you have added one of the Celtic Seasoning blends to, to enhance the flavor, that normally does not call for that spice blend. Example, the Irish Soda bread with either the Celtic Grilling or Cornish Mix Spice. You can enter as many times as you wish with different Celtic Dishes. You can even make it a daily endeavor to have at least 1 Celtic Dish on your table. They can be side dishes, Breads, Soups, Vegetable dishes, Appetizers, Seafood, Main dishes, or desserts. It can even be the use of one of our Celtic Sauces on a totally non-Celtic dish. (Example: Guinness Gravy on Pot roast.) The competition will go on until AUGUST 4. At which time we will choose 5 winners to be announced on August 7. The winners will receive each a package deal of our 4 New Celtic Seasonings (Nordic Warming Spice, Welsh Fish and Veg Rub, Island of Man Rub, & Shetland Island Lemon Spice), as well as our 3 New Tea bends, and our unique measuring spoons that measure for a Smidge, a Pinch, and a Dash. When You send us your pictures, also include your Name, the name of the dish, and State you are in. We will be posting up just prior to our selection all the best Celtic Dishes that were submitted to us. If you are running low on any of our spices, because there was no Festival for you to re-stock from this year, you can order them here. https://www.celticcaterer.com/product-category/spices/ Delivery is between 2-3 days from when you make your order. This will still give you plenty of time to receive them and be able to enter the competition. We hope you will all enter into the spirit and the Fun of making great Celtic Food, for you are all, Crusaders of the Celtic Cuisine. https://www.celticcaterer.com/shop/
Celtic Fried Cheese, from the Island of Mann. Cheese Croquet, Cheddar cheese, wrapped in a Parmesan Risotto with Celery, rolled in Panko bread crumbs and fried.
He is waiting for next year!!!! xoxoxo
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Real Scotch-Butterscotch and candied Bacon, with Chef McBride and the Found in the Bacon-Celtic Cookbook. https://youtu.be/rnO9WTwiOlU
From the Kitchen of the Celtic Caterer - Scotch Eggs (Lochness Monster Eggs) & Sauce