Tartan Day Events Around the World

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In 1998 the US Senate designated 6 April each year as Tartan Day "in recognition of the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans." Previously, in some parts of the US, and in other parts of the world (notably Canada where a Tartan Day was already in place) special events had been held to celebrate this day. But the Senate resolution has provided a further impetus and a growing number of organisations and individuals are having their own local festivities. So that these events can gain further publicity within the world-wide Scottish community, and to allow as many people as possible to participate, the details of a number of these celebrations are listed below. So if there is a Tartan Day function in your area, come along and join the other folk who have a pride in Scotland who will be there!

Thanks are due to the many people who have contributed to this listing. If you know of an event in your part of the world, send an e-mail to Scottie with the details.

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Akron, OH
Scottish American Society located in Northeast Ohio, will celebrate Tartan Day on April 10th - 12:30 with a Tartan Day Dinner at New Era Restaurant, 10 Massillon Road, Akron 44312. Brian McElhinney will pipe for us, the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers will perform, Alex Murray will serve as emcee. Order from the menu, otherwise no admission fee. Reservations are not required, but organisers appreciate hearing from those who plan to attend so a place is set for them. For more information, contact Margaret Frost @ 330-903-4573. For reservations, e-mail Margaret Frost.

Albuquerque, NM
Celebrations start on Sunday, April 3, 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Quarter Celtic Brew Pub, 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 Pipers, dancers and good brew will kick off the salute to Scots and Scottish-Americans and the State of New Mexico Tartan. Contact: Mark Shear at 505-554-0357. See also
St Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico

Auckland, New Zealand
The Scottish Clans Association - Auckland District Incorporated, celebrate Tartan Day on the nearest Sunday to the 1st. of July each year at North Shore Events Centre. In 2016 the free event will be on Sunday 3 July at 1.30pm. See

Austin, TX
There will be a State of Texas ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, from 11am to 2pm on April 6th, with a piper playing and Scottish dancers in honour of Tartan Day. Official reading of the National Tartan Day Proclamation is scheduled for Noon in the Rotunda - free to the public. See also
Texas Scottish Heritage Society.

Bloomington, IN
Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington will be celebrating Scottish Tartan Day on April 3rd Sunday at Bloomington, Indiana College Mall Kroger – 2-5pm. Members of the society will be on hand to discuss family tartans and assist with Scottish family heritage research.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Australian Scottish Community in Brisbane, Queensland are organising their Tartan Day Festival on Saturday 16th July 2015. There is a full, free programme of events between 9am and 4pm which includes the massed pipe bands in King George Square, between Ann and Adelaide Streets in front of the Brisbane City Hall. Scotch on The Rocks, Solo Artists, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Small Pipes, Celtic Choir, Fiddle Orchestras, Scotty Dogs and others. There will also be static displays by a number of Clans, Genealogy/Family History & Cemetery Groups. There will also be many stalls selling Scottish Ware.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires Tartan Day 2016 will be celebrated on Saturday 9 April (rain date 16 April) next to the City Hall at the corner of. Mayo Ave. and Bolivar Street at 12 pm. There will be a Celtic and Nordic Fair on the street and at 1pm the opening celebrations on the stage in front of the City Hall that will include the installations of the Grand Marshal and the Key Bearer of the symbolic key to the gate of Arbroath's Abbey and continuing with the Bussing and Casting of the Colours of the City of Buenos Aires and a call to the Gathering of the Clans displaying the Crann Tara. The signing of the Declaration of Arbroath will be re-enacted and the Buenos Aires Scottish Guard will then lead a parade at 1.30pm along Mayo Ave. followed by various Scottish interest groups and friends. The participants will remember their cultural heritage and the contributions of Scots and Scots-Argentines to the history and development of Argentina. At the end of the walk, pipers will entertain the public and music and dances will be presented on the stage. The event will be closed at 6pm by the authorities of the Scottish Argentine Society and the City Hall.

