Music & Entertainment

Dance and music combine on the Dublin Irish Festival’s seven stages – Ceili Dance Tent, Celtic Music House, Celtic Rock Stage, Dublin Stage, Shamrock Stage, Thunder Stage, and Trinity Stage-bringing audiences the best in Irish entertainment. The weekend’s lineup will feature a mix of returning favorites and fresh, new additions. Perfect for a party 25 years in the making!

Gaelic Storm

 At the Ceili Dance Tent, audiences will be wowed by the performances by the Willis Clan, The Kells (also playing at the Celtic Music House) Dublin Singers, Kate Power, Regan-Rankin Academy of Irish Dance, Columbus Celtic Dancers, and many more. Changeling, Charlene Adzima, Craig & Kara, and others can be found on the Celtic Music House Stage throughout the weekend. If you’re looking to rock, check out Gaelic Storm, The Mahones, Black 47, the Young Dubliners, the Prodigals, and additional acts on the Celtic Rock Stage. Ten different performances are scheduled to appear on the Dublin Stage, including Eileen Ivers, T with the Maggies, General Guiness, the John Whelan Band, and others. Headliners for the Shamrock Stage are Aisling, Bob Ford & the Ragamuffins, Clear Blue Sunday, the Hooligans, and more. The Thunder Stage will showcase some of the finest Irish dancers and musicians like The Atlantic Steps, Columbus Feist, Cyril Scott Pipe Band, and Brigid’s Cross. Last, but certainly not least, acts such as the Tannahill Weavers, Slide, Old Bay Ceili Band, and Vinegar Hill can be found on the Trinity Stage.

Cyril Scott Pipe Band

A special musical treat is the Bagpipe Showcase on Saturday. Some Ohio-based groups like Capital City Pipes & Drums, Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Cincinnati Caledonia Pipe Band, and Cleveland 87th Pipe Band can be found here.

For a complete schedule, visit the Dublin Irish Festival website:

*Note: Congratulations to Dana Remaley – our winner from yesterday’s blog contest! The Dublin CVB would also like to thank everyone that left comments about their favorite Irish Festival memories!

~ Post by Dawn

What is there for a 24 year old to do in Dublin, Ohio?….Plenty!

When I received the news that I had been hired as the new SMERF Sales and Marketing Manager for the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau, I was ecstatic.  From my interviews and research, I learned the position entailed “selling and marketing” the city of Dublin.  After living in the Columbus area for 15 years, I knew that Dublin is an amazing and unique city.  I moved to Delaware when I was 10 years old and lived there until I ventured a whopping 35 miles away to Bexley, Ohio to attend Capital University.  After graduating with a degree in Marketing, I moved to the northwest side of Columbus.  Since I have been a resident of Central Ohio for so long, I thought I would be ahead of the game when it came to learning about Dublin but boy, was I wrong!

Dublin has more to offer visitors than I ever had imagined!  There are so many events beyond the Dublin Irish Festival and the Memorial Tournament.  Not only is the city extremely family friendly and beautiful, but it really appeals to my demographic, as well.  When I make plans with friends, we automatically think to travel to the Short North or the Arena District.  But now I am thinking we have been missing the opportunity to experience Dublin!

I have been making daily mental notes on different places to bring my friends – starting with the Dublin Village Tavern.  What a great atmosphere to have a drink and appetizer!  Each day I look out my window and see their patio filled with people for lunch and after work Happy Hour.  I have now tried a few different menu items, but I’m planning to try something new next time – their Irish Egg Rolls.  Venturing down the road, you will come to the Brazenhead Irish Pub.  I’d visited there before for the great patio and specials, but I never knew they had live music, too.  That’s a perfect way to spend a night during the summer!  Or, if you like to try different beers, original cocktails and amazing food, Matt the Miller’s Tavern is the place to go.  I am a huge fan of their flatbreads – I need to go back to try a different item on the menu!

