My children are already singing songs about the Summer of Eighteen.

It may not be as catchy as Bryan Adams' but it will invoke memories of when the sun split the stones and they spent their days playing and laughing outside with all their friends.

It's how I remember my summers too - but in their case, the weather will not be a selective memory.

The summer is not over yet and there are loads more fun activities and events to keep everyone smiling over the weekend, whether you're interested in horses, goats, oysters or water monsters!

1) Puck Fair
One of Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated fairs is held on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with twelve hours of free family street entertainment including live music, street circus, bonny baby, drum workshop, pet show, magic shows, puppet show and a spectacular firework display.

'King Puck', a wild mountain goat is  dethroned in front of thousands of people in the square
'King Puck', a wild mountain goat is  dethroned in front of thousands of people in the square

2) Carlingford Oyster Festival
A four-day celebration of local shellfish this weekend with lots of tasty food and family fun including a magic show, face painting, teddy bear’s picnic, free kayaking in the harbour, children’s funfair,  bouncy castles and lots more.

3) Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the most important event in the traditional music calendar takes place in Drogheda, County Louth from 12th to 19th August.

For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion while for others it is a week-long celebration with lots of music, dance, song and late nights!

4) Fota Wildlife Park Summer Events
Fota Wildlife Park celebrates 35 years with a series of fun and educational events this summer. This weekend visitors can enjoy yoga classes at Cypress Lawn with Bikram Yoga Cork. There are two classes on Sunday suitable for all the family. The classes are free with your admission but booking in advance in essential as spaces are limited.

Fota Wildlife Park

5) Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
The 50th Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival continues until August 12th with events and activities this weekend including a spectacular fireworks display on Thursday, art workshop and walking tour on Friday, a soap-box derby on Saturday and lots more.

6) Dublin Horse Show
With an array of national & international show jumping competitions and world-class equestrian entertainment, great shopping, delicious food, music & fantastic daily entertainment, the annual Dublin Horse Show has something for everyone.

7) Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place from 9th to 19th August with the opening festival this weekend bursting out onto High Street outside the Tholsel, Kilkenny’s iconic town hall in the heart of the medieval city, with street performers and acrobats, dancing flash mobs, face painting and general mayhem for all ages! 

Kilkenny Arts Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival

8) Belmullet Festival
The annual Belmullet Festival runs until Saturday 18th of August with fun activities for all the family. 

Events this weekend include live music, dancing and fancy dress in Carter Square and Heritage day on Friday, Mud Run and busking competition on Saturday and a family day at Áras Inis Gluaire on Sunday.

9) Loughree Monster Festival
The Lough Ree Monster Festival starts on Friday when the monster arrives at the quayside at 9:30pm. There will be live music all weekend including the traditional children's disco and a jiving competition in the Big Red Barn.

10) Annual Maiden of the Mournes
The 29th International Maiden of the Mournes festival starts on Sunday with the Grand Opening Parade in Warrenpoint on Sunday afternoon.

11) Rock 'n' Roll Festival
The Dublin Rock-N-Roll festival returns for the fourth year celebrating music, cars, hairstyles, clothing and everything R 'n' R with have a variety of free live music.

The event is run in conjunction with The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

12) Kildare Town Medieval Festival
The Vikings return to Kildare on Sunday with a fun family festival featuring a Medieval Food and Craft Village, Viking Village, Kiddie Vike,  music, games and lots of more.

KIldare Medieval Festival
KIldare Medieval Festival

13) Tullamore Show
The Tullamore Show on Sunday is one of Ireland's premier agricultural events. Every year it attracts the best cattle, sheep, and equine breeders alongside entrants for its other 1,000 plus competitions with a total prize-fund of €175,000. 

It is Ireland's largest one-day show for the farming fan to fashion follower, the competitive contestant to craft, motor and music, for shoes and shopping to entertainment and under 12s go free with a paying adult.

14) Playstival
Ireland's newest festival celebrating play, fun & imagination in Airfield Estate. Playstival celebrates play, imagination and fun with a range of hands-on, fun and imaginative games in eight themed play universes including Animal Farm, Construction Site, Children's Island and the Wild West.

There will be tasty and healthy food all weekend provided by The Happy Pear.


15) Clonmany Festival
The annual festival concludes this weekend with sand building, pebble art and raft racing on Tullagh beach on Saturday and a vintage car and tractor rally and modified car show on Sunday, as well as live music every night.

Three things to do next week:

1) Little Festival at The Big House
A festival of entertainment and guaranteed fun for all the family in Wells House next weekend. There will puppet shows, face painting, Jumanji trail, magic, street acts, music, a delicious BBQ and so much more!

2) Carrigaholt Family Festival
Now in its 25th year, the three day annual fun-filled festival in Clare next weekend features music, drama, dance, heritage events, country sports and lots of fun and games for all the family.

3) The Big Grill
The Big Grill returns to Herbert Park next week celebrating the art of cooking with fire & smoke. There will be demos & workshops from well-known chefs, eating challenges, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and loads more.

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