2019 Festival Information

About our Highland Games

Our 170th Annual Highland Games will be occurring on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Please check the Schedule of Events for complete times.

Our Annual Highland Games, since 1849, is presented by St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Scottish heritage through education, musical presentations, and traditional competitions in athletics, piping, and dance.

Our Annual Highland Games is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage.   As a part of this celebration the following events and activities take place:

– Continuous entertainment featuring national and regional artists
– Pipe Band Competition
– Heavy Athletic Competition
– Highland Dance Competition
– The “Parade of Clans” featuring Clans from across the USA
– A wonderful “Wee Bairns” area (for the young children)
– A diverse marketplace of Celtic crafts, merchandise, and collectibles
– Scottish and other food vendors

Things You Need To Know


Our Annual Highland Games grounds are wheelchair-accessible. However, due to the large size and natural terrain it can be difficult to navigate the grounds with a wheelchair. You must have a State issues handicapped parking permit to use the on-site handicapped parking area. Use the Newburgh Road entrance to access the handicapped parking area.


– Advance Games tickets are $15. Games tickets purchased at the gate are $20. Children 12 and under are admitted free.  Patron Tickets are available.

– ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) For the banking convenience of our Festival guests, ATM machines are located on-site.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

The Annual Highland Games historically attracts over 10,000 visitors to Historic Greenmead Park.  The park is located at the corner of 8 Mile Road and Newburgh Road in Livonia, Michigan.  Guests from across Michigan, the United States, and Canada attend the event.


Can be purchased at: the entertainment tents, food vendors and water tents.  Available:  soft drinks, bottled water, liquor, beer, and wine.


Whether you are researching your family tree or would like to know more about your surname history, Clan Row is place you’ll want to visit during our Annual Highland Games.  Please view our Clans Page to find out which clans will be represented at our Annual Highland Games.


If you have questions about the our Annual Highland Games, contact us via email at highlandgameschair@detroitscots.com.

Or give us a call at:  248-526-1849.

Email is the preferred method of contact.


– The onsite First Aid tent is across from the main entertainment tent.  First Aid treatment available only.

– If additional treatment is necessary, an ambulance will transport you to the hospital & charges will be made by the appropriate hospital & ambulance service.


– No vehicles may park in unauthorized parking area.  Visitors may be towed away at the owner’s expense, without notice.  Please use the parking facilities.

– No vendors may set up their wares, except for those already contracted by St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit.

– No printed materials, including political material aimed at any person or party, may be distributed during the festival.

– All bicycles must be walked through the grounds.  Skateboards and roller blades are not permitted.

– Portable tape players and/or radios are not permitted on the festival site.

– No drugs or illegal activities will be tolerated at the festival.

– Coolers or picnic baskets are allowed at the festival, but not permitted at the Ceilidh.

– Dogs on leashes are allow at the festival on Saturday only, but no dogs are permitted at the Ceilidh.

– Do not carry alcoholic beverages outside of the areas where these beverages are served.  It is against state law to do so and you will be stopped.

– St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit follows regulations established by the Michigan Liquor Control Board.  Proper ID must be presented upon request.


Living History Programs are presented at the end of or to the North of Clan Row.  Please view our Festival Map page for location.


Visit our Hotel Information Page for our host hotel information.  Camping is not allowed on the Festival grounds.


Go to the Welcome Center tent.


Please direct all media inquiries, including requests for interviews and press credentials to:  pressrelease@detroitscots.com


Please visit our Media and Press page for a complete list of Festival sponsors.


Assorted apparel items, jewelry, tote bags and more will be available at the Souvenir tent in the Welcome Center.


Visit our Maps and Travel page for full transportation and parking information.


For more information, please visit our Volunteer page.