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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 11th - 12th August

  1. Dublin
  1. Dublin Horse Show
Wednesday August 8th - Sunday August 12th
The 145th Dublin Horse Show takes place in August 2017 and it's one of Ireland's biggest annual sporting and social events which attracts over 100,000 visitors both domestic and foreign. From live music and family entertainment, fashion events, a shopping village, restaurants, bars and snack areas to experience the best in national and international show jumping from, you won't want to miss out.
Admission: €22
  1. Dublin Comic Con 2018
Saturday 11th August
Returning for its 6th year, Dublin Comic Con is back with the best of pop culture and sci fi from guests and sets to stalls, traders artists and panels! Visit for more information.
Admission: Child €10, Adult €20
  1. Happy First Birthday to the GAP
11th August – 12th August
The gap turns 1 and by god we’ve had some fun. so relax, kick back with us, invite the fam and let’s celebrate the good vibes we’ve had with an all-day party Saturday in the company of good people, music & games ♥
- bbq from the gap kitchen
- teddy’s ice cream
- red bull wings team - free redbull !
- fm 104 beatle bugs – social media and goodies
- bouncy castles galore
- children's entertainers (balloons, face painting)
- giant board games (jenga, connect 4)
- dual slalom race track run through ci with the help of the bike rack & bike exchange
- music by giant off road team member and opium rooms resident dj ronan o shea!
- johnny bongo’s brewing company
- after party
Admission: €10-55
  1. Esker Festival Orchestra Dublin
Sunday 12th August
The Esker Festival Orchestra, Ireland’s most exciting and established peer led orchestra, will return this August for its 5th annual residential and summer tour. This summer the orchestra will be resident in the wonderful surrounds of the National University of Ireland Galway and will see performances in Galway, Cork, & Dublin featuring music by Beethoven, Ravel, and young Irish composer, Sebastian Adams. The orchestra will perform in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Sunday, 12 August at 5pm. This unique orchestra which is entirely led and run by its members will be joined by solo pianist Ellen Jansson and will be conducted and directed by Peter Joyce. Further details can be out at Tickets are €15 / €10 concession and are available at
Admission: €15/10
  1. Playstival with the Happy Pear at Airfield Estate
Saturday 11th August - Sunday 12th August
Introducing Ireland’s New Festival for Kids & their Parents celebrating play, fun and imagination. NEW festival celebrating play and putting children at the centre of the action. A must attend for parents and families passionate about positive play, fun & the power of the imagination! The focus is on ‘going back to basics’ and a more innocent approach to games and play - no fancy technology or a screen to be found! Delicious fare all weekend provided by living happy and healthy advocates, The Happy Pear. Playstival runs from 9am - 6pm daily.
Admission: €12.42, Under 2 go free
  1. Carlow
Wild Food Foraging Workshop
Saturday August 11th
A relaxing day spent looking for wild safe food. Includes a three course organic lunch, recipes, tips and information sheets Suitable for all ages Children under 12 go free. Guests learn all about wild safe food, prepare it, cook it, eat or take it home!. This is a hands on workshop for everyone
Admission: U12 Free Over 12 €12
  1. Kildare
Pop Up Dog Park
Saturday 11th August
Join us for the last pop up dog park of the summer. Show the council that the demand is there for a permanent dog park.
Admission: Free
  1. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Thursday 9th August - Sunday 19th August
The Kilkenny Arts Festival has been running since 1974 and is one of Ireland's oldest and most-respected multi-disciplinary arts festivals. Taking place in a wide variety of venues across the medieval city, the festival features musicians, actors, performers, writers, poets, and artists from Ireland and abroad. Among the highlights that you can enjoy at this year's edition of the festival is an "under the stars" version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a gala performance of works by Beethoven and Brahms as well as contemporary composers. There's also going to be a programme of music events curated by Martin Hayes the legendary trad musician, called The Marble City Sessions. With a diverse and exciting line-up, Kilkenny Arts Festival caters for all tastes, and is a brilliant excuse to make your way down to this wonderful medieval city to check out all that it has to offer.
