Halfway through the summer school break and I need a holiday! While children love the time off, it's important that parents ensure their days are not filled with boredom, or even worse, mischief.
The YourDaysOut Summer Guide has lots of ideas for things to do all over Ireland, including summer camps, water sports, adventure activities and more.
But there are also hundreds of local events and festivals that take place most weekends that are certain to entertain every family.
This weekend is no different with air shows, comedy, scarecrows, and even Elvis.
1) Vodafone Comedy Festival
This year's festival will feature another impressive line-up of international and Irish comedians who will feature at the four-day event in the stunning surroundings of Iveagh Gardens including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, Joanne McNally, Des Bishop, The 2 Johnnies and Foil, Arms & Hog - to name but a few.
2) Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival
This year's highlights include many different styles of live music as well as an Artisans Fair with vendors and demonstrators, kids discos, magicians, petting zoo, carnival parade and lots more.
3) SKYPARK Family Day
A perfect day out in Carlingford at the Family Day this Sunday at SKYPARK. 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.
4) Durrow Scarecrow Festival
For the last 10 years, from the end of July to the start of August, "hay fever" hits the peaceful Georgian village of Durrow as the place goes scarecrow crazy. They come from all corners of Ireland and further afield to take part in the Durrow Scarecrow Festival and see who has got what it takes to win the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship.
5) 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.
This weekend Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh returns to the stadium where he won nine All-Irelands.
6) RHSI Garden Show | Russborough House
With plenty to occupy the experienced and the novice gardener, children and families, attractions will include plant stalls from some of Ireland's leading nurseries, including Camolin Potting Shed, Leamore Nursery, Rare Plants Ireland and Shady Plants Nursery.
7) Bray Air Display
The Bray Air Display takes place this weekend Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th, 2019. The event is so much more than an air show. Why not enjoy the thrills and spills of the Seafront Funfair, dine alfresco at our Food Village, you can even experience a breath-taking helicopter ride over Bray Head which all kick off from noon each day. It is a fantastic free weekend for the whole family to enjoy!
8) IFI Family Festival
Three days of films for children featuring a great programme of choices to suit all ages and interests.
9) Elvis Roots Festival
Who knew the Presley family came from Hacketstown? Celebrations take place in the ancestral home of the King again with this year's Elvis meets Country theme.
10) Earagail Arts Festival
This weekend is the Wild Atlantic Weekend in the Village Green in Malin featuring brand new shows by last year’s sold-out Tumblecircus, Cikadia, and Nakupelle’s Circus Bardo, alongside a hugely entertaining live version of Countdown and the interactive Carnival Dress Up Box, the Wild Atlantic Weekend celebrates the finest in contemporary Irish and international streets arts and circus.
11) Sligo Jazz Festival
A six-day Jazz Summer School featuring workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions with some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians, and a Festival of world-class music with many local sessions featuring summer school participants and tutors alike.
12) Ardmore Pattern Festival
Ardmore Pattern Festival is a free fun-filled festival in West Waterford with sports events, walks, demonstrations, farmers' market, music, street entertainment, tours, fireworks and a special performance by Phil Coulter in St. Declan's Church.
13) Ballinrobe Festival
Six days packed full of events from 23rd to 28th July with live music, Queen of The Lakes competition and a spectacular Fireworks display.
Three things to do next week:
1) Wells Magic Academy
Wells House will be transformed to celebrate favourite Wizarding characters! Witness Wells as it becomes an enchanted with numerous spells to bring you a wizarding experience like no other.
2) Sproai Street Festival, Waterford
The Spraoi International Street Arts Festival will feature street artists from around the globe, presenting a thrilling selection of world class street theatre. The highlight will be the annual Parade that thrills audiences with amazing floats, costumes and a cast of over 200 volunteers.
3) Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
The 51st programme includes a fantastic opening parade, the Ormand Flying Club's Annual Fly-In and display; the Olde Time Traditional Fair, free children's events, antiques and fine art fair, live music, sporting and literary events, nightly pub entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.
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