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April 2, 2013 > Tartan Day Scottish Fair returns to Ardenwood

Tartan Day Scottish Fair returns to Ardenwood

A celebration of Scottish heritage will soon to be underway when the 16th annual Tartan Day Scottish Faire returns to Ardenwood Historic Farm. Presented by the East Bay Scottish Association (EBSA) and East Bay Regional Park District, this family-friendly event is a vivid culture explosion of sights and sounds featuring Scottish and Celtic music, highland dancing, historic re-enactments, and traditional Scottish food.

There will be plenty for all to enjoy: the athletics of Highland games, history of clans, adult refreshment in the ale garden, and the magic and enchantment of Children's Glen where wee ones may meet a fairy or dragon, make arts and crafts and hear stories of faraway lands. Of course, the traditional haggis toss is not to be missed!

Music lovers will be entertained by the BlackEyed Dempseys Celtic Band, Scottish musician and Bay Area local Peter Daldry, fiddler Michael Mullen, MacIntosh Pipe Band, Celtic Sands, and the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. And the pipes will sound loud and proud at the Western United States Pipe Band Association Northern Bagpipe Competition during which bands from around the state will participate in friendly rivalry to see who is the best of the day. Red Thistle Dancers and the Pleasant Hill-based New World Scottish Dancers will also be on hand with performances that will make you want to get up and join in the merrymaking.

Visitors will be able to take home a memory of the day from vendors such as Medieval Heirlooms, Willow Jewelry, Celtic Art Studio, Anthony Rees Design, and Kings Armory and Company.

Join Scottish clans from all over the Bay Area on Saturday, April 6 for full-day revelry in all things Scottish!

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $5 for children 4-17. Kids three years and under are free. Admission includes access to the rest of Ardenwood Historic Farm including the Patterson House, farm animals, and blacksmith. The event ends at 5 p.m.; there will be no admissions after 4:30 p.m. No pets are allowed. There is free parking and the event is wheelchair accessible.

For more information call Ardenwood Historic Farm at (510) 544-2797, visit, or e-mail

Tartan Day Scottish Faire
Saturday, Apr 6
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544-2797
Tickets: $5 - $12

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