Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival
September 22–24, 2023 • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Join in a celebration of Celtic culture and heritage at Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival in downtown Bethlehem. Enjoyof continuous entertainment featuring international, national, and regional Celtic artists, pipe bands, Irish dancers, a diverse marketplace of authentic Celtic merchandise and collectibles, and more.
And don't miss the U.S. National Highland Games Championship, showcasing amazing feats of strength and endurance.
Experience five stages of continuous entertainment featuring international, national and regional artists.
- The Celtic Classic Invitational Pipe Band Competition
- US National Highland Athletic Championships
- The “Showing of the Tartan” Parade (parade route) Kicks off at 11:30am on Saturday
- Haggis Competition
- The 24th Annual Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition
- A diverse marketplace of Celtic merchandise and collectibles
- Cultural Children’s Activity Area
Map of Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival
U.S. National Highland Games Championship
Watch the top professional Highland athletes from across the U.S. compete at Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, Pa. Only the top 10 point earners in the country qualify to compete at the Celtic Classic for the U.S. Champion title.
These competitors will perform feats of strength, speed, agility and skill, once commonplace during fairs, clan gatherings, festivals, and hunts in medieval Scotland. The games include lifting of heavy stone, throwing the hammer, and tossing of the caber.
Showing of the Tartan Parade
One of the highlights the festival is the Tartan Parade. Get there early to reserve a good spot.
Saturday – September 23rd
Steps off at 11:30am from City Hall – See full route below
Ends on Highland Field followed by Opening Ceremonies
Clans & Societies
Competing Grade 4 Pipe Bands
Liberty High School Grenadier Band
Freedom High School Patriot Band
Bangor High School Slater Band
Admission & Hours
Admission to the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival is free. Festival hours are as follows:
- Friday: 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.