Going Green

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Families will find plenty o' fun at the Dublin Irish Festival this weekend.

The Aug. 5-7 event in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, features food, shopping, kids' activities and loads of live entertainment (65-plus acts on seven stages). More than 100,000 people typically attend the festival, now in its 29th year.

Kids will enjoy strolling through the Celtic Canines area (don't miss a chance to see and pet the enormous Irish Wolfhound), the numerous Irish step dance performances and sheep-herding demonstrations. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Celtic Sports area features the Kids Highland Games, where wee ones can toss acaber and shovel a sheep.

Other family-friendly activities include the Wendy's Wee Folk Area, featuring free crafts, music and stories; the Pot o' Gold Playground, where a $10 wristband allows unlimited play on inflatables and games; and Fairy Tea Parties and Pirate Parties ($5 per person, advance online registration is required) at select times throughout the weekend.

Admission at the gate is $12, but children 12 and younger are free. For more information, including event schedules, parking maps and discounts, go to dublinirishfestival.org.