Things to do this weekend in Ireland | August 10 - August 12

A selection of 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 during July & August.

Fota Wildlife Park Summer Events

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates 35 years with a series of fun and educational events this summer. This weekend visitors can enjoy yoga classes at Cypress Lawn with Bikram Yoga Cork. There are two classes on Sunday suitable for all the family. The classes are free with your admission but booking in advance in essential as spaces are limited.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the most important event in the traditional music calendar, takes place in Drogheda, County Louth from 12th to 19th August.

For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion while for others it is a week-long celebration with lots of music, dance, song and late nights!

Dublin Horse Show

With an array of national & international show jumping competitions and world-class equestrian entertainment, great shopping, delicious food, music & fantastic daily entertainment, the annual Dublin Horse Show has something for everyone.

The Playcentre Summer Deals

Visit the Playcentre in KIngscourt, Cavan this summer with fantastic savings of up to 53% OFF with a summer deal on YourDaysOut. Tickets are limited but you can Buy Now, Play Later anytime in July and August.

Kildare Town Medieval Festival

The Vikings return to Kildare on Sunday with a fun family festival featuring a Medieval Food and Craft Village, Viking Village, Kiddie Vike,  music, games and lots of more.

Castlecomer Discovery Park Summer Deal

Home to Ireland's longest Zipline as well as lots of other family activities including the Octagon, Tree Top Walk, Boats, Canoeing and Archery, the Discovery Park in Kilkenny is the perfect family day out that makes the most of the summer weather.

Now, with 20% OFF tickets on YourDaysOut - what are you waiting for?

Carlingford Oyster Festival

A four-day celebration of local shellfish this weekend with lots of tasty food and family fun including Magic Show, Face Painting, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Free Kayaking in the Harbor, Children’s Funfair,  Bouncing Castles and lots more.

Cork City Military Show

Returning to the Showgrounds this weekend with reenactment groups and equipment featuring Romans, Vikings, Crusader Knights, British redcoats, American civil war, WWI, WWII up to modern wars, Traders, WWII battle on both days, Food stalls and lots of fun activities for all the family.

Tullamore Show

The Tullamore Show on Sunday is one of Ireland's premier agricultural events. Every year it attracts the best cattle, sheep, and equine breeders alongside entrants for its other 1,000 plus competitions with a total prize-fund of €175,000. 

It is Ireland's largest one-day show for the farming fan to fashion follower, the competitive contestant to craft, motor and music, for shoes and shopping to entertainment and under 12s go free with a paying adult.

Killybegs Summer Festival

A jam-packed festival schedule in beautiful Killybegs, with loads of fun activities and events over the weekend including a live music, junior disco, community BBQ, a Teddy Bears' picnic, Sports Day, Fancy Dress and more.

Dinosaur Encounter at W5

Let W5 take you on a journey back in time to the lost world of the dinosaurs this summer. Join them on a safari through dusky primordial landscapes and marvel at moving, ROARING dinosaurs!

Rock 'n' Roll Festival

The Dublin Rock-N-Roll festival returns for the fourth year celebrating music, cars, hairstyles, clothing and everything R 'n' R with have a variety of free live music. The event is run in conjunction with The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

Belmullet Festival

The annual Belmullet Festival runs until Saturday 18th of August with fun activities for all the family.  Events this weekend include live music, dancing and fancy dress in Carter Square and Heritage day on Friday, Mud Run and busking competition on Saturday and a Family Day at Áras Inis Gluaire on Sunday.

Loughree Monster Festival

The Lough Ree Monster Festival starts on Friday when the monster arrives to the quayside at 9:30pm. There will be live music all weekend including the traditional children's disco and a Jiving competition in the Big Red Barn.

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival

The 50th Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival continues until August 12th with events and activities this weekend including a spectacular fireworks display on Thursday, art workshop and walking tour on Friday, a soap-xox derby on Saturday and lots more.

Annual Maiden of the Mournes

The 29th International Maiden of the Mournes festival starts on Sunday with the Grand Opening Parade in Warrenpoint on Sunday afternoon.

Puck Fair

One of Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated fairs is held on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with twelve hours of free family street entertainment including live music, street circus, bonny baby, drum workshop, pet show, magic shows, puppet show and a spectacular firework display.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place from 9th to 19th August with the opening festival this weekend burting out onto High Street outside the Tholsel, Kilkenny’s iconic town hall in the heart of the medieval city with street performers and acrobats, dancing flash mobs, face painting and general mayhem for all ages! 

Jervis Summer Kids Camp

Every Saturday in July and August, Jervis Street has a programme of free family events in their Enchanted Summer Garden.


Ireland's newest festival celebrating play, fun & imagination in Airfield Estate. Playstival celebrates play, imagination and fun with a range of hands-on, fun and imaginative games in eight themed play universes including Animal Farm, Construction Site, Children's Island and the Wild West.

There will be tasty and healthy food all weekend provided by The Happy Pear.

Wild Air Run

Inflatable obstacle course over 5k in Marley Park on Saturday, now with water guns to give other runners a soaking. Suitable for fitness fanatics and families, the huge inflatables test your agility and stamina while the water guns will just be a lot of fun.

Clonmany Festival

The annual festival concludes this weekend with sand building, pebble art and raft racing on Tullagh beach on Saturday and a vintage car and tractor rally and modified car show on Sunday, as well as live music every night.

Sligo Summer Festival

Four nights of live music in Stephen St Car Park in Sligo with admission only €3 each night featuring Example, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Mike Denver and Kieran Quinn & Guests with a Family Fun Day on Saturday afternoon.

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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