Although some people might consider next week the start of Spring, I'm not sure the weather is going to agree. However, as we head towards St. Brigid's Day there are still lots of fun events taking place all over the island.

If you are looking for Music, History, Arts & Crafts, Holidays, Walks or just Family Fun, there are thousands of ideas for things to do in Ireland on

Below are a few of our favourites taking place this weekend and some early tips for next week.

1) Temple Bar TradFest 
The festival has grown to over 200 events over five days. The Ark will be home to some fun family events including a Children's Open Trad Session, Give Trad a Try and Socks in the Frying Pan, a gig for children of all ages. 

ChildVision, Ireland’s Education Centre for Blind Children, will also be packing up their cuddly and friendliest pets from their petting zoo and bringing them into Temple Bar for the family festival and there will be a family céili in the National Wax Museum Plus on Westmoreland Street on Saturday.

Temple Bar TradFest
Temple Bar TradFest

2) Brickx-Fest 2018
The Brickx Club is a creative brick building and social activity club for girls and boys. Brickx-Fest 2018 takes place in The Lodge Restaurant at Tayto Park on January 27th & 28th 2018 from 9am - 5pm.

3) National Botanic Gardens | Build a Bird Feeder
A fun kids workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess.  Booking required.

4) National Museum of Ireland | Country Life
Join the members of the Museum's education team to learn more about St. Brigid and to make your very own St Brigid's Cross on Sunday afternoon. The event is free, no booking is required and is suitable for children from seven plus.

5) Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival
The 2018 Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival will take place over the weekend, January 27th and 28th. The event will feature A, B and C walks on Saturday and B and C walks on Sunday.

There will also be a Welcome Evening at Aherlow House Hotel on Friday and a Festival Dinner on Saturday night.

Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival

6) Ballincollig Winter Music Festival
The ninth-year Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns next week with a mix of live music featuring popular local and international acts, numerous Trad sessions and music workshops.

7) Vintage, Classic & Sports Car Show
The 24th annual Vintage, Classic and Sports Car Show returns to the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa this weekend. There will be vehicles spanning 60 years of automotive history and all proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

8) The Holiday Show
Beat the January blues by planning a holiday! Featuring over 1,000 industry professionals ready to answer your questions, the Holiday World Show is the biggest single event in travel and tourism in Ireland. Plan your perfect holiday and take advantage of any special offers.

9) Banjo & Bovril Music Festival
The 4th Banjo & Bovril Festival takes place over the weekend in Bray. A hat-tip to the traditions of local fisherman, music will be provided by David Kitt, The Pale and Paddy Casey and there will be free Ukulele lessons for all the family on Sunday afternoon followed by a performance by The Harbour Ukuleles.

Banjos and Bovril
Banjos and Bovril

10) Tintern Abbey Run
It's time to put that New Year's Resolution into action and get active in the 4th Annual Tintern Abbey Run/ Walk on Sunday in the beautiful grounds of the medieval abbey in Wexford. The event is open to all ages and of all abilities and there will be refreshments at the finish line.

11) DLR Winter of Heritage
The DLR Winter of Heritage programme continues over the weekend with free guided tours of Cabinteely House, James Joyce Tower and The Oratory.

Three Things to do next week:

1) Wide Eyes
Fun arts festival in Galway for small children featuring shows, workshops, adult talks and finishing with a Flash Mob in Eyre Square.

2) Little Folk on Tour
Little Folk on Tour is a fun-filled exploration of music and movement perfectly suited for your energetic under 6s with lots of singing, jumping and shaking in Glór, Ennis.

3) Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown
A new weekend festival that will celebrate the best of Dublin culture, comedy, food, music and, of course, top-class racing.