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Free-kend Map 29th July - 1st August
JULY 27 2022
  • ​Cavan

Duck Race 2022

When: Sun, 31 July 
Admission: €6.19
Krafty Kidz Community Childcare and Ballyconnell Gun Club are delighted to announce the return of their fundraising duck race.

  • Wexford

Heritage and Vintage day

When: 30/31 Jul
Admission: Free
Vintage /heritage day on Sunday 31st July, street traders and auto jumble , great family day out, Saturday 30th July story telling

  • Cork

Cú Chulainn the Brave

When: Sat 30th July
Admission: Free

  • Join Irelands greatest hero as he is called to protect the warriors of Ulster and as he meets lots of other characters, some enchanting and magical, some downright ridiculous, on his journey from ordinary boy to the extraordinary mythical warrior we  learned about in school in this modern, hilarious retelling of his most famous tales.

  • Bring a picnic, bring a blanket and come prepared for the weather because we will perform rain or shine (this is Ireland Afterall, what’s a little water between friends?)

  • This production is made possible by Cork County Council Local, live Performance platform scheme.


  • Wexford

Rockin’ Food and Fruit Festival

When: Friday 29th July until Monday 1st August 2022.
Admission:  Prices Vary from free to paid

  • You can expect a brand-new, impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee, an impressive Artisan Food Market with over 50 of the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative International Line-up of Rock 'n' Roll artists for our FREE outdoor gigs, a jam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of FREE and exceptional value packages for our younger festival goers!


  • Dublin

Summer of Heritage 2022

When: Monday 1st August

  • The Museum is housed in Dún Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church, opposite the dlr Lexicon. Experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea.


  • Laois

The 58th National Steam Rally

When:  Sunday July 31st – Monday 1st August, 2022
Admission:  Children €7 , Family €30

  • The National Steam Rally, Stradbally, Co. Laois, is considered by many to be the premier event in the calendar of steam and vintage shows throughout Ireland.

  • It attracts a wide range of working exhibits and a huge attendance of visitors. It is much enhanced by its very convenient location to the rear of Main Street, adjacent to all of the town facilities.

  • The rallies are approved under the code of conduct of the National Traction Engine Trust.

  • What to expect? Steam Engines – Vintage Cars – Tractor Display – Commercials – Over 70 Trade Stands – Carnival – Autojumble – Blacksmith Village – Steam Working Arena – Massive Saw Benching Display with the Celtic Steamers – Steam Engine Rides – Bouncing Castles – Kids Area – Craft Village – Pet Farm – Dog Show - Food & Drinks Stands and much, much more!

  • The National Steam Rally is a fun-filled Family Friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you all in Stradbally, for our Irish Steam showcase event on July 31st & August 1st 2022!


  • Laois

Scarecrow Festival

When: July 24th - August
Admission:  Prices vary from free to paid events

  • This week-long festival happens in the run up to the August Bank Holiday Weekend. For the duration, the town is over-run with straw sculptures of every kind imaginable – from synchronised swimming scarecrows in the river to a ‘life-sized’ straw-stuffed diplodocus dinosaur taking up most of the town square.

  • You can follow the scarecrow trail around the town, or enjoy the excitement of the Scarecrow Village, which features various events & activities, bouncy castles, face painting, & craft workshops for kids, a range of music & live entertainment, and a market selling local crafts & produce.


  • Clare

Daredevil Circus

When: Sat, 30 July
Admission: €12-18


  • Join us under the big top for an amazing show of Circus Acts and plenty of surprises. Make plenty of memories and enjoy the perfect family fun day out with us .

  • We would like to invite you to come along to our production of what we believe is the greatest live show on earth, THE CIRCUS. So tell your neighbours, family & friends



  • Roscommon

ECO SHOWBOAT at Doon Shore

When: Sun, 31 July
Admission: Free

Artist Anna Macleod is joined by biologist Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn, Tommy Earley from Mount Allen Eco Farm and musician Shahab Coohe to celebrate the mayfly on the shore of Lough Key.

Mayflies are very sensitive to water quality and temperature and as such are classed as an indicator species of the health of water bodies. During the spring, Anna worked with 5th and 6th class pupils from Cootehall National School on a series of drawings and sculptures to chart the Mayfly’s contribution to biodiversity. Anna Macleod's new collaborative body of work with artist Padraig Cunningham, Ephemera looks at the life cycle of this ancient insect as metaphor for the precariousness of existence in the Anthropocene & as a symbol of survival and renewal.


  • Dublin

Fireworks Display

When: 1st August

  • Get set for a magical night as a stunning fireworks display takes place along Bray Seafront on Bank Holiday Monday 01 August 2022.

  • The display itself is designed by Rocket Pyrotechnics Ireland and includes 193 approx. fireworks producing 1728 approx. projectiles, 9 flame units and 2.5 approx. tonnes of equipment which will be launched on the seafront opposite the Bandstand.

