The City of Dublin knows how to celebrate Irish fun, and they go all out for St. Patrick’s Day! While the 2020 festivities had to be cancelled, Dublin is determined to make the 2021 celebration fun and safe for all with a socially distanced St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin.
Each event will have the option of socially distanced fun, as well as an alternative to celebrate from home. Once again, Dublin is the go-to for St. Patrick’s Day fun!
Dublin Link Lights up for St. Patrick’s Day
The Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown Dublin will light up green for St. Patrick’s Day from March 12-17, 2021.
The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge connects Bridge Park and Historic Dublin making Downtown Dublin the perfect place to park, walk, shop, and eat for St. Patrick’s Day. Visit an Irish pub, pick up an Irish keepsake and stick around until dusk to see the Dublin Link lit up green for St. Patrick’s Day.
How-to at Home: Take a virtual tour of the Dublin Link.
Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Parade
Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Darree Fields Park
Experience Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in a whole new way. The 2021 Greenest Grandest Reverse Parade allows you and your bubble to see all the floats, giant inflatables, bagpipes, and more from the comfort of your own car. You’ll drive through Darree Fields with the parade units on display throughout the park. Instead of the parade moving past you, you’ll drive through the parade and enjoy bagpipers, Irish dancers, floats, helium balloons and other creative performances in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Rather stay at home? You can get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by watching the past Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parades on Youtube here. There’s even a “Socially Distanced St. Patrick’s Day” Spotify playlist here.
6-Ft. Gallery: Irish Showcase
Take a self-guided, street gallery tour of local artwork inspired by scenes of Dublin, Ireland from March 8-29, throughout downtown Dublin. Four local, Dublin artists are featured throughout Dublin right on the streets and sidewalks. Remember to social distance and stay three paintings apart. See a map of the gallery installations.
Enjoy the art from home: View all the artwork and artist details on the Dublin Arts Council website.
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.
New for 2021, the Celtic Cocktail Trail has gone 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. Sign up for the Celtic Cocktail Trail and you’ll receive your pass instantly via text and email. You can use your passport immediately, with no app to download.
The passport shows the list of establishments to visit. When you visit, show your phone to staff to redeem any available discounts – and to get your check-in code. Complete six stops and redeem a koozie and complete 12 to redeem an exclusive Celtic Cocktail Trail t-shirt. This is not meant to be completed in one day – take your time!
Irish Fairy Door Trail
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.
If you plan to complete your passport in one day, be aware of store hours. They recommend Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. to avoid store closures. Redemption policy now offers zero-contact pickup for Dublin-area residents. Once you’ve completed the trail, please call 614-792-7666 to claim your prize. If you are a visitor, please email your completed passport to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to 9 S. High St., Dublin, Ohio 43017.
How-to at Home: Print this DIY Fairy Door and let your wee ones create a magical door of their own.
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.
Please note that the city of Dublin is enforcing Ohio’s COVID-19 guidelines, including the requirement of masks in public places and social distancing. They also have signage throughout the city as physical reminders of CDC best practices.
Photos provided by Visit Dublin Ohio.