I also realized there are great little shops in Historic Dublin!  Each year, I travel to the mall to find something green to wear for St. Patty’s day (mostly so I don’t get pinched by friends!).  On Wednesday, I visited Ha’Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland for the first time.  They had the cutest shirts as well as other Irish gear!  I am embarrassed to say I never thought of looking in Historic Dublin for Irish themed clothing.  That same day we also stopped in to Clover Boutique.  I was tempted to try on every piece of clothing on the racks!  They had so many unique tops and dresses that you cannot find anywhere else.

Being a chocolate and sweets lover, I am becoming quite spoiled by working within a short walk of Sister’s Sweet Shoppe, Aboxa Fudge, Jeni’s Ice Cream and Our Cupcakery.  After tasting chocolate covered fudge (who knew there was such a heavenly creation!?) at Aboxa Fudge on Thursday, I had to be sure to run an extra mile or two that night!

My “Irish Attitude” has already been developed!  I can’t wait to continue to learn more about this great city and pass that knowledge on to others!

~Samantha Kennedy is the SMERF Sales & Marketing Manager for the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau. (SMERF is an acronym for Social, Military, Educational, Reunion and Fraternal markets.)

Our last post offered the low down on the City of Dublin’s big St. Patrick’s Day celebration–which happens tomorrow, Saturday, March 10. (Yes, that’s right. A week early because we simply can’t go one more week without a celebration.)  But, wait. There’s MORE …

The folks in Historic Dublin, Ohio (sometimes called the “BriHi” district for it’s location at the corner of Bridge & High Streets) are embracing the fact that there will be a GIANT parade marching through the district and they are offering all kinds of fun discounts, goodies and incentives to encourage visitors to stay and play through the afternoon and evening. Be sure to visit these Historic Dublin businesses while you’re getting your green on tomorrow:

  • Conley and Partners / Prudential Metrix Realtors – Annual Parade Party 10 am – 1 pm – Enjoy complimentary popcorn and balloons during the parade.
  • Clover Boutique  – Free “Irish” buttons and stickers, as well as 20% off anything green in the store from Sat., March 10-17.
  • Our Cupcakery – Find your “Lucky Pot of Sweet Gold.”  Doors open at 9 am with warm Irish scones and hot coffee. Then grab a coin and win a sweet surprise. 
  • Aboxa Fudge – Visit our tent for water, soda, coffee and Fudge during the parade.
  • Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt – Get your cup of gold by keeping gold in your pocket.  25 % off all yogurt flavors, all day Saturday during and after the parade.
  • The State Bank – Free balloons and Irish tattoos for the kids during the parade!
  • The Brazenhead Irish Pub — Live Irish music on both Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, March 17.

Parade Day and throughout March Specials

  • Boho 72 – 17% off anything green Sat., March 10 -17!
  • Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland – Our Pot of Gold will be giving out 10%, 15%, & 17% discounts.  Enjoy savings throughout the month of March.
  • White of Dublin –  Rosa Clara trunk show and a 10% discount on Rosa Clara gowns in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Blankets and Booties –  Enjoy a 25% discount on all regularly priced merchandise from March 11-17!
  • Dublin Village Tavern – House made Corned Beef & Cabbage on Saturday, March 10th and Saturday, March 17 for $11.95.
  • Woodhouse Day Spa – Mother and daughter St. Patrick’s Day special. Purchase one manicure or pedicure and your daughter will receive one of equal or lesser value. Each additional daughter is 50% off. Valid through March 17.
  • Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths – Schedule a free Kitchen Design Consultation. Call or stop in.

For more specific information about Historic Dublin businesses, visit To plan your Dublin Ohio visit, check out the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website: or call 800/245-8387.

One of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Parades in America (according to U.S. News Travel and Special Report) will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Dublin, Ohio. The wearing o’ the green occurs a little early this year, so what exactly can you look forward to during this all day celebration? Mark your calendar with these great activities:

FRIDAY, March 9, 2012

Rest Up
Come to town on Friday night and stay in one of our 14 hotels with Irish Attitude! Enjoy Irish touches like Embassy Suites’ Kilpatrick’s Restaurant or Chase Suites’ cozy, Irish-inspired lobby, complete with a fireplace.

