Today marks the first official day of the 2013 Dublin Irish Festival. That’s right, slap on some green clothing, and take an Irish attitude up to Coffman Park in Dublin, to enjoy the world’s second largest Irish celebration! With more than seven stages, 65 acts, and more than 535 performers, just as it is billed – there is something for everyone, unless your name is King George.
Enjoy the myriad of bands, dancers, cultural events, and competitions that the festival has to offer. It is a boat load of fun to be able to say, “We’re going to go listen to “Enter the Hagis!” or “Have you heard “Ladies of Longford! My goodness are they neat.” Or how about, “Oh my gosh, Red Hot Chilli Peppers are playing at the Dublin Irish Festival at 10:00 O’Clock on Friday!? Wha?!” Only to realize that this Red Hot Chilli Peppers spells their name with 2 L’s and is not the immensely popular California band. In the midst of your frustration you go see the double L’d ChiLLi Peppers anyway, only to figure out that THEY ARE FREAKING SWEET! Between their bag piping and drumming, you over hear someone say that this band has had a sold-out international tour, and that frustration turns into complete love for Gaelic Rock.
Tickets for the festival are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and students, and children under 12 get in free. At this reasonable price, and with the above scenario, what’s holding you back from immersing yourself in all things Irish? I forgot to mention the festival also features, Celtic canines, Celtic sports, and beverage tastings. If you still feel something is missing don’t worry, there is a Fairy Tea Party, complete with a Fairy Grandmother, mysticism and magic! Go get your Irish on this week at the Dublin Irish Festival.