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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Adelaide, South Australia
Tartan Day will be celebrated in Adelaide by
Port Adelaide Caledonian Society (PACS) at their hall at 189 Semaphore Road EXETER on Saturday 4th July, starting 7.30 pm with an evening of entertainment from the PACS Choir, Highland Dancers, Country Dancers and more. BYO drinks and glasses, shared Basket Supper. Check their website Events Page.

Akron, OH
Scottish American Society located in Northeast Ohio, will celebrate Tartan Day with a Tartan Day Dinner at 1:00 p.m on April 12th 2015 at The Spaghetti Warehouse, located at: 510 S Main St, Bldg 33, Akron, OH 44311. For reservations, e-mail Margaret Frost.

Albuquerque, NM
Celebrations start at O'Niell's Pub on April 6th. Pipers, dancers and good brew will kick off the salute to Scots and Scottish-Americans and the State of New Mexico Tartan. Location is 3301 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. Contact: Mark Shear at 505-554-0357. See also
St Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico on Facebook.

Arbroath, Scotland
The historic town of Arbroath, birthplace of the famous Declaration of Arbroath of 1320 is at the heart of Scotland's Tartan Day celebrations. The Tartan Day Scotland Festival takes place at the beginning of April each year. The Festival is a 10 day programme of very special events which commemorate all that is best about Scotland and the Scots, home and away. In 2013 the event runs from 5 April to 13 April. See
Tartan Day Scotland for events details.

Auckland, New Zealand
The Scottish Clans Association - Auckland District Incorporated, celebrate Tartan Day on the nearest Sunday to the 1st. of July each year. 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.

Bradenton, FL
There will be a Tartan Day Concert on April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 to celebrate our Scottish heritage. Come hear traditional (and not so traditional) Scottish tunes played on the pipes, drums & guitar. The Riverview High School Highland Dancers will be featured. Don't forget to wear your kilt and scarfs in your favorite tartan. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. See also
First Brass and Jacobites Bans

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Australian Scottish Community in Brisbane, Queensland are organising their Tartan Day Festival on Saturday 11th 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. See the Australian Scottish Community, Queensland or contact Vice-President of the organisation.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires Tartan Day 2015 will be celebrated on Saturday 11 April (rain date 18 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 at 2pm and 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 by the group A.R.M.E. The Buenos Aires Scottish Guard will then lead a parade 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 with a Highland Toast made by the authorities of the Scottish Argentine Society and the City Hall, honouring Tartan Day.

Belpre, OH
The Scottish & Celtic Heritage Society is sponsoring a Tartan Day Tea on April 4, 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 the Parkersburg (W.Va.) City Park Pavilion. 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 6 April 2015. For further information visit
Cape Town Scottish Country Dancing. Spectators and newcomers to Scottish Country Dancing are most welcome.

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 11th, 2015, 6:00pm-10:00pm at The Center 115 East Fifth Street. See
Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums for more information and tickets.

Coldwater, MI
Scottish Society of South West Michigan are celebrating Tartan Day April 12th with Sunday Brunch at Schulers in Marshall, Michigan. There will be a short program with a description of the Society's Tartan and it's History followed by a meal of Prime Rib of Beef with all the trimmings, North Atlantic Salmon or Harvest Herb Chicken. See Scottish Society of South West Michigan Calendar.

Columbia, SC
The 5th 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 Saturday March 28 2015 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 - to includes a program featuring pipers and drummers, Highland dancers, fiddlers and harpers and their own kilted juggler! 10-12th April 2015. 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 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 also
Downtown Fergus.

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. The traditional Stewart-Stuart Association in Nova Scotia Tartan Day Dinner, with a full evening of events, will be held on April 6th at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Robie St. Halifax, N. S. Highlight of the evening is a story about the MacKintosh and Farquharson dilemma upon the arrival of Prince Charlie in Scotland. A hot dinner, dancing, poetry, auction and bake sale. Contact
Jean Watson for tickets. The Tartan Day Celebrations in Halifax this year will be observed on the 5th of April at Government House. The residence of the Lieutenant Governor, on Barrington St.

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 11th April, 2015, with a cocktail reception at 5:30 and Celebration Dinner at 6:30 pm. Dinner Speaker is Dr. Michael Cantlay, Chairman VisitScotlandand Keynote Speaker is Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, External Affairs & Europe. Dinner, Celtic Music, Pipe Band, Highland Dancers, Friends & Clans from all over southern California. Tartan Exhibition featuring history of tartan, sponsored by Clan Currie. Location is Intercontinental Hotel, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. 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
Mesa Caldeonian Pipe Band is hosting its 15th annual Tartan Day Gala on March 29, 2014 at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel and Convention Center, in Mesa, Arizona. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. For reservations by phone or email, contact
Christopher D. Hossack . Se 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, 11th 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.

