Dublin Irish Festival Goes from Green to Gold at the International Festivals and Events Association Annual Conference

News Facts:

  • The Dublin Irish Festival was honored at the 61st Annual International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Convention and Expo with five IFEA Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards.
  • Awards were received in all three categories; Gold, Silver and Bronze.
  • Held in Tucson, Ariz. September 27 – 29, the IFEA recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.
  • Entries for the IFEA Haas and Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards were judged on creativity, clarity of message, design, overall appeal and measurable results. Dublin Irish Festival winners are as follows:


Best Ad Series

Rhythm, Tradition and Magic


Best Other Merchandise


Best Social Media Site     

DIF Facebook

Best TV Promotion (Ad)

Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (2015 Annual Report)

  • The 2016 competition marked the first year that the Dublin Irish Festival competed with other international events with budgets over $1.5 million. Awards were handed out in 68 different categories in total and includes diverse industry giants including the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Fiesta Bowl, Memphis in May, the Cherry Blossom Festival, the 500 Festival, the Kentucky Derby Festival and more.
  • The Dublin Irish Festival was the recipient of several other awards in 2016 including: Best of Columbus Family Faves: Honorable Mention for Favorite Festival, Columbus Parent Magazine; Best of the Bus: Best Suburban Arts Festival, CityScene Magazine; Best of Columbus: Best Festival Runner-Up, Columbus Alive.
  • For more information on the Dublin Irish Festival, visit: dublinirishfestival.org.


The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operations and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the glove, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festival and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.

Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE
IFEA President and CEO

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­Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. For 30 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s largest three-day Irish Festival. More than 100,000 guests are expected next year Aug. 4, 5 & 6 – 2017. With seven stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers, there is truly something for everyone. For more information, please visit www.dublinirishfestival.org.


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Mary Jo DiSalvo
Event Administrator
City of Dublin
Phone: 614.410.4507

Sara O’Malley
Event Specialist
City of Dublin
Phone: 614.410.4518