This weather this weekend is going to test the old saying that 'some people walk in the rain, others get wet'.
While the forecast might be giving organisers sleepless nights, their months of planning might not go to waste if we forget about the conditions and head out to enjoy some fun, family time together.
There are also lots of indoor things to do in Ireland when it's raining on YourDaysOut so there is no reason to spend the weekend watching your children go up the walls!
1) Bookville Kilkenny
Bookville is Kilkenny’s exciting new festival taking place from 9-16 October that celebrates books, writing, animation, illustration, comedy and all those magical things that come together to create a good story.
Events this weekend include Baby Boogie with Jessica Rowell in Castlecomer Library on Friday, Hopscotch in the Sky with Lucinda Jacob in Urlingford library on Saturday, storytelling with Grainne Clear in The Arts Office, Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon and Dan Leo interactive mural exhibition in the Arts Office too.
2) Great Pink Run
With one in nine women developing Breast Cancer in their lifetime, everybody knows someone that has been affected.
Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run fundraiser with Avonmore Slimline Milk is on this Saturday in Dublin's Phoenix Park and Sunday in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.
With a 10k Challenge as well as a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk the dog, there is something for everyone.
3) Bualadh Bos Children's Festival
Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival captures the imagination of young audiences in Limerick with magical theatre in the Lime Tree & The Belltable, book readings, talks, interactive workshops and more.
Performances this weekend include How to Catch a Star, Children are Stinky, Old McDonald & the Three Pigs Plus as well as illustrator workshops and free storytelling with Roisin Meane.
4) Northern Ireland Potato Festival
The Northern Ireland Annual Potato Festival returns on Saturday 13th October, celebrating our rich potato history with a fun programme of activities and events in the grounds of the Causeway Hotel. The festival also coincides with the National Trust free open day at The Giant's Causeway.
5) Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre
Celebrating the life and work of the award-winning Irish-American playwright, Eugene O’Neill in New Ross from 10th-14th October.
Most of the festival will take place in the historic St Michael’s Theatre, but there will also be a site-specific production of O’Neill’s Glencairn cycle of one-act sea plays at the Dunbrody Famine Ship anchored in New Ross.
6) Connemara Green Festival
The 4th Connemara Green Festival takes place this weekend in Letterfrack village, Connemara with lots of fun family events including walks, nature workshops, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, pond dipping, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay.
7) Ennis Food Festival
Eat your way through the weekend at the Bike Buffet, Local Artisan Food Market, Chocolate Adventure & Eat My Shop Food Trail and many other events in Ennis restaurants and food venues.
LEGO Brickx Club Ireland presents Brickxology Mullagh, a fun day out for all the family on Sunday. Enjoy a day of creativity for all ages in aid of St. Killian's NS.
9) Wainfest | Annual Arts and Book Festival
Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children in Donegal. There is a total of 151 events, 40 of which are for families, taking place in many favourite familiar haunts as well as some exciting new partner locations, over eight days.
10) Open House Dublin
Ireland’s largest architecture festival invites everyone to explore their city in a different way. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience.
Open House Junior features an exciting mix of workshops and tours will provide entertainment and stimulating experiences for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. All events are completely free!
11) Harvest Fair at Ballance House
Enjoy snacks and treats in the Ballance House tea barn and visit the local craft market stalls, themed apple craft activities for the children, flower-arranging, wood-carving demos. and a silent auction.
Three things to do next week:
1) Foxford Trad Festival
The 4th Foxford Traditional Weekend takes place from the 18 - 21st with a weekend of traditional Irish music, master classes, workshops, sean-nós dance competitions, music sessions and lots more.
2) Baboró: International Arts Festival for Children
Now in its 22nd year, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is bursting with theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, film and literature as well as talks and workshops for children and adults, from 15th - 21st October
3) Imagine Arts Festival
The 17th annual festival features over 100 events over 10 days including live performances, exhibitions and interactive performances and music in Waterford City.
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