Admission: €0-40
  1. Laois
Free Family Fun Day
Sunday 12th August
Portarlington Lion's Club are delighted to announce that their Free Family Fun Day takes place on the 12th August, 2018 in the People's Park Portarlington from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. There will be loads of attractions for every age group including live music, free swimming session thanks to Portarlington Leisure Centre, Irish Dancing exhibitions, pet farm, Pidgeon release, tug of war where last year’s winners welcome all challengers, bouncing castles, giant games, face painting, children's athletics, football shoot-out, kiddies disco to name but a few. A raffle will be held and first prize is the ever popular trailer of groceries and second prize is a trailer of turf. This year we appeal for people’s support for the raffle as surplus funds will be donated to the family of a little local boy who is bravely fighting a serious illness. We hope that you will join us on the 12th for a fun filled day for all the family.
Admission: Free
  1. Longford
Lough Ree Monster Festival 2018
Friday August 10th - Sunday August 12th
2017 was a great success for the lough ree monster to return to lanesborough and on the 10 august 2018 he will return again to the lovely banks of the river Shannon people of all ages are invited to come along and welcome him back and celebrate his return to town with fantastic music in the BIG RED BARN
Admission: €15
  1. Louth
Carlingford Oyster Festival
Thursday 9th August - Monday 13th August
The Carlingford Oyster Festival is an opportunity for the seaside town to celebrate its heritage and one of its most famous exports – their oysters. The festival spreads across four days and offers plenty of fun and food for all the family. For the little ones, there will be loads of children’s activities, including a magic show, face-painting, a teddy bear’s picnic, and much, much more. Meanwhile for the adults, there is the Cassely Extreme Funfair on the village green which opens on Friday night, followed by live music in each of the pubs each night, as well as artisanal craft stalls and seafood offerings from many of the local restaurants. It really makes for a magnificent weekend.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Moynalty Steam Threshing 2018
Sunday 12th August
This year’s Moynalty Steam Rally will feature a traditional road making display depicting scenes from the latter part of the steam engine era and the early diesel era. It will feature teams drawn from the four corners of Ireland and we are especially happy to also welcome one of the original Dorset steam fair road making teams in joining us on the day. Some of the steam engine line up can be seen in full working mode within the exhibit involving themselves in stone crushing, road grading and road rolling demonstrations throughout the day while the road making teams, dressed in traditional garb, busy themselves in roadway preparations and other entertaining and interesting crowd pleasing activities throughout the day.
Admission: Adult €15, Children U12 free
  1. Offaly
Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival
Friday 3rd August - Sunday 12th August
The Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival has evolved over the years into an historical, cultural and community-focused celebration of the town. Locals and visitors, old friends and new, are invited to step back in time, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Birr, its history and heritage, and to revel in its contemporary culture with the dynamic range of vintage and modern events in its all-inclusive programme throughout the festival week. The arts have played a central role since the festival began in 1968, and this year’s Visual Arts Trail is no exception, with over a hundred visiting and local artists showcasing work in all media. Exhibitions and pop-up studios will transform previously vacant spaces into creative hubs, with masterclasses, workshops, artist talks and demonstrations also taking place. Over 200 events are programmed to showcase the best of Birr, and, with annual favourites and new events, vintage flavour and modern entertainment throughout, the 50th Annual Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival promises to be a memorable event inspiring participation and enjoyment for all those who come out and sample the events in this wonderful setting – proudly part of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Admission: €5-20
  1. Westmeath
Superhero Spectacular
Saturday 11th August
At the Superhero Spectacular, children will transform Superhero style through a number of creation stations. Through mask making and drama games children can reveal their superhero powers and a pop-up make-up artist will appear to add body art embellishments.
