A busy lineup of seasonal activities is about to begin in Dublin. And not all of it involves the iconic Memorial Tournament or the Dublin Irish Festival.

A busy lineup of seasonal activities is about to begin in Dublin. And not all of it involves the iconic Memorial Tournament or the Dublin Irish Festival.

Several new offerings are in the works, from an outdoor market to a theater group, while the Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump will celebrate its golden anniversary.

For months, local recreation, arts, business and charitable groups have been revving up for what should be an action-packed summer with something for every taste.

Here's a sampling of the goings-on that were planned as of late April. To find more local events, check out the sidebar of online resources on page 31.

Retail Therapy

A new shopping opportunity begins this summer as Dublin Mercato -- an Italian-inspired outdoor market -- sets up shop on Thursdays and Saturdays in Historic Dublin.

The market will sell locally sourced produce such as peppers, heirloom tomatoes, corn, eggplant, raspberries, pears and squash as well as Italian-inspired desserts, preserves, pasta, honey, oils and vinegars, says Terri Albanese, who's organizing the market.

"Years ago I lived in Dublin and thought there was such an opportunity for a market in the downtown," says Albanese, whose family owns Piccola Farms in Sunbury.

Unlike a traditional farmers market where individual merchants sell their own wares, Albanese will buy products from a number of local farms, including her family's, and sell them. "We're working with farmers who want to sell their products but would rather spend their efforts growing the food," she says.

Dublin Mercato will operate from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays beginning June 4 through Labor Day weekend.

"This will be intimate," Albanese says. "We're starting slow and steady, so we get to know the people and they get to know us, so friendships are shared and stories are shared."

Meanwhile, the traditional Dublin Farmers' Market is held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through September in the parking lot of Oakland Nursery, 4261 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Also in the historic business district, Second Saturdays will replace the Jig Thursday series this summer, says Christena Wentz, vice president of the Historic Dublin Business Association and owner of Chelsea Borough Home shop.

Special activities will be set up on the second Saturday of each month, mostly from 1 to 4 p.m., "to celebrate the community and give families someplace to go outside to explore our restaurants and shops," Wentz says. "People can enjoy themselves more and shop and relax."

The third annual Slider Challenge is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. July 9, when participants can chow down on six different sliders at six different restaurants for $15, with proceeds donated to the Dublin AM Rotary Club.

Wentz herself will sponsor pop-up shops on Second Saturdays, inviting selected local artisans to sell their art inside and outside her store. Their offerings include homemade leather goods, jewelry, watercolors, T-shirts, peanut brittle and salsa.

"It's constantly rotating and changing," Wentz says. That effort will extend through December.

On Stage

A new theater group will debut May 31, when Tantrum Theater opens its inaugural season with the comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors at the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road. The production runs through June 25.

The group, a partnership between the Dublin Arts Council, the city and Ohio University, also will perform a new play, Tammy Faye's Final Audition, July 5-16 as well as the Irish play Dancing at Lughnasa, which will be staged July 6 to Aug. 13. Each show will run Wednesdays through Sundays and will include at least two pay-what-you-will preview shows. For more information, go to tantrumtheater.org.

The Coffman Park amphitheater will host the Outdoor Summer Performance Series. Columbus magician Michael Kent kicks off the series at 7 p.m. June 23 with a show that includes a touch of comedy. The acoustic folk-Americana-country band Heartbreak Orchestra, also from Columbus, performs at 7 p.m. June 30, followed by jazz singer Dwight Lenox at 7 p.m. July 7.

Finishing out the series are two events for children. Dublin's Park Playhouse Youth Theater troupe will present Annie Jr., an abbreviated version of the musical Annie, at 1 p.m. July 11-15 and at 7 p.m. July 14. At 7 p.m. July 21, Marlene Hartzler and troupe performers will entertain toddlers with songs such as The Wheels on the Bus and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Music & Visual Arts

Sunday nights are a time to enjoy the Dublin Arts Council's 33rd annual Sundays at Scioto, a free summer concert series held weekly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 through July 31 and on Aug. 14.

This year's concerts, held in the amphitheater at Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive, include local and national performers ranging from pop-jazz-folk singer Jonathan Kingham to the Celtic music group Dulahan. Food trucks, including an ice cream vendor, also will be at the park.

"It's a tradition people look forward to every summer," says David Guion, executive director of the Arts Council. "People stake out their spots on blankets and lawn chairs and it's a remarkable way to end the weekend."

Guion says the concerts hold a special place in the council's history: The group formed in 1983 after an ad hoc committee brought the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to Dublin to celebrate Scioto Park's dedication.

In the visual arts realm, two exhibits will grace the Dublin Arts Council gallery at 7125 Riverside Drive this summer. Eileen Woods' Last Words explores mortality and memory through mixed media and text, including the last words of people both famous and anonymous. The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. June 14.

Laura Bidwa's Wonder 48 features paintings made of layers of paint and sanding that depict emotional connections to unexplained visual elements. Bidwa describes her art as "dumbly physical yet metaphorical." The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Gallery hours for both exhibits are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.

Get Patriotic

Memorial Day takes on a mostly reflective tone. It opens with an 11 a.m. parade through Historic Dublin, beginning at the Montgomery Inn, 4565 W. Dublin-Granville Road, and ending at Dublin Cemetery. Local veterans will host a wreath-throwing ceremony on the state Route 161 bridge and an 11:30 a.m. ceremony in the cemetery.

Another ceremony, the Memorial Day Commemoration, takes place at noon at the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park in Historic Dublin, followed by a free picnic lunch on the grounds of the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 12:45 p.m.

Independence Day is an all-day event in Dublin. It begins at 8 a.m. with the annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Dublin Community Recreation Center pond, followed by an 11 a.m. parade through Historic Dublin.

