Plaid & Proud: Tartan Week in NYC

I may have an explanation as to why the weather here in New York has turned so damp and cold this week. It’s not just April showers… Gotham has been transformed into cloudy Scotland for the anything but drab Tartan Week festivities.

Unfortunately we’ve already missed Whiskey Live and the Dressed to Kilt fashion show, but there is plenty more to come so grab your skirt and get going to some of these upcoming events:

April 6: Scottish brewer Belhaven sponsors a live performance by Suilven at St. Andrews on 44th, where the haggis and cock-a-leekie soup is as plentiful as the brews and whiskey.

April 7: Celebrate the 6th annual observance of National Tartan Day on Ellis Island. Scottish film and poetry showings, as well as Gaelic songs and Celtic dancers throughout the day.

April 10: Two of Scotland’s leading novelists and commentators, Andrew O’Hagan and James Robertson, in discussion with novelist Colum McCann at Housingworks, just one event in a series that is part of the Isle of Jura Festival of Scottish Writing.

April 13: Second Annual Football Match at Pier 40.

April 14: Bagpipers galore beginning at 2 pm: The Tartan Day Parade along 6th Ave.

April 13 – 15: Catch Colin Ferguson at one of five scheduled shows at Comix.

Throughout the two-week celebration stop by the Scottish Village at Grand Central for cultural exhibits, shopping and tourism info to plan your own trip to the Highlands.