How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Like You Were in Dublin (Ohio)
You would expect a city named Dublin to go all-out for St. Patrick’s Day. In 2021, that means both on-site (but socially distanced) activities, as well as ideas for virtual celebrating.
Dublin, Ohio—settled in the early 1800s and named after Dublin, Ireland—normally goes big on St. Patrick's Day with a parade, dancing, parties and more.
In 2021, they'll hold a scaled-down version of festivities because of the pandemic, but Dublin also has some creative ideas on how to celebrate if you're toasting the Irish at home.
• Celtic Cocktail Trail: Try Dublin's Irish-inspired dining and craft cocktails at restaurants and bars throughout the city and win prizes for participation. Can't be in Dublin? Mix up these recipes at home for drinks like the Quiet Leprechaun, The Irish Sunset and the Dublin Rover.
• A Reverse Parade: Parade participants don't go forward, but spectators do—in their cars. On March 13, visitors can watch a physically distanced parade with Irish dancers, floats, bagpipers and other entertainment. If you're at home, watch on YouTube.
• Irish Fairy Door Trail: Find resident fairies at 12 local businesses and earn a free t-shirt…or download fairy door templates to create your own trail at home and post your creations on Facebook or Instagram.
• Green Spaces: Explore Dublin's 60 parks and 100 miles of bike paths.
Dublin, 20 minutes north of Columbus, sponsors Irish-inspired events throughout the year, including what is billed as the world's largest three-day Irish Festival in August.
The event typically attracts more than 100,000 visitors to watch dozens of acts—dancers, singers and musicians—as well as to see activities like Celtic cooking, storytelling, sheepherding and linen-making. Last year's festival was virtual.