Tartan Day


The Victoria Highland Games Association is pleased to host Victoria’s 6th annual TARTAN DAY celebrations on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in recognition of ‘National Tartan Day’. From noon until 4 pm, Centennial Sqaure will be decked out in full Tartan to celebrate the city’s very strong Scottish heritage and culture.

Parking is available at the Centennial Square Parkade (645 Fisgard Sreet).

A full schedule of Scottish entertainment includes pipe bands, highland dancers, kilt makers and tartan weavers, heavy event athlete demonstrations and celtic music.

There will be booths from various Scottish cultural societies, including the Victoria Highland Games Association where advanced tickets to the 153rd Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park May 21 – 23, 2016 and will be available for purchase.

About National Tartan Day

Tartan Day is celebrated throughout the world in honour of the Declaration of Arbroath (April 6th 1320) which was the Scottish nations Declaration of Independence. National Tartan Day was recognized officially in Canada on October 21st (2010) by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Tartan represents a clan, a family and a community, and is an enduring symbol of Scotland that is cherished by over 4.7 million Canadians of Scottish ancestry. There are over 8,000 registered tartans worldwide including our national tartan the Canadian Maple Leaf, provincial tartans and the Victoria City of Gardens tartan (worn by Mayor Dean Fortin).

Whether you have Scottish roots, or you’re just interested in culture, dance and music, it’s sure to be a wee bit o’ fun for the whole family!

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016