General Information

FAQs

Your day/weekend pass includes access to ALL on-site events/venues/activities at the Fergus Scottish Festival grounds (Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex ).

Please note: the Highland Pub is a licensed venue and is only available to those who are age 19+ after 9:00pm.

Friday: YES, your ticket includes full access to the Tattoo’d in Tradition ceremony AND the Red Hot Chilli Pipers concert on main field, so get your tickets now!

Saturday: YES, your ticket includes all events and activities on-site including a second performance by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. But NO it does not include the Downtown Fergus Celtic Traditions concert or Whisky Tasting. Please purchase your tickets for the Celtic Traditions Concert online and whisky tasting tickets here.

Sunday: YES, your ticket includes all events and activities on-site. The Sunday 10am Scottish Brunch is held at the Wellington Museum, Aboyne Hall, buy tickets here.

Our online ticket vendor allows you to purchase all of your tickets to the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games on our secure website! Follow these links to purchase tickets to some of our special events: Whisky Tasting, Sunday Brunch, and  Celtic Tradition Concert!

Once you buy your online ticket(s), you will receive an emailed “e-ticket” with a barcode THAT YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU TO THE FESTIVAL TO GAIN ENTRY. Please bring this barcode to the gate, and exchange it for your wristband.

You can also buy your pass(es) at the front gate. This year, we will accept cash (lots of ATMs on site), credit, and debit.

Our online ticket vendor allows you to purchase all of your tickets to the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games on our secure website!

Once you buy your online tiket(s), you will receive an emailed “e-ticket” with a barcode THAT YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU TO THE FESTIVAL TO GAIN ENTRY. Please bring this barcode to the gate, and exchange it for your wristband.

If you can’t find your e-ticket, make sure you check your JUNK and SPAM folders; you can also search your mailbox for an email from “Eventastic” (our service provider).

Once you have exhausted all of these options, please contact our office, who will be able to access your ticket information from the back-end of our database.

YES!!! A huge thank you to our Downtown committee, and local BIA businesses and the friendly merchants of Fergus, Elora and Belwood for organising and generously sponsoring shuttle bus services for the 2017 festival. This service will greatly reduce the pressure on our overworked parking lot, and help encourage more local participation all weekend long 🙂

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Yes. We offer free water at municipal water stations for refillable water bottles!!! Bring Your Own Water Bottle!

Once our schedule is confimed, it is located on our events page; you can see the entire weekend at a glance, or toggle your choices and only view the events/performers/dates that you are interested in (just remember to scroll down!).

You can also view the schedule of each venue by visiting our Festival Events page, choosing the venue you are interested in, and clicking on the + symbol to view what’s happening.

We do not have an app this year, because we don’t need one! Our new website is mobile responsive and shows beautifully on all Apple and Android phones.

Our parking lot can be accessed through the Main Entrance on Belsyde Avenue; please refer to our Festival Site Map for festival parking areas (big green Ps). Our volunteers will guide you into available parking spaces in the main lot while they are available, then onto the grass areas past the camping areas once the main lot is full. We are limited by the logistics of our location and the volume of festival-goers at any given time, and we do our best to accommodate everyone to the best of our abilities.

You can also park at one of our Shuttle Bus locations and enjoy a stress-free ride to the festival grounds.

Parking is $5 per day, with all proceeds going to a local charity (please be nice to our parking people!). Please note, for those who are camping for the weekend at the festival, there is designated camper parking for $10 for the weekend.

No, the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games maintains a policy that does not permit any pets on the Festival grounds, excluding service dogs.This policy is enforced out of respect and safety for the animals. The Festival hosts over 35,000 visitors over the course of the weekend and the size of these crowds can prove a threat to safety of pets. Furthermore, the nature of some of the events held on the grounds requires due caution to prevent possible injury to the animals.

The Fergus Scottish Festival encourages visitors to the Festival to make prior arrangements to ensure proper care is given to their pets while attending the Festival. Please, do not leave pets unattended in parked cars, regardless as to whether a window may be open. To encourage the safe and proper care of these animals, provided is a list of local kennels that pet owners may choose to contact.

Fergus Scottish Festival patrons using Festival campsites are permitted to keep their pets on their campsites only. The Festival asks that pet owners exercise the caution required to prevent possible injury to their pets and to other persons.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, you are invited to contact us.

The Information Tent is inside the Main Gate and is open during the following times:

  • Friday,     5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 7:30am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday,   7:30am – 6:00pm

The Camping and Registration Tent is located in the front parking lot. Check here for camping registration package pick-ups, sponsor and media passes, heavy events check-ins, and volunteer registrations. No exchanges or refunds. For hours, see our Gate Times.

When you’ve got the whole clan with you, both young and young at heart, it can be overwhelming on families and their pocketbooks. We’ve make it easier for you to enjoy your stay with picnic areas – yes, you’re welcome to bring your own picnic lunch! – and rest areas in the shade, as well as added baby changing stations for the wee ones — see map for locations.

Yes, we encourage you to bring a lawn chair. We have limited seating in the bleachers so please bring your own seat! This is also advisable if you plan to watch the Heavies competitions and Welcoming Ceremonies.

Yes, we have a great team of Ambassadors in golf carts travelling around the Festival grounds all weekend long. Just flag one down or ask a volunteer in a Fergus Scottish Festival t-shirt to locate one for you. Please note, they can be very busy! We ask for your patience with this free service.

Yes, you may bring whatever you need. We have many picnic and rest areas set up for you to enjoy purchased foods from vendors, or food brought from home. Please see our Festival Site Map for picnic and rest area locations.

All children’s activities are included in your daily or weekend pass. Don’t forget that tickets for kids under 12 are FREE. How great is that?

There are limited accessible parking spaces by permit only and subject to availability.

There is a building adjacent to the Camping area at the North end of Concessions. Portables with sinks and washroom trailers are available throughout the site. See Festival Site Map for locations.

Accessible washrooms are available in the Sportsplex and on the grounds – see map.

ATMs are located at all paying gates, the entrance to the Highland Pub and near concessions row.

Pay phones are located inside the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.

On-site first aid is provided by the St. John Ambulance. It is located near the Highland Pub and Heritage Tent areas.

Please bring lost children to the Security Trailer near the Information Tent.

The Lost & Found is located at the Security Trailer near the Information Tent.

Official Festival Souvenirs can be purchased at locations throughout the Festival or by contacting the Festival Office.

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The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is committed to providing opportunities for persons with disability to participate in recreational activities with an attendant, without added financial burden.

Present your Access 2 or PAL Card along with a piece of ID (not required for cardholders who are minors) and your attendant will receive a free entry ticket.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, you are invited to contact us.