Belpre, OH
The Scottish & Celtic Heritage Society is sponsoring a Tartan Day Tea on April 2, 12:30 and 4 p.m., at the Unicorn Wine Guild in Belpre, Ohio. Tickets are $25. There will be bagpipes, door prizes, genealogy help in addition to the traditional Scottish tea. All proceeds from the tea go to the Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 18 at Unicorn Wine Guild, 1816 Washington Blvd., Belpre.. The festival will feature Scottish, Irish music and dancing, children's activities, Bonnie Knees competition; vendors, artisans, raffles including a Scottish Broadsword. Tickets to the festival are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. For more information email:

Cape Town, South Africa
Scottish Country Dancers in Cape Town will be holding a Tartan Day Dance on Monday 4 April 2016. For further information visit
Cape Town Scottish Country Dancing. Spectators and newcomers to Scottish Country Dancing are most welcome.
Also the Cape Town Caledonian Society will be having two Tartan Day events - a dinner and breakfast. Details in Cape Town Caledonian Society web site at: Cape Town Caledonian Society - Events

Carson City, NV
On Monday, April 6th at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m at the Nevada Legislature Building, Foyer (Front Lobby), 401 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV. Robert Bledsaw will lead a delegation and Scottish heritage will be on display and Robert may even be piping on the floor of the Legislature. Robert has made arrangements with Assemblyman PK O’Neill to make a Tartan Day proclamation. Call Robert at 775-720-1156 if you wish to join the delegation. They are asking for volunteers to bake shortbread that will be served at the site of our Scottish display that will be shared with the legislators and visitors that are there on Tartan Day. Bonnie Green is in charge of the shortbread. Volunteer by calling her at 775-337-6803. If you are unable to attend the event, you can bring your donation of shortbread to MacMack’s Scottish Shop in Franktown Corners at Kietzke and Grove anytime up until 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 4th. Roy will be attending the Tartan Day event and will provide transport of the shortbread. If you live in the Carson City area and are attending, you can bring your shortbread that morning.

Cary, NC
The first Ceilidh at The Cary in 2014 was such a success (it sold out two weeks in advance) that they are moving it up to the larger Cary Arts Center this year on 10th April. The format will be the same – an evening of Irish and Scottish music celebrating the rich Celtic culture in Cary. All of the musicians are local. The dancers might be the children of your neighbors! Don’t miss out on this great evening of Celtic music. See
Cary’s Ceilidh Returns! Tickets are on sale now Address :

Chemainus, Vancouver Island, British Coumbia, Canada
In years gone by, Chemainus, Vancouver Island, B.C. was known as Scots Town. For Tartan Week in Chemainus, Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society usually arranges for a number of local store windows to be decorated with tartan during the first ten days of April and for an article in the local paper to inform the community of the display locations to honour the contributions of the Scotish pioneers in Canada.

Cincinnati, OH
The Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums will be hosting their Tartan Day Ceilidh on April 9th, 2016, 6:00pm-10:00pm at at American Legion Post 72 in Mt. Carmel. See
Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums for more information and tickets.

Coldwater, MI

Columbia, SC
The 6th annual Tartan Day South Carolina Highland Games and Celtic Festival is a four day celebration of Celtic heritage in the area. An array of unique sports, music, foods, and exhibitions. Highland Athletics, Traditional Dancing, Great Celtic Music, Mass Pipe Bands, Sheep Dog Herding, Birds of Prey, Traditional Food & Drink, Genealogy, Classic British Car Show, Celtic Clans & Societies, Axe Tossing & Archery, Celtic Marketplace, Kids Rides and Play Area, Kirkin’ of the Tartans. 2001 Charleston Highway Cayce, South Carolina. See
Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Denver, CO
Colorado was the second state to designate a State Tartan and and further details of their Tartan Day events can be found at the
Colorado Tartan Day website. This year's Tartan Festival is on Saturday and Sunday - April 11 & 12, 2015 in Longmont, CO. in Roosevelt Park at 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501. Learn about Scottish/Irish/Celtic History from various clans. Performances by Bagpipe Bands, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers and Historical Re-enactors.