Admission: €10 Child, €5 adult
  1. Wexford
Stargazing Evening for the Perseids Meteor Shower at Hook Lighthouse
Saturday 11th August
At the world’s oldest original working lighthouse, the dark skies at the tip of the Hook Peninsula underneath the reassuring beam of the lighthouse tower provide spectacular views of the constellations, planets, satellites and galaxies. This August, the Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre will remain open extra late to offer you a very special stargazing evening event. Join the team at Hook Lighthouse, along with special guest astronomer from Big Bear Planetariums, Carl O’Beirnes, for this dazzling evening under the stars. Carl will be on hand to open the evening, advising you on what to look out for and how to identify constellations in the night sky. He will also offer the opportunity to view the planets and deep sky objects visible during the meteor shower via telescopes, and share details on how to photograph the night sky and the Milky Way galaxy. Bring your own telescope and/or cameras if you wish, however, no equipment at all is required if you simply want to relax and enjoy the best movie that nature can offer. Wrap up warm and bring a deck chair and blanket as the temperature will drop as the night progresses, but the spectacle will surely be worth it. This is a free event, so if you plan to attend, get down early to find your spot on the lighthouse lawns from 7pm. Then get ready to gaze skyward and scan the heavens for shooting stars under the intermittent ray of light from the ancient tower.
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
Wicklow Gaol Day Time Tour
Saturday 11th August
Visit one of Ireland’s most haunted locations. Additional Info: Step into the past with a tour of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol.Meet Mary Morris the Matron and her husband, the ill-mannered old Gaoler; then board the convict ship HMSHerculesfor a rough voyage to the New World.Enjoy the atmosphere of one of Ireland’s most historic buildings, with an animated snapshot of life in an historic Irish prison.You might even bump into some famous faces along the way. Just be polite to the Gaoler you might have to stay!Partially guided tours and free multilingual audio guides available.
Admission: Child €5, Adult €8, Student/OAP €6.70, Family €4.40

  1. Clare
The Speks
Sunday 12th August
The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses! The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!
Admission: €8
  1. Cork
The Wizard of Ozt
Friday 10th August - Sunday 12th August
Cork Opera House presents The Wizard of Oz. Dates: Thursday, 19th July 2018 – Sunday, 26th August 2018. Times: Tuesday – Friday, 7:30pm |Additional Wednesday Matinees available, 2pm | Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm. Cork Opera House is delighted to announce our summer musical theatre production for 2018, The Wizard of Oz. Following on from the success of the SOLD OUT run of Annie in 2017, Cork Opera House guarantees another production of the highest quality.
Admission: €20.00, €25.00, €30.00 & €35 | Family Pass €80-€120*
  1. Kerry
Puck Ferry
Friday 10th August - Sunday 12th August
Situated in the geographical heart of Kerry, Killorglin Town is the venue for one of Ireland's most unusual street festivals: Puck Fair. The highlight on the Killorglin calendar each year, Puck Fair is a unique celebration that never fails to draw huge crowds, make headlines and, above all, to entertain. Centred on the ritual of crowning a mountain goat as King of the Fair, Puck is a three-day family fun festival featuring traditional horse and cattle fairs, a crowning ceremony, parades, live music, street performers, a fun fair and a lot of pageantry. No other Irish festival can lay claim to more than 400 years of enduring tradition and yet still thrive. No other Irish festival has tongues wagging in places as far and wide as Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and New Orleans, and this is just a small selection of some of the diverse places our visitors have hailed from. Puck is a time when old friends meet, new friendships are forged and the cares of everyday living are put on hold
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
Greenwood Chair Exhibition
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12 August. Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs.
An exhibition of hand made green wood chairs by chair maker Jason Robards of Hedgerow Crafts.
  1. Limerick
2018 Glen 5K
Saturday 11th August
Registration @ 6pm, Lisvernane Community Centre. Race starts @ 7pm.
