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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 18th - 19th August

  1. Dublin
  1. National Heritage Week
Saturday 18th - Sunday 26th August
Each year, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate in National Heritage Week by organising events throughout Ireland that share our nature and wildlife, folklore and built heritage.
Events include medieval fairs, wildlife walks and talks, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history tours, plus many activities for children. In addition, many heritage sites and historic properties will offer free admission or special concessions. National Heritage Week is a unique opportunity for everyone to get involved in Ireland’s heritage. Learn about it, preserve it for future generations and, above all, enjoy it.
Admission: Free
  1. The Big Grill Festival
Thursday 16th August - Sunday 19th August
The Big Grill Festival at Herbert Park in Ballsbridge can proudly boast of being Europe’s largest barbecue and craft beer festival. Across a weekend in August, this festival will put on a culinary extravaganza for meat lovers, with barbecue experts from up and down the country bringing their own take of smokey, flame-grilled goodness to the table.
Amongst those confirmed for the 2018 edition of The Big Grill are Grainne O’Keefe from Clanbrassil House, Argentinian asado champion Rama Basilio, Andy Noonan from Fowl Play, Nick Solares from The Meat Show, Fingal Ferguson from Gubbeen Farm, as well as representatives from the likes of Box Burger, Kinara Kitchen, and Asador, to name but a few. As well as demonstrations and, of course, plenty to eat and drink, there will also be some fun events like a hot wing and burger eating challenges as well as an appearance from DJ BBQ.
Admission: €9-29
  1. Totally Terrific Tomato Festival
Saturday 18th August - 26th August
Don't miss the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival, the juiciest festival around, happening this August as part of Heritage Week at the National Botanic Gardens. Learn all about this ubiquitous fruit through a series of exhibitions, talks, cookery demos, and more. Find out how the various varieties are cultivated and about the humble tomato's plant-life relatives, including tobacco, potatoes, chillies, petunias and even deadly nightshade. As the theme for Heritage Week 2018 is Sharing Stories, self-confessed tomato addict Nicky Kyle, along with Botanic Gardens Director Matthew Jebb, will also be on hand for the fascinating series of talks known as Tomato Tales. If you love a good tomato or simply want to have a bit of craic while learning something new and unusual, make a date on your calendar for the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival.
Admission: Free
  1. Leinster V Newcastle
17th August @ 7pm
Pre-Season Friendly
Admission: €10 - €15(Adult) €5- €15
  1. World Para Swimming European Championships 2018
National Aquatic Centre, Monday 13th August - Sunday 19th August 2018
The Para Swimming Allianz European Championships Dublin 2018 are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for paralympic swimmers, the swimming community and the whole country of Ireland.
Be there to experience the competition, the excitement and the success.
Admission €5 (Adults) €3 (Child) €20 (Family):
  1. Carlow
Carlow Town Park Run
Saturday August 18th @ 9.30 – 12pm
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
Imaginosity at Kildare Village
Saturday 18th August - Sunday 19th August
Join Imaginosity's Funstigators every Thursday - Sunday from 5 July until 26 August 2018 (11am -5pm) at at their pop-up Imaginosity at Kildare Village. For €10 you can leave your children supervised by the amazing Imaginosity team for up to two hours while you shop. Children will experience Imaginosity's world of play, fun and hands-on interactive workshops, with themes changing weekly to ensure a variety of play opportunities every time you visit! Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis, and workshops are suitable for children aged 4 yrs to 9 yrs old. The new pop-up will be located at Unit 12 beside the Karen Millen Boutique.
Admission: Children €10
  1. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Arts Festival
9th August – 19th August
Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August.  For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists. 
Admission: Prices vary depending one event.
  1. Laois
Bat Walk
Saturday August 18th
Explore the bats of Timahoe with Kildare Bat Group. A Heritage Weekevent, with support from The Heritage Council. Free, all welcome and no booking required.
Admission: Free
  1. Longford
VHI Roadshow
Saturday 18th August
We're very excited to announce that on Saturday 18th August the VHI Roadshow is coming to Longford parkrun.
They will pitch up their tent that morning, bring mats for stretching and do a warm up with us. There might even be a masseuse there for after the run.
This should be a great event and we're chuffed they're coming to Longford, so let's come out in great force.
Admission: Free
  1. Louth
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann – Drogheda 2018
12th August – 19th August
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.
For many, it is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival featuring the best of traditional arts and offering a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 will take place in Drogheda, Co. Louth from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th August 2018. It will feature workshops for young musicians, competitions, concerts, singing, céili’s and lots of fun throughout the week.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Meet the Miller
18th August @ 12am
The story of milling & fishing in Ireland told by James Tallon at Martry Mill, Kells as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series 2018.
