March 23-25, 2018 - A Weekend Celebration of Gaelic Culture

Visitors headed to the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this weekend have the chance to check out the Saltwater Highland Games and Heritage Festival, one of the most fun and unique events of the spring season. The festival always takes place the weekend following St. Patrick’s Day is host to a number of activities celebrating Celtic heritage through music, athletics and Scottish and Gaelic customs.

The weekend kicks off with a welcome party on Friday night, March 23, but the actual festival is held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then Sunday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events--aside from a nearly sold out whisky tasting--are held at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River.

One of the main aspects of the festival are the athletic competitions. Both men and women compete in feats of strength like the Sheaf Toss, Braemar Stone Throw, Heavy Hammer Throw, and Clachneart (open stone) Throw all while wearing a kilt! In addition to the athletic events, the festival hosts a Clan Village, Celtic Marketplace, Kid’s Glen, live music and entertainment, food vendors and beer and wine vendors.

We’ll be checking out the event on Sunday with small children in tow, so we’re especially looking forward to the Kid’s Glen, where there will be face painting, games, activities and more. A Saltwater Highland Games Passport is given out to children over the age of 6 to get signed at different places they visit throughout the festival. And for children under the age of 6, there are things like ‘create a sword and shield’ or the opportunity to play in inflatables.

This fun and educational event is ticketed, so if you plan on attending, purchasing your tickets online in advance can save you a couple dollars. Otherwise, tickets can be purchased at the gate. Daily cost for adults is $15 and $5 for children. Seniors, military personnel and students are $10 with identification. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out their website at