  • This year’s fireworks are proudly brought to you by The Martello Hotel, Bray with event build-up at 21:30 by East Coast FM's Rob & Laura.

  • The radio station will also be providing the soundtrack for the display which will be launching after 22:00 on Bank Holiday Monday 01 August 2022.


  • Carlow

Carlow Garden Festival 2022

When: 22 July - 1 August 2022
Admission: €10

  • Twenty gardening gurus from the UK and Ireland headline the 20th anniversary programme of the Carlow Garden Festival. Featuring a mix of workshops, garden tours, talks and foodie options in gardens and garden centres on the Carlow Garden Trail.

  • This year’s programme returns to the familiar format of more recent years with an appealing line-up of UK and Irish speakers delivering a mix of workshops, garden tours, specialist talks and Q&A sessions combined with a range of great foodie options that include long table suppers, afternoon tea lunches and evening meals.

  • UK gardeners Adam Frost & James Alexander-Sinclair open the festival in a much-anticipated talk at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven on Friday 22 July 2022. Presenting two previous gardens they have worked upon, expect to hear all about good garden design. The festival continues for ten days concluding on Monday 01 August. For more details visit the Carlow Garden Trail website. All events must be pre-booked.


  • Donegal

Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival

When: 23 July - 1 August 2022
Admission:  Free

  • A family orientated festival with a wide variety of cultural, musical, artistic, children's, novelty and sporting events with a focus on showcasing local artists, musicians and indigenous arts.

  • This popular family festival held annually in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, who's flagship events include;

  • Lá Gaelach - Celebrates Irish heritage and culture. Highlights include fiddle, whistle, flute & sean nós dance workshops, storytelling, traditional music session trail, céilí, & traditional music groups performing throughout the day.

  • Country Sunday - concert featuring well known artists from the country music scene.

  • Carnival Parade - colourful parade with carnival groups, dance troupes, float competition & marching bands.

  • The festival is centered around a pageant, with international and domestic participants, to find out which entrant has the spirit of the festival, who is then crowned Mary From Dungloe and acts as an ambassador for the festival.


  • Meath

Boyne Music Festival

When: 29 July - 31 July 2022
Admission: Free

  • The highly anticipated return of the Boyne Music Festival will take place between 29 - 31 July in the idyllic setting of Townley Hall and St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

  • After a highly successful online festival in 2021, Boyne Music Festival returns in full force with a plethora of in-person events. The Boyne Music Festival was established in 2013 by twin sisters Aisling and Julie-Anne Manning and their cousin Deirdre Brenner.

  • This year marks the festival’s 9th year, with the programme featuring a selection of chamber music, talks, children’s events and more. The festival is pleased to be inviting audiences back to its home at Townley Hall, an architecturally striking Georgian-era house that will open its doors to the public for the weekend.


  • Kerry

Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts

When: 29 July - 1 August 2022
Admission: Ranging from Free to €20

  • On the August weekend Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts will run their 25th annual festival with activities and music for everybody! Music lovers, buskers, walkers, hikers, children's fun, fishing, football and much more!

  • They pride themselves on a wide and diverse programme with something to suit all ages. This year it includes Michael English, Jerry Fish and Tonight's the Night on the main stage over three nights of the festival, also including pipe bands, musicians from around the world and busking competitions for all age groups.

  • Children's entertainment includes the following: Teddy Bear's Picnic, storytelling, Junior Busking, Kids Fun and Kids Olympics, Face Painting, Animal Roadshow, football and soccer tournaments and junior walks. There also will be fishing competitions, a 5K run and a major fireworks display on Friday night. See you all in Cahersiveen for the August Weekend 2022.


  • Louth

Connective 22 Exhibition by Louth Craftmark

When: 9 July - 5 August 2022
Admission: Free

  • Louth Craftmark Designers Network is delighted to host their forthcoming exhibition, Connective 22, in Gallery 13, Millmount, Drogheda. The exhibition will be a showcase of the wealth of talented artists, designers and craftspeople from the region.

  • Connective 22 will feature 35 members from the extensive Louth Craftmark network, with a broad range of artistic disciplines on show including ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, print, mixed media, textiles, and sculpture.

  • Founded in 2006, Louth Craftmark Designers Network is a collective of talented Northeast based professional makers and visual artists, who have come together to promote and support each other.

  • The Louth Craftmark members will be offering creative workshops to the public at weekends throughout the exhibition. Proposed workshops include silk painting, ceramics, watercolour painting, and felting. Please see website for details.


