I know that time flies when you're having fun, but it's hard to believe that the summer is going so fast.

It won't be long before we are looking for school uniforms, packing lunch boxes and signing homework.

But, it's not over yet and there are loads more fun activities and events to keep everyone entertained over the weekend, whether you're interested in horses, goats, oysters or fairies!

Forget about school and have fun!

1) Playstival
Playstival, Ireland's festival for kids and their parents celebrating play, fun and imagination returns to Airfield Estate, Dundrum. A must-attend for parents and families passionate about positive play, fun and the power of the imagination!

Playstival, the spectacular festival of play and music
Playstival, the spectacular festival of play and music

2) Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
The 51st programme concludes this weekend with a gig rig and fireworks on Thursday, vintage lunchtime concert on Friday, soapbox derby on Saturday and lots more.

3) Carlingford Oyster Festival
The Carlingford Oyster Festival is a four-day celebration for the entire family based around local shellfish. There will be loads of children’s activities, including a magic show, face-painting, a teddy bear’s picnic and more.

4) Natural History Museum of Ireland
As part of their Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator and Zoologist Emma Murphy at 12pm and 2pm for a pop-up talk on Ireland's favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help!

5) Puck Fair
Killorglin is the venue for one of Ireland's most unusual festivals – Puck Fair. The fair is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated and is held on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with three days of free family entertainment.

Puck Fair
Puck Fair

6) Camp Freddo
Camp Freddo returns to Blessington, Co Wicklow this summer to give the whole family an outdoor adventure to remember. Daily sessions include canoeing, biking, picnicking, zip-lining through the forest and more!

7) Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Kilkenny Arts Festival runs from the 8th to the 18th August with some of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists performing in intimate surroundings in Ireland’s medieval city including historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses, and gardens.

8) Fairy Trail | Malahide Castle & Gardens
Enjoy the Fairy Trail at Malahide Castle with fun sculptures, fairy houses and lots of other hidden gems to find. Little visitors are invited to use the interactive booklet to solve clues and answer questions on their way around the trail. Children under four go free!

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

Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show

10) Maghery Community Festival
Fun, family festival with events this weekend including kayaking, family quiz, hill walk, the blessing of the boats, fishing competition, big little bug picnic, sports day, pet show and more.

11) The Maiden of the Mournes International Festival
The opening parade takes place on Sunday and events continues all week including children's disco, Beat on the Street, Special Needs Fun Day, fancy dress, Teddy Bear's Picnic and more. There is a spectacular fireworks display on Thursday night and the Maiden of the Mournes 2019 is crowned next Saturday evening.

12) Tullamore Show
Over 60,000 people will once again decent on Tullamore on Sunday for a fun-filled family day out featuring highly-contested livestock competitions.

Activities for the family include live music, children's areas, petting farms, toy displays, live demonstrations on machinery, cookery, new inventions, fashion shows, top-class entries into livestock, cookery, art, crafts, dogs and many more sections, there's something to entertain all the family. 

13) Sligo Summer Festival
Admission may be cheap but the quality of the Festival certainly isn't. Live music over three days featuring Samantha Mumba 90's Revival, Scouting for Girls and more for only €3 makes this one of the best value festivals around. Also, children Under-12s are Free! There is a family fun day on Sunday afternoon too.

Sligo Summer Festival. Credit: Hackett Photography
Sligo Summer Festival. Credit: Hackett Photography

14) Fota Wildlife Park Summer Events
Fota Wildlife Park has been running 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 that are free with your admission but booking in advance in essential as spaces are limited.

15) Clonmany Festival
The annual festival concludes this weekend with a Family Fun Day on Friday and music from Johnny Brady, Robert Mizzell, and Michael English.

3 things to do next week:

1) The Big Grill Festival
Discover and learn about all kinds of barbequing, grilling, smoking, meats and delicacies from around the globe, all washed down with a choice craft beer or cider*. 

2) Carrigaholt Family Festival
A fantastic three day fun-filled festival with music, drama, dance, heritage events, country sports and plenty of good old-fashioned games for the children

3) Rose of Tralee International Festival
The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee but it is also a week long programme of activities and events including street entertainment, concerts, Birds funfair, circus, fireworks and more.

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* Always drink responsibly