The City of Dublin knows how to celebrate Irish fun, and they go all out for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations! While the weather forecast isn’t cooperating with the original plans, there’s still Irish fun to be had!
The Greenest & Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin has to be canceled due to projected high winds and freezing temperatures. Read below for the changes in the original events, and new St. Patrick’s Day plans in Dublin.
Riverside Celebration and Fado Tent Party
The party starts on Friday, March 11 in the Riverside and Bridge Park District.
6 p.m. The Riverside Celebration will celebrate the dedication of the Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge and the Grand Opening of Riverside Crossing Park. There will be strolling entertainment, live music, ice skating performances, and a light show on the bridge. I
7 p.m. The St. Patrick’s Day festivities begins with Fado’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day Party. The street will be closed down, and the Reganomics will be entertaining in the outdoor heated tent, while Dogwood Road plays in the pub. Admission is free!
Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast
Lions Club Pancake breakfast event is cancelled to due St. Patrick’s Day Parade cancellation but Raffle will still be on for giving prizes to the winners.
Start the day with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at Sells Middle School (150 W. Bridge St.) from 7:30-11 a.m. Pancakes & sausage served with regular & decaf coffee and orange juice from 7:30 am until 11am. Breakfast is $8 for adults, and $6 for children. You can stick around to enjoy the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it goes right past the school. The Dublin Lions Club typically serves breakfast to over 600 people at its annual Dublin St. Patrick’s Day event. 100% of all profits from breakfast, the raffle, and the entire event are given to meet local needs!
The Inflation Celebration is cancelled due to the parade cancellations. There are high winds projected, and the parade balloons cannot be used in such weather.
Watch as the parade balloons are inflated. Kids LOVE this part, and it’s free! Head to Graeter’s Ice Cream on Frantz Road at 9 a.m. to see giant helium balloons inflate. Balloon artists will make Irish-themed hats and props for children as they wait for the balloons to fill.
Pub Party at Fado Pub & Kitchen in Bridge Park
The party is still on for Saturday, March 12! Starting at 9:00 am, Fado Pub & Kitchen will be offering brunch and cocktails and opening up the pub for live music starting at 11:00 AM with some of Central Ohio’s favorite local acts and a few with an Irish flair. The $20 cover charge starts at 10 am.
This pub party continues on the 17th as well with different performance acts and more Irish Fare. You can find more details and get your tickets here.
Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Parade is cancelled due to inclement weather. Instead, they are planning St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
The 2022 Grand Leprechauns are Keiko and Yoshihiro (Yoshi) Hidaka. The couple in recognition of their generosity and continuous efforts supporting numerous Dublin-based events and organizations over the years. In this role, the Hidakas will lead the City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Read more about their community contributions here. The mile-long Dublin St. Patrick’s parade of over 100 floats, bands and bagpipers, and Grand Leprechaun steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North and heads into Historic Dublin. turning north onto Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street, then continues south on High Street, ending at Waterford Drive. After the parade, check out the various shops and restaurants in Dublin that will be continuing the St. Patrick’s celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17
The Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration will take place on March 17, 2022 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Coffman Park. More information will be released closer to the event.
Riverside Crossing Park Ice Rink
It’s the final weekend for the Riverside Crossing Park ice rink. The 3,200-square-foot temporary ice rink is situated at 6635 Riverside Dr. in the lower plaza on the east side of The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge. Admission is $10 per person and skate rental is included.
The hours for the last weekend of the season are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 13. At this time, the ice rink is planned to be closed from 6-7 p.m. Friday, March 11, for a weather-dependent ice skating performance that will take place during the City’s Riverside Celebration event.
Downtown Dublin’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area
DORA is extended from noon – 10 pm in Dublin. During DORA hours, you can walk within set boundaries in Downtown Dublin and Bridge Park with alcoholic beverages purchased from approved establishments while you enjoy entertainment, shopping, and more. Read more about DORA and the 2 separate boundaries here, and follow signage if you are participating.
Alcohol cannot be carried across the Dublin Link Bridge. You cannot enter an DORA establishment serving liquor with a drink from another establishment. Each downtown Dublin business will display window clings at the entrance to designate whether DORA beverages are welcome, are not welcome, or are sold at the location.
More cocktails please! Dublin has their own specialty boozy beverage route with the Celtic Cocktail Trail. Dublin has been making a splash as a culinary destination and 18 establishments are serving up Irish-themed beverages.
The Celtic Cocktail Trail is now digital! This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated restaurants offering deals and discounts as well as a special Celtic themed drink to redeem during your visit. Read more about it here.
This adventure trail is just for the kids! Bring the kids to historic Dublin to find the tiny magical fairy doors in 12 downtown businesses. Find the name of each resident fairy, fill in your passport and return your completed passport to the Dublin Visitor & Information Center (9 S. High St.) for a FREE Fairy Doors of Dublin t-shirt.
Finding the fairy doors is just half the fun – you’ll get to explore businesses such as Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, Our Cupcakery, Kilwins, and Dublin Toy Emporium. Read more here.
No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you’re sure to find plenty of fun in Dublin. If you plan to dine out, check pub and restaurant websites for details, RSVP requirements, and more.
Photos provided by Visit Dublin Ohio.