Highland Games Press Room
GMHG is a nonprofit, non-stock corporation licensed under the laws of North Carolina to carry on and promote the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, to foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture, and to create and establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities.
Event Dates: July 9-12, 2020
Always held on the second full weekend in July. The earliest the Games will occur is July 6-9 (in years when the first of July falls on a Saturday), and the latest it occurs is July 9-12 (in years when the first of July falls on a Sunday).
Special in 2018: Now for the fourth year, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games presents the Scottish Cultural Village, where experts will discuss or demonstrate numerous aspects of Scottish culture, including blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, athletics, piping and drumming, dancing and more. The experts will present every 30 minutes throughout the weekend in Grove 3. Visit gmhg.org for more information.
2018 Honored and Distinguished Guests: See gmhg.org for information.
Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department: Shuttle Bus Service and Concessions
Caldwell Community College: Parking
Avery County High School: Parking
Rotary Club and the Hunger Coalition of Watauga County: Parking
Avery Baptist Association: Ticket Sales
Kiwanis of Banner Elk: Souvenir Program Sales
- Linville Volunteer Fire Department: Ice Sales
Featured Highland Bagpipe Bands in 2018: See gmhg.org for information.
- Matthew Cade Johnson
- Lucas S. Powell
- McKenzie Hailey Brookshire
- Mekaylah Alisce Brookshire
- Madison Taylor Daniels
- Virginia Katherine Andrews
- Bridgette Rheona Smith