Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. For 28 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the largest three-day Irish Festival on the planet. More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend. With 7 stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers, there is something for everyone.
Friday, August 4 – 4 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday, Aug. 5 – 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday, Aug. 6 – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Dublin Irish Festival is a production of the City of Dublin. The primary source of funding for the Festival is Dublin’s Hotel/Motel Tax and the support of our generous sponsors. All proceeds for the Festival support community events and activities that enhance the resident and visitor experience in Dublin.
The mission of a City of Dublin event is to enrich and unify the community and to showcase Dublin’s amenities to visitors by producing high-quality, safe and family-friendly events.
The mission of the Dublin Irish Festival specifically is to produce an internationally recognized event that promotes Irish music, dance, culture and tradition. The Festival strives to significantly impact the Dublin economy through overnights stays in hotels and increased sales at area businesses.
Ongoing goals of the Festival include the following:
- Preserve the Irish cultural integrity of the Festival
- Improve the guest experience through exceptional customer service
- Focus on safety, crowd management and accessibility issues
- Focus on environmentally friendly practices and
- Maximize revenue and cost containment
The Festival was founded in 1988 by the Dublin Irish Celebration. In 1992, the City of Dublin assumed management of the Festival. The Festival will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2017, growing from a small gathering to one of the largest Irish cultural gatherings in the world.
Attendance has averaged just over 100,000 guests per year. Generally, 20 percent are from Dublin, OH, 60 percent from other cities in Ohio and 20 percent from all over the world.
The Festival is estimated to have an economic impact of more than 8.3 million dollars on the local economy. In addition, the Festival presents an opportunity for local organization to generate more than $131,000 to support their individual missions through on-site service.
In 2016, there were nearly 1,300 volunteers giving over 11,000 hours to the Festival including 130 individuals who volunteer year-round on planning committee.