Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Aug 25 - 27

A selection of events taking place in Ireland this weekend.

A Taste of Donegal

Running from August 25th - August 27th, you can taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country and the UK. There will be live demonstrations from top Irish chefs and a closing fireworks display over Donegal Bay on Sunday evening.

Belfast Mela

Northern Ireland's biggest celebration of cultural diversity returns on 27th August. The Belfast Mela is the city’s annual celebration of global cultures when tens of thousands of visitors pack the Botanic Gardens to celebrate people and diversity with a fun programme of events and activities.

Loughrea Medieval Festival

The 4th Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival takes place from the 25th – 27th August 2017 and includes the Walled Towns Day in Loughrea on Sunday 27 August from 1 pm – 5 pm.

Harvest Festival Westport House

Celebrate the end of summer with a new country music festival featuring Miranda Lambert, Nathan Carter, Kip Moore and more. Family camping is available. 

The Irish Game and Country Fair

The Fair is one of two Great Game Fairs Of Ireland. It is an event with a wide family appeal for those who live, work or play in the Irish countryside with international class prize funds, fantastic fine food festivals and great main arena attractions in the grounds of Birr Castle.

Dalkey Lobster Festival

The Dalkey Lobster Festival takes place in the chilled out village of Dalkey from the Thursday 24th to Sunday, 27th August. The festival presents a fusion of local seafood with the best of current global jazz musicians and lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy.

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival

The festival is a celebration of the River Boyne, set against the magnificent backdrop of Trim Castle. It takes place on the last day of Heritage Week and will showcase cultural, historical and sporting activities both local and throughout the Boyne Valley. There are lot of events and activities including the Boyne Adventure Race.

Origami Festival

Kiki Theatre and Performance Group host The Origami Festival in Portlaoise from August 26th - September 3rd.

IFI Family Festival

As the summer draws to a close, you can treat the kids to their very own film festival.There is a nice mix of workshops and movies including the film adaptation of 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt', 'Rudolf The Black Cat', a puppet workshop and even a book clinic.

The Auld Lammas Fai

Ireland’s oldest fair returns to Ballycastle on August 28 and 29. The present day fair provides street entertainment and market stalls. Two days of trading, bargaining, busking, amusements and street entertainment competitions to add to the atmosphere in the beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle.

The Ballycastle Annual Heavy Horse and Vintage Show also takes place on Saturday, 26th August and this year's Fair will be officially launched with a spectacular seafront fireworks display.

Oughterard Show

It might be a fun local show but it's still competitive. There are prizes in lots of classes including cattle, ponies, horse, sheep, donkey, domestic arts, dogs, cats and family pets. There will also be free children entertainment with bouncy castles, zorb balls and an obstacle course as well as a Bonny Baby and Best Dressed Lady competition.

Blanchardstown Family Fun Day

A fun-filled afternoon for all the family with crazy golf, face painting, bouncy castles and lots more.

Bundoran Lifeboat Soap Box Race

The 6th Annual Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race -  run by and in aid of the local volunteer RNLI crew - happens on 27th August with a fun family atmosphere in Bundoran, County Donegal.

Belvedere House, Gardens & Park

An Inflatable Colour Run takes place at Belvedere House & Gardens on Sunday, 27th August. Combining the fun of a colour run with the thrills of an inflatable run, this fun day out is suitable for all ages. Walk, run and laugh your way around the course and collect your medal at the finish line.

Milford Hospice Harvest Fair

The annual fundraiser for the Milford Hospice with Books, Toys, Fancy Goods Stalls, The Wheel of Fortune, face painting, puppet show (new this year), the Bottle Stall and bouncy castles. Proceeds from the Harvest Fair will go towards supporting existing hospice services and the building of a new state-of-the-art hospice.

Dublin Fun Fest

To celebrate the end of summer, Dublin City Council is hosting free family entertainment in Smithfield including dance classes, inflatable games and a variety of food vendors. 

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