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Dublin Kite Festival
This annual festival harnesses the power of the coastal winds in order to fill the skies with all sorts of kites, from homespun ones to swish fibreglass numbers. Some will soar, while some will get tangled up in the hands of their pilots, but whatever happens, it will be an opportunity to spend a carefree day on the white sands of North Bull Island.
North Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin 3
Skerries Midsummer Festival
A weekend of music & comedy with rowing regatta, beachside & sea based activities in Ireland's Tidiest Town.
Free to various
Echo Chamber is a vibrant new exhibition at Rua Red, the jewel in South Dublin’s artistic crown. Curated by Matthew Nevin of MART, Echo Chamber explores the concept of echo chambers in digital technology. This is the theory that when you log onto your social media in the modern age, what you are generally surrounded by is a resounding echo of your own core beliefs.
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
A Little History of the Dublin Pub
The Dublin pub has always been a place of celebration and commiseration; where the magical, the miserable and the mundane rub shoulders. The institution is a strange mixture of tradition and innovation. Telling a remarkable story of Dublin’s public houses, A Little History of the Dublin Pub explores why the Dublin pub is one of the most iconic elements of Irish culture.
15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
June – 24th
Dalkey Book Festival The Dalkey Book Festival is a small, intimate book festival that attracts some of the world's greatest authors because of its diminutive charm. In small pubs, shops and cafés you'll find the literati gathered and discussing the finest in publishing today. Includes events for children and young writers over the weekend also.
Dalkey Village, Dublin
A number of free - €10 events which require booking
Bark In The Park
Bark in the Park’ is an annual fun day event held by the Irish Blue Cross
charity in a number of locations across Dublin for all the family, but must of all your pooch! They will have music, goody bags, facepainting, competitions and a fundraising raffle with some fantastic prizes!
Marlay Park, Dublin
Free. Encouraged to donate money to the Irish Blue Cross
There are over 60 different events in this years festival. Highlights - Wallis Bird, Sean Keane, Mundy, Family Fun day on Main Street, June Fest Mid-Summer Race Meeting.
Free to various
Kids Mini Marathon and 5k Run
Fun Run- All kids taking part receive a medal- All proceeds to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre Kilkenny and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospice Crumlin
Kilkenny Castle Park
June Free to spectate or €5-10 to participate
Visit An Cnoc Ban Farm
An Cnoc Bán is a organic working farm in Spink, Co. Laois that run a range of seasonal activities camps and workshops for kids who want to learn about our culture, traditional skills and rural way of life. Cnoc Ban Farm have been providing a range of theoretical and practical courses for children in an enjoyable, engaging atmosphere with the emphasis on participation. They want to nurture awareness of and respect for the natural environment through our interactive approach to learning. Tel.:578731838
Knockbawn, Spink, Abbeyleix
Less than €10
Solstice at the Henge at Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site
Solstice at the Henge will be a fun and educational family day presenting a variety of activities celebrating heritage, farming, food, health and the environment to inform, inspire and invigorate people of all ages. Explore the extraordinary Lands at Dowth and its huge Henge whose entrances are aligned with the dawn of the summer solstice – all of this magical land is within the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. Come and hear the ancient tale of the Banquet of Dun na nGedh. See how Neolithic farmers from 5500 years ago prepared and cooked their food. Learn how to dig like an archaeologist.
Find out about the links between farming, food, health and the environment. Taste amazing food from the award-winning artisan food producers of the Boyne Valley. Relax and enjoy music in the Henge in the evening. Feel free to bring a picnic and rugs.
The Lands at Dowth, Glebe, Co. Meath
June From €3
Scurlogstown Olympiad Trim Haymaking Festival
Our annual Trim Haymaking Festival held in the town of Trim Co. Meath, is a fun filled day out for all the family. It is a participation event promoting the cultural history of rural Ireland and Irish heritage through music, song, dance & folk tales -games, pastimes & work methods. We have many sections and events on the day ranging from trader stalls and markets to kids fun areas. Listen to poetry or dance away at live music stages with some of the best acts in traditional Irish and country music. From pet farms to exhibitions and world record attempts there is a plethora of activity going on for all the family to enjoy.
Trim, Co Meath
June €10, children free
Riverfest takes place on June 17th from 2pm and June 18th in Shannonbridge, location Lukers of Shannonbridge right next to the River Shannon. It boasts of some of Ireland's best up and coming bands along with already established heavy hitters on the Irish Trad, Folk, Bluegrass and modern music scene. It also boasts of the fine display of craft beers, rustic, gourmet food and an over all happy music festival experience for all ages.
