If you are a Clevelander who is intrigued with all things Irish and you didn’t get your fill at the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds two weeks ago then you may have the luck of the Irish for you can attend the 24th annual Dublin Irish Festival being held in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 where you can continue to celebrate everything Irish. Dublin, Ohio is located 138 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive.
Dublin Irish Festival Twice named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association and the 2nd largest Irish celebration in the world, the Dublin Irish Festival will feature 65 acts and more than 535 entertainers from the United States and Ireland performing on 7 different stages with music ranging from traditional Irish tunes to Celtic rock. More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend the event.
The festivities kick off on Friday, August 5 at the 29 acre Coffman Park in Dublin with the 5K race and Dub Crawl. Irish cultural activities at the Festival include storytelling, folklore, hands-on workshops (including one where visitors can learn traditional Irish musical instruments like the tin whistle, the fiddle and the Bodhran drum and one where you can learn a bit of the Irish Gaelic language and one where you can learn to make a scone).
Other activities include dart tournaments, meeting Irish wolfhounds, cornhole tournaments, a rugby demonstration, a Best Legs in a Kilt contest, musical instrument demonstrations, historical talks and whiskey, beer and mead wine tasting sessions.
Several pipe and drum bands will be performing as well a variety of Irish dancers from various dance academies. Just some of the others performers are Brigid’s Cross, Irish harpist Candyce Dunham, Gaelic Storm, Fiddler player Charlene Adzima, The Fuchsia Band, Jim Keenan & Cape May Ceili Band, Dervish, Moya Brennan, the Young Dubliners and Tartan Terrors.
Guests will also be able to visit a 10th century Irish village depicting a time in history when the Danes were chased out of Ireland by Irish hero Brian Boru.
A multitude of artisans and crafters will be present with Irish items for sale and there will be food and drink aplenty available for purchase.
On Sunday, August 7, visitors wishing to attend a church service will have several to choose from at 10:15 a.m. including an Irish Mass, a Traditional Mass, an Interdenominational Service and even a Druid Service.
Hours for the Dublin Irish Festival are 4 p.m. – midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. – midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday. General admission ranges from $7 – $10. Children 12 and under are free. Festival parking is free.
Coffman Park is located at 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio. 800-245-8387. Again, it is approximately a 2 hour and 20 minute drive from Cleveland to Dublin.