Schedule for 2024

Friday, June 14
Parade and Ceilidh

The Ceilidh will be held this year at the Gazebo Area on the corner of Iotla and Main Streets in downtown Franklin NC, which is across from the Macon County Courthouse. This Location is a change from years past. People are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets or both. Time: 6:30 – 9:45 pm

Parade – People who wish to walk in the Parade following the Jamestown Pipe and Drum Band should meet in the lower parking lot of the Franklin Town Hall on Main Street from 5:30 pm to line up by family or clan. Parade will start at 6:30 and travel through town on Main Street ending at Iotla at the Gazebo area.

The headliner band for the weekend. Tuatha Dea will play at the Gazebo

Food Options-Food will be purchased by Participants. Either on street or in the downtown area

Gracious Plates will offer and serve Scottish classic entre’ Bangers and Mash.

RJ’s Chophouse will offer a Scottish special in house at their restaurant on Main Street

Renee’s Cakes will offer cupcakes and cookies and brownies for sale.

Nearby Options for Ceilidh Participants-

Motor Company Grill, one block beyond lotla on Main Street

Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, across the street from the gazebo

Rathskellar, Pub, off Main St downtown

**Please bring seats or blankets to sit on

Festival Schedule
Saturday June 15

Macon County Fairgrounds
1436 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734

Admission:  Ages 12 and up: $15
Ages 6-11: $5
Under age 6: Free

Bring your own chair

Stage Schedule

9:00 Gates Open: There are three gates to purchase tickets

9:30 – Dance Group– Inspire School of Dance

10:00  – Mountain Mist Dulcimer Ensemble

11:00  – Parade and Welcome Ceremony

11:30- Wedding Ceremony!!!

12:00  – Trip Rogers – famous Celtic singer, song writer, storyteller

1:00  – Tuatha Dea – famous high energy Celtic rock band

2:00 – Trip Rogers

3:00  – Tuatha Dea

4:00  – Wild Mountain Time – popular duo w/ Celtic songs

Field Schedule

Cherokee presentation– Finger Weaving, Basket Weaving, Dance, oral historians, and variety of information during the day
10:00-11:00 am
12:00-4:00 pm

Southern Highland Games Athletics– Varying team athletic events in tradition of Highland Games from Scotland
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Stone Lifting Trials
9:00 – 11:00 am
2:00-4:30 pm

Jam Tent 10:00 to 1:00 Marie Dunkle & friends

1:00Dance Instruction with Dan Lawton & Bri Callahan

1:30Jam Tent continues with Mountain Mist Dulcimers

10:00 – Shepherding Demonstration

1:00 – Shepherding Demonstration

2:00 – Jamestown Pipe and Drums Parade

  • Childrens Area -Must Have Family to Monitor Physical Activity
  • Art Challenges, Noodle Sword play, Living Mermaid on site, Face painting
  • Craft Vendors in Building D at gate
  • Food VendorsThree Scottish food vendors plus the American Legion Riders will be offering hot dogs.
  • Ice Cream: Two ice cream vendors plus Kona Ice.


 in FFA Office by the Stage

9:00 am-4:30 pm Children’s Activities  requiring adult accompany for some activities. 

12;00 pm – Early Scots in Macon County
  Robert Shook, Director, Macon County Historical  Museum

1:00 pm  – How to Become an Reenactor
 Denis Byrd, President, 71 North Carolina Regiment

2:00 pm – How the Cherokee interfaced with Scottish Traders
  speaker from Cherokee Historical Association

Note: The schedule during the day Saturday is subject to change so please check back frequently if you are concerned about the timing for a certain event.

Highland games on Saturday.

iron horse clan

Lead of the parade Friday.

Marie Dunkle and Margie Swint


“Everybody has a little Scottish in them somewhere!”