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Cheap & Free stuff to do this weekend 12th - 14th August


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Open-Air Cinema: Grease            
IT Tallaght’s Open-Air Cinema is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Enjoy a long end-of-summer night under the open sky with your friends, a bit to nibble and drink, and an outdoor screening of musical classic Grease.   
Old Blessington Road, Tallaght Dublin 24
€ 5         

Pokémon GO and Picnic              
It’s the hottest new game on everyone’s lips - and smartphones. Grab your friends, your phone and your battery packs and join the fun at Stephen’s Green for Pokémon GO and Picnic.               
St Stephen's Green, Dublin           

Fusion Sundays: World Culture Market  
This unique market celebrates food culture from around the world.              
12 Newmarket Square    
ADM FREE          

Doggy Detectives            
Calling out to any young dog lovers! Join Dogs Trust Ireland at Doggy Detectives! As part of the private detective team, you will receive a special, behind the scenes tour of Dogs Trust's rehoming centre in Finglas, while taking part in a special, detective themed workshop. You will also get to preview their 'Inspector Paws' DVD with popcorn, enjoy colouring/quizzes and treats, and go home with free goodies!              
Ashbourne Road, Finglas, Dublin 11          
Single €4 Family €12       

Blues, Roots & Brass Festival      
The Blues, Roots and Brass festival is a unique and exciting event based around the three genres of music that have been taking centre stage in recent years, not only in Ireland, but around the world. 
Whelan's. 25 Wexford St, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2
12 - 14 August   

Relay for Life Kildare      
Kildare Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration which honours current and former cancer patients, their families and friends. It raises vital funds to support the Irish Cancer Society’s work.    
The Curragh Racecourse - Kildare              

Flourish, a lavish festival of the Arts takes place during Kilkenny Arts Week at Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny.               
Shankill Castle, Kilkenny

The Big Squeeze - Greatest Gathering of Accordionists
The Big Squeeze celebrates International Musical Traditions and Cultural diversity through the accordion. The Greatest Gathering of Accordionists in Ireland will take part in a range of concerts, workshops, public performances and exhibitions. Accordionists of all levels and tastes are invited to come together once a year to share their love of the instrument. The Musical Diversity takes "The Box out of the Box"!.              
St Kieran's College. College Road, Kilkenny and St Lachtain's Church of Ireland, Freshford, Co Kilkenny
12 - 14 August   
Various FREE events       

The Cottage Market       
The Cottage Market Drogheda aims to create a market that reflects the diverse skills and interests of its local people. It will focus on developing and showcasing their skills and talents     
St Peter's COI Parish Hall, Drogheda         

A Festival of Entertainment at Wells House          
This new and exciting Festival of Entertainment will take place throughout the estate of Wells House and Gardens with something to entertain all!        
Wells House & Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford             
13 - 14 August   
€8 per car           

Kilmore Village Spud Festival                    
Lots of fun for all the family!!      
12 - 15 August   

Wexford Dip in the Nip 
Fundraising Event for Hope Cancer Support Centre - Dare to Bare!                
14-Aug  Charity Event     

5K Colour Run  
5K COLOUR RUN in Rosslare on Sunday 14th August @10am. Meeting at Rosslare Community & Sports Centre. Entry forms available from the Centre. Entries available on the day from 9am. Entry Fee: Adults €10/Children €5. Participants receive one colour bag included in entry fee. Additional bags can be purchased for €5 x 3 bags. This is going to be a fantastic event for the whole family to enjoy. All proceeds go to Rosslare Community.        
Rosslare Community & Sports Centre       
Entries available on the day from 9am. Entry Fee: Adults €10/Children €5.

Galway Vintage Kilo Sale Galway             
Tonnes of vintage clobber for you to pick through at Tola Vintage Kilo Sale. Simply find what you want, get it weighed; pay €20 for every kilo of clothes. So what could I get for a kilo of clothes?
Lough Atalia Rd, Galway
€ 2         

Tsinghua University Symphony Orchestra           
Tsinghua University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO) was established in 1993, and is composed of over seventy Tsinghua students making up a medium-sized symphony orchestra. The students are engaged with undergraduate and postgraduate studies as well as overseas exchange programs.
Courthouse Square, Galway         

Ballinamore Family Festival        
Enjoy free concerts every night from artists like Mike Denver and Jimmy Buckley. There will be plenty of events for every age group including bouncy castles, face painting, water activities, mural painting, discos, bonny baby competitions and more!           
Ballinamore, Leitrim       
12 - 14 August   

Belmullet Gala Festival  
Belmullet Gala Festival is a week of fantastic events for all the family including the very popular Heritage Day and traditional Fair Day along with family fun day, water sports and much more. 
Belmullet, Mayo              
12 - 21 August   

Newport Truck Run 
Ballina via Castlebar, Westport Newport - Newport Truck Run
FREE to spectate

Lough Gill 10km Swim & Relay                                
10km Swim: Out and back route from and to the back avenue at Doorley Park in Sligo.
2km Swim: Lapped course with finsh at the back avenue at Doorley Park
Relay Swim: Doorley Park with team changeovers at the pontoon. 4 swimmers per team with each swimmer completing a 500m swim.

