Things to do this weekend in Ireland | October 4th-6th

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So Funny Sligo Comedy Festival

A new addition to scene in Sligo, the So Funny Festival features some top class local and national comedians including Owen Colgan, Dave McSavage and Dermot and Dave. There is also a special family comedy and magic show on Saturday afternoon with Colm Dawson. No to be missed!

EPIC Space Camp

Exploring everything from space travel to gravity, food and beyond, with a range of activitie from designing your own space rocket, to planning your colony camp! The first EPIC Space Camp workshop on Sunday is suitable for ages 8 - 12 years old.

Children also get free entry to the EPIC museum with accompanying adults getting 20% discount off their ticket. 

Dingle Food Festival

A tasty weekend of fun featuring cookery demonstrations, workshops, farmer’s forum, street entertainment, live music, Maperath Mobile Farm and lots of children's events including Kingdom Falconry, The Brickx Club, Teddy Bear Picnic and more.

Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival

The 19th annual festival concludes this weekend with events including Ag Teacht Abhaile Carnival Parade, Kevin McAleer in Guru and RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany.


A free fun family day out in Newbridge House, Dublin on Saturday -  hosted by Keogh's Farm - with free food ,celebrity guests, live music, potato cooking demo, games and family fun. Cancelled due to weather.

Cork Folk Festival

Over 20,000 people will attend the 40th festival with over fifty free and ticketed events in venues across Cork city, including concerts, lectures, workshops, an open-air market and traditional Irish set-dancing and includes performances from Dónal Lunny & Máirtín O’Connor, Dougie MacLean, Greenshine & Granny’s Attic, Andy Irvine and many more.

On Saturday, the Food & Folk Open-Air Food Market at Emmett Place will present a mix of traditional music and dance groups from around the world.

O'Carolan Harp Festival

 The composer and harper Turlough O'Carolan was born in 1670 in Nobber, Co. Meath and the 32nd annual festival in his honour takes place this weekend.

Dublin Theatre Festival

The festival continues through the weekend with The Sleepwalkers in the Axis, Pike St. in Smock Alley and Baba Yaga as part of the Theatre for Children in The Ark.

Wainfest | Children's Art & Book Festival

Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children talking place this year from October 5th - 13th.

This weekend's events include making your own version of a Bronze Age sun disc in the Donegal County Museum on Saturday, a  Fang-Tastic Party with Vampirina in Century Cinemas Letterkenn,  a special Harry Potter weekend at Oakfield House and loads more.

Galway Jazz Fest

Running until 6th October, there will be musicians from 14 countries, in 20 venues and over 50 gigs including performances from Lauren Kinsella, Sean Carpio and Donal O' Kelly, the fabulous London Gay Big Band and many more.

Ballinasloe Horse Fair

It's not all about horses as up to 80,000 people head to Ballinasloe this week to enjoy lots of other fun activities and events including food and craft market, jiving competition, tug-o-war, motorbike show and kids tractor race and a family show and fireworks display at Ballina Marina on Friday evening.

Potato Festival NI

Now in its seventh year, the line-up boasts a packed programme of activities and attractions for all ages including Meet the Potato Growers and Producers, Artisan Foods, Children's Activities, Cookery Demonstrations, Talks, Helicopter Flights & lots more.

The festival coincides with the Community Open Day at the Giant's Causeway where you can also enjoy the full Visitor Experience free of charge.

Bualadh Bos Children's Festival

Limerick’s only arts festival dedicated to children runs from October 6th - 19th. Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival captures the imagination of young audiences with magical theatre in the Lime Tree Theatre & The Belltable, book readings, talks, interactive workshops and more.

Harvest Fair at Ballance House

Featuring reduced admission on Guided House & Exhibition tours, Craft Market. Apple Sales and tasting, Tea Barn and lots of free children's activities including Bouncy Castle, Make a Bug Hotel, Face-painting, Apple Stuffing, Kids’ crafting and games on the lawn

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