Strut your Stuff
(Friday, 6 p.m.) 75 S. High St.
Show off your legs in the annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest on Friday at the Dublin Village Tavern. The contest is sponsored and hosted by Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Dublin Village Tavern and Historic Dublin Business Association.
Registration is $10. Rent a kilt for an additional $5.
The first 17 contestants will be judged and all contestants receive a prize.

Want to know what it takes to win? Watch the video below. To register, call 614/889-9615

Watch the fierce competition from 2011

SATURDAY, March 10, 2012

Pancake Power Up
(7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Sells Middle School: 150 West Bridge St.
Start your day with The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes and sausage   before you head out and watch the parade. Win a variety of prizes during the ongoing raffle. Everyone wins because your money goes straight to a variety of eyesight-related charities.

Inflation Celebration
(9 a.m.) Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Lot – Metro Center: 600 Metro Place North
What does it take to make one of the nation’s best St. Patrick’s Day parades? A lot of hot air. Watch the giant parade balloons come alive.

Jam Out
(10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) (Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary)
Enjoy some iTunes (Irish Tunes) by The Hooligans. Listen to their version of Black Velvet Band.

Meet St. Patrick

(10-11 a.m.) Dublin Library: 75 N. High St.
Join the Man of the Hour(s). St. Patrick himself will be telling stories about his life and Irish traditions.

The Big Event
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Metro Place North into Historic Dublin.
Enjoy the 2-hour long, full mile stretch of Irish heritage.  Dublin, Ohio celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with floats, bands and bagpipers, not to mention the Grand Leprechaun.  The city-sponsored parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North. (Don’t forget to wear your green!)

Get Jiggy With It
(Noon – 1 a.m.) Brazenhead Irish Pub & Restaurant 56 North High Street
We said ALL-DAY celebration, didn’t we? Raise your pint of Guinness and enjoy a full afternoon and evening of great food, Irish music and dancing at our traditional Irish Pub, the Brazenhead.

Noon – 3 p.m. Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jenkins & Scott
9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Plow Kings
Irish Dancers
Authentic Irish Drums & Bagpipes

Drink Specials:
$4 Irish Girl Scout Cookie Shots
Green Bud Light Drafts

Stroll the Streets.
Special St. Patrick discounts and freebies are happening all over Historic Dublin:

OurCupcakery Don’t just enjoy cupcakes, come play a game with Irish Attitude! (16 N. High St.)

Sister Sweet Shoppe : Needs some shamrock shaped chocolates? Who doesn’t? Wander in and meet the Sisters while sampling a variety of sweets. (45 N. High St.)

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland : It might be your “lucky” day. Shop around this Irish import store and play the Lucky Coin Drawing. You could receive up to 17 percent (March 17th – get it?) or enter to win an eight-day trip for two to Ireland.  (75 S. High St.)

TehKu Tea Company will feature live music during the day, as well as Irish themed teas like “Kiss Me I’m Not Irish” and treats. (55 S. High St.)

Visit the City of Dublin for more information about the parade and visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn where to stay and play.

( or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Allison

Thursday, Dec. 15th |1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
“Wrap it Up” Holiday Shopping Day
Excitement is building with 10 shopping days until Christmas. Visit Historic Dublin for an afternoon and evening of fun-filled shopping, dining and free trolley rides. Enjoy the Luminaria Walk and help fight cancer.

Month Long, December 1st – 23rd
The Twelve Elves of Dublin Contest
Throughout the month of December, contestants hunt for 12 carefully hidden elves in participating businesses. Contestants enter their cards for great prizes. Print your Passport or get one at the listed businesses. Once you find all the elves, drop off your completed passport at a business for a chance to win.

Friday, Dec. 23rd | 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The 11th Hour at Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market Dublin is making your last minute shopping fun. The “11th Hour” will feature:
Live Music, Champagne & dessert tastings, Raffles every 15 minutes
$10 gift card for every $50 spent
**Valid only 10PM-12AM on 12/23
3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road Columbus, Ohio

Month Long | 5 p.m. -10 pm.
Wildlights!The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with all new eco-friendly LED lights for the brightest Wildlights display ever! Musical animated light shows around the lake are every thirty minutes starting at 5:45.

