The August Bank Holiday weekend might mark the halfway point in most children's summer holidays but there is still plenty of time to make this a summer to remember.
So, stop counting the days and get out and enjoy the best this island has to offer.
There are so many activities and events listed on YourDaysOut.ie that there is always something fun to do, and this weekend is no different. We've narrowed the list down to some of our favourite events with a mixture to suit all interests.
1. Durrow Scarecrow Festival
The 8th All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship takes place in Durrow, Co Laois all week with lots of fun events over the weekend. Not only can you enjoy the incredible scarecrow entries but there is a Harry Potter Interactive Zone, Food & Craft Fair and the IWW Wrestling Warriors will be performing from 12:30-17:30 on Monday.
2. Gorey Market Festival
Great summer festival in the sunny south east including Live music from Mundy, Rattle & Hum and the Academic. On Saturday, there is a huge family fun day in Gorey Town Park featuring loads of activities for children of all ages.
3. Howth Jazz & Blues Festival
Twenty live, and free, gigs in a few different venues and settings throughout the weekend. Events include Dermot Byrne’s Dirt Road Blues Band, Booka Brass, Suzanne Savage and Beneath The Underdog - The Music of Charles Mingus - in The House restaurant on Sunday evening.
4. North Tipperary Agricultural Show
Fun, family event on Bank Holiday Monday in Nenagh featuring all the usual competitions including horses, cattle, ponies, sheep, dogs,
poultry, show jumping and dog show.
5. Galway Races
The popular summer festival continues through to Sunday offering exciting horse racing, live music and entertainment, fashion and family fun.
6. Maidens of Mourne Festival
The Festival was established to boost tourism in the region using the 'Rose of Tralee' format. Now in its 28th year, The Maiden of the Mournes International Festival continues to offer something for everyone including free open air musical entertainment each evening, children’s events, fireworks, sports, the ‘Maiden of the Mournes’ and the festival closing parade. It all starts this Sunday with an Old Fair in the Square.
7. Spraoi, Waterford
This is the 25th Annual Waterford Spraoi, turns the streets of Waterford into an open-air venue for some of the best entertainers. The highlight is the Annual Parade that takes place on Sunday night, starting at 9.30pm from Johnstown Industrial Estate to the Quays.
8. Mary From Dungloe International Festival
The 50th Mary from Dungloe International Festival runs all week and centres on the selection of the ‘Mary from Dungloe’. Events over the weekend include Nathan Carter live, the Carnival Parade, Closing Fireworks display and the Meenacross Agricultural Show on Monday.
The Lough Ree Monster will arrive at Lanesborough by water from Newtowncashel on Friday, August 4th heralding a weekend of live music from Mick Denver, Cliona Hagan and IE/DC. There will be a fireworks display when it leaves on Sunday night at 9.30pm.
10. Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival
One of the world's oldest fairs takes place on Wednesday, 9th August this year and is now celebrated with a five-day festival that includes a fun fair, live music and a Craft Village with local artisan foods, animals, vintage and heritage displays. There is a family fun day this Sunday.
11. Mayo Manchester Tradfest
The fifth annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest that previously took place in Ballina is going on the road with events throughout the county. There is a TradFest trail in Ballina on Friday, MMTradfest celebrations in Castlebar on Saturday as well as concerts in Attymass, Bonniconlon and a closing session in Matt Molloy's in Westport on Wednesday 9th.
12. Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
The 49th Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival kicks off on 4th of August and runs through to Friday, 11th August. The festival programme includes a display of vintage, equestrian and community entries, artisan and craft market, the Olde Time Traditional Fair, a busking competition, antiques and fine art fair, live music, sporting and literary events as well as loads of family events.
The Vintage Festival parade starts at 3 pm on Sunday and is followed by after-parade entertainment on the streets of Birr until 7pm.
13. Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival
A fun Bank Holiday weekend of live music, food and family fun.
There is a full schedule of events, activities and food trails with an Artisan Food & Craft Market, a new Food Marquee with cookery demonstrations and talks and children's activities including Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party, Treasure Hunt, Magician & Punch and Judy Shows, Junior 1798 Rebel March, Ancient East Story telling, Bungee Trampolines and Carousels and much more.
14. The Beatyard
The popular festival in Dun Laoighre on August 5th & 6th features live music, street food, games, arts, design and lots of family activities run by Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum from 12-6pm each day.
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15. Kilgarvan Agricultural Show
The Kilgarvan Show is an annual agriculture show held in the picturesque surroundings of Kilgarvan and the Roughty Valley. Now in its 33rd year, it is one of the largest agricultural shows in the Munster area offering a range of activities and competitions throughout the day.
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17. Carlingford Oyster Festival
The Carlingford Oyster Festival is a four-day celebration from the 11th to 14th of August for the entire family based around local shellfish.
As well as tasting the various oysters, chowders and fish on offer in the markets and local restaurants, there will be a fun programme of events including Magic Show, Face Painting, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Free Kayaking in the Harbour, Children’s Funfair and Bouncing Castles.
18. Dublin Horse Show, RDS
One of the largest international equestrian events in the world takes place in Dublin from the 9th - 13th of August.
But, it doesn't only feature world class competitions, as this year they are introducing new acts for the whole family to enjoy throughout the RDS venue. Music and circus acts will be roaming around the Showgrounds and a Kids' Zone will keep everyone entertained with an inflatable slide, bouncing castle and face painting.
19. The Tullamore Show
Over 50,000 people will once again decent on Tullamore on 13th August for a fun-filled family day out featuring highly-contested livestock competitions.
There are also loads of workshops from the art of jam and jelly making to the do's & don'ts of photography, live music, fashion shows, local food and crafts, dog shows & agility, as well as €175,000 in prize money for the 1,000 different classes.