Things to do this weekend in Ireland | July 28-July 30

A selection of events taking place in Ireland this weekend.

Elvis Roots Festival

Did you know that Elvis came from Carlow? Celebrating the ancestral home of the King with a fun-filled family festival all weekend featuring live music, talent contests and one or two men with sideburns dressed in jumpsuits. More Details.

Sligo Jazz Festival 

The Sligo Jazz Project has two strands. A 6-day summer school alongside a world class jazz festival. The unique format provides excellent workshops, fantastic performances and informal pub sessions featuring students, teachers and artists. More Details.

Tydavnet Jamboree

A fun-filled family day out in Monaghan featuring Treasure Hunt,  Bouncy Castles, Teddy Bears' Picnic and more. Details

Ardmore Pattern Festival 

Running from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th, events and activities throughout the week include sports events, walks, demonstrations, farmers' market, music, street entertainment, tours and fireworks. More Details.

Enniscrone Black Pig Festival

The festival will launch with a Sky Diving Spectacular when the team of Black Pig Skydivers parachute onto the beach on Friday 28th July. On Saturday 29th July there will be a huge fireworks display and on Sunday there will be a family fun day. More Details.

Sunrise Children’s Festival, Galway

Sunrise Children's Festival is a unique weekend festival dedicated solely to children and their families that will take place in Brigit’s Garden in Galway. There will be four tented entertainment areas with loads of activities and games for the children to enjoy. Camping on Saturday night is included in the price of a weekend ticket. More Details.

Hotter Than July

A world music festival takes place in Smithfield on Sunday 30th. The free family event celebrates the cultural diversity in Dublin city with a packed programme of feel-good rhythms and exciting performances of music and dance from around the world from 3 pm - 9 pm. More Details.

Vodaphone Comedy Festival

Over twenty thousand people are expected to attend the largest and most successful open-air comedy event of its type in Ireland. The four-day event features an impressive line-up of international and Irish comedians entertaining everyone in the Iveagh Gardens from July 27th to July 30th. More Details.

Feile Thraidisiúnta Chnoc Fola

An intimate celebration of the crafts and traditions of the Donegal Gaeltacht. For the last 30 years, the festival has brought the community together to show off the best the area has to offer. Tourists stop by, and enjoy life at a slower pace, in this place where arts, culture and language remain acutely important. More Details.

WIld Air Cork

The Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course. With lots of different venues throughout the summer, this weekend the race will be in Fota House in Cork. More Details.

Punchestown Music Festival

Featuring a strong line-up of national and international artists, the two-day music festival takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of July. Headlining acts include Tom Jones, Culture Club, Bonnie Tyler, Deacon Blue and Boney M. More Details.

Sli Eile Summer Festival

Fun family day out featuring lots of activities and events for all ages, including bouncy castles, pony rides and stalls featuring the wonderful organic produce from the farm. More Details.

National Library of Ireland

Miss Battersby’s sketchbooks in the National library are full of beautiful watercolours of exotic birds. Be inspired by Miss Battersby and create your own bird picture - or a flock of birds, on Thursday, 27th from 14:30-16:00. More Details.

Teddy Bears' Picnic at Wooly Ward's Farm

 A fun filled day for all of the family with activities such as make your own Teddy Magnet, bring your Teddy to the Teddy Hospital for a check up, having a picnic with Goldilocks, decorating a Shortbread Teddy Bear, Magic Show, Animal Petting, Bouncy Castles and so much more!! More Details.

Galway International Arts Festival

Two hundred thousand attended last year as the Galway International Arts Festival presents and produces programmes of the highest quality across all art forms featuring theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy. This year's festival runs from July 17th to Jul 30th. More Details.

Boyle Arts Festival

A wonderful programme of events and live music over eleven days in Boyle featuring top acts include Brian Kennedy, Declan O'Rourke and The Three Tenors and Miriam O'Callaghan will interview Carol Coleman. More Details.

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