The October mid-term break not only brings long nights, but attention quickly turns to the next big event.
It's just over 50 days until Chr..., no, still too early, especially when there are still lots of Halloween events in Ireland.
This weekend also sees the re-opening of Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo, arts festivals, food, music and funfairs.
1) Hullabaloo Children's Arts Festival
Hullabaloo is for toddlers to 12-year-olds and is the biggest midlands festival of Theatre and Arts for children. Events this weekend include Finger Puppet and Drawing Workshops, Dabbledoo Music, Dance Games, and Marty Moncrieff - The Teddy Bear Thief in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.
2) Belfast Arts Festival
Another successful festival finished up this weekend with events including The Playboy of the Western World, Minutes in Motion, Joshua Burnside, West Side Story.
3) Wild Lights | Dublin Zoo
Wild Lights is back this weekend with a brand new theme – Stories, Myths and Legends. Expect to see magical scenes from well-known stories like the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Jungle Book…to best-loved nursery rhymes and characters from Irish Mythology – all brought to life by dazzling, giant colourful silk lanterns!
4) Wexford Fringe
The 67th Fringe finished up this weekend with Don Quichotte opera, Saxology Saxophone Quartet Lunchtime Concert, The Absolute Eagles and guided tours of The Irish National Heritage Park.
5) Jackula | Watergate Theatre
Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother’s shadow and become the world’s first fun vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. Smile as children help him perform spellbinding tricks. An inspirational Halloween magic show for the whole family on Friday afternoon.
6) Funderland Dundalk
Funderland is on tour with their first visit to Dundalk running until November 3rd with fun and excitement for all the family.
7) Mayo Dark Skies Festival
Mayo Dark Sky Festival is a three-day celebration of the beautiful county of Mayo and the skies above it with walks, workshops, walks and stargazing including planetarium shows in Ballycroy and storytelling by torchlight in Princess Grace Park.
8) International Uilleann Piping Day
The ninth annual International Uilleann Piping Day takes place on Saturday 2nd November. Last year over 50 events took place worldwide and it’s a great reason to gather local pipers together and also a great opportunity to introduce people to the instrument. Events can take any format, piping performances, talks about the pipes, "try the pipes" events or workshops.
9) Taste of Waterville
There will be spooky and tasty goings-on in Kerry this weekend as Halloween meets Taste of Waterville on Friday with a Tapas Trail and live music.
10) Cork & Kerry Food Market
Featuring more than 70 artisan food and drink producers as well as cookery demonstrations from a mix of local chefs including Bryan Mccarthy, Greene’s, Kevin Ahern, Sage, Chad Byrne, The Brehon, Patricia Messom, The Stuffed Olive, Mark Funston, Berehaven Lodge and Lee Scahill, Market Lane. Super Valu ambassadors Kevin Dundon and The Happy Pear will also make a welcome return.
11) Athlone Lego Show
Fun Lego exhibition on Sunday with some amazing original models and exclusive Lego sets on display, huge Lego play area, free speed build competition, free face painting, sensory area, colouring and stalls.
Three things to do next week:
1) Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival
A fun weekend of family events in Kerry with plays, children’s performances, adult story swaps and storytellers including Kate Corkery, Liz Weir and Batt Burn.
2) Ennis Trad Festival
Featuring masterclasses, session trail and performances from The Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie Band, Moving Hearts, Liam O’Connor & Paul McGrattan and many more.
3) Cork Film Festival
The Cork Film Festival is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running annually for eleven days in November in Cork.