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Dublin Irish Festival returning to original location for first time since 2019

Dublin Irish Festival returning to original location for first time since 2019

Jack McLaughlin

For the first time since 2019, the Dublin Irish Festival will be held in Coffman Park. In its 35th year, the festival, held from Aug. 5-7, will feature all things Irish with food, music, dance, and culture. 

Although the city of Dublin skipped the Irish Festival due to the pandemic in 2020, a reimagined version, Dublin Irish Days, featured city-wide celebrations in 2021 in a format that prioritized participants’ health and safety. 

This month though, the festival returns in its traditional format, featuring a variety of performances showcasing Irish music and dance. A total of 65 acts are slated to perform at the event, which will include seven stages. Musical guests include Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and Scythian, among many others. 

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While the festival is always a place to see unique musical performances, it’s also a shopper’s haven. Over 90 vendors will attend the event, at the Marketplace and Emerald Isle. 

A variety of handcrafted goods can always be found at the festival, which also boasts a plethora of eats. Visitors can take advantage of a wide range of Celtic dishes as well as American favorites. Sweets include funnel cakes, ice cream, shaved ice, and more. 

Also making its return is the festival’s Jameson Irish Whiskey Tastings, which will take place throughout the weekend in the Whiskey Tasting Tent. Registration is required for these tastings, and tickets can be purchased online. 

While the festival will still feature a variety of alcoholic  and non-alcoholic beverages, the event will no longer use beverage tokens. This year, attendees can exchange any leftover tokens for credit on Beverage Gift Cards through Aug. 2 at the Dublin Recreation Center or at the festival at Ticket & Merchandise tents. Cash can be loaded onto Beverage Gift Cards, and beverages can also be purchased with credit cards or via mobile pay.

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