The largest, three-day Irish festival in the world celebrates its 32nd year in 2019. The Dublin Irish Festival started as a small gathering of musicians on a tennis court in Coffman Park back in 1988 and has grown to be one of the most iconic events in the state. You won’t want to miss this year’s festival happening on August 2-4 in Dublin, Ohio.
In celebration of #DublinIrishFest’s 32nd birthday, here are 32 things to do at the Dublin Irish Festival.
1. Run in the 5K – Kick off the festivities with the IGS Energy 5K and Kids Dash in Historic Dublin.
2. Head to the Historic Dublin DubCrawl – Listen to Irish music and enjoy libations in Historic Dublin to set the tone for the weekend!
3. Before you go, download the new festival app for special offers and real-time festival updates.
4. Take a class at the Dublin Irish Academy – Join in the fun on Friday, August 2 for hands-on workshops celebrating all things Irish.
5. Drink Responsibly & Go Green - Upon arrival, purchase a reusable souvenir mug ($2) to show you’re part of the solution and limit the number of plastic beverage cups. Click here for a full beverage menu.
6. Pack your picnic blanket and camp out in front of one of the seven entertainment stages.
7. Shop ‘till you drop – Find Gaelic goodies and shop around the festival’s Marketplace and Emerald Isle. Products include everything from pottery to jewelry.
8. Catch Irish Dancers – You haven’t seen an Irish Step Dance until you’ve watched the performers at the Dublin Irish Festival. See performances by Regan Rankin Holland Academy of Irish Dance, Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance and more. Click here for the full entertainment schedule.
9. Visit with the good boys at the Celtic Canine Area – Need we say more?
10. Don’t be sheepish – watch an authentic Sheep Herding demonstration.
11.Cheers with a Guinness – Guinness is considered a necessary food group at the Dublin Irish Fest. That is all.
12. Hang your wish on the Wishing Tree – An age-old Irish tradition, the Wishing Tree is an attendee favorite every year. Find it right by the Trinity Stage near the northwest food court!
14. Tap your foot to the beat of all the Irish Music.
15. Hear what life was like in Ireland 1,000 years ago with Brian Boru’s Ireland reenactment.
16. Get your Knit on with an Introduction to Knitting class.
17. Fancy a Fiddle – Students from the local Dublin Scioto High School make up the Irish Fiddle Fetish. Catch them Saturday, August 3 from 8:30-9:15 and Sunday, August 4 from 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm.
18. Take the kiddos to the Wendy’s Wee Folk area for face painting, crafts, entertainment and more.
19. Celebrate years passed and find the 30th Anniversary Dublin Irish Festival statue. Fashioned in the shape of a harp to honor the national emblem of Ireland
20. Stay and Play in the Pot O’ Gold Playland featuring 20 inflatable rides and activities. Open to children ages 2-12. Wristbands can be purchased for $10 and are good for unlimited rides on the same day purchased.
21. Get a Taste of Jameson – Register for one of the whiskey tastings being offered at multiple times throughout the weekend. Space is limited. Learn more here.
22. Let the Celtic Games Begin – Watch as athletes compete in the Highland Games with events like the Hammer Throw, Open Stone and Sheaf Toss.
23. Trace your history at the Genealogy Tent, offered to all who wish to find out more about their ancestry.
24. Brush up on your Irish Cooking – When in Dublin, cook like the Irish do! Learn to prepare popular Irish recipes through a cooking demonstration held throughout the festival in the Celtic Cooking Pavilion.
25. Load up on nom-worthy foods from one of the more than 50 participating vendors – Click here for the full list.
26. Watch as the iconic Giant Sand Sculpture is created over the 3 days of the festival.
27. Dress like a local and fashion your kilt – available for purchase from multiple vendors in the Festival Marketplace.
28. #DoItForTheGram and snap a selfie in front of the Irish Festival sign.
29. Learn to Weave – Learn how to thread using a small cardboard loom and take home a bookmark or bracelet! Learn more here.
30. Attend an Irish Mass – On Sunday, experience a true Catholic Mass at 10 am on the Scott’s Miracle-Gro Dublin Stage.
31. Make it a nightcap on the Celtic Cocktail Trail – After a day of Irish celebration, end with a Celtic Cocktail at one of our participating restaurants.
32. Keep the party going – check out these Irish Approved Experiences to keep the party going off-site.
The 32nd year of the Dublin Irish Festival is sure to be one of the best! Don’t miss out on the fun. Buy your tickets today.
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