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'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

The Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games kicks off with a "Pirate Pub Party" on Friday night. The event includes a a best legs in a kilt contest, and a pub night for the adults. For the wee ones there will be trick or treating, a costume parade, games, a fortune teller and more.

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled herding dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's event. Performers will include the Young Dubliners and fire dancing by Cirque Roots on Saturday night. The revelry continues through Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.

This year's games marks the 28th year of Tucson's celebration of the culture of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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If you go

  • When: Friday 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. ; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave.
  • Admission: one-day adult $16; two-day adult $22; seniors, military & students, $10; $5 for ages 5-15. Parking $3.
  • tucsoncelticfestival.org