For over 20 years, our award-winning festival has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over North America to the beautiful lakeside town of Kincardine to join us in celebrating all things Scottish.

The Festival & Community Groups

We are proud to work with and receive support from the Municipality of Kincardine and a number of community groups such as KDSS Robotics Club , the Kincardine Theatre Guild, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Community Living Kincardine & District, Royal Canadian Legion MacDonald Br. 183 Kincardine, and the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.


The Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games is a not for profit incorporated organization run by a volunteer Board elected by our members. All proceeds are turned back into the operation of the Festival. The Festival has one part-time paid staff member, the Event Manager, while the remainder of the work is done by volunteers. An Annual Report is available to members upon request.

Important Information

Limited seating is provided for the concerts. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Note: for safety reasons all marked walkways must be kept clear.
Municipal Bylaw prohibits animals in Victoria Park for the duration of the Festival. Service dogs are permitted.
Free parking is available in the municipal lot off Princes St. just south of Lambton. Free parking is also available at the Towne Suites by Marriott and the Holiday Inn Express. Shuttle buses to Victoria Park are available. Check Festival schedule for times.
During the course of the Festival weekend Durham Market North and Durham Market South are closed for restricted access. Princes Street from entrance to Municipal parking south to the end of the street, and Russell Street from Princes to Olde Victoria will be closed and no parking for the Saturday of the Festival. Queen St. will be closed Saturday morning during the Parade of Clans, which begins at 11 am.
Refer to Festival Schedule for opening and closing times. Municipal Bylaw requires that all those under the age of 19 must leave the licensed grounds by 7 pm Friday and 8 pm on Saturday.
Comfort stations are provided on the northeast and southwest corners of Victoria Park, and on location at Robinson Park.
Kincardine Scottish Festival is family and stroller friendly!
Victoria Park is walker/wheelchair friendly and accessible washroom facilities are available. Disabled parking spaces are available in the lot behind the Bruce Power Training Centre at Russell and Princes Streets. Disabled parking sticker required.
About Us
About Us
Festival Executive

The Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games relies on the generous donation of time, skill, and passion from over 300 volunteers. Our Executive is a team of dedicated volunteers who, together with the support of our Event Manager, organize the Festival throughout the year to bring the best experience possible for our visitors. If you see one of the Exec during the Festival, please feel free to stop them and say hello!

Tony Doherty

President & Entertainment Director

Gavin Newsham

Vice President

Melanie Milne


Michael Wright


Jan Johnstone


Charlie Boudreau


Tanya Jones

Director At Large

Matt Black

Coordinator, Heavy Events

Donna Nathanson

Coordinator, Gazebo

Petra Boudreau

Cash Reconciliation Team Lead

Tracy Primeau

Entertainment Team Lead

Eleanor Roppel

Volunteer Team Lead

Paul Holmes

Site Team Lead

Sam Culmer

Event Manager

In Memoriam

Remembering Sue Bradley

We were saddened to hear the passing of Sue Bradley. We remember her for her vibrant spirit on our Board as Hospitality Director. From all of us here at the Kincardine Scottish Festival, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Sue’s family and friends, and raise a glass in honour of her contributions to the success of this Festival.

Remembering Marie Wilson

We would like to extend our sincere condolences from the Kincardine Scottish Festival to Marie’s family and friends.
We are truly saddened to hear of her passing but grateful for the time that Marie spent on our Board as Sponsorship Director. Her drive, talent, and expertise combined with her passion to serve this community was clear and we were fortunate to have her on our team.
Marie will be deeply missed.

Remembering Gord Rogers

Gord Rogers
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our Past President and board member Gord Rogers. Gord was one of the original founders of the Kincardine Scottish Festival. He was always an active and enthusiastic participant in all aspects of the Kincardine Scottish Festival. His words of wisdom , expertise and guidance in all things “Scottish” has attributed to the success of our “Iconic” festival.
Let us reflect on the words of Robert Burns, as a tribute to Gordon.
“Epitaph on my own friend” An honest man here lies at rest As e’er God with His image blest: The friend of man, the friend of truth; The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, Few heads with knowledge so inform’d: If there’s another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this. Robert Burns

Thank you Gordon you will be sorely missed by all of us.
To Gord’s loved ones family and friends. May fond memories of Gord bring all his loved ones family and friends comfort during this difficult time in their lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. Sincerely, On behalf of the 2020 festival board and past members. Tony Doherty President