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Belfast Festival of Foods
This May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of Fools brings a jam-packed programme of circus, acrobatics, comedy and juggling to the streets.
Established in 2004, Festival of Fools has put Belfast firmly on the world map as a capital of street theatre and circus excellence. The festival is the largest comedy and street theatre festival on the island of Ireland, with more than 100 performances due to take place on the streets of Belfast City Centre and Cathedral Quarter.
Admission – Free

Clare Festival of Finn  
A 5 day family fun festival, this May Bank Holiday marks the seventh year of Corofin’s wildly successful Festival of Finn. With a large programme of events for the whole family to choose from including the festival market, stone throwing championship, treasure hunts and lots more.
Admission – Free

Cork International Choral Festival
Experience the best in vocal music on the first weekend in May with a jam packed programme ranging from world class Gala Concerts and a diverse Fringe programme, to the vibrant Choral Trail, where voices spill out from restaurants, bars, galleries and public spaces across the city.
This is a must see event for the whole family and the perfect way to top off your May Bank Holiday.
Admission – Free

Cup of Tae Festival
At first glance you would think that this oddly names festival was a celebration of Ireland’s favourite beverage, in fact it is named after a local musician – John “the tae” Gallagher. Held annually in Adara, a beautiful part of Donegal this traditional music festival should not be missed. It includes workshops on learning various instruments along with live performances throughout the weekend.
Admission – Free

Annalong Coastal Path
The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland. The mountains themselves are criss-crossed by a network of paths and tracks. The area was voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in NI. Head on the Annalong Coastal Path and follow the shore and into the open countryside. Take in the spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains. Make sure that the weather is good before you take on this amazing walk.
Admission – Free

The Science Gallery

    Visit Trinity Colleges Science Gallery, where the focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise. It is fun for the whole family and is a real eye opener into current going on in the world.
    Admission- Free

The Phoenix Park

    You could easily spend an entire day exploring Europe’s largest inner-city park. You don’t need to pay for Dublin Zoo to see animals either – Phoenix Park is home to an enormous collection of deer, just wander off into the woodlands to find them. While you’re in the park you can get a first-hand peek at how the President of Ireland lives on a free tour of their official residence, Aras an Uachtaráin. They depart from Phoenix Park Visitor Centre every Saturday and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Occasionally they might not run due to state business, so always check the website beforehand.
    Admission – Free

The Dublin Dance Festival

    Dublin Dance Festival – The 15th Edition of DDF will be a celebration of brilliant, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking dance from across the globe, taking place across Dublin. Opening with RIOT starring the Queen of Ireland Panti, and closing with master of contemporary dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this year's programme offers the chance to witness ground-breaking work by legendary dance artists; a space in which to contemplate the politics, environment and technology of our spinning world, and for every body to cut loose, party and DANCE.
    Admission - Free

Connemara Mussel Festival
Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, Connemara Mussel Festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage. This is the 14th year the festival has been held. Connemara Mussel Festival is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara attracting visitors from near and far. One of the first festivals each year on the Wild Atlantic Way, it showcases the very best Connemara has to offer. A true Feast for the Senses: TASTE and SMELL beautifully cooked local produce; SEE unparalleled views of the Connemara land and seascape; HEAR sounds of music, dancing, talks and theatre; FEEL the ambience; and above all ENJOY the experience!
Admission – Free

Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Festival
Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Festival is an initiative driven by the local folk group. Along with the performers and guests there is a mix of open sessions all around the town. It is a great place to go and enjoy live interactive and inclusive music. Throughout the town over the weekend it will be a great festival for the whole family.
Admission – Free

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta
Head down and watch this amazing race take place with the whole family. What could be more exciting than seeing hundreds of dragon boats trying to make it to the finish line. Give them a cheer and try and help them get there quicker.
Admission – Free

Fleadh by the Feale Festival
Now celebrating its 25th year, Fleadh by the Feale will take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend with some of the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers. With numerous events happening Throughout Limerick, it is the perfect opportunity to get out with the family and see all the great traditional musicians in action.
Admission – Free


Drogheda Arts Festival
Drogheda is the place to be May Bank Holiday 2019 when the Drogheda Arts Festival runs from Wednesday 1st until Monday 6th.  The first festival of the summer will swing into action with an eclectic mix of theatre, music, traditional arts, literature and spoken word, visual art, family and outdoor activities for all ages. Drogheda Arts Festival brings an array of Irish and international artists to this historic town and programmes extensively for families with free street spectacle on the winding medieval streets of the town, special theatre performances for younger audiences, and a complete family day at Beaulieu House.
Admission – Free

Mayo Day at Turlough Park
This museum is delighted to be hosting Mayo’s biggest event for this year’s Mayo Day. The spectacular grounds of Turlough Park will be filled with free, family entertainment, including live music, a food village and a craft and design showcase. It will also include craft workshops for all ages, water sports on the lake and multi-cultural showcases. Free shuttle buses will run from Castlebar library from 11:30am to 6:30pm.
Admission – Free

Glendeer Pet Farm Estate
When: Easter weekend (3 days).
Easter egg hunts are always great eggcitment as kids go wild hunting and searching for all the chocolate treasures that can be found scattered around the farm. The hunts are on for the three days of the Easter Weekend, Easter Saturday 31st, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd at 3pm each day, please get here before 2:15 so you don’t miss out.
Admission: 9 euro, kids under 18 months old free

Sligo Summer Festival
Irelands best value festival is back and they’ve doubled up with two weekends this year. Remember, it’s only €3 Admission and the kids go free!
First up is the May Bank Holiday Weekend which has an amazing line up with party favourites B*witched and Whigfield headlining the Saturday and Irelands favourite country star, Nathan Carter guaranteed to pack Stephen St Car park on the Sunday. To top it off, guitar legend Johnny Gallagher and his Boxtie band will have Sligo town rocking on the Friday.
There will be three nights of live music and great food, plus daytime activities, including a Family Fun Day and a Soap Box race.
Admission - €3 per person

Waterford Greenway - Dungarvan
Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46 km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line which runs between Waterford and Dungarvan. From the Viking City alongside the River Suir, out by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains and Dungarvan Bay.
Admission - Free

Uisneach Bealtaine Celebration
Don’t miss the annual lighting of the Bealtaine Fire at Uisneach. An evening of music, storytelling, crafts, food, yoga, meditation & the lighting of the Bealtaine Fire. The perfect day out for the whole family and a real sight for the eyes.
Admission - €20 per adult/ Children go free

Festival of Fire
This ancient Pagan festival celebrates the official arrival of the warmer season and the hope of a good harvest to come.  
The event kicks off at 2pm with a blessing and cleansing of the cows. Festival goers can then look forward to a Blacksmith Demonstration and insightful story telling of our ancestors from trained Shamanic healer, storyteller and Priestess of Elen, Baya.
The Festival of fire is a family friendly festival with children are encouraged to dress up, dance around the May Pole to the Celtic Music in the courtyard, partake in the May Bush workshop and witness the creation of the Wicker God.
There is also an opportunity to check out the various stalls with artists showing and trading their unique crafts at the Craft Fare in the gardens. The May Queen Pageant takes place on Monday with the official May Queen crowning taking place at 5pm.
Admission – Free

Bray to Greystones Walk
One of the main attractions of Wicklow, the bray to Greystones walk is the perfect walk for the whole family if the sun is shining. This walk takes you from Bray to Greystones along a path that is well maintained. The beauty of this walk is you can return by the DART if you are too tired. Greystones has plenty to offer after a beautiful walk through nature and wildlife. The perfect weekend walk and not too far out outside of Dublin.
Admission – Free
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