In 2013 the entertainment will feature returning favorites including magicians and storytellers. There will also be a interactive dance lesson with award-winning Irish dancers.The popular Irish Contests, with the competition for the reddest hair, greenest eyes and most freckles will return on Sunday at 3 p.m.
IGS Energy/DIF 5K and Kids Dash
Kick off the Dublin Irish Festival with a great “running tradition.” Start with the IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K and finish with the Dub Crawl. Having been a huge success last year, the Kids Dash will be taking place again this year, just before the start of the 5K. Combine fitness and fun in Historic Dublin. Whether you’re a runner or a walker, wear your green and get set for a weekend’s worth of “Irish attitude.”
The cultural areas of the Festival allow guests to discover their roots, step back into ancient times or learn a new skill. With a variety of exhibitors and four dedicated cultural stages, there is something for all interests and abilities.
Tastings have long been a Dublin Irish Festival favorite. This year’s tastings will take place throughout weekend in the Bushmills Whiskey Snug. Tickets for the tastings can be purchased with cash or credit card at the Creekside Token Booth, located across from the Bushmills Whiskey Snug. Advanced purchase is required for all tastings, so get your tickets early in the day, as seating is limited.
Who let the Celtic Canines out? Our Celtic Canine area is home to a virtual family reunion of several dog breeds native to Ireland. Throughout the weekend Festival guests will be able to see and pet Irish breeds as some of the Midwest’s most enthusiastic Celtic Canine owners come together to showcase their Canines, provide a brief history and answer questions. Breeds you might see at the Festival include the Glen of Imaal Terrier, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Irish Red and White Setter.
Join us for a celebration of faith at the Sunday Services, held on Sunday, Aug. 4. Gates open at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday Services and breakfast. Get into the Festival free on Sunday until 11 a.m. with a donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting the Dublin Food Pantry.
The 10thannual Dublin Irish Festival Academy is returning this summer as a warm-up to the Festival. A variety of classes will be offered that highlight Irish music and culture. Academy classes will be held on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Classes will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin.
Back by popular demand, the Highland Heavyweight Games are back with showcases taking place throughout the weekend – come get a rare glimpse at these Celtic athletic events! Prefer to participate? Dub Darts and the annual Dublin Irish Festival Cornhole Tournament may be just the thing for you!