Have you ever wondered if taking small children to the Dublin Irish Festival (DIF) is a good idea?  Have your parents or grandparents been visiting and you wondered if they would enjoy the Festival?  The answer to both of these is YES!! 

It's an annual tradition for us to bring my grandparents here from Virginia to enjoy the fresh veggies from the garden this time of year, but the highlight of their trip is always the Dublin Irish Festival.  We usually go as soon as it opens (at 11 a.m.) and enjoy walking around the exhibits, watching the dancers. Grandma always shops the Marketplace for a gift for the people who watch over their place back home.  The kids enjoy seeing the sand sculpture, play-acting in Brian Boru's Ireland and completing a Wee Folk Area craft. 

We all like to stop at the Ceili Dance Tent for a breather in the shade and marvel at how fast those dancer's feet move!  Then we work our way back towards the North Entrance (strollers and wheelchairs can navigate the roads pretty easily) and find a table near the Trinity or Dublin stages in the shade.  Lunch is family-style for us because no one can decide on just one item!  Fish and chips, corn dogs, lobster rolls, BBQ, fresh squeezed lemonade, kettle popcorn, a few pints of beer and we finish it all off with a funnel cake.  All this while listening to great music and cooling off in the shade.  Then it's back home for naptime and we make sure to have our hands stamped so we can come back at night -- without the kids -- to see our friends and neighbors.  It's a blast and everyone has a great time -- hope we see you there!