The 2020 Dublin St. Patrick’s celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday is jam-packed full of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
The St. Patrick’s celebration was originally called the Freefall Fair but was changed in 1983 to represent St. Patrick’s Day.
"The difference is we focus a lot more on our downtown businesses and bringing people to town to see our five museums," said Luanne Schexnider, executive director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. “We were branded the Irish capital of Texas in 2005; that’s helped us embrace our Irish capital of Texas branding.”
The fun will start at 7 p.m. Friday night with a “Celebrate Celtic” concert at the Crazy Heart Stage at Dublin Bottling Works Celebration Park. Celtic musician Melanie Gruben will kick off the fun at 7 p.m. followed by Celtic band The Pangur Ban at 7:30 p.m.
At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the 5K sponsored run Shamrock Shuffle will begin at the Dublin Library with proceeds benefitting the Dublin Corner Lot.
Dublin Market Days will be open all day beginning at 8 a.m. at Wright Historical Park featuring more than 30 vendors with handmade items.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Travis Street and will run north to south.
Dublin’s five museums, including Ben Hogan, Dublin Bottling Works, WP Kloster Annex, Historical and Rodeo Heritage will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A new addition to Dublin, a sixth museum called the National Health and Public Safety History Museum, will have its grand opening at 1 p.m. Saturday. The new museum is located on Grafton Street across from the fire department.
At 11 a.m., Kids Zone Activities will begin on the Dublin Public Library lawn. A carnival will be located around that area.
Concerts will be performed from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Dublin Bottling Works and the Dub Pub. Performances will include Melanie Gruben, The Pangur Ban, Tell Runyan and Hightower Band.
Adults 21 and over can taste samples of Shannon Beer, the Irish beer of Texas in the Dub Pub (Rotary Building), from noon-5 p.m.
A Celtic costume contest will begin at 12:45 p.m.
The All Aboard Fun Train, Dublin Dancin’ Line, Dublin Jazz Band, Dublin Dandi Lion, a clown and face painter will be available all day throughout downtown Dublin and the Corner Lot.
The event will also correspond with the third annual St. Patrick’s Day Gyroplane Fly-In which will include breakfast at the airport, parade fly-overs, a shuttle to/from town, a chance to meet other owners, greet the community and certified flight instructors will sell lessons/rides.
Lucky Vines Vineyard and Winery will have a food truck and musicians playing throughout the day.
Some changes were made to the event this year to make it bigger and better than ever, including the addition of the Crazy Heart Production Stage.
“We’ll have really great sound and lighting so that brings in a lot of really great musicians and entertainment,” Schexnider said. “Dublin Market Days is open earlier and staying open later and they’ve got a lot more people participating. We’re really focusing on our nonprofit organizations, like Stephenville Elks Club. They will be serving burgers, hotdogs and ribbon fries because we need to support our local organizations.”
Schexnider will also be on Good Morning Texas, WFAA channel eight at 9 a.m. on Thursday to talk about the St. Patrick’s celebration.
“We are raising the bar on our event as far as offering something for everyone,” Schexnider said. “Our parade pulls everybody in and there really is a lot to do. It’s very family-friendly, but this year we’ve got the Dub Pub and that is going to be fun in an enclosed environment.”
For more information, visit dublintxchamber.com.