San Diego Scottish Highland Games

2024 Highland Games June 22-23

2024 Highland Games June 22-23

SOLD OUT for Summer 2024. Follow Us on social media for updates on extra hats available for sale.

We’re thrilled to announce we have partnered with the San Diego Padres for the 5th year! 

Key things to know:

        • Every ticket bought through our link will get the limited edition SD Padres Scottish hat (must  attend the game to redeem, or have someone take your ticket on your behalf).
          • Sunday June 9th, 2024 1:10pm at the Padres!
          • Playing the Arizona Diamondbacks
          • You can pick seats anywhere you want in the stadium
          • We recommend seats on the 3rd base side of the stadium for the best chance of shade
          • $3 from every ticket sold goes to support local Scottish heritage and arts events.
        • Click to read below to learn the symbolism of this year’s hat!

Checkout photos from previous Years

Frequently Asked Questions

YES! 100%! Kilts, and any clan/tartan’d wear is HIGHLY encouraged. 

Please note: pointed/sharp/bladed objects such as a Sgian-dubh or dirk, will NOT be allowed inside, so please leave those at home.

Sunday June 9th, 2024 1:10pm.

The game will be at Petco Park, downtown San Diego. You can use this map to navigate directions from where you live.


While we don’t have any control of Padres pricing, we have worked hard to select a date/time that offers the best prices for our followers. Tickets start at $40, which includes the limited edition hat. 

Unfortunately not. We do not control the pricing of Padre’s tickets. As such, we cannot offer any discounts.

Hats are only eligible to be collected on the day of the game for your ticket, and by the ticket holder. 

You’ll take your ticket(s) to the designated table at the grassy social area at the back of the ballpark, called Gallagher Square (formerly Park at the Park), and they’ll be scanned by a Padres’ rep. You’ll then be given your hats(s).

Unlike years past, we have not been given an option to coordinate a hat-only option this year. That may change, but best to plan to buy a ticket and go pick up the hat yourself or have a friend get it for you.

Unfortunately, the hat is only available to those who buy through the links on our website. You could buy a second ticket through our link, at the cheapest seat available on the same day you will be attending, and use that to qualify for the hat, and simply not sit in that seat.

The Padres have an allotted number of Wheelchair/ADA accessible seating in each section.

These are located across the front walk way, removed from the main seating section (so if you’re wanting to sit with your group, that won’t be possible). The ticket holder, and 1 companion may reserve these, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There are a number of seats that have fewer rows, which may be good options for you. Within our designated section for Sunday’s game, we have specifically requested lower rows, spanning multiple sections, as to keep it as convenient as possible.

You will receive an order confirmation, and instructions from the Padres on how that works. Your ticket will most likely come in the form of an electronic ticket, unless you select otherwise.

We will not have any pregame activities this year, but encourage you to coordinate with friends or others on our Facebook page.

Hat Inspiration

We put a lot of creativity and history into this year’s hat and hope you love it as much as we do!

The Battle at Athelstaneford in AD 832
Legend has it that an army of Picts and Scots under King Angus invaded the Lothians, which was still Northumbrian territory at the time.
On the eve of the battle, Angus, fearing a disasterous outcome, prayed to God and prayed to Saint Andrew, asking for help in defeating his adversaries. Angus made a solemn vow that if Andrew intervened and allowed him to win the day, he would adopt him as the Patron Saint of Alba. Andrew then appeared to Angus later that night in a dream and assured him of victory.

On the field of battle the next morning, Angus claimed to have seen a cloud formation in the shape of a huge white saltire (the diagonal X shaped cross on which St Andrew had been martyred) appeared against the blue sky.

Emboldened by this apparently devine intervention, the Picts and Scots took to the field and despite their numeric disadvantage, stayed the course – eventually winning the battle when Æthelstan was killed and his forces fled the field.
Angus honoured his pre-battle pledge and duly appointed Andrew as the Patron Saint of Alba.

When Kenneth MacAlpin, who may have been present with his grandfather at the battle, later united the Picts and Scots, naming the entity Scotland, Andrew become the patron saint of the united realm. 28 years later, Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scots and Picts, Ard-righ Albainn, was laid to rest on the holy island of Iona in 860AD.
The white saltire set against a celestial blue background is said to have been adopted as the design of the flag of Scotland on the basis of this ancient legend.

According to tradition the MacAlpine, or MacAlpin, is most purely Celtic of all the Highland Scottish clans.
The following list is of spelling variants of MacAlpine:
Albain, Albanach, Albin, Ailpein, Allphin, Alpin, Alpine, Alpyn, Alpynsone, Calpin, Calpine, Culpen, Elphin, Galpin, Galpine, Gilpin, Halpin, Halpine, MacAilpein, MacAlipine, MacAlpan, MacAlpane, MacAlpeine, MacAlpeinne, MacAlpen, MacAlphine, MacAlpin, MacAlpie, MacAlpy, MacAlpye, MacAlpyn, MacAlpyne, MacApline, MacCalpin, MacCalpine, MacCapie, MacCappie, MacCappin, MacCappine, MacCappy, MacCapy, MacCarpin, MacColpin, MacColpine, MacCoplan, MacCoplin, MacCoppin, MacCoppine, MacCorpin, MacCorpine, Mackalpe, MacKalpin, Makalpe, Makcalpy, Makcalpyn, Malcalpyn, M’Alpen, M’Alpin, M’Alpine, M’Alpyn, McAlpain, McAlpan, McAlpane, McAlpe, McAlpen, McAlphin, McAlphine, McAlpie, McAlpien, McAlpil, McAlpin, McAlpine, McAlpion, McAlpon, McAlpy, McAlpyn, M’Calpin, M’Calppin, M’Calpy, M’Calpyne, M’Cappe, M’Cavpy, McCalpie, McCalpin, McCalpy, McCapen, McCawpyn, McCulpen, McKelpin, M’Kalpie, and MkKalpy.

We’ve designed our own “Celtic Knot”, inspired by the Dara Celtic Knot. It is a Celtic symbol for inner strength. The symbol comes from the Gaelic word ‘Doire’, which means ‘Oak Tree’. If you look closely, you can see the formation of the knot is comprised of 4 pairs of a capital S and capital D.

Further drawing inspiration from Scotland’s early formation, we have a Scottish Lion Rampant with styling inspired from Celtic and Pict artworks.

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