Highland Games Athlete Registration & Information – REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 15

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 — 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday, March 11

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


HIGHLAND GAMES-Saturday & Sunday Beginning at 10 AM (Athletes should arrive by 9 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 Saturday, March 12 at 10 AM.  (If you march in the Parade, you will be scheduled for competition later in the day.)

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.


  • Masters Men Age 40-49 (SATURDAY)
  • Masters Men Age 50+ (SATURDAY)
  • Men’s Class A (SATURDAY)
  • Men’s Class B (SATURDAY)
  • Senior Masters Men Age 55+ (SUNDAY)
  • Lightweight Men’s Open (SUNDAY)
  • Women’s Open (SUNDAY)
  • Novice Men (up to 3 Games’ experience or never competed) (SUNDAY)


– Open Stone Put (16 lb. thrown for distance in any style)
– Heavy Hammer Throw
– 56 lb. Weight for Distance
– 28 lb. Weight for Distance
– Caber Toss (size and weight of caber differs between the classes of athletes)
– Sheaf Toss (16 lb. burlap bag tossed with a pitch fork for height)
– 56 lb. Weight for Height

If you have any questions, contact Bob Gourlay, Athletic Director at Games@celticfestival.com


Members of the general public (aged 21+) are invited to sign up by Noon on Saturday for the Keg Carry at 1:00 PM.

The person who carries an 87 lb. keg the farthest distance in one minute wins a free Pony Keg!

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.