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To our Celtic community, be safe, be well. We plan to overcome this tragic pandemic like only Celts can, and celebrate Celtic style at the Jim Thomson US School of Piping & Drumming AND the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this July!!!

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NACHS was founded in 1997. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Our goal is to educate the public about the heritage, language, traditions, art, and history of the Celtic people both ancient and modern.

Dissemination of information and financial assistance to support Celtic-related events and opportunities is also a prime purpose of NACHS.

We are a non-profit, 501 (C)3 Corporation.

2021 Officers

  • President: Richard McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Catie Blazek
  • Secretary: Suzanne Tackitt
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2021 Board Members

  • Kris Satterwhite
  • Michael Satterwhite
  • Cal Magness
  • Kim Floyd
  • Nemo Floyd
  • Dakota Floyd
  • Mark Benedict
  • Jonathan Bailey

2021 Business Manager

  • Jude McKenzie

2021 Directors

  • Athletics: Erin Huizingh
  • Children's Activities: Bernie Whistler
  • Clans & Societies: Maria Marshall
  • Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Grounds: Richard McKenzie and Cal Magness
  • Highland Dance: Lisa Scott
  • Historical Area: Bill Wilson
  • Memberships: Michael Satterwhite
  • Newsletter Editor: John McGregor
  • Piping: Jeannine Dobbins
  • Plant & Geology: John Mead
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors: Debbie Henson
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary and Vicki Benedict
  • Workshops: Kevin Parkes

NACHS has meetings on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Through the Covid19 pandemic, we will be hosting the meetings virtually instead of in person. If you would like to attend the meetings, please send an email to and we will get you a link.

Upcoming Events

In Person, July 17 & 18, 2021

Arizona Highland Games and Gathering


The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is proud to announce two celebrations of Celtic Culture.

Our VIRTUAL Arizona Highland Celtic Festival will run for the entire month of July 2021.  This celebration includes many facets of Celtic Heritage from each of the 8 Celtic regions.  Learn about:

  • Recipes both old and new.
  • Hear the sound of gaitas, bagpipes from Spain and Welsh bagpipes as well.
  • Delve into the world of Celtic languages and see if you can pick up a few phrases.
  • Gather your family for fun filled craft activities.
  • Join us for a virtual Tea with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.

To experience this VIRTUAL Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, visit NACHS on YouTube

Our Arizona Highland Games and Gathering will take place in person in Williams, AZ on July 17-18, 2021.  Due to COVID-19 we are presenting this event in Williams as they have lifted restrictions for in person events.  If you are not Covid vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask. In addition, we ask everyone to respect others personal space.

Rodeo Grounds, 750 Airport Rd., Williams


Athletics – Continuous each day with breaks for Highland Dance



  • 10:30
  • Noon
  • 2:30


  • Noon
  • 2:30

Piping – Check in piping area for competition and kitchen piping



  • 10:00 – Knockabouts
  • 11:00 – Wicked Tinkers
  • Noon - parade in main field
  • 1:00 – Whisky Tasting
  • 2:00 - Knockabouts
  • 3:00 – Wicked Tinkers
  • 4:00 – Knockabouts
  • 5:00 – Wicked Tinkers


  • 10:00 – Knockabouts
  • 11:00 – Wicked Tinkers
  • Noon - parade in main field
  • 1:00 - Whisky Tasting
  • 2:00 – Knockabouuts
  • 3:00 – Wicked Tinkers

Event Hours

  • Saturday 9:00 - 6:00
  • Sunday 9:00 - 4:00

Tickets will be available at the gate.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult - 1 day - $15.00
  • Adult - 2 day - $25.00
  • Child (age 5-12) - 1 day - $5.00
  • Child (age 5-12) - 2 day - $10.00

The event will include:

  • Athletics.
  • Dance.
  • Piping.
  • Kid’s activities.
  • Clans.
  • Societies.
  • And both food and merchandise vendors.

Don't forget there will be:

  • Live entertainment.
  • Beer.
  • Whisky.
  • And fun.

Dry camping is available on site, or, check our website for special rates at our host hotels!

Well socialized dogs are welcome and doggie comfort stations will be maintained by High Country Humane.

For updated information and contests with prizes, visit us on FACEBOOK. 

Tickets will be available through the website and at the gate.

More information on the Festival page.


One of the primary goals of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is to contribute to our local community and to the greater Celtic community. We are proud to say that we have contributed over $120,000.00 since our inception. Scholarships for Celtic related studies are a major part of what we do. For more info about our scholarship program please visit the scholarship page on this site. Our contributions have benefitted many individuals as well as the following:

  • Arizona Highlanders Pipe Band
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music
  • Flagstaff Light Opera Company
  • Flagstaff Public Library
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Heritage Square Trust
  • Irish Cultural Center
  • KNAU Radio
  • Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
  • New York Pipes and Drums
  • Northern Arizona Food Bank
  • Prescott Highland Games
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tucson Celtic Festival

Would you like to apply for one of our scholarships? If so, then download the scholarship form, fill it out and send it to us.


Comfort Inn near Grand Canyon, Williams
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Helping NACHS

The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting and preserving Celtic culture. One of our primary goals is to support all things Celtic. By helping NACHS you can know that you contribute to making Celtic events happen as well as providing scholarships for others to pursue Celtic studies.

Help NACHS by making a donation.


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