Summer is in full swing and the events are coming thick and fast.

Thousands took to the great outdoors to enjoy some fun family events and festivals all over the country last weekend and this week is no different.

As always, we have picked a selection, with some early ideas for next week, but you can find thousands of things to do in Ireland on YourDaysOut.ie

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There is so much to do in Ireland this weekend

1.  Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, Cork
The free family festival moves to Cork this weekend, taking place over two days, July 15th & July 16th.

The festival showcases the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and street food from around the world and is a fun free family day out that celebrates the start of summer.

2. West Kerry Agricultural Show
The 49th annual show takes place this Sunday, 16th July from 10:30-16:30 in Dingle. There is a huge schedule of activities and events this year including lots of family fun with a Bouncy Castle, Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials, Horse Show, Sheaf Tossing, arts and crafts, Irish Dancing and much more.

3. Craanford Vintage Rally & Field Day 
Best homemade pavlova competition, wonderful vintage machinery, bottle stall, monster raffle, Bric-a-Brac, strawberries & cream and a great family day out for everyone to go along and enjoy the fun.

Craanford Vintage Rally & Field Day
Craanford Vintage Rally & Field Day

4. Portarlington French Festival, Laois
Fun festival in the 'Paris of the Midlands' takes place each year around Bastille Day.

The town is set ablaze this weekend with French and Irish colours as the history and culture are celebrated through arts, theatre, workshops, street entertainment, music and World Snail Eating competition.

5. Monaghan Town Country Music Festival 
Live music with performances from Jimmy Buckley, Derek Ryan, Michael English & Mike Denver in the Diamond every night from July 13th - July 16th.

6. St. Anne's Park Rose Festival 
The annual family festival returns this weekend and promises to be even better than previous years. The festival is a mixture of live music, Arts and Crafts stalls and plant sales. There are also loads of activities for children including Wooly Wards Farm, The Big Dig and the Biodiversity Hub.

7. Tipperary Festival 
A great event that encompasses the Pride of Tipperary crowning, the All Ireland Churn Rolling Championships, a food & craft market, a cosplay event, dog show, street entertainment & so much more.

8. The Ark Open Farm 
Enjoy fun for all the family in the Ark Open Farm's Teddy Bears' Picnic on Friday 14th from 2 pm.

The Teddy Bears' Picnic Band and many other lovable characters will be there. You can also meet Alice, the Mad Hatter and, of course, all the fun of the farm. 

9. Wells House 
Wells House celebrate their fifth birthday with a Victorian Garden Party this Sunday, 16th July!  The line-up of entertainment includes puppet shows, magicians, live music, face painting and more! 

Wells House
Wells House

10. Summer Family Festival at HMS Caroline 
Kids go Free this weekend from July 14th - July 16th the HMS Caroline Summer Family Festival. There is a fun weekend of activities scheduled ensuring that there's something for everyone onboard! 

Captain Puppet and Jo from Performing Starz will be roaming the decks, Sailor Dan will be singing sea shanties and there will be woolly workshop drop in craft station near the Mess Deck Cafe. 

Put yourself into one of the historic WW1 photographs from HMS Caroline using the magic of green screen photography, discover the Object Handling Station in the Torpedo School or get to grips with a range of historic and replica items from the life of HMS Caroline. 

11. Coillte Come Home Festival 
Annual summer celebration in Kiltamagh takes place from 12th July - 17th July featuring Fireworks Display's, Tractor Runs, Egg & Spoon and Family Fun Day on Sunday in the festival field from 1:30 pm.

12. Longitude, Dublin 
Award winning music festival in Marlay Park, Dublin this weekend with a strong line-up that has Stormzy, The Weeknd and Mumford & Sons headlining each night of the festival.

13. Sligo County Agricultural Show 
Riverstown Community Park will host the annual show this Saturday 15th July with classes including horse & pony, sheep, cattle, poultry, dog, cat, home industries and home crafts as well as Bonny Baby, Little Miss Riverstown, Little Master Riverstown, Glamorous Granny and Best & Most Appropriately Dressed Lady.

14. Buncrana Festival & Food and Business Expo 2017
Live music, food and drink, competitions and lots of family fun all weekend.

Buncrana Music Festival
Buncrana Music Festival

15. Ballina Salmon Festival
The 53rd Salmon Festival continues throughout the week with lots of fun activities, events and a mixed variety of children's workshops from Boxing to Paper Maché.

The Ballina Salmon Festival Car Treasure Hunt takes place on Friday evening, the colourful Ballina Salmon Festival Mardi Gras is on Saturday night featuring a spectacular fireworks display and there will be a Teddy Bears' Picnic on Sunday afternoon.

16.  Duffy's Circus
Ireland's favourite circus is making its annual visit to Clontarf, Dublin with an astounding new show featuring motorbike riders from Brazil, Mexican clowns,  Kenyan acrobats, Liberty horses, Performing Poodles, High Speed Juggling, Aerial Cradle, and the 5th generation of the Duffy family, Tom & Jamie, with their award winning Wheel of Death! 

17. Loughrea Agricultural Show
The Loughrea Show is on July 15th and 16th with horse showjumping on Saturday and pony showjumping on Sunday.  Sunday is Show day and there will be a dog show, classes for horticulture, arts, crafts and photography, trade stands and fun for the kids.
 
Three things to do next week 

Galway Int Arts Fest
Galway International Arts Fest

1. Galway International Arts Festival
Two hundred thousand attended last year as the Galway International Arts Festival presents and produces programmes of the highest quality across all art forms featuring theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy.This year's festival runs from July 17th to Jul 30th.

2. Bray Air Display
Over a hundred thousand people will visit Bray next weekend to enjoy the spectacular air display in the skies of Wicklow and South Dublin as well as enjoying the fun family activities and events on land.
 
3. Festival of Curiosity
Running for four days from Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd July there are Playful Days featuring a range of children's and family events including pop-up playground, bubble show and family treasure hunt and Curious Nights with a programme for adults.