A selection of things to do around Ireland this weekend.
Free, local and activity-based events througout Ireland to encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through performance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings, screenings, special events and much more. It’s a day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’!
The Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival will take place in Rathfarnham Castle Park on Sunday from 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. The free festival will showcase the wide variety of people living and working within South Dublin County Council area with food, entertainment and a craft village.
The Mourne Mountains has been recognised as the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland by Walk NI and the festival provides a fantastic opportunity to find out why. This year’s event runs from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th and features a range of routes carefully planned to suit all levels and abilities.
A fun weekend for all the family where you can jump on board one of the visiting boats,enjoy water activities like sailing and rowing, search and rescue demonstrations, live entertainment and more.
Robert Boyle was born in Lismore Castle and was perhaps the most influential scientist of his day. The annual garden party on Thursday launches the 7th Robert Boyle Summer School before a weekend of activities and events celebrating the architect of Boyle's Law. Events include Promise and Peril of Big Data, Science Denial - Will Any Knowledge Do? and The Robert Boyle Show.
Q-Con is Northern Ireland’s largest and longest running video gaming and anime related convention. Celebrating 25 years, it is home to a full weekend of gaming and anime themed events from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June.
The GAA Museum at Croke Park will host a unique family friendly evening of drama, music and pageantry on 22nd June to celebrate Midsummer.
It will feature unique performances by the famous Armagh Rhymers, as well as the GAA Museum tour, Croke Park pitch viewings and Celtic activities in Cú Chulainn’s Den – the museum’s dedicated children’s arts and crafts studio.
Returning for a third year, the festival in Naas has loads of fun events over the weekend including live music from Jack L and Blaithín Carney, Kids Art Academy and taking over Poplar Square with face painting, live music, a carousel and more.
Sea Sessions is one of Ireland’s most popular small festivals. Situated right on beach in Bundoran, the capital of Irish Surfing – it is the only event in the country bringing together the unique lifestyle aspects of surfing, skating, BMX, beach sports and more, into a three-day camping festival featuring popular acts like Dizzee Rascal and Walking on Cars.
Join Chapterhouse Theatre as four sisters - Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy tell the story of their life during the Civil War in America with the beautiful Wells House as your backdrop.
The Stoneybatter Festival takes place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th and is a celebration of the residents, communities and businesses of Stoneybatter. Events include the tallest Sunflower competition, a Sunday family fun day and the Stoneybatter Food and Drink Trail.
Lough Gur are holding a special guided tour of the Fairy Village on Sunday, 24th June to celebrate National Fairy Day. Children will be guided up to the Fairy Village and told stories about the enchanting Fairies living there. Advance booking is essential.
Since 1978, Kildare Town has hosted their annual Festival in conjunction with the Irish Derby. The event includes music, arts, crafts, sports and the Derby Queen. A family fun day and the popular parade takes place on Sunday 24th June where EuroStar Bounces will provide entertainment for all the family in The Square.
The Annual O'Malley Clan Rally takes place this year in Westport and will be a fun-filled weekend with lots of events including the family BBQ on Sunday in Westport House.
Over three days this weekend, the Old Fort Quarter will come alive with traditional medieval activities such as archery and shield-making, celebrating the heritage of the Old Fort of Maryborough in Portlaoise. As part of Cruinniú na nÓg there will be lots of creative activities for children and young people in Fitzmaurice Plaza and the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Newbridge House and Farm, the festival is a full weekend of activities for all the family. Admission is free but there is a charge for parking if you don't use the free shuttle buses. There will be a food village in the Walled Garden, equestrian and dog trials, vintage farm machinery and lots of fun and games.
There are fun art workshops for kids with Karen O’Connor in Farmleigh House on Saturday. Tickets are free but limited and will allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis from the Farmleigh Gallery on the day. Children 5-8 years are from10.30-11.30am and children 9-12 years are from 2.30-3.30pm.
Celebrating five years, the popular Waterford venue has a day of fun-filled activities planned for Sunday 24th including free slushies, face painting and a special visit by Chase from Paw Patrol.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, this year will be a combined All-Ireland Game Fair at Shanes Castle, Antrim on 23rd & 24th June. The fair promotes the importance of country sports, farming and conservation interests working together for the preservation of the Irish countryside and the rural way of life.