If you are a Clevelander who is intrigued by 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 26th annual Dublin Irish Festival being held in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, August 2, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. Dublin, Ohio is approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.
Dublin Irish Festival The second largest Irish celebration in the world, the Dublin Irish Festival will feature over 65 music and dance 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.
Activities at the Festival include storytelling, Irish folklore, hands-on workshops (where visitors can learn traditional Irish musical instruments like the harp, the tin whistle and the Bodhran drum, learn about crocheting, knitting and tatting and learn a bit of the Irish Gaelic language).
Other activities include darts tournaments, historical talks, a cornhole tournament, musical instrument demonstrations and whiskey ($20), beer ($16) and wine ($16) tasting sessions.
Animal lovers will be thrilled with the opportunity to meet and greet and pet a variety of Celtic Canines (including Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Terriers, Irish Setters, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Red and White Setters and Glen of Imaal Terriers.). Also don’t miss the chance to seen the sheep herding demonstrations with the Border Collies.
Several pipe and drum bands will be performing as well as a variety of Irish dancers from various dance academies. Some of the Festival’s musical performers include Gaelic Storm, Young Dubliners, Brigid’s Cross, Drowsy Lads, Vinegar Hill, Barleyjuice, Enter the Haggis, the Willis Clan and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
The Dublin Irish Festival will also be playing host to the Amateur Highland Games Competition (on Saturday, August 3 )where athletes will be competing in events like the caber toss, the stone put, the sheaf toss and throwing heavy weights for distance.
New this year is the Kids’ Highland Games where kids can try their hand at tossing a caber, shoveling a sheaf and throwing a Braemer Stone.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can take part in a magical fairy tea party in the Irish Tea Room where you can hear fairy stories being told while you sip your tea and partake of scones. Cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Times are 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. both days.
A multitude of artisans and crafters will be present with Irish items for sale. Of course, there will be food and drink aplenty available for purchase, Some of the traditional Irish food for sale includes lamb stew, bridies, bangers & mash, scones, fish & chips and corned beef and cabbage rolls.
On Sunday, August 4, visitors wanted 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 a Druid service.
Hours fot 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. Admission is $10 at the gate for adults and $8 for seniors (60+), military and students. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information on the Dublin Irish Festival call 800-245-8387 or get online at dublinirishfestival.org.
Site of the Festival, Coffman Park, is located at 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.