Festival Info & FAQ 2023
This year the Colorado Scottish Festival is returning with a NEW LOCATION, Denver Polo Club for Saturday and Sunday, August 5th & 6th, 2023 in Sedalia, CO. The Festival is produced by the St Andrew Society of Colorado where “the Scots are a Mile High” with 2023 celebrating our 59th annual Games!
Since 1963, the Festival has brought traditional Scottish Heavy Athletics, piping and drumming, Scottish Highland and Country dancing, as well as lively and fascinating Celtic culture to our Colorado friends and neighbors. Enjoy Celtic music and entertainment, Dogs of the British Isles, British Car Show (Sunday), Celtic food and merchandise, historical re-enactment with the Renaissance Scots, research your Scottish genealogy and find your Clan!
On Saturday, don’t miss the Bonnie Knees contest, and Govener's Cup Polo Match, evening concert with local Celtic rock group ‘Angus Mohr’. For the very best Festival VIP experience, join our Thistle Club! Lastly, be sure to try a bit of haggis and whisky tasting! Enjoy a day of Scotland in your own backyard!
Denver Polo Club
6359 Airport Rd
Sedalia, CO 80135
WHAT ARE FESTIVAL HOURS?
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 9:00am to 10:00pm
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 9:00am to 4:30pm
IS THERE A CONCERT?
Saturday concert with local Celtic rock group, Angus Mohr, starts at 7:00pm!
Don’t miss the pre-concert performances:
6:00pm Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers and Queen City Pipe Band
HOW MUCH IS ADMISSION AND WHERE DO I GET TICKETS?
$10 Youth(5-17) / Senior (65+) / Military
Under 5: FREE with paying adult
$15 Youth(5-17) / Senior (65+) / Military
Under 5: FREE with paying adult
WHAT LODGING IS AVAILABLE?
Our host hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites only 16 minutes from the festival grounds!
Hampton Inn & Suites- Highlands Ranch / Littleton
3095 W. County Line Rd.
Littleton, CO 80219
WHAT RULES ARE THERE?
• No Outside Food or Drink. Bringing your own alcoholic beverages onto the grounds is prohibited by law
and strictly enforced
• No Weapons (Other than Prior Authorized Displays or culturally relevant regalia)
• No Petitioning, Canvassing, or Campaigning within the Festival
• NO REFUNDS
• No Dogs unless registered as a participant in the Dogs of the British Isles event or state registered service dog.
*** The Festival maintains the right to remove anyone from the Festival premises for being over-intoxicated, inappropriate, rude, or violating any Festival rule or City Ordinance. Douglas County Police Department will be readily available at the Festival for any issue that may arise.
Accessible parking is available for those with state-issued placards or license plates.
Courtesy carts move throughout the parking area to transport guests to the Admission Gate. However, the number of carts is limited and wait times may be necessary.
ALTITUDE CONSIDERATIONS: Denver metro is a mile high! Please hydrate prior to arrival. Use sunscreen regularly. Stay hydrated and continue to drink plenty of water. Shade areas are limited so wide brim hats and personal umbrellas are good ways bring some relief from the heat with you. Outside sealed water bottles are allowed.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
No. Only pre-registered dogs participating as Dogs of the British Isles (only DBI breeds) and Registered Service Animals are allowed at the festival. Click here to register your dog as a DBI participant.
WHAT ARE THE DOGS OF THE BRITISH ISLES?
The Colorado Scottish Festival welcomes many people with English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh breeds to join us. Meet other dog-lovers, watch as dogs of the British Isles have their own parade at the 10:00am both Saturday and Sunday, and don’t miss the dogs from rescue shelters.
Best of all, bring your pet to the Traditional Celtic Kirkin (churching/blessing) of the Tartans 9:30am on Sunday morning. We’ll be having the only Blessing of the Dogs ceremony at a festival in Colorado!
For more information or to register your English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh breed, contact british.dogs@ScottishGames.org. Registration is free!
WHERE DO I PARK?
Ample onsite parking is available for $5 per car, per day. There is a hill leading down to the field. Courtesy carts move throughout the parking area to transport guests to the Admission Gate. However, the number of carts is limited and wait times may be necessary.
ADA PARKING: Close in ADA parking is available just north of the festival field. Space is limited and will be first come first served.
TELL ME MORE!
What events are happening this year?
• Scottish Heavy Athletics (Rocky Mountain Scottish Athletes)
• Pipe Band Competitions
• Scottish Highland Dance Competition
• Returning this year: Dogs of the British Isles Exhibit (all weekend)
• British Car Show (Sunday only)
• Renaissance Scots (living history and re-enactment)
• A variety of wonderful Celtic vendors
• Scottish Clans, Societies
• Rugby - Littleton Scots Rugby - Sunday morning
• Governor's Cup Polo Match - Saturday morning
What kinds of Scottish foods will be present?
• Meat Pies, Fish n Chips, Pasties
• Scottish confections (House of Stewart Confections which just opened a shop in Park Meadows, by the way!)
• Authentic Scottish baked goods (by Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers) cream scones, shortbread, tablet, oatcakes, bannocks, and more.
Do proceeds from the Festival benefit any organizations?
• All proceeds benefit the St Andrew Society of Colorado (SASC) (non-profit/501c3).
• Open to all people with an interest in traditional Scottish culture.
• The Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games is an event of the SASC.
• The longest-running Scottish Highland games in Colorado celebrating our 59th annual games!