1200 runners. 9 years. 5 kilometers. 3. 1 miles.

A whole lot of Irish Attitude!

In 2002, the Dublin Irish Festival 5k became the Thursday “Kick-off” tradition for the now 23-year old Dublin Irish Festival. The first 5K was completed by a little less than 400 participants and now has registered 1200 runners from around Ohio.

Including yours truly.

I will be running my first-ever 5k this evening. Why? Maybe it’s because I like a challenge, maybe it’s because registration includes a free festival ticket, maybe… just maybe the Irish Attitude has overtaken my thought process.  Either way, I’m excited to see the community get together for such a great event.

And it doesn’t stop at the 5k.

If you don’t want to run tonight, then you should crawl! Our Historic Dublin District is hosting the annual Dub Crawl from 5 p.m. - Midnight. Merchants have extended their hours and are offering special promotions as well as featuring the following bands at these select BriHi venues:

Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland The Kells - 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Dublin Village Tavern Ceol 'n Craic - 7:30 – 10 p.m. 

Brazenhead Homeland - 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

BriHi Square Plaza Dublin Cornet Band - 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Capital City Pipes & Drums - 7:30-8:15 p.m.

And don’t forget about all of Historic Dublin’s dining and treat shops:

  • Oscar's
  • Tucci's
  • La Chatelaine
  • J. Liu's Resaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Tehku Tea Company
  • Jeni's Ice Cream
  • MJ's Candy Bar
  • Sister's Sweet Shoppe
  • Our Cupcakery
  • Sugar Inc.

After my Irish warm-up tonight, I’ll be heading to the world-renowned festival tomorrow. The Dublin Irish Festival is now the world’s second largest celebration of its kind. More than 100,000+ guests are expected this year.

With 7 stages, 65 acts and over 535 performers, there is going to be non-stop action. I’m looking forward to seeing The Tartan Terrors, Lunasa, Feis Adult Dance Competition, and Cyril Scott Pipe & Drum. Not to mention shopping at the merchant tents while sipping a cold Dublin Irish Festival Stout (only available this weekend!)

Festival gates open Friday, August 6 at 4 p.m. on 29 acres in Coffman Park. Enjoy music, dance, shopping, culture, art and more. It’s fun for all ages and those who aren’t Irish, but do like to have a great time. See you there!

-Post by Allison