Get ready, mamas! The Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival returns to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President for the third annual celebration Saturday, September 9, from 9 am until 5 pm. So pack up your kiddos and head out to The Hermitage for (educational!) family fun.
“This event is great fun and educational at the same time, whether you have a Celtic heritage like Andrew Jackson’s or just enjoy live entertainment, history and culture,” said Howard J. Kittell president and CEO of The Hermitage. “Andrew Jackson was proud of his Celtic roots, and he would be pleased that The Hermitage is hosting this festival again.”
This year’s theme? “Year of the Athlete.” Visitors to the games and festival may bring lawn chairs to enjoy a fun-filled day of music and culture. And there’s more! Explore the mansion and grounds at The Hermitage as well as enjoying the festival. Another fun bonus? Now is your chance to experience the recently unveiled program “The Duel – Art of the Southern Gentleman.”
Highlights of the Festival:
Male and female athletes will compete in the stone put, caber toss, sheaf toss, and hammer throw! Don’t miss local middle school teacher—and world record holder!—Braidy Miller who will provide demonstrations for the caber toss.
Three stages will feature highland dancers, bagpipers, and various bands performing traditional and modern Celtic music.
Got a hungry family? (We know we do!) Dozens of food, and beer vendors will be on-site for guests to enjoy. Additionally, art vendors will provide a fun way to take a little Celtic celebration home.
This year’s games will include a kids’ zone. Kids can enjoy miniature athletics and other educational activities.
Explore your Celtic background or history while learning about different family clans’ heritage.
- Pre-purchased tickets to the games begin at $13 for adults and $5 for children and active or retired military personnel. For a small additional fee, guests may add The Hermitage to their ticket and visit the Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm exhibit.
- Day-of tickets to the games are $15 for adults and $7 for children and active or retired military.
- Tickets to the Scottish Heavy Athletic Clinic on Friday, September 8, from noon to 4 pm include training and safety techniques. Beginners and experienced athletes welcome to attend.
- A portion of all ticket proceeds for this event benefit Operation Restored Warrior, a not-for-profit organization that helps soldiers re-enter life after returning home from combat, and the educational mission of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
More About The Hermitage:
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings. These include Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens. In 2015, The Hermitage launched Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm. This state-of-the-art exhibit delves into the life of Andrew Jackson — including his military and presidential careers. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.
So get out to The Hermitage this weekend. Explore and have fun — while sneaking in a little history lesson at the same time. The kids will never know!