44th arkansas scottish festival & Homecoming October 18-20, 2024


Every year Arkansas’ oldest city, Batesville, plays host to one of America’s most popular Scottish festivals.

Pipers, drummers, dancers, athletes, Scottish clans, and vendors travel from all corners of the country to attend the event.

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Ranked #7 of “the top 100 things to do in arkansas” by AY magazine.

Lyon College, located in Batesville, hosts the Arkansas Scottish Festival, one of the premier Scottish festivals in the United States. Established in 1979 as the Highland Games, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the top venues in the South Central United States for pipers, bands, dancers, and athletes. 

Join us for a weekend full of piping competitions, delicious food, and unique handmade crafts. Gates open 8a.m Saturday morning and opening ceremonies will begin at 12 p.m. with a parade of massed bands and clans. 

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