Dublin Irish Festival

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Dublin Irish Festival 2018

The Dublin Irish Festival is the largest three-day Irish Festival in the world. Literally nowhere on the planet will you find a bigger, better celebration of Irish dance, food, culture, and art than right here in Central Ohio! The festival is held in Coffman Park, and fills the park from end to end with Irish culture, arts, and entertainment. There’s even a Sunday church service and breakfast to be had. This is one of our community’s most treasured events, and it honors the spirit of Dublin, Ohio as well as our Irish immigrant history here. Come join us to celebrate the Irish in all of us!

This year, the festival runs from August 3, 4 & 5, and tickets are available for pre-purchase online for a discount, and at the festival gates.

Dublin Irish Festival Tickets:

Online Discounted Advance Tickets are available through midnight August 2:

Single day general admission, $10.

Add $5 to each ticket if purchased at the gate.

Beverage tokens are available singly and in bundles of 6 for $2 each. These are for all beverages, from water to whiskey.

Re-entry is allowed WITH hand stamp.

Dublin Irish Festival VIP Packages

Check the website as they sell out long before the event.

Dublin Irish Festival Hours

Friday, August 3 open 4pm-Midnight

Saturday, Aug 4 open 11am-Midnight

Sunday Church Service and Breakfast – 9:30am, which is free admission with non-perishable food donation for the Dublin Food Pantry

Sunday, Aug 5 open 11am-9pm

Dublin Irish Festival Events

 A full schedule of events is on the website, but here’s a brief overview.

Beverage tastings: In the past, all beverage tastings were $16-24 per adult with ID. Beverages are Jameson Irish Whiskey, beer, and wine. Check the website for updated information.

Wee Folk Area: Pot O- Gold Playland is available for children aged 2 to 12. Unlimited rides can be purchased online before the festival for $10 and for $12 over the weekend.

Culture: Music workshops provide instruction and entertainment, cultural workshops provide instruction on chainmail, knitting, tatting, and more, Spoken Word provides Irish folktales and poetry, and the Traditions stage offers music, history, and dance presentations.

Music: With three stages, everything from Irish folk music to Celtic rock is available for your listening pleasure. Check the schedule and the featured artists online.

More: It’s hard to cover all the adventure available this weekend, but there is a Dub Crawl which has Dublin merchants offering special deals and staying open late on Friday, a race and fun run on Thursday, a genealogy tent, and a kids’ play area, too.

Note: All this information was correct at the time of publication, but there are sometimes last minute changes. Please check the event website for up-to-the-moment information before making your plans. Thank you!

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Go ‘Green’ – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Once a year (of course, as with any annual celebration) St. Paddy’s Day rolls around. The activities will probably start heating up ahead of time, but the day itself is on Saturday, March 17 this year. Do you look good in green? Do you, perhaps, like green (or lovely dark) colored liquids that come in pint glasses? How about corned beef and cabbage, or even Irish coffee? Then you should mosey on down to your favorite spot and take in some of the celebrations. Here’s a short list of things we found in several areas for this year’s edition of St. Patrick’s Day.

If you live in or around Dublin, they’re holding their “Greenest, Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” this Saturday March 10. The fun starts at 11 a.m. It’s a big deal, it’s free, and it’s lots of fun. They’re telling us to bring our “Irish attitude”, and to make sure we’re there for 10 a.m.

On Saturday March 17, The Shamrock Club of Columbus will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade; this is a tradition that’s been going on since 1936.

In addition to Dublin and Columbus, there are parades in Cleveland (March 17, held since 1867), Toledo, Portsmouth, St. Henry, Youngstown, and other towns and cities.

St. Paddy’s day, however, isn’t only about green or parades. With a healthy Irish influence in the state, there are numerous other activities you can get in on. If you’re in Columbus, try the Fado Irish Pub on Townsfair Way, or the Brazenhead on West Fifth Avenue. If you live in or near the Brewery District, there’s the Claddagh Irish Pub at S. Front Street. As you can see, there are many things to do, and many ways to do them, this St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s important to know who you’re celebrating, don’t you think? St. Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints who died somewhere around the year 493 (yes, you read that right). He was said to have rid Ireland of ‘snakes’, though the snakes in question have been interpreted in different ways over the years. Like his father, and grandfather before him, St. Patrick found his rightful place, and work, in the church. Today, people celebrate St. Patrick all over the world, and in several European countries, it is an official bank holiday.