Tartan Day South 2024 Events

Thursday, April 4th

Tartan Day South Kick Off Party

Location: Steel Hands Brewing | 2350 Foreman Street, Cayce SC
Event Starts: 7:00 PM | Free

An evening of music with Celtic Conundrum

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Friday, April 5th

Celtic Concert

Location: Icehouse Amphitheater | 107 West Main Street, Lexington SC
Gates Open: 6:00 pm
Event Starts: 6:30 pm | Tickets

Featuring Eireann’s Call, Tuatha Dea, and SYR

An evening of Celtic culture featuring music, demonstrations and artistic exhibitions.

Bring a stadium cushion or blanket (no coolers allowed)

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Saturday, April 6th

Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Location: Historic Columbia Speedway  | 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce SC
Event Starts: 9:00 AM | Tickets

Highland Athletics
Traditional Dancing Exhibitions
Great Celtic Music
Mass Pipe Bands
Sheep Dog Herding Exhibitions
Birds of Prey Exhibitions
Traditional Foods & Drink
Classic British Car Show
Celtic Clans & Societies
Celtic Marketplace
Kids Rides and Play Area
Scottish Military History Presentations
Colonial Village
Drum Circle

Saturday, April 6th

Drumsmoke – An Evening of Campfires, Music and Tribal Beats

Location: Historic Columbia Speedway Campground  | 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce SC
Event Starts Around: 7:00 PM | Free

The FREE event is open to everyone and will take place at the Historic Columbia Speedway campgrounds on Saturday night following the conclusion of the Highland Games & Celtic Festival’s activities around sundown. Tuatha Dea will be on hand to lead the drumming experience.

Click here for online camping registration.

Drumsmoke is dedicated to the memory of Lanny Skinner, one of the original visionaries of Tartan Day South. Slàinte, Lanny

Sunday, April 7th

Kirkin’ of the Tartans

Location: West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater | 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC
Event Starts: 11:00 AM | Free

What is the Kirkin’ of the Tartan?
Here is a little bit of the history of the custom.

After the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, the English Parliament banned wearing tartan, speaking Gaelic, Scottish music, dancing, or playing the pipes. Any person caught doing anything of these could be shot on sight, arrested, or exiled to the colonies. This ban lasted for 36 years.

Legend says the Highlanders devised a plan to hide a piece of tartan in their clothing during church. At a set time during the service, they would hold the tartan and bless it. When the Scots were forced to fight for the British Army, it is said that the women would take a piece of their tartan to the Kirk (church) to be blessed and to pray for the protection of their clan. Thus came the Scottish celebration is known as the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan.

The Kirkin’ is celebrated by Scots – and those who would be Scots – accompanied by prayer, scripture, preaching, blessing, bagpipe, and of course, the singing of Amazing Grace. Now, in present-day celebration, the Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and strong independence are remembered by the displaying of tartans and a public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe.

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