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1.Dublin
a) Bloom in the Park
https://bloominthepark.com/
Bloom was launched in 2007 that showcases the very best of horticulture: providing a showcase for garden plants, design, construction, horticulture and gardening. Based on similar success formats such as the Chelsea Flower Show. Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design. Based in the heart of the Phoenix Park, it is surrounded by 70 acres which shows the diversity of content than traditional garden shows. Also present will be Ireland’s top chefs and cooks who will be telling you all about irish fruit, vegetables and potato production.
Admission: Free under 16’s/ Adults €20
 
b) Dublin Port Riverfest
http://www.dublindocklands.ie/visiting-docklands/whats/events/dublin-port-riverfest
Over the June Bank Holiday, North Wall Quay plays host to the Dublin Port Riverfest. Organised by the Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum, expect a unique celebration along the historic quays with a jam-packed programme of entertainment and family fun.
 
Not to be outdone by the water, land activities also play an integral part to the festival, with street performers, music from shanty singers and a unique Irish/Nigerian band, bars, face painting and carnival attractions, children’s art & circus workshops. Pirate reenactments all weekend, open air food and craft markets as well as exhibitions in the CHQ Building provide the whole family with fun and entertainment. Customs officers were also on hand at Dublin Port Riverfest with their cutter on view and they carried out sniffer dog demonstrations!
Admission: Free
 
c) Yoga in the Park
Happenings Yoga - Brighton Square
http://www.happenings.ie/events/215/BrightonYoga
Classes continue weekly and as always this week will start at 11am with the wonderful Kitty Maguire and is €5 ( pay at the end of the class ). Thanks so much to the residents of this stunning private square for allowing us to use the space. Please walk, cycle or take public transport, as we don't want to crowd their neighbourhood's parking spaces on a Saturday morning and we should all try to limit our emissions. So much like how we did it in Dartmouth Square.
 
Bring a yoga mat, we have a few spares but it’s always a good idea to bring your own!
Admission: €5
 
2. Kilkenny
The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
http://thecatlaughs.com/
Each Year on the June Bank Holiday weekend Irish comedians are joined by a huge international line-up in what has become one of the most popular and well attended festivals in Ireland. This has grown from small beginnings into one of Europe’s best and most popular comedy festivals – the fact that no shows are recorded and there are no competitions means the performers are relaxed, there for the fun and usually on top form. Kilkenny has become accustomed to seeing world renowned faces from the world of comedy relax and enjoy attending this festival just as much as performing in it.
 
There are lots of other events in town during the festival but with comedy shows from lunchtime to after midnight spread over more than a dozen venues you may not get to see much of them. There are also a host of street events, among the most popular being the annual football match between Irish and International comedians.
Admission: Varies for individual acts
 
3. Tipperary
Rhododendron Walking Festival
https://www.vee.ie/
In summer 2018 the inaugural ‘Rhododendron Walking Festival‘ took place along the tracks and trails of the Knockmealdown Mountains and surrounds (see the videos at the bottom of the page if you don’t know the area). The event was a huge success and will be held again in 2019 over the June Bank Holiday Weekend (May 31st, June 1st, 2nd & 3rd). If you wish to be informed when walks are ready for booking just sign up for updates with your name and email address in the subscription box on the right hand side of the site and we’ll let you know what is on and when.
All events will take place while Rhododendron plants should close to or at full bloom, through the June Bank Holiday weekend running through Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June, Sunday 2nd and on to Monday 3rd of June. The perfect walk for the family is the Glengarra Trail and Fun Day.
Admission: €5 per family
 
4. Cork
a) Cork Harbour Festival
http://corkharbourfestival.com/
Cork Harbour Festival is the largest annual event in Cork Harbour offering a 9-day celebration of Ireland’s maritime culture over the first week of June.  Beginning on the June Bank Holiday Weekend with the flagship Ocean to City – An Rás Mór, the festival features over 70 different events – taking place in Cork City as well as in 17 harbour towns and villages.
 
Throughout the festival week there is a huge variety of events to dive into, from water activities to guided walks, open days to open sails, seafood market to seaweed foraging and so much more.
Now in its 5th year, the festival celebrates Cork Harbour as a natural and cultural resource, with the communities and their stories at the heart of it.
Admission: Mostly Free
 
b) Soul in the City
https://soulinthecitycork.ie/
The increasingly popular annual festival ‘Soul in the City’ returns to the Victorian Quarter Cork this June Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Last year’s soul packed festival saw thousands of fans who enjoy great soul food and music flocking to MacCurtain St and its surrounds. This year expect another weekend jammed with live bands, mouth-watering eats and fun and craic galore.
This June Bank Holiday weekend, the Victorian Quarter of Cork city will come alive with soul as some of the country’s best Soulful Brother’s and Sister’s return to various stages around the Victorian Quarter culminating in the Grand Finale, at The Everyman Theatre  on Sunday 2nd.
 
