The 30th Dublin Irish Festival, a celebration of traditional Irish culture with food, shopping, theater and music, will be from Friday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 6, at Coffman Park. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned veteran, here are five tips to help you make the most out of the festivities.

Can the cargo shorts.

This might get your attention: You don’t have to wear pants at the Dublin Irish Festival. But nudity also isn’t encouraged, so consider purchasing a kilt from one of the many vendors selling Irish-inspired items. You’ll match the pipers performing on and off the festival stages.

Make sure to visit this “isle.”

Be sure to visit the Emerald Arts Isle for handcrafted goods including jewelry, pottery and woodworking. In addition to picking up something for yourself, you can get a jump on holiday shopping.

Use your wheels wisely.

Parking is available at 7030 Coffman Road, 6780 Coffman Road, 5175 Emerald Parkway, 5165 Emerald Parkway, 7000 Cardinal Place and in a grass lot across from 5165 Emerald Parkway. A complimentary shuttle will run from parking lots in Metro Place, 555 Metro Place N. Park bicycles at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Actually enjoy summer school.

The festival brings a plethora of skilled musicians, crafters and athletes, but also the opportunity to hone your talents. Like to cook? Check out the Celtic cooking pavilion with Giant Eagle chef Ciara Flores. Fancy some chainmail? The cultural workshop tent can show you how to make it, along with demonstrating knitting and tatting. Consider yourself an Irish musician? From penny whistles to bodhrans to bagpipes, you can learn them all.

Make time for man’s best friend.

Take a break and pet a dog. The festi-val’s Celtic Canines exhibit includes Irish wolfhounds, Irish setters and four kinds of terriers. They’re all very good lads and lasses.

Single-day tickets are $10 through Aug. 3 and $15 thereafter. For an entertainment schedule, lists of vendors and a map of the festival grounds, go to DublinIrishFestival.org.

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