Dunedin, FL
Sister city to Stirling, Scotland, Denedin is celebrating its Annual Dunedin Highland Games & Festival on SThursday March 31 2016 in Highlander Park, Dunedin, Florida. Gathering of the Clans & Parade of Tartans, Massed Pipers, Drummers & Dancers,Massed Drum Salute. See their
Web Site for more information.

Ellis Island, NY

Tartan Day on Ellis Island is one of the principal Scottish heritage events in the United States. Tartan Day on Ellis Island is produced by the Clan Currie Society - one of the largest Scottish heritage organizations in the United States, with the support of a Blue Ribbon Advisory panel including participation from the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, the John Muir Birthplace Trust in Dunbar, Scotland, the Sierra Club in San Francisco, CA and the John Muir Trust in Edinburgh, Scotland. The “Life and Legacy of John Muir” will be the theme for the 15th annual Tartan Day celebration at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Conservationist, author, and environmental activist, John Muir is renowned as the “father of America’s national parks”. The exhibition runs from 6 April – 5 September 2016 as part of the National Park Centennial. For additional information, visit: www.tartandayonellisisland.com or www.facebook.com/TartanDayonEllisIsland.

There is no admission charge to the Tartan Day events or the immigration museum. Passenger ferries run from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For complete ferry schedules to Ellis Island, visit www.statuecruises.com.

Fergus, Ontario, Canada
Fergus, Ontario (twinned with Blairgowrie, Scotland) dates back over 175 years and is proud of its Scottish Heritage. If our summer Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games isn't enough we dust off our kilts each Tartan Day with a downtown celebration worthy of our forefathers! Festivities begin on Sunday 10th April at 11.30am with a kilted kilometer run around the town (kilts mandatory!), then all afternoon there is celtic music in all our downtown pubs and eateries , storytelling, wandering pipe bands, heavy event demonstrations, high tea and plenty of other events for all the family. It's a little piece of Scotland in the heart of Ontario!
See a
Downtown Fergus for details.

Franklin, NC
The Scottish Tartans Museum's annual Tartan Day celebration will be held at the museum on April 4th.

Greensboro, NC
On April 11th, from 10 until 1 at the David Caldwell Visitor Center, next to Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden.

Halifax, Nova Scotia
The concept of "Tartan Day" began at a meeting of the Federation of Scottish Clans in Nova Scotia (now named "The Federation for Scottish Culture in Nova Scotia") on 09 March 1986 and an annual Tartan Day was proclaimed in Nova Scotia on 6 April 1987.

Kohler, WI
Tartan Day is being celebrated at the
American Club Resort, 444 Highland Dr, Kohler, WI. Scotch tasting 1 to 2 p, m, or 3 to 4 p,m, Dinner at Whistling Straights Golf Course. Reservations via American Club Resort.

Los Angeles, CA
St. Andrew's Society of Los Angeles and Clan Currie present a Tartan Day Celebration on Saturday 9th April, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel, 2151 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, California 90067. Dinner, Celtic Music, Pipe Band, Highland Dancers, Friends & Clans from all over southern California. Details and Ticket reservation Form St. Andrew's Society of Los Angeles Tartan Day or contact Ian J. Skone-Rees 818-634-4158 or Nellie Graham Lowry at LowryLines@aol.com or phone 818-886-4968.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Tartan Day in Melbourne, Victoria, is held on July 1st each year with a Service in Scots Church, Melbourne, followed by lunch and entertainment in the Church hall. See also
Scots of Victoria, Australia.

Mesa, AZ
The Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band is presenting a Tartan Day Concert at 2pm on Saturday April 9th, 2016, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The concert will also feature dancers from the Arizona Academy of Highland Dance. Proceeds benefit the educational and performance programs of the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band, a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization. Tickets are $10 each, kids ages 10 and under are free, and can be purchased at the door. For information contact Dianne Nunez at (480)641-8073 or email
See also Web site at Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band.

Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Wisconsin has a Tartan Day celebration and Kirking of the Tartan on Sunday April 12th. Held at the Episcopal Cathedral at 2:00 in the afternoon. It will be followed by a Reception held at the Cathedral Hall. The Kirking and reception are sponsored by Clan Donald Wisconsin and the
Milwaukee St. Andrew Society.

Minden, LA
Scottish Society of the Louisiana Hielands is sponsoring their Annual Scottish Tartan Festival on April 18 2015, Scotland Farms, US 79 & LA 518, in Minden, Louisiana, celebrating Scottish culture and heritage through living history exhibits, Scottish cattle herding, demonstration of the Highland games, Gaelic language seminar and bagpipe music. There will be a dog show competition, a children’s area with hayride, Broadsword demonstrations, Clan tents, genealogy, Scottish Highland beef burgers, and music, music, music! Performers include traditional Scottish band, Smithfield Fair, Traditional Irish group, Emerald Accent, and Scottish-Irish American folksinger, Jed Marum along with numerous local musicians. There will also be performances by the Jackson Irish Dancers of Jackson, Mississippi and the Port Belly Project of Shreveport, Louisiana. Entry into the festival is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 for children aged 6-12, ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge. The Festival is being sponsored in part by The Scottish Society of the Louisiana Highlands, Claiborne Electric and the Webster Parish Convention and Tourism Commission.

Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Scots and the Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans have organised a Tartan Day Capitol Event on April 4, 2014 at the Minnesota Capitol in Minneapolis-St Paul featuring a procession of Scottish Clans with their banners up to the steps of the Capitol, drummers, Highland dancers, historical Scottish regiment re-enactors and of course, bagpipes

New York, NY
Tartan Day in New York has become a Tartan Week from April 6th-11th, 2014 and details on most of the events are available on the website at
Tartan Week The main event is, of course, the parade organised by The National Tartan Day New York Committee, with over a thousand pipers and drummers marching along Sixth Avenue on Saturday, 9th April. The Tartan Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m. and proceed north along Sixth Avenue from 46th to 58th Street past Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, finishing just opposite Carnegie Hall, named for the renowned Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Grand Marshal Sam Heughan, star of the popular Starz television series “Outlander,” will lead the parade.

New Zealand
Tartan Day in New Zealand is always the 1st of July. This commemorates the repeal, on 1st July 1782, of the Act proscribing the Tartan. Information of events in New Zealand are available from Ballantrae, P O Box 33581, Takapuna, New Ulster, New Zealand.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sons of Scotland Pipe Band cordially invites everyone to celebrate Tartan Day on Sunday, April 17 - National Tartan Day Celebrations, Parliament Hill - 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Come out in your tartans and be counted - they record all the tartans worn on that day. Pipes, drums, highland and Scottish country dancing make for a terrific celebration of heritage and culture. See also National Tartan Day in Canada

Parkersburg, W.Va
The 2016 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival is scheduled for April 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Parkersburg City Park Pavilio. There will be Scottish/Irish music and dancing, genealogy information, Celtic-themed merchandise, American/Scottish food, children games and activities, Bonnie Knees competition, Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew will perform, the local SAR group will conduct the opening ceremonies. Raffle prizes include a Scottish Broadsword and Dirk. Tickets are $5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. See also their Web site:
Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival or email scotandceltfest@aol.com

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh’s Tartan Day Celebration – 2015 will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00am to 4:40pm at the Bethel Presbyterian Church at 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE. Come and join them for a day in Scotland. They will have pipe bands, bagpipers, Highland and country dancers, and a variety of Celtic entertainment. There will be Scottish foods, clans, raffles, the “Basket of Cheer” raffle, workshops, demonstrations, Scots Gaelic language lessons, children’s activities and much more. See the new Pittsburgh Tartan ( of course it’s Black and Gold ). For further information, checkout the website at
Saint Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh or their Facebook Page.

