Things to do this weekend in Ireland | August 17 - August 19

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.

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?

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.

Elves & Fairy Day at Brigit's Garden

The Fairy Queen and Elf King are on their way to Brigit's Garden and are inviting all fairies and elves, to join them in Ireland's award winning Celtic Gardens on Saturday from 12.30pm

Activities include meeting the Fairy Queen and Elf King, the Elf Hunt, a visit to the Fairy Garden, Arts & Crafts including make your own Fairy Door, Wand & Crown Making, Storytelling and the Elf & Fairy Ball

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park, Mullingar Town Park on 19th August, is a community event with activities for all the family, including food and craft food, live music and children’s entertainment.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, taking place this year in Drogheda, concludes this weekend.

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!

Rose of Tralee

Celebrating 59 years, the selection of the Rose of Tralee may be a global celebration of Irish culture, but it is also a week-long family festival with a programme of activities and events that includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Arts Festival continues until Sunday with Festival Fun on High Street on Friday and Saturday, Secret Garden music in Castle Rose Garden and Butler House Garden, The Lightkeeper’s Last Stand in Kilkenny Castle Park as well as live music, theatre, talks and a spectacular Festival Finale in St Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday.

Tullow Show

The Tullow Show 2018, on the 19th of August at the showgrounds in Coppenagh,  is one of the most established agricultural shows in the country with something to interest both rural and urban visitors and young and old.

Belmullet Festival

The annual Belmullet Festival runs until Saturday with events his weekend including a treasure hunt on Thursday, pig racing on Friday and the finale on Saturday night featuring music and entertainment on Main Street and Quay Street and a spectacular firework display on the Quay.

Annual Maiden of the Mournes

The 29th International Maiden of the Mournes festival continues throughout the weekend with the selection and crowning on Saturday night with other events including a dog show, Regatta, Beat on the Street, treasure hunt and lots more.

Carrigaholt Family Festival

Now in its 25th year, the three day annual fun-filled festival features music, drama, dance, heritage events, country sports and lots of fun and games for all the family.

The Big Grill

The Big Grill returns to Herbert Park next week celebrating the art of cooking with fire & smoke. There will be demos & workshops from well-known chefs, eating challenges, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and loads more.

Little Festival at The Big House

A festival of entertainment and guaranteed fun for all the family in Wells House on Saturday and Sunday. There will puppet shows, face painting, Jumanji trail, magic, street acts, music, a delicious BBQ and so much more!

Galway Wild Air Run

Inflatable obstacle course over 5k in Ballybrit 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.

Ballyshannon Show

The Ballyshannon Agricultural Show returns on Sunday 19th with a full programme of competitions in the cattle, sheep horses and agricultural classes as well as home baking, craft, flower competitions and plenty of family fun.

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! 

Jervis Summer Kids Camp

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

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!

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