Admission: €10 Adult €20 Family
  1. Tipperary
Clonmel Busking Festival 2018
Thursday 9th August - Sunday 12th August
The Clonmel Busking festival runs for four days every August. Its main aims are to provide high-quality, free music events for Clonmel. Busking takes place during the day in Clonmel town centre, while at night a number of concerts take place in various venues throughout the town. The family fun day takes place in Denis Burke Park on the banks of the River Suir on the Sunday with a variety of music, art, dance and entertainment for all the family. This year will see the first River Suir Blueway Walk as part of the Clonmel Busking Festival held on the Saturday. There will be two walks along the Blueway: Carrick on Suir to Clonmel, and a second shorter walk from Kilsheelan to Clonmel. There will be three stops during the walk for live music and refreshments. Clonmel Busking Festival holds the largest busking competition in Ireland. Held on the Saturday, it attracts entries from around the world. This festival is run by a small group of people dedicated to creating a music festival in Clonmel, which in years to come will rival Ireland's biggest festivals whilst also generating money and tourism for the local economy in Clonmel and environs. All the people involved in organising the event work on a voluntary basis.
Admission: €0-20
  1. Waterford
Woodstown August Fair
Sunday 12th August
The 2018 Woodstown August Fair which is organised by Woodstown Residents Association together with Passage east Hurling Club, will be held on Sunday 12th August. If you have a craft or trade stand and would like to participate, please email [email protected]
Admission: Children Free, Adult €5
  1. Galway
Handmade in Ireland - Indoor Market
Sunday 12th August
August edition of our handmade market! 11 stalls full of goodies from your local artists, crafters and designers. Call over, say hi and support local!
Admission: Free
  1. Leitrim
Annual 5/10K walk/run for STOP Suicide
Sunday 12th August
Registration commences at 11:30am with our annual walk starting at the earlier time of 12mid day this year. This event has proved more successful each year so why not come along and join.
Message us for further information.
Admission: €10
  1. Mayo
Leave No Trace Marine Workshop
Saturday August 11th
An interactive workshop learning about marine life, the importance of our oceans and environmental awareness on the beach.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Cut Flower Event
Saturday 11th August
FREE Event at both Boyle and Roscommon Town Branches.
Discover the best flowers to grow at home to use for arrangements and how to create the perfect bunch for yourself or to give as a gift.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Sligo Summer Festival
Thursday 9th August - Sunday 12th August
The Stephen Street Carpark in Sligo Town will host the Sligo Summer Festival which will take place across four nights this summer. The festival also overlaps with the second day of the Sligo Races which takes place nearby, meaning that the town will be buzzing for the whole week. The line-up for each of the shows will be announced at a later date.
Admission: €0-3
  1. Donegal
Open Day at Orchard Stables
Saturday 11th August
I would like to welcome everyone to the Orchard Stables on my Open Day on the 11th of August from 13:00 to 16:00 o´clock, where you can meet me and my horses/ponies. The Open Day will be a unique possibility to see some of the horses perform in a little show and get to know everything.
Admission: Free
  1. Cavan
Taste of Cavan
Friday 10th August - Saturday 11th August
Taste of Cavan returns this August to Cavan Equestrian Centre with an expanded offering of the best local and regional food and craft produce, plus a star-studded lineup of Ireland’s top chefs. Experience up close the cookery skills of luminaries such as Richard Corrigan, Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire, Gearóid Lynch, Simon Delaney, TV chef Adrian Martin, Pastry maestro Shane Smith, ‘My Donegal Table’ author, chef and hotelier Brian McDermott, Bord Bia’s Máire Dufficy, and many more in the Ulster Bank Chef’s Kitchen. All chefs will use specially selected local produce – available at the show - during their demos, providing a real Taste of Cavan. Over 120 exhibitors will be displaying their wares at this year’s event, including the SuperValu Food Academy, who will showcase the best in small artisan food products. Following the huge success of last year’s event, ‘Cook Along With Neven’ will this year be expanded with a new parent and child ‘Cook Along’ under the guidance of Ireland’s favourite chef. For the little ones, the Taste of Cavan Fun Zone will have lots to keep them occupied, including Margaret’s ‘Fun on the Farm’, Agri-Ware Animal Farm, Cavan County Museum exhibition, fossil fun with the Geopark, giant slides, and much, much more.
Admission: €0-7
  1. Monaghan
Guided Walking Tour
Saturday 11th August
Our free guided Heritage Walking Tour will lead you through the built and spoken of Clones Town. Visit the vast array of built heritage we have to offer, led by our local guides. Dress for the weather, wear sensible shoes.
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Castle Capers & Tully Dog Show
Saturday August 11th
Hi Guys, we are back this year again Saturday 11th August 1-5pm at Tully Castle see you all there for a day of great crack, check out our events page for all the competitions
Admission: Free
  1. Tyrone
Omagh Food Festival
Saturday 11th August - Sunday 12th August
Calling all foodies! The Omagh Food Festival returns on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August to Main Street, Omagh. Ignite the senses as you meander around the stalls of local food producers, suppliers and outlets tasting and taking in the wonderful aromas as you go along. Catch a live cooking demo by celeb chef Paula McIntyre (BBC) and a host of local talented chefs. Plus there is lots to keep the kids entertained on Main Street and High Street. The Omagh Food Festival is organised by the Ulster Herald and sponsored by Fermanagh and Omagh Dostrict Council, Main Street Omagh, Silverbirch Hotel and Flogas. Call or email Mairead at the Ulster Herald if you are a foodie business that would like to take part or if you would like any info on the event on 028 8225 5959 / [email protected].
Admission: Free
  1. Derry
The Reluctant Dragon Outdoor Theatre
Sunday 12th August
New for 2018, we welcome the Quantum Theatre production of 'The Reluctant Dragon'. A family classic performed within the ruins of Downhill House. Bring a rug or some camping chairs and a picnic and spend your Sunday afternoon with us enjoying this fun interactive show. For more details see Booking is essential on 02870 848728.
Admission: Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25
  1. Antrim
Heart of the Glens Festival
August Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th
The 28th Heart of the Glens Festival is a family fun community festival for all ages. There are a wide range of workshops, shows and events. The most popular; RNLI Open Day, the Opening Community Parade, including lorries and fancy dress, Country Sports night, Food Fest night, ‘Lark in the Park’ family day, Dallywood ‘Theme’ night, Lurig Fell Run, Glens Vintage Family Fun Day and rally, Fireworks, Ping Pong Ball race & Ceili Night. Other activities involve cycling, historic talks and walks, exercise classes, soccer, sailing, fishing and golf and allotments. Keep up to date with our events in our Facebook page, a full programme of events will also be available in local shops nearer the time or contact Festival office to book events: 028 2177 1378. Naturally North Coast & Glens will be in the Boat Club Car Park on Sunday, 12th from 11:00 - 16:00 providing the opportunity to experience a unique artisan market in and around the North Coast and Glens region of Northern Ireland. Market visitor will have every sense tantalised through the colourful art and crafts, the delicious aromas, taste of fresh food produce.
Admission: Free - £5
  1. Down
Féile Carnival Parade 2018
Saturday 11th August
Féile an Phobail’s largest community event The Carnival Parade ranks as one of the most colourful and inclusive parades in Ireland. Children, young people, and adults alike dress in weird and wonderful costumes and parade side-by side with professional circus performers, music bands, street artists and much more in what will prove to be the biggest event of the annual Féile calendar.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Lunasa Festival 2018 - Geotastic Extravaganza
Saturday 11th August
Dinosaurs are coming alive at Slieve Gullion! A T-Rex has been spotted prowling around the Walled Garden. Are you brave enough to track him down? Come along to our Geotastic Extravaganza, back bigger and better, to learn about dinomite dinosaurs, vicious volcanoes, earth-shattering earthquakes and other wonders of our planet. You can even get your picture taken with Roary (the T-Rex)... if you're brave enough!
Admission: Free
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