Main Street, Shannonbridge
Entrance €5, all other acts on the main stage are FREE
Luan Gallery is thrilled to announce its spring 2017 exhibition entitled: Elsewhere. Featuring the works of three Athlone artists Elsewhere showcases the sterling talents of: Catherine Rock, Lawrence O’Neill and Lelia Henry. The exhibition is presented in 3 parts featuring three distinct exhibitions of work in painting, sculpture and drawing. Each artist occupies a solo space in the gallery with Catherine Rock’s abstract expressionist paintings housed in the New Gallery, Lawrence O’Neill’s 3D sculpted objects sitting along the River Gallery and Lelia Henry’s black and white charcoal drawings residing in the Library Gallery.
Grace Road, Athlone
On until 23rd
Fathers Day Fun
As a huge thank you to all the amazing Daddies and Grandads who visit us throughout the year, we are once again offering free admission to each Daddy and Grandad this Father's Day. Find your inner child with a trip on a real fire engine, operate a real digger, get lost in the maze or pedal a Go Kart. With fun for all generations why not enjoy making fantastic memories as a family. Our open farm is fully wheelchair accessible and picnics are always welcome.
Kia Ora Mini Farm, Courteen Curragh Gorey, Wexford 18th
€7.50 and free admission to fathers and grandfathers
Arklow Maritime and Heritage Museum
Arklow Maritime Museum, in the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, displays information on the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions.
On display are photographs of the port dating back to the mid 19th century as well as models of vessels built in Arklow, tools, navigational equipment, paintings and artefacts. These include Sir Francis Chichester's Gypsy Moth III. Of particular interest to children is an operational model of the wheelhouse controls of a trawler.
Bia Lover Food Festival
Bia Lover is one of the biggest regional food events and attracts thousands of food lovers to Athenry. This free family friendly weekend promises to be a truly enjoyable occasion. The festival centre piece will once again be its’ producer market where food and drink producers showcase their wares. There will be music and dance, a multicultural food tasting, baking competitions, busking competitions, children’s activities and general all round great fun and entertainment.
Athenry, Co. Galway 16-18th
As well as the usual sporting, entertainment and community events, Headfest is planning a series of joint fundraising concerts with local football club Moyne Villa FC who are celebrating their 40th year in the town. The Monaghans Big Red Barn, a purpose built temporary venue, will be installed for the festival weekend on the pitch at Moyne Villa to host a range of events.
Free to Various.
Shear Madness 2017
FOUR men will shear sheep for 24 hours in a bid to raise funds for Mayo Mountain Rescue, starting at 4pm on June 17 at Drummindoo Stud in Westport. The launch of the fundraising effort was very well attended recently at The Ocean Lodge, Killadoon, in the shadow of Mweelra with people from the local area along joined by others from Westport, Foxford and Ballycroy. “The fact is that the Mountain Rescue services on this island receive very little funding from the state. It is scandalous that vital public services like this have to depend on fundraising, but that is how it is.
Drumindoo Stud, Knockranny, Westport
Free- donations for charity
Bosa Nova Babies and Boppers
A joyful introduction to salsa music for little ones! Two session for 0-18 months and 18 months- 3 years. An opportunity to dance and move with your smallies…fun time guaranteed!
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Roscommon Arts Centre
€10 one adult, children free
Lily Lolly Craftfest
The festival is a ten-day long programme of over 40 events including discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on good fun workshops where experts and novices alike roll up their sleeves up and get crafty. The workshop programme this year is given by leading Irish craft designers in ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, weaving and felting and is matched by a suite of exhibitions and demonstration events throughout the week. Drumcliffe and Sligo locations
Free to various events and exhibitions
Chapel Lane Market
The market prides itself on offering only hand crafted, hand grown or home baked goods. Each of the crafters is passionate about their craft and strive to offer only the best each week. The stallholders all support and encourage each other, helping to create a very special market, right in the heart of Ennis.
Chapel Lane, Ennis, Clare
Burren Nature Sanctuary
The Burren Nature Sanctuary are running a set of weekly event this Summer. These include Guided Nature Walks and Walks with Emilia the Micro Pig.
