Time flies when you're having fun and it's hard to believe that the summer is going so fast. But, don't stop and think about it because there is still so much to do and lot's more happy memories to be made.
YourDaysOut.ie lists thousands of things to do in Ireland but, as always, we have selected a few to try over this weekend along with some early tips for next week.
1. Puck Fair, Kerry
One of the oldest and most popular fairs in Ireland takes place next weekend from 10th to the 12th with twelve hours of free family entertainment every day featuring live music, street acts, workshops and the horse and cattle fair. There will be a spectacular fireworks display to close the festival.
2. Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Kilkenny Arts Festival runs from the 11th to the 20th August where some of the world's best musicians perform in the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.
3. The Little Festival at The Big House
Wells House & Gardens in Wexford offer a fun family day out house tours given by Victorian Tour Guides, an enchanted woodland walks with fairies, adventure playground, animal sanctuary, craft court and more.
This weekend they are also running a Little Festival in association with Wexford Arts Centre featuring live music, puppet making, circus acts and Shakespeare in the Wood. It's great value too at only €10 per car.
4. Dublin Horse Show
One of the largest international equestrian events in the world takes place in Dublin from the 9th to 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.
5. 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.
6. Malahide Castle & Gardens
Malahide Castle & Gardens is set on 260 acres with fantastic facilities for all the family. This weekend Milo Bear is hosting a Teddy Bears' Picnic on the West Lawn from 12 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Family garden tickets are €18.50 (2 adults & 2 children).
7. Killybegs Street Festival
A jam-packed summer festival in the scenic surroundings of Killybegs in Donegal takes place this weekend. Events include Teddy Bears' Picnic, Sports Day, Fire Brigade Demo, Car Treasure Hunt, Live music and entertainment and more. Mohan's Fun Fair will also be there.
8. The Maiden of the Mournes International Festival
The festival continues all week featuring live music on stage every night, magic show, children's workshops, dog show, teddy bears' picnic and more. There is a spectacular fireworks display on Wednesday night and the Maiden of the Mournes 2017 is crowned on Saturday evening.
9. 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.
10. Rock-N-Roll Festival
The Dublin Rock 'n' Roll festival returns a third year featuring music, cars, hairstyles, clothing and everything Rockabilly for lovers of all things 50’s and 60’s. There is free live music all weekend and vintage car and motorbike displays.
11. Belmullet Festival
Fun family festival with events and activities until the 22nd of August. This weekend there is Heritage Day on Saturday with prizes for the best fancy dress and a Family Sports Day on Sunday from 12-2 with lots of fun and games.
12. Sligo Summer Festival
Admission may be cheap but the quality of the Festival certainly isn't. Live music over three days featuring The Blizzards, Aslan and more for only €3 makes this one of the best value festivals around. Also, children Under 12 are Free! There is a family fun day on Saturday afternoon too.
13. Carrickmacross Arts Festival
Ireland’s biggest small festival takes place over four days from August 10th - 13th. The Festival is a mix of live music drama, poetry, film and comedy. There are kids activities on Saturday and Sunday featuring games, workshops, face painting, weird science and more.
3 Things for next week:
1. Rose of Tralee International Festival
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 58 years in 2017.
The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee but there is also a week-long programme of activities and events starting on the 16th August that includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades. Bird's Euroshow and Fosset's Circus will all be back in Tralee entertaining families throughout the week.
2. Groove Festival
Set in Kilruddery Estate it’s billed as a family friendly festival with designated activities for kids. There will be live music from headline acts like The Hot House Flowers, UB40 and Primal Scream but there will also be designated areas for family activities and children Under 12 go FREE!
3. Sunnydaze Children’s Festival, Meath
Celebrate the end of summer with a two-day children’s festival in the popular Rathbeggan Lakes in Meath. Weekend ticket holders can camp overnight. There will be three covered stages with live music and entertainment, giant wooden games, puppet shows, magicians and workshops.