Well, now it's officially summer! June was a long month as primary school children trudged off in the morning in shorts and suncream and exam students struggled to concentrate while listening to everyone playing outside in the sunshine.

But now everyone is heading into an eight-week holiday leaving the parents with a lot of blank dates to fill on their calendars.

That's where we come in. 

Every week on RTE.ie/Lifestyle we will publish a selection of some fun events taking place all over the island. You can also search YourDaysOut.ie for venues and local businesses that offer fun-filled activities and days out throughout the summer.

Finding something fun to do has never been so easy.

1) SeaFest
Galway Harbour will host Ireland’s biggest and most spectacular sea festival, SeaFest 2017 from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. Galway Harbour and Docks are set to be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ for the three-day festival, with a host of fun, free events, for all ages. 

Tour famous ships, see aerial acrobatics from world-champion fly boarders and get afloat with free sailing and kayaking sessions in the ship-filled harbour. There’s also a BIM/Bord Bia seafood experience, traditional boat building demonstrations and a huge display from the Defence Forces. Kids will enjoy storytelling sessions, maritime arts and craft, face painting and more.


2) Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend
The first-ever Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend will showcase an impressive line-up of Irish bands and artisan brewers, as well as offering the usual high standard of delicious food, all under the generous cover of the relaxed and rustic Big Shed on the Ballymaloe Farm.

3) Promenade Festival
There will be some classic seaside fun in Tramore this weekend with music, entertainment, street theatre, food, crafts, displays, children’s workshops and kite flying.

4) Longford County Show
One of the oldest agricultural shows in Ireland, it is in its 115th year. A family day out, which includes a large children's section full of entertainment for all ages.

5) Irish Derby Kildare Festival
This year's festival continues over the weekend and the big race is on Saturday, July 1st. There will be live music in Market Square on Saturday and Sunday evening with some great local acts and a performance by the popular Abbaesque.

6) Féile Brian Boru
Féile Brian Ború is an annual festival held in the twin towns of Killaloe, Co. Clare & Ballina, Co. Tipperary (divided only by the River Shannon) with a fun-filled programme of events including a stunning fireworks display over the river on Saturday night.

7) Wexford Maritime Festival
Free family fun festival with water fun featuring helicopters and lifeboats, children's activities, local food and live music on Wexford Quay on Saturday and Sunday.

8) School's Out For Summer
A free end of year party hosted by Project24 on Queen's Parade in Bangor this Saturday afternoon. There will be a BBQ, Petting Farm, Bouncy Castle, Face Painter, Carousel, DJ, Games, Arts & Crafts, Performance & much more.

9)  Farmleigh Family Comedy Weekend
Family comedy festival in the Phoenix Park on Saturday & Sunday including stand-up comedy, comedy workshops, street performers, top joke competition, silly storytelling and big board games. No tickets are required but the popular workshops are first come, first served.


10) Féile Traidphicnic
Spiddal, Co. Galway comes alive this weekend with an annual celebration of Irish music, art and culture. As well as lots of music there are loads of fun events and workshops for the whole family to enjoy.

11) SkyPark
Skypark is a new aerial adventure park with high ropes, zip lines, base jumps and tonnes of aerial adventures. They also have land-based activities for the whole family including footgolf, aero-ball, frisbee-golf and archery. They are hosting an Open Day this Sunday with fun for the whole family and a 2 people for the price of 1 promotion. 

12) Knights and Princesses Party
Celebrate the start of the summer holidays in style by wearing your favourite costumes as you join the Knight & Princesses in Wells House & Gardens. The fun-filled day will include a kids disco and a summer BBQ.

13) Maeve Fest
A very special event is taking place in Ramelton in Donegal this weekend on Saturday July 1st in memory of Maeve Sweeney O'Connor and to raise funds for Donegal Hospice. Check out the full details on the poster tweeted by Rick O'Shea and Una Mullally.


14) Donegal Town Festival
Staying in Donegal, there is a great line-up of music and family fun as Donegal Town celebrates the start of the summer holidays. There will be Live Music in the Diamond every night as well as a family fun day this Saturday and Tractor Races on Sunday.

15) Irish-American Festival
The festival returns for the fifth year to New Ross with loads of free family activities and music mainly in Pearse Park throughout the weekend. There will also be a fun Picnic in the Park on Sunday 2nd July 2017 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.

16) Wild Air Run
This weekend the Wild Air Run moves to Kilkenny following a successful mini course at Flavours of Fingal last weekend. Featuring some exciting and challenging inflatable obstacles, this is a 5km fun run like no other.

Wild Air Run
Wild Air Run

3 Things to do Next Week
Every week we are going to give you a preview of some events taking place over the following week so you can plan a few days out in advance.

1) Laya Healthcare City Spectacular
Based in Merrion Square in Dublin from the 7th to 9th July and Fitzgerald Park in Cork on 15th & 16th one of the biggest free summer festivals returns.

The weekend will be full of loads of family activities and performances from some of the world's best street performers including Jack Wise and the Amazing Mr. Fish.

2) Ennis Street Arts Festival
Running from the 3rd to the 9th of July, the Annual Ennis Street Arts Festival returns for the twelfth year. The streets of the town will come alive with fun, art, culture and entertainment provided by International, National, and Local Artists.

3) Clonmel Junction Festival
The Clonmel Junction Festival runs from the 3rd to 9th of July and presents a programme of events including live music, theatre, street performance, comedy, visual art, food events and much much more.

There will also be free family fun days in Kickham Barracks next weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th from 1pm to 5pm featuring food, music, balloon art and lots more.