Weekly Throughout Summer 2017 (June to July 2017)
Cork Midsummer Festival is Cork's largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. The programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all art forms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
Cork city locations
Free to €10
Two Day Country Dancing Event
Hidden Valley Pet Farm are hosting a two day event of country dancing and fun which will take place on their premises in Kilgarvan Co; Kerry on Sat 17th June festivities will begin at 9.30 to midnight. Sun 18th June from 2pm to 9pm. For all those dancers out there, this promises to be a fun filled event. You can dance your heart out to the sounds of Finbarr Dennehy from Cork, Shea O'Callaghan from Clare,Thomas Maguire and Fiona Ennis from Tyrone and of course our very own Singing Jarvey from Kerry. A wealth of talent from all over Ireland.
Hidden Valley Pet Farm, Kilgarvan
FREE Training Session with The MET Trainer
FREE 45 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) session with The MET Trainer in Cratloe Woods on Saturday June 17th. Please arrive in the Cratloe entrance car park (not the Meelick entrance) at 8.45am. Workout will be at the water front/picnic area. All are welcome & all levels of fitness will be catered for!
Cratloe Woods, Co Limerick
Family and children's tickets can only be bought through box office. Ring or call to the desk during box office hours. The Elle Academy of Dance returns to The Source for its annual show. The students of The Academy will bring the stage to life with various dance styles including Modern dance, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Dance. Opened in Urlingford in 2006 by qualified dance teacher Eleanor Brannigan, The Academy’s main focus is that all children have fun whilst learning the joy of dance and this shines through on stage.
The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles
The Stranger Phase
The Stranger Phases’ is an up and coming band hailing from County Waterford. The five person group (featuring brothers Michael and Alex Murphy, Celine Casey, Andy Buck and Christopher O’Sullivan) formed in 2013 and quickly established themselves as a live act throughout the region. Central Arts, 123A Parade Quay, Waterford
Belfast Book Festival 2017
Enjoy the last few days of the 11 days of 100 live events and workshops, the Belfast Book Festival features a unique, diverse and highly creative programme. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival caters for a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes. Through authors, workshops, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and discussions, festival-goers will be treated to the best international and local talent at the Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city.
Various city locations
Free - £10 events
Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival
The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns with a weekend of maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics in the city's Titanic Quarter.
Queen's Quay, The Arc and Titanic Slipways, Belfast.
Antrim’s Market in the Square
Wander around the stalls at our fantastic local food, drink and craft fair at Market Square, offering an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, tasty treats and live music from Ritchie Remo and Johnny Brady. Free family fun over the weekend includes street performers, children’s arts & crafts, petting farm and Bricks4kids workshops.
Market Square, Antrim
Visit Cavan County Museum
We aim to collect, conserve and ultimately display the material heritage and culture of County Cavan and its environs, for the benefit of the public.
A great opportunity to stock up on all your shrubs and plants, herbs and other specimens native to Springhill. Take a look at the community allotments, enjoy a tour of Springhill Gardens and get some gardening tips from the rangers. Children will also have an opportunity to participate in the ‘plant and grow’ workshops.
Springhill, 20 Springhill Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, BT45 7NQ
Family Fun Day at Jungle NI
The Family Fun Day is an open-park day that operates like a fun fair or carnival. There are a range of activities available. Book an activity token bundle online and turn up and exchange your tokens for the activity or activities of your preference. If you need more tokens they can be purchased from friendly reception staff on the day.
Jungle NI, 60 Desertmartin Road, Moneymore, BT457RB
Activity tokens £3 each
Traditional Donegal Barn Dances
Traditional Donegal Barn Dances at the Red Roof Barn at Doagh Famine Village. Starting Sunday June 18th & running throughout the summer. Shunie Campsey & very special guests. Pay on the door - online booking details coming soon.
Doagh Famine Village
Comber Earlies Food Festival
Highly Commended in the NI Year of Food and Drink 2016. Comber Earlies Food Festival makes a welcome return on Saturday 17th June promising a fantastic free family day out.
St Mary’s Parish Church, The Square, Comber, BT23 5DU
Kilbroney Vintage Show
Over 1000 vintage cars on display in the stunning surroundings of Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor with food stalls, auto jumblers, live music, trade stands, children's entertainment, this is a day out for all the family to enjoy.
Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co Down, BT34 3AA
A Taste of Culture, Spinning a Yarn
‘A Taste of Culture, Spinning a Yarn’, a family friendly event celebrating the rich variety of cultures, traditions and languages within the district will take place at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh on Saturday 17 June 2017.
Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, BT87 5QY
Father’s Day Card and Present Making
Why not make Daddy a special gift this Father's Day? Kids are invited to come along to our workshop and enjoy a fun filled session making a personalised card and picture frame to be taken home and filled with their favourite picture! What a thoughtful gift for all those special Daddys!
The Burnavon, Cookstown