The 31st annual city of Dublin St. Patrick's Day celebration continues today at the Dublin Civic
Center. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year's event includes three stages of authentic Celtic entertainment, 250 craft and commercial vendors featuring an Irish Marketplace, an Irish Tea Cottage, plenty of Irish food and beverage, carnival rides and, of course, bagpipers and leprechauns!
Entertainment at the festival will include two stages of Celtic music, offering everything from bagpipes to high-energy Celtic rock and traditional Irish folk music to beautiful Celtic Harp.
On the Main Stage, with performances on Sunday, the "Wicked Tinkers" will feature a heart-pounding blend of bagpipes with irresistible tribal drums to create their own unique ancient tribal version of Celtic Rock.
The Black Irish, Avalon Rising, Four Shillings Short and the USAF Irish ensemble, known as the Blue Yonders, will also be featured.
A third stage features all Irish dancing with the McBride School of Irish Dance on Sunday.
The Arts & Crafts fair showcases a variety of talented artists, but don't forget to visit the "Irish Marketplace," offering Irish tartans, hand-knit wool sweaters, beautiful Celtic jewelry, Irish coats of arms, a history of Celtic names, delectable flavored shortbreads and much more!
The Celtic Food Court feature traditional Irish favorites, such as corned beef on Irish soda
bread, beer-braised Irish bangers with boxty and sautéed cabbage and, of course, fish and chips. Be sure to also try the unique Irish-inspired specialties, such as Guinness marinated tri-tip, corned beef sliders with spicy cabbage slaw and, new this year, Irish Egg Rolls with corned beef, cabbage, pepper jack cheese, and horseradish sauce.
Wash it all down as the Irish do with a pint of Guinness, Smthwicks, or Harp. And remember to save room for a delicious Bailey's Irish Crème Brulee, green shamrock-shaped funnel cakes or shamrock mint shakes with Bailey's whipped cream or for dessert. A host of traditional festival foods and international choices will also be available.
If you are craving a wee bit of Ireland, then step inside the Irish Tea Cottage to enjoy lively music along with a steaming cup of authentic Irish Tea served in genuine china cups along with your choice of shortbread and scones.
The 16th Annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk begins this morning along Dublin Boulevard near the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m., and winds its way through town, finishing up right at the festival with live music, awards, and giveaways for participants.