For almost 20 years, our award-winning festival has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over North America to the beautiful lakeside town of Kincardine to join us in celebrating all things Scottish.

The Festival & Community Groups

: We are proud to work with and receive support from the Municipality of Kincardine and a number of community groups such as KDSS Robotics Club , the Kincardine Theatre Guild, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Community Living Kincardine & District, Royal Canadian Legion MacDonald Br. 183 Kincardine, and the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.


The Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games is a not for profit incorporated organization run by a volunteer Board elected by our members. All proceeds are turned back into the operation of the Festival. The Festival has one part-time paid staff member, the Event Manager, while the remainder of the work is done by volunteers. An Annual Report is available to members upon request.

The Festival has been made possible, in part, by the Government of Ontario.

Important Information

Limited seating provided for the concerts so please bring a lawn chair. Note: for safety reasons all marked walkways must be kept clear.
Please make arrangements for your pet prior to coming to the Festival. Pets are not permitted on the Kincardine Scottish Festival grounds, including both Victoria Park and Robinson Park during the course of the Festival weekend. Due to the nature of the Festival, the loud noises and large crowds, the environment is not suitable for pets. There are a number of kennels in the area that can provide accommodations for your pet. Service dogs are permitted.
Free parking is available in the municipal lot off Princes St. just south of Lambton. On Friday and Saturday free parking is available at the Davidson Centre on Durham St. Shuttle buses to Victoria Park will run from: 3pm-2am Friday and 7am-2am on Saturday.
During the course of the Festival weekend Durham Market North and Durham Market South are closed for restricted access. Princes Street from entrance to Municipal parking south to the end of the street, and Russell Street from Princes to Olde Victoria will be closed and no parking for the Festival on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Queen St. will be closed Saturday morning during the Parade of Clans, which begins at 11:00am.
Refer to Festival Schedule for opening and closing times. Municipal Bylaw requires that all those under the age of 19 must leave the licensed grounds by 8:00pm Friday and 8:00pm on Saturday.
Comfort stations are provided on the northeast and southwest corners of Victoria Park, and on location at Robinson Park.
Kincardine Scottish Festival is family and stroller friendly! Should your wee ones be tired, the comfort of their stroller is perfect while parents enjoy the goings on of the Festival.
Victoria Park is walker /wheelchair friendly and we provide accessible washroom facilities. There are disabled parking spaces available in the lot behind the Bruce Power Training Centre at Russell and Princes Streets. Disabled Parking sticker required.
Festival Executive - 2018

The Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games relies on the generous donation of time, skill, and passion from over 300 volunteers. Our Executive is a team of dedicated volunteers who, together with the support of our Event Manager, organize the Festival throughout the year to bring the best experience possible for our visitors. If you see one of the Exec during the Festival, please feel free to stop them and say hello!

Tony Doherty


Jan Johnstone

Vice President & Vendor Director

Melanie Milne


Christine Ellis


Michael Wright

Finance Director

Gavin Newsham

Site Director

Charlie Boudreau

Hospitality Director

Marie Wilson

Sponsorship Director

Laurie Guerrette

Volunteer Director

Ena Griffith

Highland Dance Director

Tanya Jones

Director At Large

Scott Blackwood

Director at Large - Grants

Jenn Rauket

Marketing Coordinator

Matt Black

Coordinator, Heavies

Shirley Beiman


Donna Nathanson

Coordinator Gazebo

Linda Johnson

Event Manager

Sam Culmer

Event Intern

Liam Nicoll

Event Intern