Only one day out of the 365 available each year is dedicated to celebrating all things Irish? "Bollocks!" say the good folk of Dublin.

Only one day out of the 365 available each year is dedicated to celebrating all things Irish? "Bollocks!" say the good folk of Dublin.

This festival is like a weekend-long St. Patrick's Day. Three glorious days spent jigging and step-dancing and petting bog ponies and gorging on corned beef and herding sheep and actually showing off freckles.

Cloud the soiree with a booze-soaked haze under tents brimming with Irish beer, wine and whiskey.

Cheer on bulky men wearing kilts as they try to toss giant logs during the traditional athletic competitions of the Highland Games.

Join the crowds at one of the seven stages and hear live music from acts such as Gaelic Storm and Celtic rock band Scythian.

The bounty of cultural activities, shopping and entertainment at the Dublin Irish Festival means there is something for everyone - whether you're an obstreperous hooligan or a sweet Irish rose.

Nearby patios

Brazenhead Irish Pub

56 N. High St., Dublin

614-792-3738

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One step inside this bar and you'll feel like you're in an authentic Irish watering hole. That's because its architecture and decor are inspired by the Emerald Isle's oldest pub (the Brazen Head pub in Ireland served its first glass more than 800 years ago). Get a good eyeful inside, but then make your way to the Brazenhead patio, where a pint of Killian's Irish Red is best enjoyed.

Dublin Village Tavern

27 S. High St., Dublin

614-766-6250

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The cozy patio out front of the DVT is a favorite of Dublin's young locals during warm evenings. Head there for a drink or try the tavern's Irish car bomb dessert, a triple chocolate brownie served with Bailey's whipped cream and a caramel sauce spiked with Guinness and Jameson whiskey. The treat is almost as good as finding gold at the end of a rainbow.