The schools finish up this week but I hope you have not booked any holidays away yet.

Ireland is going to be as hot, if not hotter, than most European countries, and when the sun is shining there is no other place I'd rather be having fun with my children.

There are also loads of fun activities and events to enjoy and you can find thousands of things to do on YourDaysOut, including some incredible summer deals.

We have narrowed the list down to some of our favourite events taking place all across Ireland this weekend.

Have fun and enjoy the sun!

1) SeaFest
SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, takes place in Galway this weekend. It's a fun, free summer festival for all ages and the programme of events includes a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun.

There will be tours of ocean-going vessels, leisure craft and boats, exhibits on marine life and lots more fun and educational activities.

World champion flyboarders perform at SeaFest 2017,

2) Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival
This year's parade takes place on Saturday evening as the wonderful Kilflynn fairies reveal this year's Treasure Map.

Sunday is a magical day with enchanting activities for all the family, using the special map to find the little houses that can only be seen by the strong believers in fairies, elves and magical people.

3) Kildare Derby Festival
Since 1978, Kildare Town has hosted their annual Festival in conjunction with the Irish Derby. The week-long festival concludes this weekend with tribute bands to Luke Kelly and Guns ‘n’ Roses performing on The Square on Saturday, while local band The Chapel Hill Gang and Rob Strong close the festival on Sunday.

4) Tramore Promenade Festival
The promenade in Tramore comes alive this weekend with music, entertainment, street theatre, food, crafts, displays, a dog show and more.

5) Buncrana Music Festival
The Buncrana Music Festival returns this weekend with a spectacular line-up that includes dance music legends Ministry of Sound and rock legends Feeder.

6) Westport Food Festival
Founded in 2011, the annual Westport Food Festival showcases the best of Mayo's food and drink with lots of local events ranging from the opening Mid Summer Banquet at Westport House, a food village in the Fairgreen with demonstrations from top chefs and lots of children's activities, visit a local mussel and oyster farm, go foraging for mushrooms and much more.

7) Glen Resource & Sports Centre | Autism Family Fun Day
A great start to the summer holidays in The Glen in Cork with a free family fun day for families with children on the autism spectrum. A variety of activities will be available on Sunday from 11am - 1pm suitable for all the family. Places must be pre-booked.

Glen Resource Centre
Glen Resource Centre

8) County Longford Show and County Fair
One of Ireland's oldest shows takes place on Sunday in Lisnamuck. Alongside all the usual classes, there will be a dog show, photography, cookery and plenty of family entertainment.

9) Donegal Town Festival
The perfect start to summer as the Donegal Town Festival festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this weekend with entertainment and lots of family fun activities. Live music this year from Marty Mone, Hermitage Green, Bagatelle & The Logues.

10) Cathal Buí Community Arts and Heritage Festival
The festival is a celebration of the poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna, who was born bear Blacklion in Co. Cavan, and promotes the arts and local heritage with events this weekend including a family quiz, workshops, car treasure hunt and geopark safari.

11) Nenagh Castlefest
A weekend of live music in the grounds of Nenagh Castle with an opening show in the Nenagh Arts Centre, workshops, food, dancing, funfair and more.

12) Castlecomer Discovery Park
Home to Ireland's longest Zipline as well as lots of other family activities including the Octagan, Tree Top Walk, Boats, Canoeing and Archery. A perfect family day out that makes the most of the summer weather.


13) Stradbally Family Fair and National Hound Show
This year's show takes place on Sunday in the grounds of Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois with Irish Draughts, Pony Club Games, Derby Competition, food stalls, fun fairground, novelty dog show and much more.

14) Pride Parade
Ireland will be a rainbow of colour this weekend as the annual Pride celebrations get underway around the country. 

Dublin's parade will assemble at St Stephen’s Green South with speeches and entertainment from noon before kicking off at 2pm sharp. From there it will head through Dublin and will finish at a brand new Pride Village location. Wondering what to wear? We have you covered.

15) Post Parade
Looking to head out after the parade but want a family-friendly atmosphere? From 3pm, GOLD will be hosting their annual alcohol-free Post Parade Party at Outhouse. All ages are welcome.

Pride Parade

Three things to do next week:

1) City Spectacular
The festival runs over 3 days in Dublin next weekend, showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and street food from around the world as well as a pet wellness area with D.S.P.C.A.

2) Clonmel Junction Arts Festival
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival brings it all back home for seven days of culture and summer fun on the banks of the River Suir from July 2nd to 8th.

3) Earagail Arts Festival
Earagail Arts Festival takes place each July throughout County Donegal with two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.