Following two sell out years at St Lukes, for one night only Soul in the city return to The Everyman with Aretha Queen of Soul.  Cork’s very own soul diva Karen Underwood and a full band will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin.
 
Local restaurants will be embracing the festivities by serving up delicious soul food.
The origins of soul music is emotional, soul food eclectic in taste. This is what you can come to expect at Soul in the City around the MacCurtain St area on the Bank Holiday weekend.
Admission: €25
 
 
5. Wexford
Hooked on the Sea Festival
https://hookpeninsula.com/hookedonthesea/#1490019210175-ac7460eb-57fd
Hooked on the Sea 2019 will be running across the Peninsula, with a host of marine-themed events for all ages across the June Bank Holiday Weekend. As part of the Hooked on the Sea festival, special events at Hook Lighthouse are planned. A newly commissioned pirate ship is set to ‘run aground’ a berth at the foot of the lighthouse for all of the boys and girls to enjoy over the festival weekend and all summer long.
 
Captain Hook says the new ship is bigger and better than his previous vessel and has all the mod cons, along with the traditional pirate ship paraphernalia such as a plank for new crew members to take a walk from if they don't learn the ropes to his liking! The ship will be officially named on the morning of June 2 with a traditional smashing of the champagne bottle ceremony using a chocolate champagne bottle. Guided tours are on offer seven days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East.
Admission: Free events over the course of the week
 
6. Down
Sea Bangor
https://www.visitardsandnorthdown.com/events/sea-bangor
This years Sea Bangor Festival is taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June and what a weekend it will be!
 
Located beside the marina, the annual event transforms the car park on Quay Street into a tented village hosting family friendly activities for the little ones and the big ones, with on the water activities such as have a-go-kayaking. An Under the Sea theme will see local artists repurposing recycled materials, with hands on opportunities for children to take home their own works of arts and crafts.
 
Sea Bangor promises to be an all-round nautical experience for the whole family!
Admission: Free
 
7. Wicklow
Bray Vintage Car Club
https://www.bray.ie/pec-events/bvccs-bray-seafront-show-picnic-2/
Bray Vintage Car Club’s annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on June bank holiday Sunday. A great day to come out & enjoy a fun-filled family day on Bray seafront with live music & entertainment for all. With a hive of activity around Bray it is the perfect way to spend a Sunday for the whole family. What makes it even better is that all donations on the day go to Purple House Cancer Support.
Admission: Free
 
8. Donegal
Oakfest Festival
https://oakfieldpark.com/oakfest/
When:01 - 02 June 2019
Following the success of last year’s music festival, Oakfest will return to Oakfield Park this summer on the June bank holiday weekend. Oakfest will run across two stages and two days and includes a stellar line-up of local, national and international artists.
 
Headlining on Saturday 1st June is world-renowned Alabama 3 Acoustic while The Academic, one of Ireland’s most exciting bands, will headline on Sunday 2nd June. Other top acts for Oakfest include Ryan McMullan, Little Hours, The Frank & Walkers Acoustic, Cronin, Rory & The Island, State Lights, DD & The Delta Boys, The Lost, Mark Black & Izzy, The Davy K Project, Cherym, Makings, Control The Dark and String Empire.
 
As well as a top-class musical billing, Oakfest at Oakfield Park will have plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a disco dome for little music lovers, arts and crafts, face-painting, puppetry, nature walks, train heritage, folklore and storytelling. The event will also have a strong food offering with some of the northwest’s finest artisan food producers in attendance all weekend.
Admission: Saturday and Sunday passes - €10 children/ €40 Adult
 
9. Louth
Vantasival
https://www.vantastival.com/
Vantastival is a family-friendly festival which takes place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend at Beaulieu House & Gardens, Co. Louth. Music fans and campervanners flock to this unique family-friendly event for its fantastically diverse line up, super-friendly vibes, and quirky extras. Other attractions include gourmet food stalls, festival traders, scheduled kids’ activities, arts, crafts and many other fun and novel additions, ensuring that Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan.
Admission: Saturday ticket €7.50 per child/ €45 per adult
 
 
10. Kerry
 Listowel Writers’ Week
https://writersweek.ie/
Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s longest running literary and arts festival where writers, artists and poets gather  in our beautiful Kerry heritage town of Listowel in Co Kerry. Founded in 1970, the dream of Listowel Writers’ Week was a simple but daring one: transform a beautiful Kerry heritage town into a centre of the literary universe. Make it somewhere writers and book-lovers from all corners can gravitate to for a celebration of literature and imagination.
Admission: Depends on days and events
11. Sligo 
Sligo Dark Tales Tour
https://sligowalkingtours.com/sligo-dark-tales/
Join us as we explore Sligo's dark history on a walking tour revealing Sligo's turbulent past with stories of the undead, executions, jail-breaks, disease and other macabre tales.
 
