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A. Rush Harbour Festival
When: 2nd-5th August 
Rush Harbour Festival is back and they want you to have fun every night with your family. On both evenings of the festival there will be free family movie nights. On Sunday evening the festival welcome Spring Break, Europe’s six-piece act that plays the biggest hits from the 80’s. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes as this is set to be a night full of fun and dancing!
Admission: Free
B. Dublin City Liffey Swim
When: 3rd August
The first Liffey Swim took place in 1920 and is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe. With over 500 swimmers of all ages and abilities it is set to be a wonderful race for spectators to look onto. As wetsuits are prohibited they will need a lot of encouragement from the crowd as they make their way through 2.2km of the river.
Admission: Free
C. Dalkey Vintage and Classic Car Festival
When: 5th August
Dalkey is set to have another wonderful festival this Bank Holiday Monday as many of Ireland’s best classic cars are expected for the Dalkey Vintage Festival 2019. The main street will be closed as there will be music and children’s entertainment throughout the day.
Admission: Free
2. Cork

Youghal Medieval Festival
When: 4th August
The Youghal Medieval Festival is 13 years old and this year is set to create the biggest and best excitement for festival goers. This is the perfect family-fun event with kiddies archaeology digs, balloon magic, art and crafts stands and prey bird holding. This weekend is set to be a wonderful event for all the family.
Admission: Free
Castletownbere Festival of the Sea
When: 2nd-11th August
The Castletownbere Festival of the Sea that is being held over the August Bank Holiday and is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the summer. It will attract thousands of visitors, families and friends going to this small fishing town on the Beara Peninsula. The focus of the festival is on fish and traditional fishing skills and is set to be a wonderful weekend.
Admission: Free
3. Kerry

Caheriseveen Festival of Music and Arts
When: 2nd-4th August
The Cahersiveen Festival of Music and The Arts has been running for the past 24 years and is back this August Bank Holiday weekend. The main aim of this festival is to protect our culture and heritage. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is the perfect place to showcase local talent. Over the weekend Bressie will play along with the Blizzards and it is set to be a wonderful weekend.
Admission: Free
4. Galway

Rosaveel Regatta
When: 3rd-4th August
The Regatta in Rosaveel, Co. Galway are displaying unique Irish boats along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. A real feast for the eyes with both traditional and modern boats, it is a great family day for everyone and for spectators to show their support for all involved in the regatta.
Admission: Free 
Care for Shane Family Fun Day
When: 3rd August
The Care for Shane Charity is hosting a family fun day in aid of care for Shane. Taking place in Tuam Palace Ground it is set to be a wonderful day for everyone all the while raising much needed funds for Shane’s health care. With face painting, balloon making and best of all huge raffle prizes, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
Admission: Donations welcome
5. Roscommon

41st O’ Carolan Festival in Keadue
When: 2nd-5th August
The 41st O’ Carolan Festival in Keadue has been going on since 1978 and was initiated to commemorate Turlough O’ Carolan, the last of the Irish Bards. This festival is a celebration of traditional Irish music and encourage people to participate in sessions each evening in various venues around the village.
Admission: Free
6. Wicklow

Falconry on the Lawns
When: 3rd-7th August
Taking place in Kilruddery House and Gardens, Falconry on the Lawn will be an unforgettable family experience at one of their interactive shows. If you have ever wanted to meet the kings and queens of the bird kingdom, including hawks, falcons and owls which you can participate in their exhilarating static, handling and flying displays.
Admission: €3-€8.50
7. Offaly

Birr Air Display
When: 5th August
Located on the gorgeous grounds of Birr Airfield, the Birr Air Display attracts the top aerobatic pilots from all across Europe. It is set to be one of the most exciting air displays where you not only get to see the planes in action but meet the pilots themselves. Surrounded by the Slieve Bloom mountains and the beautiful Lough Derg, the air display is set to be a fantastic day for the whole family.
Admission: €15
8. Donegal

Muff Festival
When: 2nd-5th August
Located on the main street in Muff each August Bank Holiday, Muff Festival a celebration of the community and the people. This four-day extravaganza hosts many activities and events over the course of the long weekend, including street parties, parades and family fun events. This festival is a must for all ages so be sure to head down and check it out.
Admission: Free

