Are you ready for one of the country’s top Irish celebrations? Grab your green! Don your finest kilt! The Dublin Irish Festival (DIF) takes place this week (August 3-5) at Coffman Park, and it’s a party that’s 25 years in the making! More than 100,000 visitors are expected to descend upon the city where “Irish is an attitude” - Dublin, Ohio. Local and national media have recognized the Festival, so it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Thunder Stage

With 7 stages, DIF will host over 70 music and dance acts, including some of the biggest names in Irish entertainment. Visitors can also discover Irish culture and history, learn to play a bodhrán or penny whistle, savor beer and wine tastings, get up close to Celtic Canines and Bog Ponies, shop the Marketplace, experience an Irish Wake (1890s style), attend a Sunday morning church service and get a rare glimpse at Celtic athletic events during the Highland Heavyweight Games (complete with kilted competitors). For the little ones, there is Wendy’s Wee Folks area with free activities (dance lessons and contests), entertainment (magicians, storytellers, ect.), and crafts. Children can also experience the Pot O’ Gold Playland (located within the Wee Folks area) with inflatables, mini-Gaelic games and a climbing wall.

There are several new additions for this year’s Festival including The International Highland Games Federation Women’s World Team Championships at the Tansky Sawmill Toyota Greenfields Sports Area (Sunday, August 5), an Irish Authors’ Corner featuring six Irish-American authors and an American Celtic Art Exhibit. The first annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest will take place on Sunday, August 5, at 5 p.m.

A wee one enjoying DIF!

Tickets are a steal – just $10 for an all-day pass (purchased at the gate), and children under 12 are free! Senior, military, and student discounts are available, too. Or, if you plan on attending each day, you can purchase a weekend pass for just $22, but act fast! This deal is only available online until midnight, August 2! Guests can also save a little green and experience the Festival for free by donating a non-perishable food item benefiting the Dublin Food Pantry and arriving before 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Have you made your hotel reservations yet? Hurry; rooms are filling up fast! The Dublin CVB website offers a current hotel availability chart for your perusal. Most of the Dublin-area hotels are offering complimentary shuttle service to the Festival. The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is also offering a Dublin Irish Festival Sunday Getaway package with half-price tickets (Sunday only) and discounted rates at a choice of six Dublin hotels, and the option to purchase discounted Columbus Zoo tickets.

The fun runs Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gates open early on Sunday (9:30 a.m. for Sunday Services and breakfast).

To learn more, visit www.DublinIrishFestival.org.

*Check back tomorrow to learn about the DIF warm-up events such as the Dub Crawl, DIF 5K / Kids Fun Run and Irish Academy! Also, we’ll be giving away 2 tickets to this weekend’s festivities!

~ Post by Dawn and Mary