Highland Games Athlete Registration & Information

St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival — March 12 & 13 – Tests of Skill and Strength

Originating in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th Century, Highland Games have long been a favorite spectacle, and they’re sure to be a major draw again at the 2016 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival March 12 & 13.  You’ll see some of the most impressive kilt-wearing athletes around challenge one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including the weight throw, the Scottish hammer throw, and the always entertaining caber toss.

The Scottish Highland Games are traced back to King of Scots Malcolm III, who summoned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger. Over the centuries, Highland Games events have expanded to include entertainment and exhibits celebrating Scottish and Gaelic culture.  Thousands of fans from throughout Florida,  Georgia and the Carolinas turn out every year for the St. Augustine Celtic Festival Highland Games.


Highland Games Athlete Registration and Information

FRIDAY GAMES CLINIC — 2:00-6:00 PM on Friday, March 12

The Clinic offers introduction and training to anyone (novice or experienced) interested in competing as an athlete.


HIGHLAND GAMES-Saturday & Sunday Beginning at 11 AM

  • $25 per athlete to compete for the weekend.
  • Registration includes athletic participation, free Festival general admission, and free lunch for day(s) of participation.  Athletes who register before February 15 also receive a free Festival tee shirt.
  • Awards will be presented at the close of each day’s competition.
  • Athletes are invited to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 at 10 AM.

Each day’s competition is new and has no bearing on the results for the next day.

Awards will be presented at the close of each full day of competition.


Please join us in 2016 and celebrate romantic St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage. Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic history.

Fact: The founder of St Augustine, Pedro Menendez, was from the Celtic region of Spain.

Sights: Celtic musicians, Highland Games, Clans & Celtic Vendors

Sounds: Arguably the best collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the US.

Tastes: Savor both Celtic food and local offerings.