The crowd might not be entirely Irish, but organizers expect to draw 100,000 to the culture in Coffman Park from Aug. 6 to 8.

The crowd might not be entirely Irish, but organizers expect to draw 100,000 to the culture in Coffman Park from Aug. 6 to 8.

Organizers of the 23rd annual Dublin Irish Festival offer a few tweaks for more comfortable surroundings.

Last year the event drew 102,000 people - a new record.

"I'm thinking we'll be over 100,000 again," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, community-relations specialist. "We're at a nice place right now. We have a little room to grow, but we have the footprint how we like it now. We have 29 acres at Coffman Park. The way we do programming is so people can come and go. We're trying to avoid congestion and make it comfortable for everybody."

A few things have been moved around to help with the flow, Di Salvo said. For example, the sand sculpture was moved.

"Physically, we've done some things that we think makes better sense on the festival grounds," she said.

As for highlights, DiSalvo said, this year's entertainment lineup is it.

"This is one of the greatest entertainment lineups," she said. "We have a lot of new acts."

They include Lunasa, Luka Bloom, Moya Brennan, Celtic Spring and Barleyjuice.

"We also have some family bands. I don't know that we've ever had so many family bands," DiSalvo said. "We have some returning favorites. I think our entertainment committee has done a tremendous job."

Fancy footwork also will be featured entertainment, she said. The Columbus Feis Irish step-dance competition will mark its 30th anniversary. Columbus Feis, which draws more than 1,200 dancers nationwide, helped establish the Dublin Irish Festival.

According to DiSalvo, the Feis moved around central Ohio before coming to Dublin.

The dancers wanted other activities during the weekend competition, and the Dublin Irish Festival was born.

"We're celebrating 23 years of the festival, 30 years of Feis and 200 years of Dublin," DiSalvo said. "That's significant."

A new VIP area was added to the lineup this year, with the Emerald Club and Celtic Rock Club. The Dub Club offers individuals an opportunity for a private viewing area for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Dublin stage, a bar, restrooms and a festival ticket for $50 membership fee.

Sunday will bring a few more services, DiSalvo said. A Druids service, an interdenominational service, an Irish Mass and a traditional Mass will be held.

Admission is free before 11 a.m. Sunday. A nonperishable food donation is suggested.

"This will be the third year the Dublin Food Pantry is at the entries. Last year they were overwhelmed with the generosity," DiSalvo said. "This year they'll be more prepared."

The Dublin Irish Festival will run from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 7, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $9, $6 for seniors and military or $23 for a weekend pass. Tickets at the festival are $10 for general admission or $7 for seniors and military members.