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The Queen Mary extends a royal welcome to a gathering of the clans. Southern California’s premiere Scottish Festival returns to Long Beach! Celebrating twenty years of Highland fun, ScotsFest is a gathering for anyone with an appreciation for Scottish culture and cuisine, highland sports, skirling bagpipes or the aroma of single-malt whisky. The Queen Mary’s dockside promenade will feature whisky tastings sponsored by The Black Grouse, Famous Grouse, The Macallan, The Single Malt, and Highland Park with plenty of haggis, black buns, and porridge to accompany these legendary marques.

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With a Grand Parade, live sheep herding exhibitions, athletic events, sword-dancers, and fiddlers, ScotsFest offers a trip through time and culture for the whole family. Even “wee ones” will be introduced to highland games with potato sack races and archery in the Kids Zone. Enthusiastic visitors travel from as far as Scotland to compete in the International Bag Piping and Scottish Dancing competitions. Amateurs and Professionals are invited to test their skill at darts, piping, dancing, or sport.


Festival Activities


Athletics, dancing, piping, and darts. Watch competitors battle through a wide array of traditional Scottish events. 

Authentic Food and Beverages 

Have a hankering for some haggis, neeps, and tatties? Not exactly sure what those are? Don’t worry, you’ll experience a variety of authentic Scottish cuisine and whisky and learn all about the culinary traditions that make these foods so unique.

Live Entertainment 

The sounds of Scotland will be providing the soundtrack and will include several pipe bands, drummers, fiddle players, and harpists, as well as more contemporary bands with Scottish flair.


With so much do to at ScotsFest the best way to enjoy it is by staying on board the legendary Queen Mary. Check out our special offers, packages, and promotions. Learn more.


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Calling all Scottish clans! Share and exhibit your proud heritage from the great land of the Scots.

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Immersion into Scottish entertainment continues as “Rock Yer Kilt” takes center stage from 6 pm – midnight on Saturday with AC/DC tribute band TNT, Wicked Tinkers, Hoist the Colors, Highland Way, The Whooligans, and acoustic band, Sligo Rags.


The glorious Queen Mary epitomizes a proud Scottish ancestry. Built in the famed John Brown shipyards along the River Clyde, she is Scottish through and through. Once a world-leader in industrial design and manufacture, Scotland’s many shipyards, foundries, and production mills built the ships and trains that linked the global British Empire and helped make the world a smaller village. Now she stands sentinel to the annual two-day ScotsFest, herself a living testimonial to Scottish engineering and the appropriate backdrop to Southern California’s multi-cultural gathering of the clans.


Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a , 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites.


WHAT: Scottish Festival At The Queen Mary
February 16 – 17, 2013 | 9 am – 6 pm
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS: Tickets

CONTACT INFO: (800) 437-2934

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is a great family oriented destination where you can have fun while learning. The Aquarium is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, representing nearly 500 species, the Aquarium celebrates the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean. Featuring 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, the  Aquarium of the Pacific  is a world-class aquarium, exploring the waters of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific.

Aquarium Exhibits

Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril:

The Arctic and Antarctica are very cold and dry. Despite these inhospitable conditions, a variety of plants and animals have adapted to thrive in these regions of our planet. Journey to the icy edges of the Earth in this new exhibit. Touch sea jellies. View king crabs. And meet a real live Arctic fox.

Learn about climate change, which is causing warmer ocean temperatures, melting ice, rising seas, and more, is posing a serious threat to these fragile ecosystems and ultimately people and animals across the globe.

Ocean Science Center:

Travel across the planet in the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere and learn about our rising sea and ports and maritime trade. This is a one-of-a-kind virtual learning center.

The Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center uses a Science on a Sphere from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore our planet and tell stories about ocean phenomena and their impacts. Currently, the center is featuring daily shows on sea level rise and ports.

Southern California/Baja Gallery:

Extending 800 miles from Oregon to Mexico, California’s coastal waters include a variety of ecosystems, animals, and temperatures. Beyond the most southwestern point of the United States, extending along the coast of Mexico to the Sea of Cortez, is the Baja Peninsula. See sea lions and other life up close and personal.

The Baja coast includes warm bays and lagoons, mangrove forests, and giant kelp forests. Because of the diversity of habitats found along the coast, a large variety of species are found within California and Baja California waters, many of which are featured in the Aquarium’s Southern California/Baja Gallery.

Northern Pacific Gallery:

The Aquarium’s Northern Pacific Gallery represents the northernmost region of the Pacific Ocean, specifically habitats in and around the Bering Sea. Covering over 800,000 square miles between Alaska, Siberia, the Bering Strait, and the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Sea has an upwelling of cold water that replaces the warmer surface water, with temperatures staying below 54 degrees. See these cold water animals through the enormous Aquarium.

The Bering Sea is home to over 450 species of fish and invertebrates, 50 bird species, and 25 species of marine mammals. At the Aquarium, you can join on a journey through the Northern Pacific—home to the adorable otter and the mysterious giant Pacific octopus.

Tropical Pacific Gallery:

The warm, 80-degree waters of Micronesia contain an astounding 2,100 islands. Palau, the westernmost section of the Micronesian islands, runs north to south, covering approximately 125 miles. Considered by many to be among the most beautiful in the world, Palau’s waters contain an incredible diversity of coral, fish, and other colorful marine life. The 16 exhibits in the Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery represent the beautiful marine life you would find off the coast of Palau.

The Tropical Reef Habitat, which can be viewed from three locations in the gallery, is the Aquarium’s largest exhibit. Holding 350,000 gallons of water, this exhibit features over a thousand colorful fish and beautiful coral, including sea turtles, zebra and blacktip reef sharks, porcupine puffers, and a large blue Napoleon or humphead wrasse.


If you’d like to have lunch at the Aquarium, Café Scuba is the perfect place to grab a meal or a quick snack. They serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizza, and more, providing a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Seals & Sea Lions exhibit. Additional food can be found at Bamboo Bistro, the Coffee Cart, and the Jamba Juice hut. For hours and menu click here.


In addition to the three main galleries highlighting the major regions of the Pacific, the Aquarium features three major exhibitions. Shark Lagoon and the Lorikeet Forest aviary offer an outdoor adventure in Explorer’s Cove. Their special exhibits gallery features changing exhibits.

These are just a few of the exhibits and galleries the Aquarium has to offer. Check out the visitors guide and calendar of events for more information.

WHAT: Aquarium of the Pacific
WHEN: Daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE: 100 Aquarium Way  | Long Beach, CA 90802

CONTACT INFO: (562) 590-3100


  • Ticket prices: Adult $24.95, Child $13.95, Senior $21.95
  • Parking: $8

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