Portland, OR
Tartan Day Celebration at
Paddy's Bar and Grill, 65 SW Yamhill Street in Portland, Oregon is scheduled for Saturday April April 9th at 8pm. "Kilty by Association" band is scheduled to perform at 8:00. No admission charge - contact hmack19@hotmail.com.

Québec, Canada
In 2003, the Québec National Assembly passed an Act recognising that Scottish immigrants first settled in Québec over 400 years ago, making the Scots one of the founding peoples of Québec and that the Scottish community of Québec has significantly contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of the province. The Act also proclaimed Tartan Day to be 6 April in each and every year. Other than the French who constitute the majority of citizens in the province, no other nationality or group of ethic origin has ever received such an honour.

Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Scottish Association is holding a Tartan Ball on Saturday April 9th 2016 at 6.30pm at Sons of the Pioneers Building, 3301 East Louise Ave. (2920 South), Salt Lake City, UT 84109

San Antonio, TX
The two-day
San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Festival on April 2 and 3, 2016 at the Helotes Fairgrounds, 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes.

Spanish Springs and Lake Sumter Landing, FL
April 6, 2015 is Tartan Day in The Villages. The
Scottish American Society will be sponsoring a tent at Lake Sumter Landing. The Tartan Day activities will run from 4:00 through 6:30 at both squares. Please stop by and bring your friends.

Sarasota, FL
Saint Andrew Society of Sarasota and the Florida - West go together each year to celebrate Tartan Day which is officially April 6th s Scots settled in Sarasota in the late 1800's. The annual Kirkin O' the Tartans in the Sarasota area will be hosted on Sunday April 10 at 9:45 a.m. at the Pines Shores Presbyterian Church located at 6235 Beachwood Ave. Sarasota,Florida. Pipers.Tumpeters Clan Tartan flags, carried by members of the Caledonian Club Florida/West (the lead for this years celebration) and the St. Andrew Scottish Society members.

After the Church service the St. Andrew Scottish Society will present five High School students $1,000 scholarships at a luncheon at Mattison's 41 Restaurant. April 10th Everyone will be fully Scottish dressed ready for the Awards Ceremony at 11:30.

Other Tartan Day events during the week of April 6th to April 10th will be readings of Proclamations in County and City Halls of Venice, Sarasota and Palmetto,Florida. A Piper will lead the Caledonian Club,St Andrew Scottish Society and New World Celts members to their seat for the events. Also there will be displays put into local libraries of Scottish History of the area.

Tidewater / Virginia Beach, VA
There will be a Tartan Day Ceilidh, hosted by the
Scottish Society of Tidewater at the Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Rd (near intersection with Baxter Road), Virginia Beach, VA on Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 7:00 - 11:00pm. There will be Scottish Ceilidh dancing (no experience necessary) with LIVE music by local Ceilidh musicians. See details at Scottish Society of Tidewater - Tartan Day

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The first official Annual Tartan Day in Toronto took place on April 13th, 2007. In 2016 the event is on April 8 with a Tartan Day Dinner & Ceilidh Dance. This will be an enjoyable evening of good fun and good fellowship and a great way to re-master those dance skills that you mastered at the St Andrews Charity Ball..

Tullahoma, TN
The Annual Piping on The Green takes place on April 9, 2016, Tullahoma, TN sponsored by the
Highland Rim Scottish Society and The Celtic Cup Coffee House. Pipers, Drummers, Dancers, Crafts and Demonstrations 8am until 6pm, followed by Middle Tennessee's favorite Celtic Band, The Secret Commonwealth.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
St. Andrew's and Caledonian Society and other Scottish groups in Victoria, British Columbia will celebrate the "Tartan Day Victoria" events:
On Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 11:00 am - The Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association has organised a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan at Christ Church Cathedral at the 11:00 am service. The tartan will be piped in by Pipe Major Colin Murray and members of Castle Cary Pipe Band. The Victoria Gaelic Choir will sing during the service.

On Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 12:00 –4:00 – The Victoria Highland Games Association had organised a Tartan Day Celebration at Centennial Square.

And on April 6, People are being reminded to wear their tartan to work or “just out and about”.

Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

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