Admission: €5
  1. Offaly
Pet Farm in Offaly
Located just outside the town of Tullamore, the farm was recently renovated. Part of the farm has been given over to the popular Pet Farm, while the rest is in full agricultural use. After meeting all the animals (including miniature horses, pot-bellied pigs, red deer, goats and emus) children and adults alike are in for a treat with the farm’s very own aviary – home to many species of colourful and rare birds. There’s also a play area consisting of a four tower multi play unit, swings and rockers and a coffee-shop for essential parental refreshments.
Admission: €7
  1. Westmeath
Picnic in the Park
Sunday 19th August
Mullingar Town Park Community Forum, in conjunction with Westmeath County Council, Westmeath Food Network and Westmeath Community Development, invites you and your family to Mullingar Town Park this August for Picnic in the Park, a family fun day and food fair.Picnic in the Park is a community event with activities and delights for all the family, including food and craft food, live music and children’s entertainment. Events on the day will include a food and craft fair brought to you by Westmeath Food Network, featuring a great array of local food and craft producers; a live music stage hosting young local talent and a selection of up-and-coming local bands; the Big Dig, brought to you by the Irish Archaeological School of Ireland, and much, much more. So whether you pack your own picnic or plan to sample from what's on offer, be sure to head along to enjoy a great day out in the park. Please note: Picnic in the Park is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.
Admission: Free
  1. Wexford
Wexford Youths VS. Limerick
Wexford Youths vs. Limerick at Ferrycarrig Park AT 18.30
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
41st Powerscourt Estate Picnic 2018
19th August @ 11.30
The 2018 Powerscourt Estate Picnic will take place on Sunday 19th August, 11.30am to 17.30pm. Contact: [email protected] or Ph: +353 87 222 0770. Car entry is for Club Members and Affiliates only. 
Admission: Free
  1. Clare
Carrigaholt Family Festival
17th – 19th August
Traditional village festival with music, dancing, sports and fancy dress. Events such as Sheaf Throwing, Tug a War and nail driving competition make for great viewing and family events such as the Car Treasure Hunt, the Water Fun Run and Sand Castle building competition mean there is something for the whole family.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Youghal Medieval Festival
18th – 19th August
On the 19th August this year Youghal will once again celebrate its renowned beauty, heritage, history and welcoming camaraderie with its celebrated and award winning Youghal Medieval Festival.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Cork Heritage Open Week
Saturday August 18th
Join a street-wide celebration of life on North Main Street in the 50's and 60's with family-friendly events including live music, interactive vintage games and guest speakers to keep you entertained! All welcome to this free event on North Main Street! Handy parking at North Main Street Car Park.
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
Old Market Flea Outdoor Market
Sunday 19th August
Our irregular summer outdoor extravaganza... Old Market Flea only bigger, outdoors and even more packed...over 40 stalls of craft, vintage, art, jewellery, food, live music, craft demos, bric a brac, cosmetics...and lots of food!
Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Castletown Country Music Festival 2018
17th – 19th August
A weekend long festival of country music with performances every night, a family fun day on Sunday and a Truck Show in aid of Milford Hospice.
Admission: €20
  1. Tipperary
Seisiún Trád
Saturday 18th August
This year to celebrate heritage week we are holding an evening full of traditional music, dancing and storytelling. This is a free family friendly event open to the public. We will gather in the large hall of the castle where numerous local and not so local performers will keep you entertained. Come along and join your neighbors for this memorial night or chat to someone new. Heritage week 2018's theme is to 'Make a Connection', a connection between us the people and our heritage and what better way to do this than through traditional performances in a building with such importance to our culture. Later in the evening you can enjoy some light refreshments on the top floor of the castle. Bring a friend and spread the word to make this night one to remember. If you are interested in performing on the night we would love to hear from you. Contact us by phone; 0872161475, email; [email protected] or simple message this page. We look forward to bringing you all together to help preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
Tramore August Racing Festival
Thursday 16th August - Sunday 19th August
Waterford and Tramore Racecourse’s ongoing €1 million refurbishment will be showcased to the racing public at this action-packed, four-day August racing festival.Approximately 20,000 are expected for this popular event, which includes three consecutive evening meetings and culminates in a fun-filled, colourful, family fun afternoon on the Sunday. Generous prize money is on offer for all 28 races and the overall purse this year is €380,000 thanks to the support of long-established local businesses in backing the event. The Tramore August Racing Festival is about much more than just racing. Corporate groups from across the southeast will flock to the track on the Friday for the Waterford Chamber BBQ evening, taking place in the Festival Marquee, whilst fashionistas from all over Ireland will enjoy fashion, racing, cocktails and fun on the Saturday evening. This year’s Style Evening judge, Marietta Doran, has the unenviable task of choosing one overall winner and nine finalists at this year’s House of Waterford Crystal and Style Evening, which boasts a prize fund of €3,500. The afternoon meeting on the final day is all about family fun. And don't forget to enjoy live music in the bars after racing every evening to keep the party going until late.
