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Calling All Lads and Lassies to the San Antonio Highland Games and Music Festival

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Whether you’re of Scottish ancestry or just a big fan of the movie “Braveheart,” there’s a Hill Country event happening this weekend that you won’t want to miss. April 7-8, travel on down to Helotes, Texas, to watch the 2018 San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival. Complete with live music, bagpipes, archery and so much more, the event has something for everyone.

The Highland Games are a way of honoring the rich culture of Scotland and Celtic heritage in general. You’re sure to see plenty of kilts and bagpipes, as well as some truly impressive athletic competitions. There’s even a booth run by the Scottish Society of San Antonio where you can discover your clan and learn about your family history.

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Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Highland Games

The games and festival take place at 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes, Texas. Parking for the event is free, and tickets can be purchased for $11 at the gate, and the event’s Facebook page notes that some discounts will be applied to senior citizens and military personnel. Children under three can enter for free, while those three to 12 years of age require an admission fee of $6.

Events run all day Saturday. Celtica, a band which merges “Gothic, Steampunk, and Metal styles,” along with “blazing bagpipes,” is set to end the night with a live music event at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday activities run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with Inishfree School of Irish Dancing scheduled as the grand finale. To view a complete schedule of events, follow the link to the celebration’s website.

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Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Highland Games

If you are looking for a great place to celebrate Tartan day and your Scottish heritage, or just enjoy learning about other cultures, the San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Festival is the perfect place for you to be this weekend. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great time for all ages!

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