The annual Dublin Irish Festival celebrates the entire panoply of things Irish - that is, the Irish, the near-Irish, the ostensibly Irish, the stereotypically Irish and the not-really Irish.

The annual Dublin Irish Festival celebrates the entire panoply of things Irish - that is, the Irish, the near-Irish, the ostensibly Irish, the stereotypically Irish and the not-really Irish.

No harm done, though, for this massive, something-for-everyone event at which music, dance and art are prominently featured.

Central Ohio's vibrant Celtic music scene is augmented by main stage traditional (Gailfean, FourWinds), Celtic rock (Enter the Haggis, Bastard Bearded Irishmen) and crossover (Seven Nations, Solas) acts. And you never have to wait long to hear pipes and drums (Capital City Pipes and Drums, Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums) or watch Irish dance courtesy of the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, if that's more your thing. There also figures to be at least a dollar's worth of pennywhistle playing.

Try your hand at Hurling, Gaelic Football or Irish Road Bowling, or just watch experienced athletes in the Highland Games. Learn about traditional Irish breeds in Celtic Canines. Or dig into your past with the help of one of several genealogy experts.

Food and drink also reflect the scope of Irish-ness, from The Celtic Pig food truck (serving bangers & mash and Scottish rolls) to Donato's Pizza and from Jameson whiskey to Leinenkugel's brews.

The Emerald Isle art and craft area showcases top makers in a variety of mediums, including wood, leather, jewelry, fabric, sculpture and painting. And if you've been wondering whether a kilt should be in your future, there are a handful of tailors to help you try one on for size.

But the true treasure of the DIF is finding that hidden gem of a storyteller or acoustic performer in a quiet tent later in the evening. Do yourself a favor and buy him or her a drink. Preferably an Irish one.