Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Oct 5 - 7

A selection of events, activities and things to do in Ireland this weekend.


National Wax Museum Plus

A lot more than just wax statues, the museum is full of fun, interactive exhibits that will keep active children entertained - an engaging way to spend a couple of hours this summer, just avoid the Chamber of Horrors if you want to sleep that night!

They are also offering up to 15% off all tickets - including your own Wax Hands - only with bookings on YourDaysOut.

Strandhill Food Festival

The second Strandhill Food Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday with the best chefs and producers in County Sligo sharing delicious recipes, Derry Clarke and Gary O'Hanlon will headline this year's Food Demo stage and there will be live music and family fun events each day. 

Taste of the Lakelands

Featuring an extended programme over two days with food producers, more LIVE cooking demonstrations, culinary treats, special features on safety and lots of attractions for all the family.

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O 'Carolan Harp Festival

The famous composer and harper Turlough O'Carolan was born in Nobber, Co. Meath 1670 and they hold an annual festival in his honour.

The 31st festival will have plenty of workshops from some of Ireland's top harpists and performances in the George Eogan Cultural & Heritage Centre on Friday and Saturday featuring Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill & Brian McGrath, The Meath Harp Ensemble and many more.

Dingle Food Festival

Dingle Food Festival showcases and celebrates the quality of local producers, chefs, restaurateurs and the award-winning local food and drink they produce through demos, markets, workshops, wine-tasting, discussion forums, craft beer and cider fest and the Taste Trail, where you can sample a wide range of local culinary delights. 

Cork Folk Festival

Ireland’s southern capital once again will host a spectacular for a​ ​four-day music event, packed with Ireland's finest traditional musicians, dancers and singers.

Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2018

The 18th annual festival continues until Sunday with music, theatre, opera, carnival, visual arts, street arts, literary events, events for children the popular carnival parade scheduled for the streets of Ballyshannon on Saturday night.

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Dublin Festival of History

The 6th annual festival run until Sunday with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics. The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle featuring many best-selling historians including Michael Palin.

Smithfield and Stoneybatter Food Festival

Food eateries, shops and bars will have free tastings, festival menus and discounted prices all weekend in Smithfield & Stoneybatter. The highlight is on Sundayh when the festival takes to the outdoors on Smithfield Square in tandem with the independent music festival, the Busker Fleadh.

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

Ballinasloe Horse Fair is not just one of Europe’s oldest, dating back to the 18th century, it is an annual event that attracts up to 80,000 visitors enjoying lots of fun activities and events including food and craft market, dog show, vintage car show, soap box derby, family activities and a monster fireworks display at Ballinasloe Marina on Friday night from 8:30pm.

Galway Jazz Festival

The festival returns over four days this weekend with musicians from 14 countries, in 20 venues, and over 50 live performances, plenty of talk, both formal and informal, some cinema, kids stuff, masterclasses and more.

Roscommon Arts Centre | Book Clinic

Do you know a young reader who is looking for a new series to delve into? Do they need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Children's Books Ireland Book Clinic at Roscommon Arts Centre on Saturday 6th October from 10am - 2pm.

Children and young readers can consult with the Book Doctor on their favourite reads and come away with a prescription for their next book which they can take to your local bookshop or library! Admission is free, this event is drop in and pre-booking is not required.

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LimBrick City

On Saturday and Sunday, at St. John's Pavilion,  there will be a huge selection of models, a massive play area, including a Lego wall as well as  face painting, vendors selling Lego figures, Lego sets, Lego Jewellery and much more. This is an inclusive event with the Limerick Autism Group available throughout the day.

Rooster Festival

The first Carlow Rooster Festival takes place this weekend celebrating the popular spud and its connections to Carlow with live music, entertainment, food trail, the National Potato Picking Championship and a fun family day out in Oakpark House on Saturday afternoon.

Solstice Arts Centre

The Solstice Arts Cetnre in Navan hosts its second Lost Kingdoms Family Workshop on Saturday from 2pm for children over six. Artist Eimear Murphy leads a hands-on exploration of the work of Patrick Hough on display in our gallery. Create your very own lost kingdom of artefacts, statues, treasures and fantastic structures.

Wainfest | Annual Arts and Book Festival

Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children in Donegal. There is a total of 151 events taking place in many favourite familiar haunts as well as some exciting new partner locations, over eight days.

Rivertown Arts Centre | Science Magic

Irish comedian and science communicator Dónal Vaughan brings his hugely successful science magic comedy to Newbridge on Sunday afternoon.

Dónal makes the impossible possible - turning water upside down without spilling it, moving an object without touching it - and you can try all the tricks again at home with your young wizards.


The Spud Fest family fun day returns to Newridge House, Donabate on Saturday afternoon with bouncy castles, vintage tractors, live music, potato cooking demo, BBQ with free tasty potato treats and free parking.

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