Welcome to the Highlanders Festival!
This event is open to the general public with free admission.
For 2019, the festival will return to the Radford University campus where it was proudly held for a number of years before moving to Bisset Park in 2014 due to several construction and renovation projects. The festival is scheduled for October 12, 2019 and will feature the famed heavyweight games, live entertainment, food, vendors, and festivities for all ages. The festival is a partnership between Radford University and the City of Radford, VA.
Whether a family’s background is of Scots-Irish origin or of other descent, the day always brings with it an air of excitement and anticipation. There is no place more beautiful than Southwest Virginia in the fall and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful back-drop for the fall festival.
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Follow the skirl of bagpipes on Saturday, Oct. 6 and join thousands of people to experience excitement, fun, games and food at the 22nd Radford Highlanders Festival.
Blue skies and sunshine greeted the musicians, athletes and festival goers who gathered at Bisset Park on Oct. 21 to celebrate the 21st Radford Highlanders Festival.
The skirl of bagpipes and drums rings through the valley, emanating from the Radford Highlanders Festival on Oct. 21 at Bisset Park in Radford, Virginia.
Dedication, family and kilts. Those are three defining traits of the Tom Raisbeck Memorial Games at the Radford Highlanders Festival, set for Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Bisset Park.
In central South Carolina, Celtic-folk rock band SYR (pronounced sire) draws upon the themes of Scottish legend and lore to craft their own unique sound, which venture to the New River Valley when SYR performs at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2017 at the Radford Highlanders Festival.
Enjoy food, crafts and trinkets from vendors from across Southwest Virginia.
The Radford Highlanders Festival brings together approximately 10,000 festival-lovers of all ages for heavyweight games, music, entertainment, food and Celtic fun.
2017 Radford Highlanders Festival video
See what you have to look forward to! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2017 Radford Highlanders Festival!