The Arkansas Scottish Festival presented by Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas

the arkansas Scottish festival


Ranked #7 of “the top 100 things to do in arkansas” by AY magazine, The arkansas Scottish festival will take place April 12-14.

Every April, Lyon College holds the Arkansas Scottish Festival, one of the premier Scottish festivals in the United States. Established in 1980 as the Highland Games, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the top competition venues in the South Central United States for pipers, bands, and dancers. 

Join us for a weekend full of piping competitions, delicious food, and unique handmade crafts. Gates open early Saturday morning, April 13, and opening ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. with a parade of massed bands and clans. 


Presenting Sponsors


additional support from

Ed Diemer Trucking company, inc.

Elizabeth’s restaurant

Gillihan’s Body Shop, Inc.

Hawgs Exxon

The Melba Theater

Midwest Lime company