Celebrate Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, with a traditional Burns Supper on Friday, February 17 including haggis, whisky, traditional Scottish music and dancing in the Queen’s Salon aboard the World-Famous Queen Mary. Hosted by the formidable John Hannah, the supper experience includes a complimentary cocktail, the piping of the haggis, a traditional four-course dinner and all the Scottish entertainment imaginable.
Official ScotsFestival Opening Ceremonies begin the morning of February 18 with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis. February 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, festivities include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, and historic re-enactments in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Forty members of the US Marine Corps Pipe Band are set to perform a traditional hymn with the LA Scots Grade 1 Pipe Band, the premier pipe band in the United States.
The Rock Yer Kilt concert welcomes the best Scottish, Gaelic and Celtic bands this side of the pond with live performances at the official ScotsFestival after party on February 18. Nominated by L.A. Music Awards for “Best Tribute Band”, Bonfire, the AC/DC tribute band, is set to headline this year’s Rock Yer Kilt ScotsFestival concert. The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all ages.
ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the festival weekend. The Scottish Highland Games were developed by ancient warriors to test strength, skill and technique. Experience these traditional style competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing and Highland athletics.
The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival hosts World Champion Scottish Highland Dancers and many internationally acclaimed athletes competing for titles in stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss.
Scotch Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings are available for adult ScotsFestival guests, while the wee laddies and lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.
Visit queenmary.com/scotsfestival for more details and to purchase advanced tickets to experience all the Scottish festivities and celebrations.
Feb. 17, 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $99 online / $125 Door (Age 21+)
(Admission included in Rock Yer Kilt on Saturday evening)
Rock Yer Kilt
Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tickets: $15 online / $20 Door
Feb. 18-19, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $10 online for ages 4-11 and $19 online for guests 12 and over. VIP tickets, two-day festival passes and hotel packages available.
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.