Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Jan 19 - 21

A selection of events and fun activities to try this weekend.

Antiques & Vintage Fair

Featuring over 30 traders from the UK and Ireland, exhibiting everything from furniture, decor, lighting, paintings, jewellery, vintage fashion, porcelain and glass, memorabilia, books and prints, rare coins, postcards and more in Clontarf Castle on Sunday.


One of the largest Anime and Manga conventions in Ireland and run by students of NUI Galway to raise money for charity. Featuring panels, traders, artists, video games, special events and, of course, cosplay, the family-friendly events runs from the 19th - 21st January.

Shannonside Winter Music Weekend

The 19th Shannonside Winter Music Festival takes place from 18th - 22nd January with 80 events across 15 venues around the adjoining villages of Sixmilebridge & Bunratty.

Mad As a Hatter

Why doesn't your family or friends try something completely different this month with a new challenge from Celtic Escape Rooms in Athlone. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and fall into a mysterious room with many locked doors and drawers of all sizes and escape the room before the  Queen of Hearts shouts "Off with her head!".

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

A fun day on Saturday in Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare with a table quiz, raffle, face-painting and nail-painting and more. All proceeeds in aid of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival

The festival promoting mental health in Ireland continues this weekend with some family events including a Stressed Out Steve workshop and storytelling in the Riverbank Arts Cente  in Kildare on Saturday and a First Fortnight Family Workshop in the National Gallery on Sunday afternoon.

Once Upon a Time - Family Concert with Affinití

A whistle-stop tour through best loved songs from animation and beyond with award-winning trio Affinití (soprano, violin, and harp) takes place on Saturday in the National Concert Hall. There will be lots of audience participation to keep all of the younger audience members involved and entertained.

Treasures of the National Musuem 

The National Archaeology Museum in Kildare Street has another fun family tour scheduled on Saturday afternoon from 14:30. The tour is free and no booking is required but arrive early as places are on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour will take in some famous pieces including the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

A League of Villians

Backstage Theatre in Longford host some Panto fun starting this weekend. ‘Junior’ the son of seeks to take revenge on his fathers enemies and take over the world. He enlists the help of a group of the deadliest ex villains the world has ever known. Can he be stopped?

Dinosaurs Around the World

Dinosaurs Around the World will transport you into the era of the dinosaur for a tour of an Earth very different from today. With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life! 

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