Where can you find the largest three-day Irish Festival in the world? In Ohio, at the Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival! More than 100,000 attendees flock to Dublin to celebrate all things Irish; including live entertainment, Irish dancers, Celtic Sports, cultural exhibits, whiskey tastings, Irish food and many more Irish related activities. Attending the Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival is the perfect summer event to become Irish for the weekend!
The Dublin Irish Festival has something for everyone! With seven stages for live entertainment, more than sixty entertainment acts and over 500 performers, festival attendees can discover their favorite Irish performance. Listening to live Irish music (whether it be instrumental, rock, or traditional), watching live Irish dancing, attending cultural shows and workshops (spoken word, Irish traditions, and music workshops) or watching Celtic sporting events like the amateur Highland games, sheepherding, amateur boxing or darts competition; visitors can spend three days at the festival and not see all the live entertainment and Irish exhibits! Irish food and drinks are celebrated with numerous food vendors, food trucks, and beverage tastings from Jameson Irish Whiskey, and a variety of Irish beers and wines. The Dublin Irish Festival is fun for the entire family, with a devoted area for kids at the Wee Folk area that highlights fun Irish crafts and entertainment (music and storytellers) to inspire and entertain even the littlest Irish fans.
Some of my favorite Dublin Irish Festival highlights are:
One of the best things about the Dublin Irish Festival is the amount of talented entertainers that perform at the festival! Amazing Irish music and talented Irish dancers can bring out the Irish attitude in anyone! Many of the performers made me feel like I was back in Ireland, enjoying live Irish music with a cold pint of cider at an Irish pub!!
Food and Drink:
With plenty of food vendors, festival goers won’t leave hungry! We tried the haggis and chips, Irish stew and of course, the Irish drinks!
Besides the live Irish music and dancing, my favorite part of the Irish festival is visiting with the adorable Irish pups at the Celtic Canine area. Highlighting several of the native Irish dog breeds, visitors can get up close and personal with the Glen of Imaal Terrier, Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Irish Wolfhound. I made a few new friends, like Darren the Glen of Imaal Terrier and Fiona and Emmett, the Irish Wolfhounds!
Attending the Dublin Irish Festival will make you find your inner Irish attitude! For more information at the Dublin Irish Festival, visit www.dublinirishfestival.org. While in town for the festival, visit Historic Downtown Dublin for year-round Irish themed events, restaurants, and shopping! Sláinte!