The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXII February 14-15 from 9AM-6PM. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.
Eighty-four years ago, in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland, construction began on the Queen Mary. Exemplifying the finest craftsmanship of the country, the Queen Mary’s legacy is undeniable and today the ship’s heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival honoring Scottish culture.
ScotsFestival weekend kicks off on February 13 with Rock Yer Kilt, highlighting the best Scottish Rock bands this side of the pond. Official ScotsFestival Opening Ceremonies begin on February 14 featuring the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis. Daily festivities include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Celtic Harp & Wren Iniquity Ensemble and historic re-enactments.
ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, a pre-cursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors by face offs.
The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival hosts World Champion Scottish Highland Dancer, Kaylee Finnegan and many internationally acclaimed athletes competing for titles in stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss.
Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings are available for adult festivalgoers while the wee laddies & lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.
Rock Yer Kilt kicks off ScotsFestival on Feb. 13, highlighting the best Scottish Rock bands this side of the pond featuring Wicked Tinkers, Highland Way & Brick Top Blaggers...ROCK OUT!
For centuries, Scots have been honoring the ancient Celtic tradition and been competing in Scottish Highland Games - tests of physical strength, skill and technique...SCOTTISH SPORTS
Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude....more.
Celebrate Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, with a traditional Burns Supper including haggis, whisky, traditional Scottish music and dancing...SCOTSFESTIVAL CUSINE
A variety of traditional Scottish dances, including the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance and even the Scottish Lilt, Drums, and one of the most popular competitions - the Pipe Bands...MUSIC AND DANCING
If you’re familiar with the movies BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, AUSTIN POWERS or CD’s by KEITH URBAN, FAITH HILL, JOSH GROBAN and PHIL COLLINS, then you’re familiar with the sounds of Bad Haggis piper, Eric Rigler....more
10AM Celtic Harp Petting
10:30AM Celtic Harp Duet
11AM Intro to Celtic Harp Workshop
11:30AM Story Songs by Wren of Iniquity
12:30PM Hands on Harp Demo
1PM Harp & Fiddle Duet
1:30PM Hands on Harp Demo
2PM Story Songs by Wren of Iniquity
3PM Easy Scottish Tunes Workshop
3:30PM Traditional Celtic Harp (Sun Only)
4PM Story Songs by Wren of Iniquity
4:30PM Auld Lang Syne Brief History & Sing Along
Daily Sheep-Herding Demos 11AM, 2PM, 4PM
Firing Demos 12:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM
Iron Works, Weaving, Wood Working Demos 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 2:30PM, 4PM, 5:30PM
Royal Scots Greys Stable Daily Exercises 11:30AM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM
General Admission Day Pass ($18) - Includes one-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $4 off the box office price of $22.)
General Admission Child (4-11) Day Pass ($9) - Includes one-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship PLUS Kids Heritage Quest activity Card. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $3 off the box office price of $12.)
General Admission Weekend Pass ($26) - Includes two-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $5 off the box office price of $30.)
General Admission Child (4-11) Weekend Pass Pass ($14) - Includes two-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $5 off the box office price of $19.)
Valentine’s Day Burns Supper ($79) - Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a nod to Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns. Hosted by the formidable John Hanna, Queen Mary’s Burns Supper is an abridged guided evening of the finest pomp – from the piping in of the haggis to a delicious four-course supper. Enjoy a complimentary scotch, traditional music and the very best of Scotland’s larder to celebrate the man, the poems and the beloved haggis.
VIP Day Pass ($26) - Includes one-day VIP admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship, PLUS entry into the shaded VIP Lounge with two complimentary drink tabs. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $4 off the box office price of $30.)
VIP Weekend Pass ($49) - Includes two-day VIP admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship, PLUS entry into the shaded VIP Lounge with two complimentary drink tabs per day. (Buy online at least 48 hours in advance and save $11 off the box office price of $60.)
Whisky Tastings ($18) - Buy online or miss out! Tastings SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!
Friday - 7:30PM (Victoria Room), 8:30PM (Victoria Room)
Saturday - 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM (Victoria Room), 7:30PM(Victoria Room)
Sunday - 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM
Craft Beer Tastings ($12) - Buy online or miss out! Tastings SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!
Saturday - 10:30am, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM
Sunday - 10:30am, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM
Celtic Cabins ($99/day) - Gather your personal clan in a private Celtic Cabana for the day. Kick up your kilt in the center of the action in your own lounge with cocktail table service. To book or for more informations, contact Tina (562-499-1673/Tina.Shults@Queenmary.com).
Military (save $2 off GA with military ID at box office only) and Seniors 55+ (save $2 off GA with valid ID at box office only).
Calling all Scottish Clans - share your exhibit and your proud heritage from the great land of the Scots.
$45 for 10x10 Space | $75 for 10x20 Space
Vendors - do you have a product, good or service you believe fits the Scottish theme?
$299 for 10x10 Space | $399 for 10x20 Space | $499 for 10x30 Space | $499 for 20x20 Space | $599 for 20x30 Space
NIGHTLY PACKAGE - Package includes a stateroom aboard the World Famous Queen Mary and two VIP single-day passes to ScotsFestival. PLEASE NOTE: Package does not include food and beverage.
Please note: The following Queen Mary tours and attractions will be CLOSED during ScotsFestival: Self-Guided Audio Tour, Ghosts & Legends Show, The Glory Days: A History Tour, Captain’s Demonstrations and no Engine Room access. However, these tours and attractions will run during their normal hours: Haunted Encounters, Diana: Legacy of a Princess Diana Exhibit, Russian Scorpion Submarine, Twilight History Tour, Shipwalk Tour, Dining with the Spirits, and our Paranormal Investigations. See Passenger Information on the Promenade Deck for to buy tickets and for more information.
One-day General Parking: $15
Two-day General Parking: $30
One-day General Parking Oversized: $30
Two-day General Parking Oversized: $60