Irish people love complaining about the weather. It's either too cold, too wet and occasionally, like this week, too hot. Perfect exam weather.

However, we can't argue this year that summer has not started off really well. Primary school children all around the country are just hoping it continues past next week, when they are due to finish!

Although the weather is not expected to be as hot this weekend that shouldn't stop you having fun.

There are so many things to do all over the island and we've picked out some of our favourites.

1. Kildare Derby Festival
The week leading up to the Irish Derby in the Curragh has been host to the annual Kildare Derby Festival since 1978.

The fun family events include a grand street parade, children's entertainment and live music featuring the best local talent. The parade takes place this Saturday, June 25th, at 2pm with special guests Cian O'Neill and the Kildare Football Team.


2. Waterford City Fire Station Family Open Day
Everyone is invited to see the new Fire Station this Sunday 25th June 2pm-5pm.
There will live demonstrations and rescue displays on the day, along with lots of other activities including meeting the firefighters and seeing all the equipment they use. Parking is available at Bolton Football and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


3. National Museum of Archaeology
Another fun and free drop-in activity from the National Museums of Ireland called Meet the Flint-Stones, where children can learn about one of the most important materials for people living in Prehistoric Ireland.

People of all ages can drop into their ground floor education space on Saturday from 2 to 4pm and meet archaeologist Dave O'Reilly to handle replica stone tools and weapons and learn more about how people living in Ireland thousands of years ago used stone to their advantage.


4. Westport Food Festival
An annual celebration of local food, the Westport Food Festival takes place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017. There is a full programme with something for all ages including the Food Village and Fringe Festival on The Fairgreen, Children's Pizza Making and Clew Bay Kayaking Tour and Picnic.

The event kicks off on Friday with a Banquet in Westport House where local chefs will team up with local artisan producers to showcase the very best local ingredients.

5. Tayto Park
The ambitious and popular theme park and zoo in Meath gets bigger every year. Following on from the announcement that they want to build a huge hotel on the site, they have just launched their new attraction, The Viking Voyage.

There is a Viking village, five replica Viking ships and twenty life-size Vikings and families will love the thrill of the splash from the 1.7 million litres of water used on the flume ride, especially in this weather!

6. The O'Malley Clan Rally
The 63rd meeting of the O'Malley Clan takes places in Claregalway this weekend. The gathering promotes friendships from around the world, celebrates the end of the year's events and the appointment of a new Chieftan.

On Sunday, 25th June, there is a family fun day and lunch in Claregalway Castle with archery, music, face painting and more. 


7. Oughterard Trails Festival
A small walking festival in Oughterard, Galway. This is a great fun event for all the family on the beautiful shores of Lough Corrib. A number of walks have been organised including a trip to Inchagoill Island, the spectacular Maumean Trail, a photography walk with Mick Bourke and the family fun Buffy Trail at Doon.


8. Old Fort Quarter Festival
A family-friendly weekend is planned for Portlaoise with the return of the Old Fort Quarter Festival. It will be even bigger this year with a Street Stall Food Festival featuring a variety of foods from around the world.

While there will be live music until late on Main Street, this is a real family-oriented event with workshops on medieval-shield-making, as well as storytellers, puppet shows, magicians, clowns, acrobats, face painters, drumming workshops, pavement art and stilt-walkers.

9. Celtic Con
Irish history and mythology are so full of heroes that it's not surprising comics are as popular here as they are. This year’s Celtic Con takes place in Portlaoise on Saturday and will bring communities of comic lovers together, most dressed in amazing costumes. There will be a market selling all the latest merchandise, a gaming zone and a strong panel of guest on the main stage.


10. Sea Sessions
Billed as one of Ireland’s most highly respected small festivals and widely recognised as being the country’s premier music, camping and surfing lifestyle event. Headline acts in Bundoran this weekend include Sigma, The Coronas and Primal Scream.


11. Corrandulla Show
Over 10,000 visitors will descend on the country village of Corrandulla, only 15 minutes from Galway City.
There are regular competitions categories including Horse and Pony Jumping, Cattle Show, Poultry Show, Dog and Pet Show, Baking, Jams, Vegetables, Flowers, Photography and Painting. Plenty of fun activities too including tug of war, donkey derby, sheaf throwing, jiving competition and a bouncy castle.


12. Longford Summer Festival
The festival returns to the streets of Longford for the first time in 17 years! Live music over the weekend from Jimmy Buckley, Jerry Fish and Jake Carter, as well as an Artisan Market and family fun in Market Square and Cullen's Funfair will be in town until June 25th.

13. Hinterland Festival, Kells
An extended programme of events that now includes a lot of family activities and events as well as a stellar line-up of guests including Sebastian Barry, Patricia Scanlon, Stephen Frears, Ryan Tubridy, Myles Dungan, John Bowman, David Murphy, Philip Boucher Hayes and Sinead Crowley.

Family events include an imaginative and fun adventure with Fairy Lauren, Oisín McCann will read from his enormously popular Mad Grandad series and The Junior Big Irish Food Quiz.

14. Flavours of Fingal
Taking place the 24th and 25th of June, the Flavours of Fingal County Show returns to Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate, Co. Dublin.
The Show is a fun family day out featuring the best for farm, flowers and food as well as lots of for the kids to do including bouncy castles, face painting, archaeological digs, cycle obstacle courses, kids golf and more. 

15. Body & Soul Festival
On the Summer Solstice Weekend, June 23 to 25th Body & Soul takes place at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath. Although the event is billed as being over 20s, children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult and will have access to a special family programme of events.

Soul Kids will have spectacular acts, performances, creative workshops and adventures in the forest, lakeside, walled gardens and hidden pathways.

16. Cork Midsummer Festival
The Cork Midsummer Festival continues with the Festival Markets moving to Emmet Street offering the best of Cork Street Food. There will be more performances of Far Away on Spike Island, ProdiJIG in the Opera House and a Mystery Bus Tour on Sunday with readings from eight writers in four secret destinations.

17. Solstice Family Fun Day
A fun day for children and adults with free activities include face painting, storytelling and art workshops! Drop by and join in various play stations from 11am to 2pm.