Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by simply getting outside. The good news is that’s easy to do in Dublin, where we believe the grass is always greener! With over 60 parks covering 1,500+ acres of unspoiled wilderness nearby, exploring nature is almost effortless. Meanwhile, Dublin’s modern amenities make it the perfect urban-meets-outdoor oasis for your next weekend escape or week-long getaway.

Here are the five best ways to spend Memorial Day outdoors, right here in Dublin.

Kick off the PGA TOUR Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, May 27 - June 2

Golfer teeing off from the 15th tee at the Memorial Touranment while fans surround the tee box.

Of course the main attraction this time of year is the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. As part of the official PGA TOUR, the legendary Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus invites the public, alongside top golf professionals, to his internationally acclaimed Muirfield Village Golf Club. More than a good reason to get onto the green, it’s also a unique opportunity to explore the private course and honor golf greats through a series of special events. Catch the practice rounds starting May 27th and stay through June 2nd to see the official rounds!

Celebrate summer with the Bridge Park Fore! Fest street festival, May 30 - June 1

The back of a band performing to a crowd in Bridge Park during Fore!Fest.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to go far to have more fun! Take a quick trip from historic Dublin to the contemporary Bridge Park, where Fore!Fest promises a happening after party. From May 30th to June 1st, the outdoor festival is the official par-tee of the Memorial Tournament, where you can celebrate the awesome game of golf with your favorite foods, fresh drinks, and live music in the streets. Plus, free admission means you can keep your vacation-mode going without a worry. So stay out for sunset, and don’t leave without taking home official merchandise from the Tournament pop-up shop.

Shop for local art, crafts, and produce at the Dublin Market, every Saturday in Summer

Baskets of fresh strawberries displayed at a vendor booth at the Dublin Market

For a quieter, yet equally exciting, stroll through Bridge Park, treat yourself to the fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at the Dublin Market. Open rain or shine, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. every Saturday from May through September, you can feast your eyes on the freshest local produce from Summer’s bounty and shop unique goods from our local farmers, artisans, and craftsmen. This is where you’ll find the perfect mix of food, retail, products, and entertainment. It’s hassle-free fun for friends, families, and anyone looking to savor summer every weekend.

Explore Dublin’s parks and discover art outdoors with your family, whenever you want

Rows of giant concrete corn sculptures in a field

The best part about being surrounded by nature is that it’s always right outside your door! And in Dublin, we even bring art into it. Get your family together to experience Art in Public Places, an unexpected way to spend time with your loved ones in some of our most accessible parks. Together you can visit as many as 70 sculptural elements and take a self-guided cell phone tour for an interactive guide to the most popular installations. At the end of the day, you’ll know more about art, nature, and your family!

Wander around untouched nature just outside the city, 6:30 AM to dusk every day

Observation deck at Glacier Ridge Metro Park during sunset.

Art isn’t the only adventure you’ll find in Dublin’s parks. You’ll also find extraordinary environments just a short drive away! Just 15 minutes from downtown, the Glacier Ridge Metro Park was named for the debris left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago. Now it’s home to 1,037 acres of untouched nature, including the 150-acre Honda Wetland Area and its education center. Here you can take the whole clan to watch wildlife from the boardwalk, see the view from a 25-foot observation tower, tackle the outdoor obstacle course and zip line, or get close to nature along 11 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails.

To recap, these are five outdoor Memorial Day must-dos you can find right here in Dublin:

  1. PGA TOUR Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, May 27 - June 2
  2. Bridge Park Fore!Fest street festival, May 30 - June 1
  3. The Dublin Market, every Saturday during the summer
  4. See Dublin’s Art in Public Places, whenever you want
  5. Explore nature just outside the city, 6:30 AM to dusk every day

No matter how you like to celebrate summer, Dublin has all the parks, arts, and activities you need to kick off the season with some fun. So find your place among the charming city and vibrant nature, and make it a Memorial Day you’re sure to remember!