11 Things to do this weekend in Ireland | Oct 13-15

Updated / Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 06:20

Halloween may be just around the corner but the mercury is expected to hit 20 degrees this weekend!

By Ciaran Dunne

Halloween may be just around the corner but the mercury is expected to hit 20 degrees this weekend!

It's perfect weather for many of the fun events organised all over the island this weekend. 

YourDaysOut.ie has thousands of ideas for things to do in Ireland, including Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Party Venues, School Tours, Family Breaks and more.

We've narrowed the selections down to a mixture of events suitable for different ages and interests this weekend and a few tips for next week.

1) Ennis Food Festival
Ennis Food Festival takes place this year 12-15th October with many foodie events including a Rachel Allen Symposium, demonstrations by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and festival menus in restaurants and cafés all over Ennis. 

The highlight event this year will be The Gourmet Food Village in glór on Sunday with a buzzing Artisan Food market and lots of family fun.

Ennis Food Festival

2) Belfast Arts Festival
The festival covers theatre, dance, classical and roots music, visual, film and digital arts and literature accompanied by outreach and educational events and runs until the 28th October.

3) Open House Dublin
Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public open their doors for one weekend only, with tours provided by expert guides.

First come, first served to visit The Abbey Theatre, Belvedere House, Customs House, Grand Canal Docks Houseboats, Leinster House and many more.

4) World BBQ Championships
100 teams, 600 competitors, 150 judges and over 40,000 spectators eager to taste the entries. The People's Park in Limerick will be transformed into a World BBQ Festival filled with food & craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and lots of BBQs!

5) Dublin Theatre Festival
The festival draws to a close this weekend with Miet Warlop's riotous Fruits of Labour in the Samuel Beckett, a study on the effects of big data in Josephine K and the Algorithms on the Peacock stage at The Abbey and the memorable We Come from Far Far Away in The Ark for children from age ten.

We Come from Far Far Away

6) Farmaphobia
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. 

7) 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.

8) Duffy's Circus
This year's incredible show heads back to Dublin with motorbike riders from Brazil, Mexican clowns, Kenyan acrobats, High-Speed Juggling and the 5th generation of the Duffy family, Tom & Jamie, with their award-winning and spectacular Wheel of Death!

Duffy's Wheel of Death

9) Spirit of Meath Halloween Festival
From Haunted Hills to Eerie Graveyards; Tour of Shadows to Friendly Witches & Spooks and Spells; Thriller Nights to Terrifying Terror Houses, the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival - running until November 5th - will delight & fright equally!

This weekend you can pick your own Pumpkin at The Alright Pumpkin Patch or join in the fun in the Muck of Kells adventure race.

10) Gaelforce Howth Summit
An exciting 10km trail that takes you from Howth village to above to the top of the Howth head with its spectacular view across Dublin Bay.

11) Wainfest
Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children.

The festival concludes this weekend with the remaining events including Nancy's Barn Family Cookout in Doagh Famine Village on Sunday and Magic in the Woodlands Family Activity Day in Glenveagh National Park.

Three things to do next week:
1) Wexford Fringe

The Wexford Fringe festival offers something for everyone with a diverse programme including theatre, music, opera, readings, history tours, children's events and even a fireworks display.

2) Baboró: International Arts Festival for Children
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland's flagship festival for children and families each October in Galway City and County, devoted exclusively to children and families.

3) The National Dairy Show
The 35th National Dairy Show takes place in Millstreet Cork next weekend. Ireland's biggest indoor dairy show features competitions, stalls, entertainment and lot of fun.