  • Antrim

Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

When: 20 June – 31 August.
Admission: Free
Elmers big Belfast Trail is a free, family-friendly art trail which will be running between 20 June – 31 August.
The city will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated elephant Sculptures, the sculptures will be positioned around key landmarks, streets, and open spaces in Belfast for 10 weeks. Each elephant is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community.
The herd of Elmers will deliver a ton of fun and laughter this summer and attract local residents and visitors from far and wide to discover, and re-discover Belfast City, making art accessible to all.  Each Elmer is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community
Visitors and residents can explore the city centre, parks and open spaces while following the Trail to discover all of the bold and eye-catching large Elmers.

  • Antrim

Belfast Tradfest 2022

When: Sat 23rd & Sun 24th July
Admission: Tickets from Free
Belfast will be awash with the very best of traditional music, song and dance during Belfast TradFest, with world-class concerts, masterclasses, talks, CD launches & sessions taking place in the city from the 23-29 July 2022.
Belfast TradFest events will run across many of the city’s well known venues:
The Fiddle Monologues Sunday 24 July at The Black Box is a play that focuses on four women from 1679, 1789, 1889 and 1959 and their relationship with the violin.
Song and Fiddle Sunday 24 July at The John Hewitt with Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne and TG4 Gradam Ceoil / Belfast City Council bursary recipient Sinead McKenna.
Dervish frontwoman Cathy Jordan brings her trio ‘The Unwanted’ to The Black Box Sunday 24 July.
A tribute to the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792 takes place on Tuesday 26th July at Áras Mhic Reachtain and will feature world renowned harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Australian guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney amongst others.


  • Clare

Kilmhil Festival of Fun

When: Jul 30 - Aug 1,
Admission: Free

  • Kilmihil Festival of Fun (FOF) is the only Festival in Ireland dedicated to FUN.

  • Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the festival in Clare has a fun programme of events and activities to suit everyone in the family.

  • Celebrating its 20th anniversary this August Bank holiday with an impressive lineup of fun activities including Monster Prize Draw Launch, Pig Racing, Fittest family event, Dan O Halloran Run, Vintage and Street parade and  the Monday Field Day.

  • Dublin

Football Walking Tour

When:  Saturday 30th July
Admission: €15

  • Join Gary Cooke and Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin TD for a walk into sporting history.

  • Starting at 11.30am on July 30th this match-winning tour of Dublin features ancient gossip, fascinating facts and cracking stories.

  • The 90-minute tour begins and ends in the Little Museum. On the way, you will discover the history of our great city, but you will also relive some of the most extraordinary moments in Irish soccer history, from The Ban to Jack Charlton.

  • Aprés Match star Gary Cooke is famous for his priceless impersonations. Aodhán talks for a living. Together these master communicators will dazzle you with their knowledge and passion for the beautiful game.


  • Dublin

DSPCA Educational Tour 2022

When: Friday 29th July
Admission:  Free

  • The DSPCA providing free educational tours to schools, colleges and community groups. We can work with all ages of children and students and are happy to create an age/ability appropriate session tailored for you.

  • If you would like to book for your Special Education group please contact Brendan at [email protected] please do not book here, he will make separate arrangements for you.

  • At the DSPCA we feel it’s important to educate from preschool and beyond that cruelty towards any animal is not acceptable and that animals should be treated with kindness and respect.

  • Please note we cannot take less than 10 students without special arrangement or more than 30 students per tour and there must be appropriate numbers of adults to supervise.

  • Our Education service is free but we do always appreciate donations to help us to continue our work caring for sick, injured and cruelly treated animals.

  • Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.


  • Cork

Youghal Medieval Festival

When: 31st July 
Youghal Medieval Festival will make it’s long awaited return this year!! This festival was so very much missed and we are thrilled to say we will celebrate all things medieval in Youghal again on July 31st 2022. 

Enjoy the many stands offering original, interesting & unusual crafts,  kiddie activities together with  face painting & hair braiding,   live music…….the list goes on for a very busy afternoon.    Highlight of afternoon is the Medieval Battles.  Dressed in authentic medieval costume our Medieval warriors give us 2 outstanding and exciting battle re-enactments.   That will certainly give you an appetite to sample the very fine fare at our man.

  • Mayo

International Kite Festival

When: 31st July 

Fun, fresh air and frolics are promised for the 2022 Mayo International Kite Festival taking place on Sunday 31st July at Keel Beach, Achill Island. With spectacular sights of hundreds of colourful kites and free entertainment all day long, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer weekend with family and friends. 

Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a kite - or if you can’t remember the last time you did - because there will be plenty of kiting experts on hand to get you off the ground!

Take part in kite flying competitions such as highest kite, best design, most colourful or even best kite crash, and enjoy demonstrations from the pro kite fliers! With exciting games, kite making workshops, and buckets of enthusiasm you’re sure to have a great day at the Mayo International Kite Festival. Let’s go fly a kite!

The Mayo International Kite Festival is brought to you by Pure Magic, Sandybanks Camping & Caravan Park, Westnet, Achill Outdoor Centre, and all our local friends.