Glencolmcille Agricultural show
When: 4th August
The annual Glencolmcille Agricultural show takes place this year on Sunday August 4th 2019. This year the show is celebrating its 10th show since its revival in 2010 and is a great place for returning emigrants to meet. The show features livestock, cattle, sheep-horses and ponies and donkeys, poultry and dogs. In the marquee there are categories in baking, knitwear and tweed, art, photography, arts and crafts and children’s sections. There is live entertainment on the day by local singer songwriter Eunan Mc Intyre and on the stage outside by “Hard 2 Beat”. There is something for all the family with different events taking place throughout the day to keep the kids entertained including trade stands, face painting, children's events and best dressed Lady and Gent.
Admission: €10 adult-€5 child

9. Down

Open House Festival
When: 1st-30th August
The Open House Festival is back and is a month long festival in the gorgeous seaside town in Bangor. With many free events over the month and wonderful musicians putting on great sets it’s the perfect way to spend the long weekend.
Admission: Free
10. Clare

Kilmilhil Festival of Fun
When: 2nd-5th August
Kilmilhil Festival of Fun is back and is set to be a wonderful day for all. With so many activities set for the festival including pig racing, outdoor fun at the lake, vintage rally and 5km run and walks, it is set to be a wonderful festival so be sure to get down and enjoy it
Admission: Free
11. Monaghan

The Annual Farney Music Festival
When:  2nd-4th August
The Annual Farney Music Festival is a wonderful celebration of country music in Monaghan and is set to be a great long weekend. Happening in Carrickmacross it has acts like the Wolfe Tones, Mike Denver and Derek Ryan it is set to be a great weekend for all ages. You can buy tickets separately for each artist playing at the festival.
Admission: Tickets start at €15 
12. Kildare

The Big Barrow Splash
When: 4th August
Athy Dragon Boat Club are in their 3rd year of their annual fun regatta and family day out on the river bank. You can enjoy the regatta as a spectator and appreciate the dragon boat racing, attractions and games for all the family. Children are invited to come and enjoy the many water-based activities and the return of the water zorbs, which have been a huge favourite in previous years.
Admission: Free
13. Limerick

When: 2nd-5th August
Located in the beautiful village of Ballingarry, Limerick B-Fest is back and will host the return of the hugely successful charity event. Kicking off on the 2nd of August and continuing on for the bank holiday weekend this year promises to be better than ever with an action-packed programme for the whole family! Over the weekend expect fun activities, live music from the street gig rig and some amazing games.
Admission: €5
14. Louth

Battle of the Boyne
When: 4th August
Located in the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, this event is perfect if you are looking for something fun and interesting to do. You can do both the 17th Century Military Living History and the Battle Ste Walk for free of charge and also some other paid events.
Admission: Free
15. Waterford

Art o-n The Railings Waterford 2019
When: 3rd August
Art On The Railings Waterford encourages is an event that encourages people of all ages to take part and share their artistic talents with the rest of the world on the beautiful streets of Waterford!! Whether you’re an artist, designer or photographer, the event is open to all to share their work. Application forms to submit your work are available at [email protected]
Admission: Free
16.  Wexford

"The Slaney" Steam Special Enniscorthy
When: 4th August
Gather on board a steam train for a fun day out along the River Slaney to Wexford Town.
The special is subject to weather conditions being favourable to allow the operation of our steam locomotive No. 85 Merlin.
Admission: €8.85 – €15.80
17. Meath

The Gathering: Stories through Fire
When: 3rd August
The annual celebration of the Celtic festival of Lughnasa returns, marking the beginning of the harvest season. This year’s event involves a series of burning structures telling stories through fire. This is an evening with something for all tastes and ages with musical entertainment being provided by local bands. There will also be a spectacular fire performance by FirePoise with a dedicated children’s area to ensure everyone gets involved. Booking is essential so make sure not to miss disappointment. 
Admission: From €11
18. Antrim

Yarnfolk Festival of Wool
When: 3rd August
The Yarnfolk Festival of Wool is Northern Ireland’s premiere wool and fibre festival, which takes place in the beautiful seaside town of Whitehead , right at the beginning of the award winning Causeway Coastal Route. With over 40 local independent designers, dyers, wool spinners, felt makers, weavers and textile artists from all over the UK and Ireland there will be plenty for you to see and do.
There are plenty of social spaces where you can meet up with friends to craft, have a picnic by the sea or enjoy one of the town’s many eateries. There is also the Whitehead Food and Folk Festival on the same day, boat trips around the famous Gobbins Path and Steam train rides at The Railway Museum.
Admission: £8
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