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New Zealand Scottish Events Calendar 2020/2021

Girls Highland Dancing

 What Scottish Events are happening near me? 

A few events over the summer of 2020/21 have cancelled due to uncertainties about gatherings during the pandemic, problems bringing in overseas judges, etc. BUT - the good news is that many events are going ahead! See details below of the situation as we know it in October 2020, we'll publicise them on our Facebook page too. Of course, all can change if the situation changes re virus outbreaks/lockdown levels.

Remember - if you want to look the part but don't have your own kilt etc, we can help! Check out our hire section, or contact us about buying items.

If you are organising an event, or know of one that you think we should list here, please let us know  - email graham@scotsinspirit.com 

Events Calendar -
* indicates Scots in Spirit will be there with our stand - lots of items for sale, and we can take orders for kilts, jackets etc.


 Event Date Location Contact/Website
Celtic Harmony - an evening of Celtic music with NorthCal Pipe Band & guests 7 November 2020 Waipu Celtic Barn, 47 The Centre, Waipu

For more details, ticket sales etc here

Note: Scots in Spirit will be in the foyer with a selection of Scottish goods for sale and able to take kilt orders etc.

Hororata Highland Games 7 November 2020 Hororata Domain, Hororata, Canterbury Website
Hamilton Gardens Pipe Band Contest 7 November 2020 Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive Hamilton

Solo Piping in the morning, Pipe Bands start 12:30pm.

Contact: ian.anthony@xtra.co.nz


An Evening of Scottish Song & Music - family event 14 November 2020

Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard St, Devonport, Auckland

Bring a plate. BYO. Tea/Coffee available.  $5.00 koha towards the performers. Starts 7:30pm

"Tartan Takeover" at Hopaholics Brewery taproom. 27 November 2020

Hopaholics Brewery, 25 Boundary Street

More details here
Scottish Clans Association, Auckland & Districts Annual Dinner, Auckland 28 November 2020 The Parnell Hotel ,
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland.

Everyone with an interest in things Scottish is welcome. More details, ticket sales etc here

St Andrew's Day 30 November every year Scotland's National Day, a public holiday there In NZ, many organisations & individuals with Scottish connections hold a celebration around this time - if there's nothing on near you, why not arrange your own St Andrew's "do"?
Auckland Highland Games Cancelled for December 2020
Summer Ceilidh, live music from Fingal (fundraiser for City of New Plymouth Caledonian Pipe Band) 4 December 2020 (Fri) 7.30pm start New Plymouth Club, New Plymouth Tickets $30, more details here

Christchurch Casino Highland Day (pipe bands, Highland dancing)

5 December 2020 Victoria Square, Christchurch More details here 
Jenny Mair Highland Square Day (Pipe Band contest, organised by Manawatu Scottish Society) 12 December 2020 The Square, Palmerston North  More details here  and here
Northcote Invitational (solo pipers contest) 30 December 2020 Northcote Tavern, Auckland Enquiries: andpipeband@gmail.com
Helen McGregor Memorial Trophy (open medley solo piping contest) 31 December 2020 Waipu Celtic Barn, 47 The Centre, Waipu, Northland 7pm start. Part of the Waipu 2021 Community Festival solo piping competition, ticket sales here
Waipu Highland Games 1 January 2021 - CANCELLED The Games have been cancelled for 2021 BUT there is a Community Festival - see  next entry!
Waipu Community Festival (contests for solo piping; dancing) 1 January 2021 Caledonian Park, Waipu, Northland Details for piping here;  other details not yet available
Burns Night, Devonport 23 January 2021 Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard St, Devonport, Auckland Entry fee to support musicians on the night & the Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club - more details here
Otago Taieri A&P Society Annual Show (some Highland events and Clan tents alongside A&P events) 23 January 2021 Otago Taieri A&P Society's Showgrounds, Five Roads, Mosgiel More details here
Brighton Gala Day (some Clan tents usually present) 24 January 2021 Brighton Domain More details here

Turakina Highland Games 

30 January 2021 Turakina Domain Cameron Rd, Turakina

More details here.  Full programme here.

Contact: turakinahighlandgames@gmail.com

* Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo

13 February 2021 Paeroa Domain, Paeroa More details here
Ashburton's Festival of Pipe Band Music  14 February 2021 Street March on Elizabeth St.,12:30pm; Sets and Medleys in the Domain, 1:30pm Contact: Peter MacLean, petermaclean@xtra.co.nz
Octagonal Day (Otago Centre pipe band contest) 20 February, 2021 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact: Maureen Hurrell, hurrellm@xtra.co.nz
Otago/Southland Centre Pipe Bands 21 February 2021 Street March, George St., then to Alhambra Rugby Grounds Contact: Maureen Hurrell, hurrellm@xtra.co.nz
Pipes in the Park (piping, dancing. Clans etc) 27 February 2021 Waitangi Park, Wellington

More details here

Contact: Catherine MacKenzie, pipesinthepark@gmail.com

Auckland Centre Pipe Bands’ Championship - hosted by the City of Sails Pipe Band 28 February 2021 Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, Auckland Good details here
WHBPB Centre Contest (Wellington Hawkes Bay, pipe bands) 6 March 2021 Marton Park, Oxford Street, Marton Contact: Sandra Harry, sfharry13@gmail.com
CNI (Central North Island) Contest (pipe bands)

CANCELLED due to Covid Level change

(was on 6 March 2021)

Rex Morpeth Park, Whakatane Contact: Paul Fuller, fullerwhanau@icloud.com
Canterbury Centre Contest (pipe bands) 6-7 March 2021 Innovation Park, 185 Kirk Rd, Templeton, Christchurch.  Contact: Kim Robertson, kim.robertson@outlook.co.nz
* NZ Pipe Band Championships (national pipe band competition) 19-20 March 2021 Hastings and Napier  (Hawkes Bay) Website
* Easter Hawkes Bay Highland Games (contests for solo Piping & Highland dancing) 3-4 April 2021 Lindisfarne College, Hastings Some details here
WhiskyGalore/WildEstate Solo Piping Competition 24 July 2021 Wild Estate, Waiheke Island Details here