The summer weather may not have fully arrived yet, but the summer festival season is definitely here.
Most of the events now taking place around the country happen outdoors with nervous organisers constantly refreshing their weather apps for the latest forecast.
Fortunately, this weekend will be (mostly) warm and dry; perfect for packing a picnic and heading out for some family entertainment.
1) Cork Carnival of Science
Cork's Fitzgerald Park is set to transform into a science super-park this weekend, as Cork’s first Carnival of Science comes to town.The two day event will feature more than 100 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, street cuisine and a packed line-up of live entertainment.
2) SKYPARK Family Fun Day
Get the summer off to a flyer as Skypark, Irelands biggest and most exciting Zip Line Adventure Park, are hosting a Family Day this Sunday. There will be bouncy castles, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon man and more all for just €5 entry or free to enjoy with any Skypark activity booking.
3) Art Workshop | Fota Wildlife Park
This summer, Fota Wildlife Park will run a series of fun and educational events including art workshops, music workshops and Yoga@Fota. This weekend, visual artist Johnny Flynn runs the first of his animal and bird themed Summer Art Workshops. The event is free with your admission but places are limited and each child must be registered in advance.
4) Nenagh Castlefest
Nenagh Castlefest is a weekend of music, free entertainment, great food, funfairs and fair fun in the grounds of the majestic 12th Century Nenagh Castle. Now in its 3rd year, Nenagh Castlefest has grown year on year to bring the town of Nenagh alive for midsummer.
5) Clonacody Musical Picnic
The third year of a very popular fun weekend for all ages helping to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Association Of Ireland and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Sunday afternoon is a
Family Fun Day picnic with live music and great shows on Saturday and Sunday evening.
6) Skerries Midsummer Festival
The weekend will host the Three Island Challenge – Ireland's first east coast Currach Race with lots of other family entertainment from Friday-Sunday including swimming races, sailing displays, on-the-beach sports, sand castle competitions, outdoor cinema movies, live music and a beachside tented festival village of vendors, craftspeople and family amusements.
7) The Stoneybatter Festival
A three-day neighbourhood and street festival in the heart of Dublin with over 120 events in 56 locations including Open House Day, a range of sporting activities at Grangegorman, a Festival Music Hub and an action-packed family fun day on Sunday including the Great Batter Bake Off with Pauline McLynn and Woofstock best dressed dog contest.
8) Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival
From humble beginnings, the festival has grown to become one of the highlights of the Irish summer, attracting high profile international acts, as well as the best of Irish. It has also cemented Bundoran’s reputation as the Irish surf capital. Performances this year include Sigrid, Clean Bandit, and Two Door Cinema Club.
9) Enchanted Family Fairy Day | Lough Gur
Bring a picnic on Sunday and enjoy the scenery on the lakefront as well as lots of creative, magical and enchanting activities for all the family. The Lough Gur fairies have also agreed to host a special fairy ball and are encouraging all the boys and girls to dress up for the occasion.
10) Bia Lover Food Festival
The festival centrepiece will once again be its’ producer market where food and drink producers showcase their wares. There will be music and dance, a multicultural food tasting, baking competitions, busking competitions, children’s activities and general all round great fun and entertainment.
11) Flavours Of South Dublin
Rathfarnham Castle is again the venue for the 3rd Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival on Sunday from 11am to 6 pm.
This year, Flavours of South Dublin Festival will bring together wonderful restaurants and eateries from the area with cultural crafts on display, a demo kitchen and lots of children and family entertainment.
12) Midsummer Arts Festival
The fourth annual Midsummer Arts Festival takes place in Naas this weekend..The Festival’s theme for 2019 is Mythology and features live performances from The Riptide Movement, comedy, theatre, exhibitions, dance and lots of family activities and entertainment.
Three things to do next week:
1) Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival
Annual parade and family fin 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.
2) Legends of GAA tour
Every summer the GAA Museum hosts unique tours which see some of the biggest names in GAA history relive their memories and give fans a unique chance to experience the stadium from a player’s perspective.
3) Old Fort Quarter Festival
This year's festival will include a live music stage and a Heritage Pub trail while the historic streets will be a hive of activity with live street theatre, artisanal food markets and lots of activities for young children.
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