The Australian Scottish community create and host a huge number of events, from Highland Games to Burns Night Suppers, fiddle clubs and dances to Clan Gatherings. If you’d like your Scottish focused tour, event or happening in Australia in 2020 listed as part of the Year of Scotland, submit your event here. And if you’re looking for something fun to do near you, explore the events already listed, below.


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Geelong Highland Gathering

15 March
State: Victoria

One of Victoria's largest highland gatherings with pipe bands, heavy games championships, dancing , clans and heritage displays, market stalls and Scottish dogs.

Sydney Highland Gathering

15 March
State: New South Wales

The Scots College and Pipe Bands NSW are hosting this event for the first time in over 150 years.A celebratory event featuring Scottish music, parades, dancing, feasts, heavy games, heritage events and fairs.

Ringwood Highland Games

29 March
State: Victoria

The Ringwood Highland Games is a traditional highland games with pipe bands, highland dancers, heavy games, combined with interesting alternative Celtic activities such as folk singers, storytelling, clan history talks and representation of people and groups from the wider Celtic world.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering

4 April
State: New South Wales

Brigadoon 2020 marks the 43rd anniversary of the highland gathering in Bundanoon. With pipe bands, highland games, the Tartan Warriors, dancers, stalls and clan representatives, this is the largest event of its kind in Australia.

Maclean Highland Gathering

10 April - 11 April
State: New South Wales

Annual gathering for the community including a street parade, piping competitions, concerts with dancers, pipers and singers, traditional Scottish games and dancing, food stalls and Scottish products.

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

24 May - 31 May
State: NSW

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, located in the heart of the Manning Valley, mid-north coast, New South Wales. Clans from all over the country gather to enjoy the festival. Includes a genealogy fair, clan gathering and ceilidh, markets and clan stalls, street parade, highland games, pipe bands, dancing and grand Scottish ball.

Aberdeen Highland Games

4 July
State: NSW

Held each year on the first Saturday in July, at Aberdeen in the upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, the Aberdeen Highland Games have become become a recognised event on the national calendar, drawing hundreds of people to the township every year to enjoy the festivities. 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Games.

Hunter Valley Highland Games 2020

8 August @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm AEST
State: NSW

Come experience the Hunter Valley Highland Games in beautiful Wine Country! After all, the original grapevines planted in the Hunter were planted by James Busby of Edinburgh. These games celebrate the deep connection between Australia and Scotland. Featuring pipe band displays, highland and country dance, the National Highlander Championships, kid's activities, gourmet food trucks, premium Saltire Estate wines and market stalls. Come spend a day in the vines - hear the pipes, see the strength and watch the dance!

Scots in the Bush Festival

13 August - 16 August
State: Queensland

A weekend celebrating the contribution of the Scottish people in opening up much of Australia - this event includes a ceilidh, Kirkin' o' the Tartan, music, highland games, Scottish food and more.