Thursday, August 1Downtown Dublin | 5 pm - midnight
Experience all Historic Dublin has to offer as the Dublin Irish Festival kicks off the weekend with the Dub Crawl and IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K and Kids Dash. Shuttles run continuously from Metro Place to Historic Dublin from 5 p.m.. - 1 a.m. Brigid’s Cross will play the Brazenhead from 8 – 11 p.m. Whether you stop by to watch the races from a nearby patio or need a place to relax and refresh after the 5K, the Dub Crawl is the perfect way to kick off the Dublin Irish Festival!
IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K & Kids Dash
Thursday, August 1Downtown Dublin | 7 pm
Kick off the 2019 Dublin Irish Festival with the IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K and Kids Dash. This tradition is the perfect way to combine fitness and fun in Historic Dublin and celebrate the start of the Dublin Irish Festival. All 5K participants receive a complimentary one-day adult admission ticket to the festival. Whether you’re a runner, walker or spectator wear, your green and get set for a weekend’s worth of “Irish attitude!”
Jameson Whiskey Tasting Snug
Tastings have long been a Dublin Irish Festival favorite. This year’s tastings will take place throughout the weekend in the Whiskey Tasting Snug. Registration is required for all tastings, so get your tickets early, as seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the Pavilion Token Booth, located across from the Whiskey Tasting Snug.
Learn to prepare popular Irish recipes in the Challenge Butter Celtic Cooking Pavilion. An engaging and informative menu of cooking demonstrations throughout the Festival weekend will feature well-tested and delicious Celtic recipes to share with guests. Local techniques and the lore of Ireland bring food and culture together in this area of the Festival. The Celtic Caterer, Chef Eric McBride brings 30 years of experience in the cooking industry. Nick Bilski from Giant Eagle will also share his creative culinary talents.
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 some of the Midwest’s top breeders conduct grooming and training demonstrations and share the history of various Irish dogs. Festival guests are able to see and pet Irish breeds including the Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier and Kerry Blue Terrier. Only working animals are permitted on Festival grounds.
Dublin Irish Celebration Academy
The Dublin Irish Celebration is pleased to present the 2019 Academy. Kick-off the start of the Dublin Irish Festival and join us for classes on Friday, August 2 for a rare opportunity for hands-on learning from internationally renowned talent.
Join us in learning and celebrating all things Irish. Whether you have a wee bit of experience, or no experience at all - it will be a fun and educational experience.