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Radford Highlanders Festival 2021

The festival was held October 9, 2021 and featured:

  • The famed heavyweight games;
  • Sheepherding;
  • 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.

The festival is open to the general public with free admission.

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About the Highlanders Festival

The Radford Highlanders Festival has grown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

The festival began in the mid-1990s with an approximate crowd of 3,000. Over the past 20 years, the festival has more than tripled in size, and now attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. 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 autumn and the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful back-drop for the fall festival.

 

     

Highlanders Festival Music


Each year, the Radford Highlanders Festival brings in several musical acts for your listening pleasure!

SYR

SYR

SYR (sire) is a Celtic Folk Rock band from Columbia, SC. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR creates powerful songs with themes of battle, love and victory, celebrating the rich heritage of the Celtic Nations in a contemporary style with broad audience appeal. SYR's reputation for a high-energy performance has made them a popular attraction for many Celtic festivals and events, building a following across the US and internationally. Their much anticipated third album releases this year. The band consists of siblings Kyle (lead vocals, guitar) and Laurel MacCallum (vocals & percussion), Kelly Vance (bass), Luis Valverde (drums), Ben Campbell (guitar) and Worth Lewallen (fiddle).

Kinnfolk

Kinnfolk

Josh and Julie Kinn weave bouzouki, bodhran, and smooth vocal harmonies in their Celtic folk music from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The duo’s musical style is heavily influenced by the sounds of the Roanoke, Virginia traditional Irish session, where they met in 2017. Since forming Kinnfolk in late 2018, the pair have played at festivals, breweries, and listening rooms all over the Southwest Virginia region. Their self-titled debut album dropped on March 7, 2020 (just one week before COVID-19 shut the state down!) and they released their first original single, "The Borden Set," later that year.

Clan and Society Information

 

The Clan is a concept which dates back to the 12th century, which were extended networks of families who had loyalties to a particular chief. The word clan is derived from the Gaelic 'clann', meaning children.

Today, the Radford Highlanders Festival provides descendants of area clans and society's an opportunity to register and proudly showcase their family's heritage, as well as delight lovers of all ages with heavyweight games, music, entertainment, food and Celtic fun.  

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Vendor Information

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The lawn of Moffett quad will turn into an open-air extravaganza featuring artists, vendors, craftspeople and community organizations. Start holiday shopping early or treat yourself to something special from one of the many vendors with a diverse and interesting set of clothing, accessories, jewelry and crafts.

The day is also a great feast, with assorted foods offered by vendors. Enjoy authentic Scottish fare, classic festival food or American classics, such as pizza and burgers. Savor the delicious food all while marveling at the power of the Scottish athletes participating in the heavyweight games.

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We hope to see you in 2022!

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