For me, the June Bank Holiday weekend is the official start of summer.
Secondary schools finish for the summer (except for those doing exams-sorry!) and a lot of venues start to open over seven days.
It is also a fantastic weekend to enjoy some incredible festivals, events and activities all over Ireland.
We've listed some of our favourites but there are many more things to do in Ireland published YourDaysOut.
1) Funderland Limerick
One of the largest travelling theme parks in Europe heads to Limerick from 30th May to 16th June with rollercoasters and other attractions to keep the city's thrill seekers entertained.
As well as the big race, this weekend's events include the Camden Fort Meagher Family Weekend, Passage West Maritime Heritage Fest, Circus Like a Pirate Day, a Johnny Cash Tribute Concert on Spike Island and much more.
Celebrate garden life at Ireland’s largest and most spectacular gardening event in the Phoenix Park from 30th May - 3rd June with show gardens, food village, live entertainment, crafts, flowers and family fun.
4) Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race
The 8th annual Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race is on Sunday 2nd June for a fun afternoon of soapbox racing and the €1,000 ball race! All proceeds go to Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.
5) Balbriggan SummerFest
The festival runs all week and ends with a huge family fun day on Sunday with Bouncy Castles, Sand Art, Crazy Golf, Pet Show, Blessing of the Boats, Teddy Bear Picnic and a live musical finale from Abba cover band, Waterloo.
6) Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair
A fun day for the whole family with over eighty shops and an artisan market featuring locally produced food, picnic areas, carnival stands, a novelty dog show and a real live farm.
Watch world-class equestrian competition and see some of the world's most fearsome Olympians up close and personal, all while enjoying the fun of the fair.
7) Carrick Carnival
Carrick Carnival is an action-packed festival ten-day festival starting on the June Bank Holiday every year in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Events this weekend include the Exploration Dome on the Quays, Kids Fun Day in the People's Park and a Fireworks display on Sunday night.
8) Ballymoney Show
The Ballymoney Show is a unique two-day event for all ages, which attracts thousands of people from across Northern Ireland.
There will be showing classes for many different livestock and plenty of family entertainment including Punch and Judy, Bonny Baby competition, amusements, inflatables, small animals, a pet show and more.
A family-friendly music festival featuring a diverse line-up of acts in the spectacular setting of Beaulieu House, Co. Louth with live performances from King King Company, Wallis Bird, Afro Celt Sound System and more as well as lots of children’s activities in the Enchanted Garden Kids’ Camp.
10) Women's Mini Marathon
Over one million women have entered the mini-marathon over the last 35 years raising over €200 million for charities throughout Ireland. Get out and cheer the runners and walkers on Sunday from 2pm. The race starts on Fitzwilliam Street Upper and finishes on Baggot Street Lower in Dublin.
11) Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally
The 22nd Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally is held over two days this weekend with over 1,000 exhibits, pet's corner, cake sale, art and craft stalls, dog show, sheepdog trials, road rolling, music and more.
12) Splash Valley at Hidden Valley
Ireland's newest aqua park recently opened in Hidden Valley, Wicklow with 30 obstacles to overcome. There are changing rooms, showers, restaurant and loads of other activities if you want to stay for the day, and families can also camp overnight.
13) Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Ireland's first comedy festival returns with the best Irish, British and international stand-up comedians, set against the backdrop of Ireland's medieval capital with another brilliant list of acts to keep you entertained over the weekend including Tommy Tiernan, Lou Sanders, Dylan Moran and many more.
14) Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
A multi-site festival highlighting the stunningly beautiful surroundings of Ballycastle town, Rathlin Island and the waters in between. The festival concludes this weekend
15) Seafood and Shanty Ballycotton Family Fun Day
On Sunday, Ballycotton pier will be the full of fun with old fashioned entertainment stalls, shopping, arts and craft stalls, live music and the Crab Derby - an annual spectacle not to be missed!
16) Moby Dick Festival | Youghal
Fun, family weekend with events including live music, sandcastle competition, puppet show, Teddy Bear's picnic and lots more.
17) Cowboys and Heroes Country Music Americana Festival
The sixth annual Cowboys and Heroes festival will be held on June Bank Holiday Weekend in Drumcoura City with American and Irish Country Music, a western horse show, American car show, kids area, four bars, restaurants and lots lots more.
18) Connemara Bog Week
A week-long festival celebrating Connemara and its people with live music, art exhibition, school programme free walks in the Connemara National Park and the Connemara 3 cycle race.
19) Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival
Voted the 'Best Small Festival', the annual Rory Gallagher International Festival take place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal this weekend.
Music fans from all over the world descend on the town to enjoy free open air concerts as well paid performances in the Big Top including Bernie Marsden, Wilko Marsden, Wishbone Ash and many more.
20) North West Agricultural Show
The annual North West Clare agricultural show returns on Sunday to grounds of the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon. The show is packed full of classes for equine and livestock exhibits, home produce,arts and crafts to kids water zorbing and bouncy castle.
K-FEST is a dynamic arts festival with an emphasis on 'emerging' with 100 visual artists in 10 disused buildings as pop-up galleries. There is an extensive music programme with the best in up-and-coming Irish acts as well as spoken word, dance, film and family events throughout the compact town of Killorglin.
22) Hooked on the Sea Festival
A weekend of marine-themed events for all the family on the Hook Peninsula including paddle boarding, boat trips on the estuary, local produce picnics, foraging, sea-themed children’s events and more.
The annual World Cultures Art & Dance Festival takes place at Charleville Castle in Tullamore this weekend with the usual eclectic mix of cultural and creative experiences. It’s not just for adults. There are lots of kids workshops too including Circus and Dance Ribbons, Samba Dance and Drum and a Kids Animation Workshop.
24) Fairy Tales & Friends | Wells House
You won’t want to miss this magical day full of characters from your favourite tales. Follow the wandering trails and meet other spectacular creatures, princesses & fairies and let your imagination soar.
25) Summer Party at Duckett's Grove
Get the kids, the teddy bears and fairies and head to the majestic Duckett's Grove this Sunday for an amazing afternoon of fun, entertainment and laughter. Take a ride on the Duckett's Grove Express, take a map and follow the Fairy Trail, or bring your picnic blanket and enjoy a picnic on the lawn with your favourite teddy bear!
Three things to do next week:
1) SeaFest Cork
Celebrating all our oceans have to offer, SeaFest features over 100 free family-friendly events from June 7th - 9th including A fascinating talk on THE weather with Evelyn Cusack, Defence forces display, RNLI water safety advice, Bord Bia seafood sessions, a kids zone and lots more!
2) Carrick Carnival
The festival runs all week with lots of events including Shannon Splash on Wednesday, a Carnival Comedy Night on Saturday and finishes with a family fun day in St. Mary's Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The 40th annual arts festival runs from 4th - 9th June with a line-up featuring music, theatre, visual art, dance, circus, as well as plenty of family events and delicious food and drink.
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