Robert Burns is among the most respected and well-known poets in the world, and he is the most celebrated Scottish poet of all time. Many of his poems and songs have become part of the standard lexicon of traditions in the Western Hemisphere (think “Auld Lang Syne”…). He was born in Scotland on January 25, 1759. For more than 200 years, Scots and their descendants have gathered to pay tribute to Robert Burns on or around January 25 in events known as Burns Suppers.

The Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh hosts a traditional Burns Supper each year. Help honor the Scottish bard, celebrate your Scottish heritage, and support the nonprofit Macdonald Pipe Band!

New This Year!

  • Our Burns Dinner has moved to the North Hills of Pittsburgh! We are at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the McCandless area of Pittsburgh, near UPMC/Passavant Hospital.
     
  • A cash bar will be available on site.
     
  • An accommodations package is available for those who would prefer to stay overnight. A special rate of $109.00 per night (plus taxes, etc.) is available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, North/McCandless Crossing upon request. The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, where the dinner is being held.

     

Burns Dinner Details

What Is a Burns Supper?

A Burns Supper is much more than a dinner — it’s an event that encompasses Scottish food, poetry, Highland costumes, piping music, and highland dancing. People return to our Burns Supper year after year because it is such a unique event!

The band’s supper follows the standard Burns Supper format. It opens with the “Selkirk Grace.”  The Haggis is brought into the hall by members of our band and receives the toast, “To A Haggis.” One of the duties of our honored guests is to give the Immortal Memory. Over the years this has been given by James MacIntosh, Bill Gaul, and several other local Scots. Members of the band give the “Toast to the Lasses” and the “Ladies’ Response. After dinner, the main performance begins. Featured performers include the Macdonald Pipe Band and highland dancers.

There is a Scottish Marketplace where you can purchase a wide variety of Celtic merchandise from several local retailers. And we also run a very popular raffle featuring items donated by many local businesses and individuals, with some items brought directly from Scotland.