  • Enjoy the Magical Timbernacle Forest Chorus
  • A Down Home Country Christmas in the barn at Habitat Hollow
  • Polar Bear Express, Kiddie Mini Sleigh Ride
  • Moose Habitat and Santa’s Reindeer Corral
  • Santa’s Holiday Home and Santa’s Holiday Wishes Tree
  • The Diving Claus – an Island Holiday at the Manatee Coast and many more fun family activities!

Stay the night and save. The Dublin CVB Kids Go Free Wildlights Package is still available.

Saturday, Dec. 17th | 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Nutcracker will be performed at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in the Recreation Center. Enjoy this annual treat from Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics. Its shortened time is perfect for families. $5 admission. 5600 Post Road. 410-4550.
December 17th through the 23rd

COSI (Center of Science & Industry) Put on your railroad engineer’s cap and check out a huge room full of model railroad layouts from Central Ohio model train enthusiasts. COSI is hosting this special Trains Exhibit of all train sizes and shapes – plus wooden trains and tracks for little engineers to explore. 333 West Broad Street, Columbus. 228-2674.
Sunday, Dec. 18th | 3 p.m.

Dwight Lennox – Holiday Jazz Performance at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre will feature Columbus’ finest jazz singer that will delight you with holiday standards and favorite songs. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors. 5600 Post Road. 410-4550.
Sunday, Dec. 18 | 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Brunch with SantaMatt The Miller’s Tavern
Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with your friends, family and Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Matt The Miller’s Tavern will be hosting the jolly couple so bring your camera to take pictures and enjoy the following brunch buffet features:

Carving stations, prime rib, honey glazed ham, omelet station, eggs benedict, breakfast favorites, pastries, flatbreads, pastas, salads, chef specials, fresh fruit, desserts and holiday favorites.

Reservations are Required. Call 614-799-9100
6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr. Dublin, OH
Adults: $24.95
Kids 5-10 yrs old: $7.95
Kids 4 and under FREE with each paying adult. (Additional 4 and under: $4.95 each)

All month
Silent Movie Sundays at the Ohio History Center
The Ohio History Center in Columbus is featuring a classic silent film with live theatre-organ accompaniment and free popcorn. Enjoy scenes from A Christmas Carol (1910) and The Adventures of the Wrong Santa Claus (1914) starting at 3 pm in the auditorium.
The adjacent Ohio Village will be featuring A Dicken’s Christmas with crafts, decorations, caroling and cooking demonstrations 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus. 800/686-6124.

All month
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Enjoy a fantastic assortment of specialty holiday Graeter’s ice cream that will make your elves go crazy! Stock up on pints for when your houseguests are raiding the freezer at midnight. Seasonal flavors include peppermint, eggnog and cinnamon. Don’t miss the gift card sale: For every $30, you receive a $5 gift voucher. 6255 Frantz Road. 799-2663; 546 West Powell Road, 336-3661.

-Post by Allison

I believe happiness should be pursued daily. That happiness can come in the form of an act of kindness, accomplishment, or time with a good friend.

This week, November 8-14, is recognized by the International Society of Friendship and Good Will as Pursuit of Happiness Week.

So I tried to think of 7 simple things that make me happy:

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Learning something cool
  3. Really good food… and lots of it
  4. Singing loudly to a live band
  5. Exploring art exhibits
  6. Shopping with no regrets
  7. Sleeping like a baby

In honor of this week, I have decided to complete these simple little things that make me happy. So whether you are a resident of Dublin or a visitor, I challenge you to explore a week’s worth of Dublin treasures.

Peanut Butter: Maybe this list isn’t necessarily in order, but yes, I consider peanut butter life’s simple treat that makes rain clouds disappear. The best peanut butter in the world (seriously) is made right here in Dublin. KREMA Peanut Butter. This peanut butter has been featured on The Today Show, Prevention Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine.

