Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities



2017 Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities 

Activities and Events

Athletics Competitions

 The Heavy Events, also called the Games of Brawn or Games of Strength, are one of the traditional features of any Highland Games festival. We hope you’ll enjoy the experience of watching flying telephone poles (cabers), heavy hammers and more feats of strength. 

Back again for the second year, we will be hosting theSpecial Highland Games in conjunction with The Arc of the Quad Cities.

Also returning for their second year is the 8-man tug of war competitions with the United States Amateur Tug of War Association.

Bonnie Knees Contest

In any Highland Games celebration, one of the most popular events is the bonnie knees contest. In this competition, the contestants will be be hidden with only their legs showing and a winner will be chosen by applause.  The bonnie knees contest has become a regular part of many worldwide Scottish games competitions in a number of countries.

Celtic Princess Contest

For girls 13 and younger.  Dress in your Celtic finest!  The winner will be based off of whoever best embodies the Celtic spirit.  Winner will receive crown, wand, sash and will be in the parade of tartans in 2018!

Clan Displays & Heritage

 Check out the clan booths scattered among the vendors at the festival. Learn more about your native clan, or about the clans in general.


Click here for the full listing of entertainers performing at this year's Celtic Festival and Highland Games.

Family Activities

Bring the whole family to visit our family activities area. There are cardboard swords and shields to color and take home, as well as sugar cookies to decorate.  Ride ponies with the Quad Cities Pony Club, and get your face painted while waiting in line.

Living History Area

Come visit our living history area. Join the Beornve Belegarth Medieval Combat Society for foam sword combat. Visit with the Third Iowa Cavalry to find out about Celtic American participation in the Civil War. Watch blacksmiths shape iron and steel. Learn about life in the middle ages with the Society for Creative Anachronisms. Check out demonstrations of traditional sheepherding with Claycreek Farms.

Parade of Tartans

 Join us for our Parade of Tartans. The Black Hawk Pipes and Drums will lead off with representatives of the clans in attendance, ending at the Caber Field for a brief speech introducing the clans and thanking everyone for attending.


 Shop for Celtic themed merchandise with our vendors.


Workshops TBA

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