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October 2019

Annual Dinner of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Darling Downs Branch QLD)

October 25
Toowoomba, QLD Australia

A special evening of traditional entertainment including: Music by David Kemp Whiskey Mac, Highland Dancers and a Haggis Ceremony at Downs Club Mylne St. Info: 07 4635 4086 or [email protected]

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Sounds of Scotland Concert ‘Amazing Grace’

October 26
Toowong, QLD Australia

Come along for a night of Scottish entertainment as Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Bands join with local musicians and dancers to present their Sounds of Scotland variety concert. Acts include Pipe Bands, Scottish Music, Dancers, Address to the Haggis and much more. Food, drinks, BBQ and Scottish stalls open at 4.30pm. Info: Director of Pipe ... Read more

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Caledonian Society of WA Halloween Ceilidh

October 26
Inglewood, WA Australia

Dig out your Halloween costume and dance and sing to Heel N toe Ceilidh Band. Listen to the piper. Children free entry. Supper Supplied $20 non members at Bob Daniels Community Centre 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Julie Appleton-Seymour Memorial Contest

October 26
St Lucia, QLD Australia

Hornpipe and Jig competition presented by the Queensland Highland Pipers Society at Emmanuel College, Sir William MacGregor Dr. Info: www.qhps.org

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Clan Donald/MacFarlane/McNeil Luncheon

October 27
Adelaide, SA Australia

Luncheon Fogular Furlan Centre, 69 Briar Rd, Felixstow. 12 noon. Ph. Eileen 8258 5756 or 0433 780 999

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November 2019

Silver Chanter Competition

November 2
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping competition presented by the R U Brown Piobaireachd Society. Info: www.rubrown.org.au

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Gathering of the Celts

November 2
Wallsend, NSW Australia

A night of Scottish music with Highland rock band, Scotia Highland Dancers, Miners pipe Band and more at Wallsend Diggers. Info: www.wallsenddiggers.com.au

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2019 Highland Ball

November 2
Brisbane, QLD Australia

Bring your friends for a night of Scottish food, music and dancing with the members of the BBC Old Collegians' Pipe Band. A fun-filled night including the address to the haggis, toe-tapping pipe band displays and community dancing at Mercure Brisbane. Info: www.facebook.com/events/466214110615323

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Central Coast Scottish Spectacular

November 3
Gosford, NSW Australia

This Scottish Highland Gathering will be held at The Entertainment Ground and will feature the NSW Pipe Band Championships, and the Central Coast Scottish National Dancing Titles. Pipe bands, Drum Majors, the Tossing of the Caber, Tug O'War, Scottish stalls, food, and much more. It is a great day out for the whole family. Info: ... Read more

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Clan MacLeod Society South Australia AGM

November 3
Adelaide, SA Australia

Clan MacLeod Society South Australia AGM. Held at Powell residence, Semaphore Park. Info: Trevor Powell 0419 819 834 or www.cmssa.org.au/calendar-of-events.html

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Ipswich Solo Drumming Championships

November 3
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Ipswich's own solo drumming competition held at the City of Ipswich Pipe Band Hall. Info & entries: www.ipswichpipeband.com/solos

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Beechworth Celtic Festival

November 8 - November 10
Beechworth, VIC

Once again the Beechworth Celtic Festival is set to attract the crowds of Celtic lovers to Beechworth with the Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo again featuring on the Saturday Night. The theme of the Tattoo is the celebration of Armistice Day in World War 1 – music and selected stories from the era re-enacted through the ... Read more

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Celtic Council of Australia’s Annual Awards Dinner

November 8
Sydney, NSW Australia

If you have Scottish, Irish, Cornish, Welsh, Breton, Manx or any other Celtic nation’s blood, you should certainly enjoy attending this event at The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street. A tasty 2 course dinner will be served in an iconic setting. Lively entertainment with Irish duo Hooper & O’Toole. Guest speaker will be Dr ... Read more

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Pipes and Drums Concert

November 9
Warwick, QLD Australia

The SCOTS PGC College Pipes are calling! Our Pipes and Drums will be performing in the Warwick Town Hall from 4pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to witness some of our talented pipers and drummers in action. Info: www.facebook.com/events/398789717442395

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Queensland Highland Pipers’ Society-Julie Appleton-Seymour Memorial Contest

November 9
St Lucia, QLD Australia

Hornpipe and Jig competition at Emmanuel College, Sir William MacGregor Dr. Info: www.qhps.org

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Brunswick Scottish Society’s Ceilidh

November 16
Brunswick, VIC Australia

Join the Brunswick Scottish Society and learn how to do fun dances, eat a potluck dinner, and have some BYO drinks. Don't worry if you don't know how to dance-the lovely people will teach you. Info: www.facebook.com/BrunswickScottishSociety

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Champion of Champions Solos

November 17
Fremantle, WA Australia

Solo piping competition presented by the Highland Pipers Society of Perth at Fremantle Sailing Club. Info: www.pipebandswa.com.au

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Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club Annual Concert