Why is it so awesome? Well besides from being owned by the two most adorable, blonde sisters, Melissa and Nanette, it has only one ingredient; peanuts. Who would have thought?

Grounds of Rememberance

Learning something cool: Did you know the City of Dublin commissioned a public artwork in recognition of veterans and their families? The Dublin Veterans Project is a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. It also received a National Honor for outstanding achievement and is featured in the September 2011 edition of Landscape Architecture.

The Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park will be hosting Dublin’s Veterans Day Ceremony from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. at La Chatelaine, 65 W. Bridge Street.

Really good food… and lots of it: The varieties of culinary creations keep growing in Dublin. I’m not sure if that directly correlates with my growing waistline… either way, when I do bring home bags of groceries, I usually just go out to eat anyway. Why? Because it’s more fun. Also because I’m good at finding deals.

Like at Max & Erma’s Restaurant. They have ongoing weekly specials; $5 munchies during their Happy Hour (Monday-Friday), Free Cookie Wednesdays and Kids Eat Free Tuesdays. Ok, I don’t have kids, but if I did you better believe I’d be taking little Audrey to get her chicken tenders.

Live music at Brazenhead Pub

Singing loudly to a live band: It’s a very realistic possibility I will have hearing problems in the future because I love experiencing live music. You may think we only have fiddlers and bagpipers here in Dublin.

I challenge you to check out our authentic Irish Pub this Saturday, Nov. 12 and listen to some rocking covers by The Jenkins & Scott Band. There’s live music here in Historic Dublin every weekend. Singing loudly is optional. Eating fish & chips is mandatory.

Exploring art exhibits: If my artistic talent could support my shoe fetish,  I’d be at home painting. Since some things have to be labeled “hobbies” I choose to view the masters by going to art museums. Did you know Dublin has its very own art gallery? The Dublin Arts Council selects incredible exhibits and will be featuring “Oh Rats!” a collection of ceramic sculptures by Juliellen Byrne.

The exhibit’s grand opening is Tuesday, Nov. 15 with a reception for the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition remains on view at Dublin Arts Council through Dec. 16.

Clover Boutique

Shopping with no regrets: When I go shopping, it is a hunt. I scour clothing racks and home goods like a lioness ready to make her kill. Here at the Bureau, we understand you probably look for deals too. That’s why we have amazing travel packages, like our new Kids Go Free Columbus Zoo Wildlights Getaway Package. You can also download our Discover Dublin Discounts where you can get deals from some of our favorite places in Dublin. *Cough… Clover Boutique… *cough *cough.

Sleeping like a baby: Sometimes the best part of being awake during your day is knowing you can soon go back to sleep. I take my slumber very seriously. So does the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. They actually did a study about the sleep necessities so you can receive your best night’s sleep.

Lavender room spray, a curtain clip, and body hugging duvets are all a part of their Sleep Advantage system. Oh and if they miss your scheduled wake-up call your room is free. Be sure to check out all of our Dublin hotels.

Your happiness list may vary, but be sure to turn to the Green Team at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau if you need help. We are the local experts here to make your experience a happy one.

-Post by Allison

Is there a little girl in your life who is dressing up like a witch for Halloween? My daughter can’t decide if she wants to be a scary witch or a good witch. She also thinks there is a third type – the diva witch which features a combination of a princess dress, rock star sequined gloves and a witch’s hat!

Her favorite witch story is the Broadway musical Wicked with the beautiful music by Stephen Schwartz. On Sunday, October 30, at 3 p.m., the Imaginating Dramatics Company of Grandview will present The Tale of the Wicked, an adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked created especially for children. With a tale appropriate for ages 4 and older, audience members will learn the story of friendship and what happened before Dorothy skipped down the yellow brick road.

Light refreshments will be served and the Kelton House will be open for tours. (A real “Treat” all by itself–as this grand Victorian home was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.)  

Reservations are required and seating is limited,  so please call 614/464-2022 or visit  so you can reserve a spot. I know my little witch can’t wait to see this!

~Post by Katie

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