Admission begins at 4:30 p.m. for a concert by Joan Jett and KC and the Sunshine Band at the Dublin Coffman High School stadium, where fireworks will end the night at 9:50 p.m. Concert-goers must purchase either a reserved table ($125) or wristband ($5) at the recreation center. Any unsold wristbands will be offered free beginning at noon July 4 at the stadium.

The Memorial Tournament

Professional golfers once again will gather for Jack Nicklaus' PGA Tour invitational tournament, which runs May 30 through June 5 at the 220-acre, 18-hole Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.

The 41st annual Memorial Tournament tees off June 2, following three days of practice rounds. Weeklong patron badges cost $182 (Golden Bear Club badges are $292) and three-day practice-round passes are $35. Practice-round passes are also available at the gate, which opens at 7 a.m.

For more information about the tournament and its history, see "Sweet Spot" on page 14.

Keeping Active

Boating meets art during the Arts Council's Kayak ARTventures: Riverboxes South Run, a 1.5-mile treasure hunt of sorts for adults and children 7-14. Participants use GPS coordinates and written clues to find pieces of a public art series called Riverboxes along the Scioto River, Guion says.

"Riverboxes are unique vessels, one-of-a-kind made by artists, that were inspired by the location," he says. "It's a really fun adventure, seeing Dublin from the river."

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 12 at Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive. The cost is $44 for adults and $18 for children without boats and $15 and $10, respectively, for those who bring their own boat. Another Riverboxes event will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, go to olentangypaddle.com/special-tour-events.php.

Families also are invited to the Arts Council's second D'Art Dash 5K Run/Walk, named after the council's popular rescue cat. While competition is welcomed and top finishers win medals, the event also is open to strollers and well-behaved dogs on nonretractable leashes. Adult registration is $28 to $30 for the event, which begins at 9 a.m. July 9 at Coffman Park, 5600 Post Road. Children are $23 to $25. Proceeds support the DAC and its programming. For more information, go to runsignup.com/dartdash5k.

D'Art will travel the route in a stroller, meowing for the participants, says Janet Cooper, director of engagement for the council. "He loves attention."

Later in the summer, serious runners will convene for the OhioHealth Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon at 7 a.m. Aug. 28. Both courses begin and end at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive, and wind through Glacier Ridge Metro Park. A post-race party by Deep Eddy Vodka and Buffalo Wild Wings begins at 8 a.m. and includes free food and a free cocktail. Register at emeraldcityhalfmarathon.com.

Archery enthusiasts can see some of the world's top competitors when Dublin hosts a national qualifier, Buckeye Classic, for the U.S. national archery team. More than 300 archers are expected for the Aug. 26-28 event at Darree Fields, 6259 Cosgray Road. Sponsored by Ace Archers of Columbus, it is free and open to the public.

Kiwanis Frog Jump

Dublin will celebrate the 50th year of its annual frog jump, the oldest festival in the city, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 at Coffman Park.

For the first time, the Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump will include an alumni ring for adults who participated as kids-or want to try it for the first time, says Faith Levine, the Kiwanis Club of Dublin secretary. That's in addition to the main event, for kids up to age 12.

Each year, more than 1,000 youngsters pay $1 each to sit four at a time in an inner ring with a frog under a cup. When a judge yells "go," they uncup their frogs and shout and pound the ground in the hopes that their amphibian crosses into the outer ring first and wins the heat. Final winners take home a trophy and a prize, Levine says.

The event benefits three charities, and participants are invited to bring their own frog or use one of the 500 the Kiwanis hunt down a week before the event.

Sign-ups aren't necessary ahead of time. "You just come in," Levine says. "It's a family event."

Dublin Irish Festival

All things Irish are on tap Aug. 5-7 at Coffman Park. It's the 29th year for what organizers say is the biggest three-day Irish festival in the world.

This year's Dublin Irish Festival entertainment includes the Willis Clan, Solas, Gaelic Storm, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Scythian, as well as We Banjo 3, Socks in the Frying Pan and Peel Regional Police Pipe band.

"Music is the No. 1 reason people come, and with seven stages we have what I think is the best entertainment lineup we've ever had," says festival organizer Mary Jo DiSalvo. "The biggest returning favorite is Gaelic Storm, and people are crazy excited that they're back this year."

DiSalvo's also excited about another visitor: the Big Idaho Potato Truck. What better place for a 6-ton traveling potato than an Irish event?

In the festival's cultural areas, participants can chat with authors, hear storytellers, see how Irish linen and wool are created and learn about the country's national symbol, the Irish harp. The ever-popular Brian Boru's Ireland is a re-creation of life in medieval times, with demonstrations of combat, metalworking and cooking. In the Irish Wake Tent, visitors can see how a wake was carried out in the late 1800s.

Other attractions include Gaelic games for youngsters, sheep-herding demonstrations, shops with Irish wares, an Irish teahouse, whiskey tastings, the Wendy's Wee Folk Area and the Pot o' Gold Playground. For a full event schedule, go to dublinirishfestival.org.

Traditional Celtic sports will be showcased Aug. 6 in the Amateur Highland Games Competition, including the hammer throw and the caber toss, which events coordinator Jeremy Gerstacker says is basically an athlete tossing a telephone pole end over end.

For the second year, demonstrations of Celtic cooking will show that the Irish have a wide array of mouthwatering dishes to offer, DiSalvo says.

Festival admission is $8 to $12, with children 12 and under admitted free. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 6 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7. Admission on Aug. 7 is free before 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:15 a.m.) for visitors who bring a canned good for the Dublin Food Pantry.

Kathy Lynn Gray is a freelance writer.

This story appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Dublin365.