Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Sep 1 - 3

A selection of events taking place in Ireland this weekend.


Now in its 15th year, the Midleton Food and Drink Festival has rebranded as Feast Cork! It will still bring together a mouth-watering array of food produced by local growers in the region as well as some treats from further a field. But it's not just the food; there will also be balloon artists, jugglers, stilt-walkers, face painters, puppet shows, live music and much more.


South Kerry Ploughing Championship & Harvest Show

It might be near the end of the season but this Sunday will host one of the biggest shows of the year featuring 150 trade stands & exhibitors, Classic & Vintage car show, food tents & stalls, family funfair & kids amusements.

Royal Meath Show

The 77th Annual Agricultural Show takes place in Porchfields, Trim on Sunday. The show is a family friendly day out; as well as competitions in all the usual classes, there will also be cookery demos, a dog show, a kiddies corner and vintage displays. There are also classes for younger exhibitors who want to enter the competitions.

Monaghan Rhythm & Blues

The 22nd Annual Blues festival takes place in Monaghan from the 1st - 4th September. Get ready for four days of celebrating the blues, the music that gave birth to rock 'n' roll, when a little piece of the Mississippi comes to Ireland to celebrate the end of summer.

Murrisk Pattern and Oyster Festival

A weekend festival in the historic and picturesque village of Murrisk. Join us for a weekend of events such as Oyster foraging, live bands & kids entertainment.

Ballymaloe House Garden Festival

The Ballymaloe Garden Festival will take place on the grounds of Ballymaloe House this Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of talks, demonstrations, entertainment, stalls and tasty food.

Air Show Port Stewart

One of Ireland's biggest air show takes place at the top of the island this weekend with two-days of spectacular displays in Port Stewart. As well as free aerial displays. there is plenty to do and see at ground level with a wide range of attractions and activities. 

Electric Picnic

It might be one of the last of the summer festivals but it's also one of the most anticipated. Headline acts this year include Duran Duran and The XX but Electric Picnic is so much more than a music festival with comedy, talks and chill-out zones ensuring a fun weekend regardless of your tastes.

Hooked Seafood Festival

The popular town of Killybegs promotes their seafood in a fun festival on Saturday. The Donegal Chowder Cook Off will see the best of Donegal chefs come together to compete for the title of 2017 Donegal Chowder Champion with the winner representing the country at the All-Ireland cook off in Kinsale next year.

Beltra Agricultural Show

One of the most popular shows takes place in the scenic Sligo town of Beltra this Saturday, 2nd September.

Pavillion Theatre

A treat for the kids at the end of summer with a special screening of the original animated Beauty & The Beast on Saturday afternoon. Later that night there is also a screening of the popular, family friendly musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

It might not be very PC, but it's still great fun.

Bantry Agricultural Show

The Beaches in Bantry host possibly the most scenic agricultural show in Ireland with some visitors even arriving by boat from the harbour.

The 22nd Bantry Agricultural Show takes place on Sunday, 3rd September with a large range of competition classes as well as family events including Children's Baking, Vintage Displays and Live Music.

All-Ireland Hurling Final, Croke Park

After one of the most exciting Championships in years, history will be made on Sunday in the first ever All-Ireland Final between Waterford and Galway. It is the first time since 1996 that one of the Big 3 (Cork, Tipperary or Kilkenny) are not contesting a final.

Someone has to lose, as Galway aim for their first win since 1988, while Waterford hasn't won since 1959.

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