The Dub Crawl and IGS Energy/DIF 5K will kick off the 24th annual Dublin Irish Festival on Aug. 4.

The Dub Crawl and IGS Energy/DIF 5K will kick off the 24th annual Dublin Irish Festival on Aug. 4.

The three-day Dublin Irish Festival runs from Aug. 5 to 7 at Coffman Park.

"The Dub Crawl on Thursday, Aug. 4, gets the festival under way," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, community-relations specialist. "There's lots going on in Historic Dublin. At the awards ceremony that takes place after the race, awards will be handed out by R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets."

Registration for the race is $30 before July 31 and $35 on or after July 31 for adults. For youth ages 18 and under, registration is $25. Registration for the race includes a ticket to the Dublin Irish Festival.

DiSalvo said many people already have registered.

"We had 900 (runners) last year," she said. "We expect more this year, and we have room for more."

The 5K will start at 7 p.m. in Historic Dublin, and the route will take runners south.

Registration for the race may be completed online at irishfestrace.com or in person at Columbus Running Co., 6465 Perimeter Drive; Columbus Running Co., 50 N. State St., Westerville; and Columbus Running Co., 1250 Hill Road, Pickerington.

Race packets can be picked up on advance at the Columbus Running Co. locations listed above before noon Aug. 4. Packets also may be picked up prior to the race at 5:30 p.m. in Historic Dublin.

The Dub Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 4.

"All the casual dining, sweets and retailers (in Historic Dublin) will be open with specials," Di Salvo said. "People can experience the Dublin Irish Festival and get a taste of what's coming."

Live Celtic music will be included. From 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. the Kells will play at Ha'penny Irish Bridge Imports, 75 S. High St.; Two2Many will play from 7:45 to 9 p.m. at the Dublin Village Tavern, 27 S. High St.; Brigid's Cross will perform at the Brazenhead, 56 N. High St., from 8 to 11 p.m.; and from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Capital City Pipe and Drum will play in BriHi Square, with the Dublin Community Band to follow from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

Festivalgoers also will notice crews setting up for the festival, starting around Coffman Park. DiSalvo said the activity inspires some of the more than 1,300 people who volunteer at the event.

"When that stuff starts going up, we get calls from people saying they want to volunteer," she said. "The sight and sound of it taking shape is exciting."

Dublin Irish Festival stout, brewed specifically for the festival, soon will be served at select restaurants and pubs, DiSalvo said, just to give patrons a taste of the Aug. 5 to 7 event.

Festivalgoers also could collect special DIF soda cans for a discount on festival tickets.

"If people bring Diet Pepsi cans to the festival, we'll recycle it, and you'll get a discount at the gate," DiSalvo said.

For more information on the festival, 5K or Dub Crawl, visit dublinirishfestival.org.