I don't know about you but when St. Patrick's Day comes around every year, I immediately think of Dublin, Ohio. There is nowhere I would rather spend the holiday. I emailed Sara from the Dublin Visitors Bureau and she gave me a wonderful list of Irish approved festivities for St. Patty's Day weekend. I've also added a few of my own ideas! I hope this helps your planning.
Friday, March 11
- Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, Brazenhead (Dublin), 5:30 pm. Contestants can bring their own kilt or rent one from Ha’penny to jig it out in front of a panel of judges and roaring crowd. Enjoy live Irish entertainment from bagpipers and Irish dancers
Dublin Irish Festival Night with the Columbus Blue Jacket, Go see the Jackets take on the Pittsburgh Penguins and see special pre-game performances from Irish dancers and musicians.
Saturday, March 12
Pancake Breakfast, Sells Middle School, 7-11 am. The greenest weekend of the year kicks off with a pancake breakfast followed by the Inflation Celebration where the parade balloons come to life.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Historic Dublin, 11 am. Marching bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, giant balloons and even St. Patrick himself march through the streets of Dublin.
Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin, Historic Dublin, all day. Follow the Trail Map and hunt for Irish Fairy Doors throughout Historic Dublin. Find all six doors and get a “Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin” t-shirt and be entered to win the grand prize on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Blarney Bash, 555 Metro Place N., 12-11 pm. Immediately following the parade, the biggest SPD party in the city kicks off featuring live Irish music and dancing throughout the day. There will also be kid activities and food and beverage trucks. $10 per person, 12 and under is free. ($7 advance tickets)
If you want to get in on the fun but the events aren't for you or you want to add more to your day, check out Dublin Villiage Tavern and Brazenhead Irish Pub for lunch or dinner. I also highly suggest you check out Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland for some Irish gifts.
The weekend after check out the St. Patrick's Day 4 Miler with M3S Sports.