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

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Middleton Arts Festival

Expect the unexpected and bring friends and family along to take part in the many activities including children’s busking competition, make art on the street, great exhibitions, music, meditative dance, drumming circle, poetry, film, bohemian discussions and outstanding theatre. There really is something for everyone in Midleton’s Arts Festival.

Balmoral Show

The Balmoral Show is Northern Ireland's largest Agri-Food event.  

Now in its 151st year, the Show will take place over four days from 15 - 18th May featuring events and activities to educate and entertain the entire family.

Oranmore Arts Festival 

The 2nd Annual Oranmore Arts Festival will take place from the 16th to 19th May. The theme of the festival is Meitheal with events including Fairy Door Trail, Social Farm Tour, Circus Workshop, a family fun day and lots, lots more.

Northwest 200

The North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event with a full race week festival featuring lots of local family events and, of course, the race itself on May 18th.

West Wicklow Festival

The combination of amazing venues, stellar musicians, and exemplary compositions makes the West Wicklow Festival unmissable for classical music fans. The 3rd festival celebrates the second centenary of the birth of perhaps the world’s most significant woman composer, Clara Schumann, and also recognises other significant Irish and international women composers.

Gospel Rising Festival

The Gospel Rising Music Festival is coming to Dublin City centre for the first time from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May. The weekend’s flagship event, is Super Soul Sunday, taking place in Mounjoy Square Park from 1pm to 5pmt This is a free event, with plenty of gospel music performances, workshops, dancing and children’s entertainment.

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Whatever way you like your prawns – barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced – Howth’s many award-winning restaurants will not disappoint on this not to be missed weekend. You can expect three days of sensational food and entertainment for all the family including showcasing Howth's many activities on land and on the water.

Bealtaine Festival

The Bealtaine Festival, celebrating the Arts as we age continues this weekend with loads of different events around the country including a virtual tour of the The Sistine Chapel in Waterford, Drawing Saint Brendan in the Kerry County Museum and Bealtaine @ Temple Bar with the theme of Be Our Guest.

Design POP Cork

Design POP is a hybrid festival of food and design taking place in various locations around Cork this weekend. Six designers worked with six local food producers to create six pop-up installations in six amazing public spaces. There will also be design workshops, lectures and discussion celebrating innovations and creativity in Cork.

National Drawing Day | Glasnevin Museum

Glasnevin Cemetery celebrates National Drawing Day with a special Dead Interesting Tour with plenty of opportunities to sketch or photograph as you are guided through Ireland's largest cemetery, home to countless intricate monuments and the largest collection of Celtic crosses in the world. 

Biodiversity Week

Over 50 events will be taking place all across Ireland encouraging us to get up close and personal with our natural environments and celebrate our diverse species and habitats including this weekend Wild Food on the Shore at Garrarus Beach and a Bee Spotting Workshop in the Pearse Museum at St. Enda's Park.

Cavan Arts Festival

Cavan Arts Festival returns this weekend bringing a host of top quality local, national and international talent in visual art, theatre, live music, performance art, circus, comedy, literature, and dance to Cavan Town. 

Heart of Gort Festival

A two-day festival in Gort Town, Co. Galwayon Friday and Saturday, with the festival programme delivering an exciting range of activities including Song & Story session, children's fairytales and singing, guided river walks, drumming workshop and a fun, family day on Saturday in Canon Quinn Park.

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