11 things to do in Ireland this weekend | Oct 6 - Oct 8
The humble spud may be embarrassed but Ireland is probably the only island that can host TWO separate potato festivals during the same weekend.
There are events and activities taking place in every county that suits all tastes, with loads of fun things to do in Ireland listed on YourDaysOut.ie.
This weekend is no different and we've picked a selection of our favourites.
1) The Northern Ireland Potato Festival
An annual festival celebrating the humble spud on Saturday with cookery demonstrations & talks, bouncy castles, artisan food and drink producers, crafters, potato inspired games and a petting farm.
2) Donegal Bay & Bluestacks
A rich and varied programme features contemporary, classical and traditional music, theatre, opera, carnival, visual arts, street arts, literary events, events for children all across the south county.
3) Dublin Theatre Festival
The festival continues through the weekend with Dermot Bolger's Ulysses on the Abbey and the Antartic fairytale Melt in Smock Alley.
Poggle, in The Ark on Saturday & Sunday, is a dance theatre piece with live music suitable for children two-five years olds.
4) Belfast Comedy Festival
The sixth festival is not limited to stand-up comedy but also includes theatre, workshops, seminars, circus, film, quizzes, competitions and events for children. The Rubberbandits headline this Saturday night.
5) Taste of Lakelands
The Midlands first food festival is on Saturday and Sunday with cookery demonstrations, local food producers and a kids disco on Saturday evening.
6) Wainfest Books
Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children. There are 119 events organised countywide including workshops, family days, music and stories.
7) Galway Jazz
There are over 40 different events featuring masterclasses, film, a swing dance night, sessions, poetry, panel discussion, a youth ensemble workshop and some amazing performances from Irish and International musicians.
8) Castle Espie Big Brent Event Mini Explorers
Castle Espie celebrates the return of 80% of the world’s population of Brent Geese following their 2,500km journey from Arctic Canada this weekend.
Events take place all weekend but Sunday is aimed at families where people of all ages can learn about the Brent Geese in a fun and exciting way with face painters, music, dancing and more!
9) Slow Food Festival
A two-day food festival in Derry showcasing the best of local, clean, fair food from across the North West with talks, demonstrations, tastings and lots of family fun including a petting farm.
10) Foxford Trad Festival
The 3rd Foxford Traditional Weekend takes place this weekend in Mayo with traditional Irish music, song & dance for all ages with concerts, master classes, workshops, sean-nós dance competitions, music sessions and lots more.
A free fun family day out in Newbridge House, Dublin on Saturday, hosted by Keogh's Farm & Country Crest. There will be Bouncy castles, fun lawn games with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, BBQ with lots of tasty potato treats, vintage tractors and live music.
Three things to do next week:
1) Laugh Out Louth
The first Louth Comedy Festival aims to raise awareness of Mental Health Issues in the local community through comedy with all profits in aid of the Samaritans. Acts include Deirdre O Kane, Joe Rooney and many more.
2) Belfast International Arts Festival
Featuring artists and performers from across the globe, enjoy world-class theatre, music and visual arts until the 28th October.
Halloween is not just for small children as one of the most popular, and frightening, events return next week with a journey around Causey Farm full of screams, laughter and some heart-pounding scary moments.