As always, there are loads of events on around the island. We have spent the week researching what's on and have selected some suggestions that are a mix of paid and free events for families and adults to try.

1) Dublin Docklands Sumer Festival
The annual summer festival in Grand Canal Basin takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm.

There is a full weekend programme of events and activities, including the floating golf challenge, a rubber duck race and wakeboarding display, as well as food stalls, music, spot prizes, entertainment and a fun fair.

2) Battle for the Bay
Ireland’s largest water sports festival on the beautiful golden sands of Dollymount Strand takes place this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be loads to do including kiteboarder cross racing, a standup paddleboarding competition, a land yacht & kite buggy demo, beach volleyball, arts & crafts, a biodiversity village, mega funfair, kids' zone, live music, artisan food traders and loads of beach fun.

Battle For the Bay. Pic: Paul Doogue Photography.

3) West Wicklow Festival
This Inaugural three-day Chamber Music Festival will be held in Russborough House, Blessington.

There are three scheduled shows on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, with artists including Quatuor Zaide, The Ducasse Trio and a performance by Rachel Kelly and Fiachra Garvey. These musicians are all internationally renowned and represent a wonderful mixture of Irish and European talent.

4) Pawsitivity in the City, Cork
The free pet-lovers event moves to Cork following the success of last weekend's event in Merrion Square.

Meet fellow dog lovers, cuddle with puppies from the ISPCA and chat to experts for advice across all aspects of feed, care and play - they even have a screening of Lady and the Tramp on Saturday! It's sure to be a fun-filled day for you and your dog.

5) Burren in Bloom
The Burren in Bloom festival starts this weekend with events throughout the area from 19th May - 4th June, 2017.

The festival encompasses garden visits, demonstrations, cultural events, family events, informative talks, guided walks and much, much more across the Burren to celebrate the summer blooms and biodiversity of the region.

This Saturday there's a fun family event where kids have a fun few hours exploring Tracht beach and all its creatures; booking in advance required and it’s only €5 per child.

6) World Turtle Day
Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day in The National Reptile Zoo, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny and in The Lost World, Funtasia Waterpark, Drogheda, Co.Louth on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.

Learn how they weigh and measure their turtles and tortoises, watch their turtle and tortoise health check demos and meet their new (and critically endangered) snake neck turtles that just arrived from ZSL London Zoo.

7) Dublin Dance Festival
The Dublin Dance Festival runs from the 18th to 28th May with events & shows in venues across the city, including some family shows and workshops in the Ark, Temple Bar.

This Sunday, 21st May, there is a free family outdoor event in Merrion Square. Pack a picnic and gather family and friends for an afternoon of fun dance experiences for all ages in Merrion Square park.

Getting off to a gentle start with family yoga, they've got a ‘Bubble Baby Boogie’, tea and cakes and a ‘Dress-up Selfie Station’ by Dance World. Swing, roll and spin your way through ‘Funky Feet’ and ‘Bollyrobics’ workshops and enjoy pop-up performances by CoisCéim BROADREACH’s The Dance Ensemble 50+ and Dublin Youth Dance Company.

Explore the biodiversity of the park and learn a simple dance about the changing seasons for the biggest NELKEN-Line in Ireland at 2 pm.

8) National Drawing Day
Tuesday, 16th May was National Drawing Day - but don't worry if you missed it. There are loads of events throughout the country taking place over the weekend.

The National Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street in Dublin hosts award-winning illustrator Mark Wickham who will show you how to storyboard your favourite Irish Celtic myth. The event is on Saturday 20th of May 2017 from 11 am-12:30 pm for children aged 12-16.

Mark will then host children aged 7-11 to for a workshop on designing your own Celtic Superhero from the Iron Age from 2:30-3:30 pm. Places are limited and, although the event is free, booking is required.

Other events include free creative family fun and artistry in the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny from 11am - 3 pm; try out the various drawing materials and techniques on offer and master your own drawing skills in RUA RED from 12pm – 2pm; The Glucksman, University College Cork, College Road offers you the opportunity to dress up and draw from 1pm - 3pm; and a free family event in Muckross House from 2pm - 4pm.

9) National Leprechaun Hunt
Visit Carlingford for the National Leprechaun Hunt which is a fantastic day out for the whole family with lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Buy a certified Leprechaun Hunting Licence for only €6 per person or €20 for a family of four to allow you to participate in the hunt on the Sliabh Foy mountains and be in with the chance of winning the leprechaun’s treasure. There will be prizes worth €2000 up to be won and all proceeds go towards fantastic local charities.

10) Limerick Racecourse
Limerick Racecourse host the first of their popular summer family days this Sunday.

National hunt racing starts at 1.55pm, with a total of seven races on the card. This is also a host of free entertainment (with free admission for children under twelve) including pony rides, face painting, balloon modelling, kiddie discos, an onsite playground and cinema hut, arts, crafts, badge and jewellery making workshops and - yay! - bouncy castles.