November 17
Mitcham, SA Australia

Toe tapping jigs & reels and haunting slow airs at the Mitcham Institute. Info: www.adelaidescottishfiddleclub.com.au

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A Celtic Affair

November 23 - November 24
Castle Hill, NSW Australia

Two shows featuring the Governor Macquarie Pipe Band with singer & violinist Eileen McCann at Pioneer Theatre, 12-14 Pennant St. Info/tickets: 0426 134 058 or www.trybooking.com/BFXWD

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Forrest, ACT Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Toukley, NSW Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 9:30am -  St David's Presbyterian Church, Victoria Ave, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 10am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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Family Ceilidh [RSCDS]

November 24
Sydney, NSW Australia

Fun-filled Ceilidh dance social for families and non-dancers supported by more experienced dancers. Afternoon tea included. Music by James Gastineau-Hills. All Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, at Leichhardt Town Hall, Leichhardt. Info: [email protected] or https://rscds.org.au/attachments/Family_ceilidh_24Nov2019.pdf

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Festival of Strength @ Elmar’s in the Valley

November 24
Henley Brook, WA Australia

Featuring an exciting mix of strength sports competitions including Scottish Heavy events, displays and market stalls. Elmar’s in the Valley will be serving traditional Scottish and German food and beers including a special event brew - Highlander Ale at 8731 West Swan Rd. Info: www.highlandgames.org.au

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Jack McCandlish Memorial Contest

November 25
Toowong, QLD Australia

6/8 competitions for Juniors (4 parts) and Seniors (8 parts) presented by the Queensland Highland Pipers Society at The Walrus Club, 543A Coronation Dr. Info: www.qhps.org

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St Andrew’s Day Ball

November 29
Perth, WA Australia

Celebrate with the Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia, with food, music and dance at Pan Pacific Hotel. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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St Andrew’s Night

November 30
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Inc. is celebrating St Andrew's Night in the Drayton Hall commencing at 7pm with the Pipe Band. Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Lots of community Scottish country dancing (all dances are called). Cost of the evening is $10 Adults pp. School-aged children Over 13 $5.00 ... Read more

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!

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St Andrews Dinner

November 30
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Enjoy outstanding performances by the Brisbane City Pipe Band. An event of over 20+ pipers and drummers celebrating St Andrews Day over 3 course dinner including haggis at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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GSSHD Annual Concert

November 30
Paralowie, SA Australia

Annual dance concert presented by the Garrick Stewart School of Highland Dancing at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre. Info: [email protected]

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Saint Andrews Gala Event

November 30
Townsville, QLD Australia

Tribute to St Andrews with pipes and drums, Parade of Clan Banners, Highland dancing, Scottish food and more at Rydges Hotel, 23 Palmer St. Info: 0427 047 862 or [email protected]

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Hunter Valley Highland Games

November 30
Rothbury, NSW Australia

Come experience the very first Hunter Valley Highland Games in beautiful Wine Country. This event promises displays from local pipe and drum bands, Highland dancing, heavy events and of course - fine wine. These games celebrate the deep connection between Australia and Scotland at Saltire Estate, 113 Wilderness Rd. Info: www.huntervalleyhighlandgames.com.au

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Caledonian Society of WA November Ceilidh

November 30
Inglewood, WA Australia

Come sing and dance to Heel n Toe Ceilidh band on St Andrews Day. Listen to our Piper. Finger food supper supplied BYO alcohol. Children free enter. $20 non members. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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St Andrews Day Dinner

November 30
Sydney, NSW Australia

Traditional Scottish evening with food, drink, dance and piping not to mention haggis, with a thai twist with Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band. Get your tickets today for this culture adventure at Thai Rock, 28 Bayswater Road. Info: www.trybooking.com/545883

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December 2019

Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 7
Daylesford, VIC Australia

Gathering includes a captivating Street March in the Main Street of Daylesford and then a full days Drumming, Piping and Dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park, located at the southern entrance of Daylesford. Info: www.daylesfordhighland.com

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Mighty Mini MacLeod end of year event

December 15
Adelaide, SA Australia

The Mighty Mini Macleods end the year on a high at The Beachouse Swimming Centre. We will have fun, plan next year's activities and start the school holidays. Meet in the foyer at 3:00pm near the ticket office of The Beachouse, 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg Beach. Cost from $20.00. Info: Nicole 0415 654 836 or ... Read more

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Happy Christmas

December 25
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

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Caledonian Society of WA Hogmanay Ceilidh

December 31
Inglewood, WA Australia

Come sing and dance to Heel n Toe Ceilidh band. Listen to our Piper. Finger food supper supplied BYO alcohol. Children free enter. $20 non members. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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January 2020

The Maryborough Highland Gathering

January 1, 2020
Maryborough, VIC Australia

Australia's oldest continuous running sporting event with pipe bands, Scottish dance, athletics and more at Princes Park. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2020
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

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Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia Burns Supper

January 25, 2020
Perth, WA Australia

Celebrate the Bard at the Pan Pacific Hotel, with Scottish food, music and fun. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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Burns Supper

