Capital District Scottish Games

When: Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 until Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 – 8:00 AM
Where: Altamont Fair Grounds, 129 Grand, Altamont, NY
Cost: Saturday: $22 at the gate, Sunday: $12 at the gate; kids 12 and younger are free

The 2017 Capital District Scottish Games return to the the Altamont Fair Grounds. Join in the festivities with live music, dance performances, bagpipes, a 5K race, and so much more!

Saturday, September 2: Gates open at 8:00 am
Sunday, September 3: Gates open at 9:00 am


  • Saturday: $22 at the gate
  • Sunday: $12 at the gate
  • Children 12 and under are Free
  • Veterans and active military with ID card will save 50% on gate admissions both days
  • Parking is Free



Originally the word Cèilidh descended from the Gaelic word for “gathering” or “party.” These days when people think of a Cèilidh, they think of a fun-filled night of good music, dancing, and great company! Cèilidh is happening on Saturday night, you don’t want to miss it!

Pipe Band Championships

Pipe and drum sections are judged separately with the pipe bands. A band’s total score is computed by weighing the judges’ individual scores: 50% piping, 25% drumming, and 25% ensemble. In addition, pipe band judges look for a true sound, with all instruments sounding as one.

Highland Dancing Competition

Highland dancing is one of the few arenas where men and women compete equally. No matter who is dancing, Highland dances require both athletic and artistic skills.

Highland Athletics

Open and Masters Competition will be held on Saturday and Amateur Competition will be held on Sunday. Events are invitation only. For inquiries contact Bill Schmitt by email at [email protected]

Highland Athletic events include throwing hammers, stones, weights, and more.

Scottish Breed Dog Show

Steve Caporizzo, founder of Pet Connection, will be on hand. Check out an exhibition of the 14 breeds of dogs that originated in Scotland: Cairn, Skye, Border, Scottish, West Highland White and Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Rough Collies, Smooth Collie, Shetland Sheep Dog, Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Gordon Setter, Golden Retriever, and Scottish Deerhound.

Following there will be a demonstration in agility by Trisha Stahl of Agile Dogs Training, then dog tricks and competitive games. The show will end with a parade led by Barry Smith of the Schenectady Pipe Band.

Stage Bands

  • Enter the Haggis
  • The Brigadoons
  • Kevin McKrell (Celtic folk singer)
  • Colin (Celtic-American bluegrass)
  • Get Up Jack

Children’s Events

  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Birds of Prey Demo
  • Sheep Dog Demo
  • Highland Cattle

Children’s Games:

  • Caber Toss
  • Sack Races
  • Ring Toss
  • Soccer Kick
  • Kids Parade

Clans & Societies

Do you want to talk genealogy, tartans, family crests, or just listen to some “old world” Gaelic? Then a plan a visit to the Clans area.

Today’s clan representatives traveled far to see and meet with you, as well as with each other. New memberships are welcome, but not required when making rounds of the clan tents to talk, look, and learn. The representatives are eager to answer your questions about families, names, Scotland, and Scottish life and culture.

Search your roots at the Games this year. You may be eligible to become part of the fun, fellowship, and proud heritage that all Scottish clans have to offer.

Camp on the Fair Grounds

Don’t feel like driving to a hotel in between the two days of the Games? Stay right on the fairgrounds and don’t miss a thing.

The camping area is situated in a tree grove outside gate three.  There are roughly 20 sites with hookups (power & water) at $40 a night, and roughly 30 tent sites at $30 a night.  Sites are first come, first serve once registered, but a site is guaranteed.  The camping area opens Friday before the games for those registered for a site.  Walk – Drive in’s welcome providing there’s space available.  Registration opens on June 1st, 2017 and closes when sites are filled or the Wednesday before the games.

Persons camping have access to showers and bathrooms that are located within the fairgrounds entrances just a short walk from the camping area.

New for 2017: Registration and payments will be taken online via credit card.

If you have questions or can’t pay online contact [email protected]

No open fires are allowed of any kind and noise levels must be kept to a minimum after 10:30pm. The Games reserve the right to remove anyone who is being destructive or disrespectful.


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