FREE to spectate

Puck Fair            
Puck is a community based homecoming festival and one of the oldest horse fairs celebrated in Ireland.               
Killorglin, Co Kerry           
12 August           

Famous Saturday Food Market
Every Saturday, 8am - 3pm: A don't miss for locals and visitors alike, Limerick's celebrated Milk Market the best of fresh, natural produce.            
Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick

Record & CD Fair                            
Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick

Milford Hospice Harvest Fair      
The 31st Milford Harvest Fair will open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, August 14, with free admission and plenty of free parking around the world-class Arena.             
University Arena, University of Limerick, Castletroy,          

Family Fun Day 
Fun for all the family, games, fancy dress, dog show, and much more.           
Town Park, Main Street, Croom, Co Limerick        

GAA Sundays in the Viking Triangle        
Wander down Baileys New Street in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle every Sunday of Summerval. Join the Questions & Answers Session with Ken McGraths Sporting heroes, each week a well known inter County Hurler or Footballer who will preview the big Game and give their predictions on the Championship. Then enjoy the Game on the Big Screen TV, guaranteed to be the best place to watch each game other than Thurles or Croke Park. Enjoy the best local bands from the Bulmers Summerval Stage.           
Baileys New Street, Waterford   
Belfast  Love Victoria Park          
There will be street theatre by Babcock and Bobbins, live theatre by Alice in Wonderland, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, music, wildlife, outdoor activities, face - painting, bike maintenance, arts and crafts, health checks and much, much more...    
Victoria Park, Belfast      
7 Hills Blues Fest              
Blues fans…young & old will descend to one of Ireland's most historical cities, to celebrate roots music.  There will be over 70 free gigs     
Various locations in Armagh        
12 - 14 August   
Family picnic at Armagh Franciscan Friary            
Pack a picnic, round up family and enjoy a fun filled Blues family picnic in the impressive grounds of the Franciscan Friary. Relax and unwind while soaking up the sounds and sunshine. Part of the 7 Hills Blues Fest 2016            
Armagh Franciscan Friary, Friary Road     

Taste of Cavan
The event showcases extraordinary and diverse local food producers, chefs and restaurants in County Cavan and gives visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase the finest of Cavan fare, from award winning cheeses, handmade chocolate, ice cream and organic sausages to boxty, breads, muffins, mushrooms, liqueurs, honey, meats and local jams.  Enjoy food demonstrations on both days by the best chefs in the country, while the kids will be entertained with a wide array of fun family activities and entertainment.
Cavan Equestrian Centre              
13 - 14 August   
Adults €5 per person & Children under 12 go free

Causeway Speciality Market      
The Causeway Speciality Market is a bustling speciality food and craft market held around Coleraine Town Hall on the second Saturday of each month from 09:00 - 16:00.          
Coleraine Town Hall       
ADM FREE          
Maiden City Festival      
The Maiden City Festival – bringing the old city to life through music, dance, theatre and pageant. Now in its 18th year, the Maiden City Festival returns once again with our exciting mix of entertainment throughout the week and some new highlights for 2016.                                                 
12 - 13 August 
Wakeboard Championships 2016            
This year Waterways Ireland Riverfest is hosting The European Boat Wakeboard Championships. This event will attract around 150 competitors from 18 different countries across Europe and Africa. The European/African European Boat Wakeboard Championships are held in a different European or African country every year and attracts national wakeboard teams from across the European/African nation. During the week from the 8th to the 11th of August other attractions planned include vintage vehicle and motorcycle shows, bouncy castles and play area, boat and outdoor recreation displays, trade areas and a local food market.        
Christie Park, Strand Road, BT51 1SA Coleraine    
12 - 13 August   
FREE to spectate                            
Kite Festival       
This high-flying spectacle will offer fun for all the family as a kaleidoscope of kites of all sizes fly over the stunning coastal estate. Kite performers, kite making, education activities and Wild Geese parachute display. To add to the festive atmosphere there will be a kids craft area, inflatables, Quad-Pod rides, Segways, Craft and food stalls and much more. 
Normal Admission £2.50 - £ £4.95 Members Free

All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships          
The All Ireland Rowing Championships is a major event in the Irish sporting calendar and is very well attended by rowing club teams, club members and their families and spectators from all over Ireland and indeed Europe. This is one of the biggest rowing Regattas in the Country and takes place over 3 days in early August and it is expected that over 4000 visitors will come to Donegal for this event.
Ballyshannon, Donegal                 
FREE to spectate                                                                                                                                                                                         
Donegal Bay Maritime Festival  
Don't miss this amazing maritime family-friendly weekend and there is something for all everyone to enjoy!   
Donegal Town   
13 - 14 August   
Rock Pool Extravaganza              
Young wildlife enthusiasts will love this day out at magical Kearney village on the Outer Ards Peninsula. Discover the amazing creatures lurking beneath the seaweed and slithering through the pools.
Meet at Kearney Village, BT22 1QP           
Adult free | Child £3 | Member adult free.

Peninsula Food Showcase - Portavogie Seafood Festival
The Ards Peninsula takes centre stage as part of the NI Year of Food and Drink this summer and autumn, when the Peninsula Food Showcase rolls into five towns and villages. Come along for: Chef demonstrations, Tastings, Artisan food producers, Food-themed family fun!
The Harbour, Portavogie, Co Down          

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