Things to do this weekend in Ireland | August 16 - 18

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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!

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Belmullet Festival

The Belmullet Festival is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) on Thursday and has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old with special events for children and families which, this weekend, includes Raft Race, Kayaking, Mike Denver and a family fun day on Sunday afternoon in Áras Inis Gluaire.

SkyPark | Family Fun Day

End your summer on a high with SkyPark's Family Day on Sunday. There will bebouncy castles, arts and crafts, face painting, reptile zoo and live music for just €5 entry or free with any activity booking.

The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill will allow you to discover and learn about all kinds of BBQing grilling, smoking, meats and delicacies from around the globe, all washed down with a choice craft beer or cider. There will be demos & workshops from well-known chefs, eating challenges, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and lots more. 

Carrigaholt Family Festival

Now in its 26th year, a fantastic three day fun-filled festival with music, drama, dance, heritage events, country sports and plenty of good old-fashioned games for the children including slow bicycle race, car treasure hunt, fancy dress parade and more.

Rose of Tralee International Festival

The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee next Tuesday, but it is also a week long programme of activities and events including street entertainment, concerts, Birds funfair, circus, fireworks and more.

National Heritage Week

Many national and local community organisations participate by organising over 2,000 events throughout the country that highlight the abundance of great work that is carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.

Events this weekend include a family workshop in National Gallery of Ireland, a family print festival at the National Print Museum, Wild Child Exploration Trail in Strokestown Park, Glendalough Open Day and Big Dig, a Family Fun Sunday at Hook Lighthouse and lots more.

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

A celebration of all things tomato starts this weekend at the National Botanic Gardens. The festival will feature over 250 varieties on display in the Teak House alongside a series of tomato talks and fun activities for children.

Tullow Show

Tullow Agricultural Show has something to interest both rural and urban visitors of all ages! There are classes to suit all ages from cattle to sheep to horses and ponies, to art, flowers, farm produce, home and dairy, photography, crafts and much more.

Elves & Fairies Day | Brigit's Garden

The Fairy Queen and Elf King are on their way to Brigit's Garden in Galway this Sunday for a day of fun and fairy magic including the Elf Tug-O-War, Storytelling, Treasure Hunt, Arts and Crafts, Elf and Fairy Ball and more. Go in your favourite fairy or elf costume for an enchanting day in the Gardens.

Wells House | End of Summer BBQ

Don't mention the 's' word, but it won't be long. Enjoy some end of Summer fun with a BBQ and live music in Wells House on Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday 21st, let the little ones run wild on their nature scavenger hunt with a treat at the end as part of Wild Child Day.

Ballyshannon Show

The Ballyshannon Agricultural Show returns on Sunday with a full programme of competitions in the cattle, sheep, horses and agricultural classes as well as home baking, craft, flower competitions, free novelty children's events, live music by David James from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and lots of family fun.

Howth Roots & Blues Festival

Don Baker headlines in The Abbey Tavern on Sunday night and The House restaurant hosts the Gaving Povey Band with Dinner on Friday and in-between there are 23 free gigs across 9 different venues in the picturesque, but happening, village this weekend.


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