Tartan Day South: Celebrating Celtic Heritage in the Midlands

Tartan Day South is back to honor the rich Celtic culture and heritage in the Midlands region of South Carolina. From April 4th to 7th, experience the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and England through a series of events held across Cayce, West Columbia, and Lexington. This annual celebration is not only a showcase of cultural pride but also a fundraiser for the nonprofit River Alliance, dedicated to preserving and connecting people to the rivers of the area.

Events Schedule:

Thursday, April 4

  • Tartan Day South Kick-Off Party
    • Location: Steel Hands Brewing, 2350 Foreman Street, Cayce SC
    • Event Starts: 7:00 PM
    • Free Admission
    • Presented by 102.3 Columbia’s Classic Rock

Friday, April 5

  • Celtic Concert
    • Location: Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main Street, Lexington SC
    • Featuring Eireann’s Call, Tuatha Dea, and SYR
    • An evening of Celtic music, demonstrations, and artistic exhibitions
    • Bring a stadium cushion or blanket (no coolers allowed)

Saturday, April 6

  • Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival
    • Location: Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce SC
    • Gates Open: 8:30 AM
    • Enjoy a day filled with:
      • Highland Athletics
      • Traditional Dancing Exhibitions
      • Great Celtic Music
      • Mass Pipe Bands
      • Sheep Dog Herding Exhibitions
      • Birds of Prey Exhibitions
      • Traditional Foods & Drink
      • Genealogy
      • Classic British Car Show
      • Celtic Clans & Societies
      • Celtic Marketplace
      • Kids Rides and Play Area
      • Scottish Military History Presentations
      • Blacksmiths
      • Colonial Village
      • Drum Circle
  • Drumsmoke – An Evening of Campfires, Music, and Tribal Beats
    • Location: Historic Columbia Speedway Campground
    • Event Starts: Around 7:00 PM
    • Free Admission
    • Join us for a free evening of drumming at the campground following the Highland Games & Celtic Festival’s activities. Tuatha Dea will lead the drumming experience.

Sunday, April 7

  • Kirkin’ of the Tartans
    • Location: West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC
    • Event Starts: 11 AM
    • Free Admission
    • Discover the history behind the Kirkin’ of the Tartans and join Scots and enthusiasts for a celebration featuring prayer, scripture, bagpipes, and the singing of Amazing Grace. Witness the display of tartans and a public parade of the clans, commemorating Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and independence.

Join us as we celebrate and honor Celtic heritage at Tartan Day South!


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