The New York Tattoo will take place on 22/23 May in the historic 69th Armory, Lexington Avenue, E23rd Street, NYC. Showcasing some of the finest bands, Highland and Irish dancers, in an inspiring 90 minute stage show. With kilts swinging and bagpipes playing the New York Tattoo will feature a cast of over a 100 performers from Scotland, Canada and the USA. For further details see NY Tattoo.

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 Monday, April 6, 2015 on Parliament Hil. 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 2015 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Parkersburg City Park Pavilion. 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 11th 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 11th. "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.

Reno, NV
The Scottish American Military Society will hold their Annual Tartan Day events with a "Scottish Take-Over" on Friday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. - 9 p.m at Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar, 1573 S. Virginia Sreet, Reno, NV. There will be a raffle for a Scottish basket-hilt sword and other donations. The kilted warriors will provide shortbread and entertainment to the patrons of Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar in this peaceful takeover. Come out and support S.A.M.S. by partaking in Coach’s luncheon specials, or the Happy-Hour, or just come by for a beverage.
There is also a Tartan Day Ceilidh on Saturday, April 4th at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Sierra Air National Guard Assoc., 1573 S. Virginia Sreet, Reno, NV. This fun fund raiser will have bangers, burgers & potato salad provided by S.A.M.S. Those attending are asked to bring a “potluck” item. Entertainment will be provided via open mic volunteers, followed by a performance from the “The Slide Mountain Band,” a local Bluegrass band. Besides the traditional raffle there will be a great “Bonnie Knees” contest. Tickets are available at the door or at MacMack’s Scottish Shop (775-384-1724) in Franktown Corners from Tuesday through Saturday. Contact Vaughn Moncrieff at unrmucker@gmail.com for information or to place your name on the entry list. Note: A guest list of those attending must be generated beforehand and given to the Security Guard at the gate of the Air National Guard. To enter the base on April 4th your name must be on the list and you must show identification (i.e. Driver’s License). Directions to the Air National Guard Base: from (North or South) Hwy 395, exit at Plumb Lane. Turn east at Plumb and travel toward Terminal Way. At Terminal Way turn right and travel south. Turn left onto National Guard Way. You will be traveling east toward the Air Base. At the stop sign (the road’s end), turn left and then turn right at the Guard Gate. The Guard Gate has a mounted Jet aircraft in front of the gate. Show your I.D. at the gate and get instructions from the guard to the SANGA building.

Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Scottish Association is holding a Tartan Ball on Saturday April 11th 2015 at 6.30pm at Sons of the Pioneers Building, 3301 East Louise Ave. (2920 South), Salt Lake City, UT 84109

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio will be celebrating their Tartan Day at the Alamo The beautiful ceremony is set against the battle-scarred front of the Alamo on Friday 10 April 2015--where so many Scots and those of Scottish descent gave their lives. This is followed by the two-day
San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Festival on April 11-12 2015 at the Helotes Fairgrounds, 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes.

San Diego, CA
Since 2004, a coalition of San Diego's major Scottish organizations have staged Tartan Day celebrations for the San Diego community. The tradition continues in 2015 with a festival at the International Cottages, Balboa Park on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11am to 4pm featuring music and dance from some of southern California’s most exciting Scottish entertainers and displays of Scottish wares. The Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center will help visitors find their own tartans. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public, and traditional Scottish fare will be available for sale. See
Tartan Day, San Diego for more.

Spanish Springs and Lake Sumter Landing, FL
April 6, 2015 is Tartan Day in The Villages. The
Scottish American Society will be sponsoring two tents, one in Spanish Springs and one in 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. The Caledonians have the lead this year and have elected to have a Kirkin' o' the Tartans at the 11 AM service at Church of the Palms on April 12th. Church of the Palms is located at 3224 Bee Ridge Road at the intersection of Bee Ridge and Lockwood Ridge Road. This is the Sunday after Easter. Put on your Clan Tartans and join them for this special celebration, a worship service with pipes,drums and Tartan Clan flags.

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

Tullahoma, TN
The Annual Piping on The Green takes place on April 11, 2015, Tullahoma, TN sponsored by the
Highland Rim Scottish Society and The Celtic Cup Coffee House. Pipers, Drummers, Dancers, Crafts and Demonstrations 9am until 6pm, followed by Middle Tennessee's favorite Celtic Band, The Secret Commonwealth.

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