January 25, 2020
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Celebrate Rabbi Burns Supper with Pipes, Selkirk Grace, Address to the Haggis and poetry. A special appearance by members of the Brisbane City Pipe Band. 3 Course dinner with haggis and more at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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Ipswich Burns Supper Ceilidh

January 25, 2020
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Enjoy a traditional Burns Supper Ceilidh, and celebrate the life of Rabbie Burns. Including a traditional supper while you are captivated by the Address to the Haggis and all the formalities, followed by live band "Ishka" with a dance caller for your Dashing White Sergeants and Gay Gordons - and of course the Ipswich Pipe ... Read more

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February 2020

Burns Supper

February 1, 2020
Toowoomba, QLD Australia

The Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Inc. will hold their Annual Burns Supper in the Drayton Hall.It is a 4 course formal dinner which includes a Haggis entrée. Entertainment by 2 Lassies singing Burns songs, The Immortal Memory by Mal Leslie (Past Chieftain & Past president of the Society in Toowoomba).Bookings are essential for ... Read more

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Clan MacRae Reunion & Gathering

February 14, 2020 - February 16, 2020
Bathurst, NSW Australia

A weekend of all things “MacRae” including AGM, dinner and more. Non-members very welcome. Info: Clan MacRae Society Secretary, Roslyn MacRae: [email protected]

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Richmond Highland Gathering

February 16, 2020
Richmond, TAS Australia

St Andrew Society of Hobart will again be holding its annual Highland Gathering on the Village Green, with Pipe Band displays from across Tasmania, Scottish dancing and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658 or [email protected]

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Ballarat Highland Gathering

February 23, 2020
Ballarat, VIC Australia

The Federation University Australia Pipe Band hosts the Ballarat Highland Gathering supported by Pipe Bands Victoria. Come join the free event in the Ballarat sunshine with your loved ones at Victoria Park, Sturt St. Info: www.fedunipipeband.com.au

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Scots Day Out

February 29, 2020
Bendigo, VIC Australia

A free community event with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Scottish dogs, Clans, Scottish food & stalls and more in the beautiful setting of Rosalind Park. Info: www.scotsdayout.com

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March 2020

Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo

March 7, 2020
Quirindi, NSW Australia

Get your kilts out and your bagpipes at the ready at the Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo. Pipe bands, dancers, musicians and more. Info: www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au

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Sydney Highland Gathering

March 15, 2020
Sydney, NSW Australia

The Scots College in Sydney's Bellevue Hill plays host to the annual Sydney Highland Gathering. The event celebrates its Scottish Heritage with Pipe Band Competitions, Highland dancing, Scottish food, Highland Strongmen displays and Gift and home wares stalls. Info: [email protected]

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The Geelong Highland Gathering

March 15, 2020
Geelong, VIC Australia

The 2020 gathering will mark 163 years since the first Geelong Highland Gathering was held on New Years day 1858 and will be the 60th anniversary of the modern era, which began in 1958. Featuring pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Scottish stalls and more. A great Geelong day out! Info: www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

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Ringwood Highland Games

March 29, 2020
Wantirna, VIC Australia

Metropolitan Melbourne's only Highland Games at JW Manson Reserve,Selkirk Ave. Includes a full day of Scottish fun with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Clans, stalls and more. A great family day out! Info: 0418 370 051 or www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.au

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April 2020

2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships

April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Maryborough, VIC Australia

Pipe Bands Australia diamond jubilee year Australian Pipe Band Championships are expected to attract bands from across the country and overseas with a full program of events which include Highland dancing and Scottish stalls. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

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Brigadoon-The Bundanoon Highland Gathering

April 4, 2020
Bundanoon – Australia Bundanoon, NSW Australia

Australia's largest Scottish celebration with pipe bands, heavy events, Scottish dancing & entertainment, Clans village, stalls and much more. A great day for the entire family in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands. Info: 02 4883 7471 or www.brigadoon.org.au

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Champion of Champions

April 10, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Carrara, QLD Australia

Champion of Champions is Australia's most prestigious Highland Dancing event. Held every two years, this event attracts highland dancers from across Australia and indeed the world to contest the championships and supporting events over two days of thrilling competition. Info: www.facebook.com/championofchampions2020 or www.sqrchdi.com

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116th Maclean Highland Gathering

April 10, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Maclean, NSW Australia

Easter weekend with bagpipes in Australia's "Scottish town", with Scottish dancers, stalls and more. Info: www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

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Australian Celtic Festival

April 30, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Glen Innes, NSW Australia

A full weekend of Celtic entertainment and events held at the Australian Standing Stones. 2020 celebrating Ireland and the Isle of Man. Info: www.australiancelticfestival.com

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May 2020

Berry Celtic Festival

May 23, 2020
Berry, NSW Australia

A great day of Celtic fun and entertainment at Berry Showgrounds. Pipe bands, singers, dancers, stall sand more. Info: 02 4403 0300 or www.berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

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Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival Highland Games & Fair

May 30, 2020
Wingham, NSW Australia

With massed bands, Clan information, Medieval warriors, Caber Toss-a great free day of Scottish celebration at Central Park. Info: 02 6556 9057 or www.manninghistorical.org

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