This post is written by Katie Rich of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. You can follow Dublin on Twitter at @DublinCVB.

Gather your friends and come to Dublin for the greenest, grandest gathering of Irish fun in the U.S.A.! The Dublin Irish Festival happens once a year in the first weekend of August. Irish music will fill Coffman Park with 7 stages and 65 acts and more than 535 performers. Irish dance can be found all over the park and the Columbus Feis (that’s an Irish dance competition) draws over 1,000 of the region’s finest dancers to Coffman High School on Saturday, August 3rd. Beyond the music and dance entertainment, the Dublin Irish Festival offers cultural exhibits, an Irish marketplace, genealogy exhibits, Celtic sports, fantastic food and drink, Sunday services and the list goes on and on!

Entertainment 3Highlights for 2013 include: Gaelic Storm will play two nights this year in the Celtic Rock tent on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check out the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Friday night for a unique twist on bagpipe and rock. The full list of entertainment can be found here.

Advance Tickets are available online . Weekend passes are available as well as discounted adult one-day admission. The Festival Friends Packs are $100 and include: 4 Adult Any Day Admission tickets, 24 Beverage Tokens, 4 Commemorative Beverage Mugs, 4 $5 Giant Eagle Get-Go Gas Cards, 4 Shamrock Spirit Bead Necklaces and 2 DIF Car Decals. This is a great way to have your tokens and tickets before you go!

If you’re on a budget, here’s a tip for you: On Sunday, bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Dublin Food Pantry and get FREE admission until 11 a.m.

Gaelic StormGuests have asked for it for awhile, and festival organizers listened. This year at the Dublin Irish Festival, Guinness will available in 16 oz cans. If you haven’t tried the whiskey tastings, be sure to sign up early in the day when you arrive because they do sell out quickly. Wine and beer tasting sessions are also available.

Easy, free parkingis available at the Metro Place Business Park right off of exit 17A off 270. Take the continuously running shuttle, or grab a taxi for a safe ride home. Bike parking is complimentary and is a staffed, valet service. Better yet, spend the night for a fun weekend getaway!