REGISTRATION is open for the 2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week. Click this link to access the online registration form.


ACGA offers two types of annual events, the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, which takes place each July in North Carolina just before the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and two regional Mòds: The Great Lakes Mòd, or Mòd nan Lochan Mòra, in June, and the Ligonier Mòd, which takes place in September during the Ligonier Highland Games in Pennsylvania.

Also, ACGA at one time held an annual immersion weekend. While that event has not been held for several years, we’ve made information on past weekends available here. Given demand, ACGA may hold immersion events in the future.

Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week is a week-long workshop full of Gaelic-related classes revolving around three basic tracks:

  1. Language — using the actual language for communication
  2. Singing — everything from teaching songs to the history of songs to the details of ornamentation and technique
  3. Special Interest — where the instructors take a subject of which they are particularly fond and teach about that subject.  As there are different teachers every year, these vary widely from year to year.

In the evening throughout the week various activities are scheduled, everything from a semi-informal Ceilidh to a silent auction to Gaelic-related movie/film night and a lot more.

The Regional Mòds are both competitions and exhibitions of Gaelic singers, storytellers, and poets.  Held once per year in the State of Pennsylvania, the Mòd is adjudicated by experts in Gaelic Performing Arts, as well as yearly winners of Scotland’s own Royal National Mòd, bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic together to celebrate their language and share it with others.

The ACGA Immersion Weekend.  Here is some detail about past ACGA Immersion Weekends: