Things to do this weekend in Ireland | January 24th - January 26th

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TradFest ‘Create, Craft & Play’ with the Irish Family History Centre

Explore the connection between family history and music in this ‘creative craft and play’ workshop hosted by EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre. Suitable for families with children ages 6 – 12 years old, each family will create their own musical instrument together and explore some songs from the past all while in the atmospheric vaults of the CHQ building.

Tickets are €12 per family taking part and one ticket entitles you to make one instrument

Chinese New Year

Dublin’s iconic Fruit and Vegetable Market will reopen for two days of music, colour and fun as the hugely popular Spring Festival Fair returns to welcome Chinese New Year in Dublin on 25th & 25th of January. Ahead of its redevelopment, the beautiful Victorian-era building will play host to a free, family-friendly celebration, based on traditional Chinese temple fairs. 

Family Concert | National Concert Hall

This Saturday, come down to the woods with the WhistleBlast Quartet for a woodland adventure featuring some familiar characters and well-loved pieces from classical music. Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Peter and the Wolf will all appear; but watch out for the trolls from the Hall of the Mountain King!

Bosco's Garden-Sleeping Beauty | The Everyman

Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty this Sunday at 12:00 & 14:30, where an evil Fairy-Night filled with jealousy tries to harm Beauty. But, luckily for Beauty, she has some very good fairy friends. With its brilliant array of characters, lots of fun and tons of excitement throughout, this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre is wonderfully entertaining. 

The Speks | Riverbank Arts Centre

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show on Saturday is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

Holiday Show | Dublin

The 30th Holiday World Show returns to the RDS this weekend offering plenty of ideas to plan the perfect break as well as live entertainment, a kids zone, competitions, attractions and special show-only offers.

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival

The annual Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival in Tipperary from January 24th to 26th with three guided walks to choose from on Saturday and Sunday and nightly entertainment to help you relax after. 

Temple Bar Tradfest

The festival takes place over five days and five nights with over two-hundred events from 22-26th January. Featuring performances from headline acts Stockton's Wing, The Hothouse Flowers, Cherish the Ladies and many more. The TradFest Children's Hub returns to The Ark and features Give Trad a Try, Children's Open Session, Family Workshops and Gigs for Children.

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

The 11th Ballincollig Winter Music Festival takes place this weekend entred around the festival hub at The White Horse with performances from The Blizzards, The Frank & Walters, Altan as well as local trad sessions and workshops.

Letterkenny Trad Week

The 6th Letterkenny Trad Week concludes this weekend with performances from Xylouris White & Navá, Donegal uilleann piper Paul Harrigan who will officially launches his long-awaited debut album and Sharon Shannon who plays An Grianán Theatre on Sunday.

Banjo & Bovril Music Festival

The 6th Banjo & Bovril Festival takes place over the weekend in Bray. The Trad & Folk festival runs until Saturday and features Junior Brother, The Scratch, Bunoscionn, Anna Mieke, Candlelit Tales and many more. All gigs are free.

Tintern Abbey Run

The 5th Annual Tintern Abbey Run/ Walk takes place on Sunday in the beautiful grounds of the medieval abbey in Wexford. Run it, jog it, walk it, this event is open to all ages of all abilities, so it's a great family day out with refreshments after the race.

Acoustic Babies | Hawk's Well

Experience an eclectic range of music on Sunday in Hawk's Well Theatre in Sligo from Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen to KT Tunstall and Damien Dempsey as Elaine and Kev O’Gorman entertain you and your little ones with a blend of beautiful acoustic songs, designed to be enjoyed together.

Incredible Crocs and Amazing Alligators

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Kids Science Lecture this weekend in the National Museum of Ireland | Natural History.

Built-in goggles, an immune system that can kill off the deadliest of diseases, and the strongest bite force in the animal kingdom! Hear from herpetological expert, Rob Gandola, about the amazing adaptations of crocodiles and alligators that have kept them unchanged in millions of years and at the top of the food chain. Booking required

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