On the tour discover Sligo's connection to Bram Stoker, the Irish author, best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. The tragic history of Sligo Abbey that inspired W.B. Yeats. Grim tales of crime and punishment in the nineteenth century. Visit one of the oldest hostelries in the town and sample traditional Ale while your Guide recounts stories of the port, secret societies and houses of ill-repute.
Tour duration on average between 90 - 120 minutes.
Tour start time/end times: 7 pm - 9 pm
Meeting place: Next to the Riverside Hotel (at the entrance to the John Fallon Footbridge on the Riverside promenade) in Sligo Town.
Admission: €12
 
12. Cavan
Killeshandra Festival of the Lakes 2019
https://www.thisiscavan.ie/fun/article/killeshandra-festival-of-the-lakes-2019
Annual Festival for all ages - celebrating Killeshandra’s community spirit and showcasing some of what our beautiful lakeside village has to offer. Perfect for the whole family to go out and enjoy. Get out into nature and see what the beautiful lakes have to offer.
Admission: Free
 
13. Monaghan
Walking Tour of Monaghan
https://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/guided-walking-tour-of-the-heritage-town-of-carrickmacross/87861
New Carrickmacross Walking Tour in conjunction of The Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce. This tour highlights the rich heritage that Carrickmacross has to offer, including the workhouse, the fever hospital, Carrickmacross Lace, St. Joseph’s Church and the Harry Clarke stained glass windows, St. Finbarr's Church, Essex Castle and much more.
 
The tour takes a little over 90 minutes to complete and is free of charge. The tours will take place every Saturday from Easter to Halloween, departing from the courthouse at 11am, free of charge. If the weather is too bad for walking, the tour will be given indoors as much as possible. Everyone is welcome and wear walking shoes and bring an umbrella!
Admission: Free
 
14. Mayo
Launch of History, Heritage, Folklore & Tradition Festival
http://www.swinford.ie/250-celebrations/
This Bank Holiday Festival launch will take place in the Cultural Center from 6.00pm - 8.00PM.  This evening Swinford 250 & More will be proudly launching a booklet on Swinford's Guide to Historical points and places of interest for people to visit.  Also The evening is all about letting people know what and where all the events will take place throughout the weekend.
Admission: Mostly free. Varies on event
 
15. Laois
Portlaoise Africa Day
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/laois-africa-day-2019-tickets-59022741609
Laois Africa Day event is back this year bigger and better. Taking place 1st June @Parish Centre Portlaoise. The event will be taking place on Saturday, 1st June in the Parish Centre Portlaoise, Co. Laois from 12pm-5pm. As always, The event is FREE but TICKETS must be bought from eventbrite and hopes to provide another great year of family-friendly fun.
 
The event will see live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians such as Royal Vessel Gospel Choir, and more Acts to be confirmed. There will also be children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more. Head over to our website www.laoisafrica.com for the full lineup. Please note there are LIMITED PARKING available at the Parish Centre.
Admission: Free
 
16. Antrim
Ballycastle Beach
https://discovernorthernireland.com/Ballycastle-Beach-P3035/
The coast of north Antrim is spectacular, boasting the Giant's Causeway, the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and Ballycastle beach, with views on a clear day over to the Mull of Kintyre.
The sand beach is set in a bay framed to the east by sheer 600ft cliffs, while to the west the ruins of Kinbane Castle sit on an imposing limestone outcrop.
The sand is slightly coarse and gravelly, which makes it perfect for both sandcastle making and walking if you don't want to swim - which you can do in the shallows with relative safety despite there being no lifeguard cover.
There's a promenade and seafront at Ballycastle with tennis courts, and an inner harbour and marina. In the distance offshore sits the small inhabited island of Rathlin, you can take one of the daily boat trips out there to go bird watching, or diving to see one of the many wrecks that lie beneath the occasionally treacherous waters around the island.
Admission: Free
 
17. Offaly
Shakefest Festival
http://www.shakefest.net/workshops2/
 
SHAKEFEST – A CELEBRATION OF DANCE is a successful venture associated with Charleville Castle’s many successful creative and musical pursuits towards a gathering of local spirit. The 10th annual ShakeFest will take place this summer (May 30th) at Charleville Castle. This is a community run holistic workshop day for families, international dance enthusiasts and anyone active!
 
Different types of dance and culture are easily available in larger communities and cities in Ireland, and in bringing such a variety ‘Shake – A Celebration of Dance’ helps link such creativity together at Charleville Castle, Tullamore.
 
Shake consists of an educational series of dance workshops starting from 12pm Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st along with an evening of cultural performances starting at 8pm on Saturday, May 30th. It is purposely orchestrated with a multicultural and international theme; in line with a new Ireland, that leads to an evening of a multicultural dance of excellence.
 
Shake over the past years has grown from a day of Energy, Movement and Dance to a unique week-end of multicultural and international relaxation and holistic living – Come for the week-end – stay locally or camp around the castle – but also, if you prefer, just pop-in for your preferred course – this is a special time-out for everyone – every age – every taste – a community switching-on!
Admission: €7.50 child/€10 adult
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