Following a week when we were all stuck at home waiting out ex-Hurricane Ophelia, it is time to get out and about this weekend and enjoy the best this island has to offer.

Whether its a walk on the beach, an agricultural show, local fundraisers or fun family events, has loads of ideas for things to do in Ireland. We've selected a few events from around the country to help you plan your weekend. 

1) Halloween Family Fun Day Fundraiser
Helplink Support Services is a non-profit organisation providing Mental Health and Conflict Resolution services and they are running a fundraiser this Saturday at the Rowing Club in Galway.

There is music, dance workshops, arts & crafts, fancy dress and lots of fun, all in aid of a great cause.

2) Cheerios Childline Breakfast
KBowl in Kilkenny is offering a FREE game of bowling, breakfast, a sing-along on their karaoke machine and tea/coffee.

All you have to do is make a donation on the day in aid of Childline and the ISPCC. Childline is the only 24-hour listening service which seeks to support and empower children and young people in Ireland.

3) National Dairy Show
This is the 35th year of the biggest indoor show in Ireland. Join people from all over the country who will descend on Millstreet to enjoy the competitions as well as fun events and entertainment.

4) National Museums of Ireland
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum of Archaeology, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice, in a free drop-in activity on Saturday from 3 pm or explore (and possibly handle) some of the artefacts from the collections held in the Museum of Decorative Arts & History in Collins Barracks on Sunday from 3pm-4pm.

The National Museums of Ireland

5) Wexford Fringe
Celebrating its 65th birthday this year, the Fringe will run from Thursday 19th of October to Sunday 5th of November. The festival showcases the very best of Irish Arts has over 300 events, many of which are free, including theatre, music, opera, comedy, art and photography exhibitions, walking tours and children's events.

6) Imagine Arts Festival
Imagine is a voluntary run festival providing over 100 events over 10 days across Waterford, providing a platform for local talent and international artists. 

There will be live performances, exhibitions and interactive performances for people of all ages, including dance, film, visual art, theatre, spoken word and literature, as well as classical, contemporary and traditional music. The Battle of the Blaas sounds like a fun addition this year.

Imagine Arts Festival
Imagine Arts Festival 

7) Belfast International Arts Festival 
The festival continues throughout the weekend with Belfast Open Studios, see how artists work, take a glimpse into the creative processes and meet 150 artists working in the city, and a musical journey through the battlefields in Boys of the Island, recognising soldiers from the island of Ireland who fought and died during the First World War using film, imagery, music and narrative. 

8) World Surf Kayak Championship
Northern Ireland will host the World Championships for the very first time, providing the opportunity to see some of the worlds best athletes compete in individual and team competitions from the East Strand in Portrush.

9) Tullamore Diecast Toy & Model Show
Helping to raise money for the Laois Offaly Families for Autism, the event on Sunday will feature exhibits including Farming, Construction, Doll's Houses and Radio Controlled.

10) Conamara Sea Week
A fun multi-disciplinary festival celebrating the marine heritage of Conamara with music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, sports events, lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.

It starts this Sunday with various Family Fun Days including Kite Flying in Connemara West Centre West and a Mini-Boat Regatta in Connemara National Park.

Conamara Sea Week.Credit Aoife Herriott
Conamara Sea Week. Image Credit: Aoife Herriott

11) Baboró: International Arts Festival for Children
The festival continues over the weekend with the aim of inspiring children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts. Events include children's theatre, workshops, visual art, book readings and more.

Three things to do next week:

1) Funderland Belfast
Funderland in Belfast has been part of Halloween for years and this year will be no different as they return to the Titanic Quarter with some of the best thrill rides and family attractions to entertain the whole family.

2) Dowth Point-to-Point and Country Fair
Following the success of last year, the Fair returns on 29th October with a programme of great racing, country fair exhibits, artisan food, free family fun and a shopping Village

3) Cork Jazz Festival
The 40th festival will feature the usual selection of Swing, Funk, Groove, Blues and Dixieland with an exciting mix of Irish and international acts.