Wisconsin Highland Games

Wisconsin Highland Games
August 29–31

‘Céad míle fáilte!

In Scottish and Irish Gaelic, it means “a hundred thousand welcomes to you” at the 2014 Wisconsin Highland Games. It’s a unique weekend full of Celtic fun and games that attract both professional and amateur competitors from around the world. The games are centered around heavy athletics, which originated with Highland warriors who would keep in shape between battles by competing amongst themselves with everyday implements. The most popular event is “Turning the Caber,” where athletes heave a log and attempt to rotate the log so it lands straight in front of them. But these competitors throw other things, like weights, stones, battle axes, knives, hammers, even sacks of hay.

All weekend, inside and outside the Waukesha County Expo fairgrounds there is massive entertainment with competitive bag piping, drumming and dancing. There’s even a massed band performance at the end of the day that features all of the piped bands.

The Scottish Border Collies are also a crowd favorite. Each day they show off their skills at herding sheep and ducks. When they are not busy, visitors can meet with them and all of the other Celtic canines on the fairgrounds.

You can work up quite an appetite at the games and deciding what to taste can get pretty competitive, too. From breakfast through lunch and dinner enjoy traditional fare, brews and other drinks from the Scots, Irish, the UK and the U.S. of A. Then, walk it off at the cultural marketplace or by doing a little jig all your own to fabulous live music. It’s a great family affair and a place for friends to gather.

Get Your Game On in Waukesha Pewaukee

Why stop at the just the games? You are in Lake Country. Explore the quaint shops, streets and landscape in this gem of a destination, bordered by the beauty of water. There is so much to do, and no need to rush back home. Experience what makes Waukesha Pewaukee unique!

Stay for the Weekend

Enjoy a stay at a stylish hotel, or perhaps the adventure of a hotel with a water park. All that and more is waiting for you in Lake Country.

Holiday Inn Pewaukee/Milwaukee West


Experience a stay in one of the most architecturally distinctive hotels in the area, designed after the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. Guestswill find the adjoining Thunder Bay Grille restaurant, with a wide array of menu selections, a Fireside lobby bar, and a grand pool area, perfect for relaxing after a full day.

Be sure to reference “Waukesha County Expo” package when making reservations.

Country Springs Hotel Water Park


Hotel offers a relaxed and friendly environment with 187 guestrooms, The Springs Water Park, onsite arcade, Coppers Pub & Grill and Wildflowers Restaurant.

Triple Play Package includes overnight accommodations; water park passes for each registered guest, a large one-topping pizza, four soft drinks, garlic bread and forty arcade credits.

Check-in time is anytime after 4pm. If you have an overnight water park package, you may begin using the water park at 2pm on the day of check in.

Check-out time is 11am. If you have an overnight water park package, you may continue to use the water park the entire day on the day of check out.


How to get here?

It’s so easy! This incredible adventure is right on I94 just an hour east of Madison and 20 minutes west of Milwaukee. Fun? Adventure? Yes and yes. It’s all here, yours to enjoy, in Waukesha Pewaukee — where fun meets adventure. Map it!

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