Scottish Festival/Asian Festival 

Friday, JUne 12-Saturday, June 13

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You just scored your summer “trip-tick.” The itinerary reads: “Starting point: Scotland; Ending point: Asia.”

Buckle your kilt, tie on your kimono and embark upon your worldly travels! On June 12-13 at Thanksgiving Point, the Utah Scottish Association introduces the 35th annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival. This “gathering of the clans” celebration should be a doss fest of fun with traditional Scottish food, music and dance. As a tribute to Scotland’s official poet Robert Burns, his poem “Address to a Haggis” will be performed along with a free tasting of the haggis meat. (A traditional Scottish dish, haggis is a sausage-esque meat of sheep parts, oatmeal, onions and spices.)

Final destination: Asia. June 13 at the South Town Expo Center where Utah’s 32nd annual Asian Festival commences. Devoted to preserving and perpetuating unique Asian culture, the festival features hands-on workshops like Japanese doll making and the Orchid Dynasty flower-arranging class. Tiny tots also can interact at the children’s activity center with games, crafts and a literature competition honoring the Year of the Ox. Up to 15 different Asian and Pacific Islanders performing groups take the stage presenting traditional plays, folk dances and drumming, and more than 25 Utah Asian artists exhibit works of art, glass, sculpture and rugs.

Travel from the U.K. to Asia all in one weekend. Frequent-flyer miles not validated.

Utah Scottish Festival @ Thanksgiving Point, 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, 801- 768-2300, June 12, 5–10 p.m., June 13 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Asian Festival @ South Town Exposition Center, 9575 S. State, Sandy, Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

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