Admission: €15-20
  1. Galway
Citóg Records Garden Party
19th August @ 7pm – 10pm
It's our last Garden Party of the summer! They have been so much fun this year and we want to say thanks to everybody who has joined us and supported all of the amazing local musicians who have played. Come down and help us celebrate the final few weeks of summer. So for the last time, Citóg Records invites you to Galway's Westend for the final of this summer's 'Garden Party' series in The Blue Note Galway. Come & see your favourite Galway artists play mellow, stripped back sets, letting them carry you though Sunday evening in one of the most relaxed spaces in the city. We are delighted and excited to announce one of the hottest acts in Galway at the moment, fresh off her Galway International Arts Festivalheadline show, Tracy Bruen. Joining her will be one of our newest acts Pa Reidy
Admission: Free
  1. Leitrim
Family Recipe Competition
Sunday 19th August
Share one of your family's traditional recipes handed down through generations with the community! Bake or cook up your family favourite and enter it into a friendly showcasing competition!
Admission: Free
  1. Mayo
Vinyl Afternoon Session
18th August @4pm – 6pm
Vinyl afternoon at Bridge Street.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Monster Auction
19th August @ 4pm – 9pm
Monster Auction In aid of the Patients Comfort Fund Roscommon Sacred Heart Hospital. Family fun day, BBQ, bouncy castle and raffle on the evening.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Sunday Trad Seisiún with Leonard Barry, Brian McDonagh & friends
19th August @ 9.30pm – 11.30pm
Our Sunday Seisiún brings together some of the best Irish musicians in our region with regular guest musicians. Led by Leonard Barry & Brian Mc Donagh , our Sunday Seisiún is a night of weekly traditional Irish music not to be missed.
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
3rd Lughnasa FrielFest - Brian Friel International Festival
9th August – 19th August
The Lughnasa FrielFest: Brian Friel International Festival returns to Donegal, Derry~Londonderry, Omagh and comes to the Causeway Coast for the first time, from 9 – 19 August. The festival will celebrate the work of playwright Brian Friel with an adventurous mix of site-specific literary and theatre events and venues from An Grianan Theatre to Magheroarty Beach! 
Admission: Prices Vary
  1. Cavan
Heritage Week in Cavan
National Heritage Week takes place from and there is an abundance of fantastic events planned across County Cavan to allow to you to delve into the rich history of the Breffni County.
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
National Heritage Week
18th August – 26th August
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Enniskillen Tangent Club Charter and Fundraiser BBQ
18th August @ 19.30 – 23.30
An event for ladies and gentlemen to celebrate us becoming a club and to fundraise for a fantastic local charity 
Admission: £30
  1. Tyrone
August Lazy Sundays
5th August – 26th August
Come and join us every Sunday in August for laid back tunes & relaxation. Chill in the Courtyard while the kids are entertained & feast on our summer BBQ.
Admission: £6.50
  1. Derry
Causeway Coast Truck Festival
Sunday 19th August
Visitors to the Causeway Coast & Glens can enjoy a fun, family day out at one of the North Coast’s top festivals. 300+ show trucks will gather in the area with prizes being distributed for best trucks and best fleet. There will also be a craft village with local food suppliers and traders and some live entertainment. The day will be topped off by our famous truck convoy around the North West 200 track between Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. All Donations are in aid of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
The Great Belfast Busk Off
Saturday 18th August
Belfast streets are full of skilled musicians from all walks of life. To celebrate, we’re inviting musicians and bands from all disciplines to take part in a The Great Belfast Busk Off – a competition which will run live across the city in just one afternoon. It will be judged by local music industry VIPs and prizes include recording time in Half Bap Studios, run of 100 CDs and vouchers for Dawsons Music. All participating bands will be invited to an exclusive gig hosted with Help Musicians NI in a secret location that evening to celebrate. You can register for the competition at Belfast One's website or in person at Dawson’s Music on Royal Avenue or Matchett’s Music on Wellington Place. Registrations for the competition will close at 6pm on Friday 10 August 2018.
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Moira Specialty Food Fair
Saturday 18th August
Specialty Food Fair returns for a day of food and fun in the parkland setting of Moira Demesne on Saturday 18th August 2018. Meet the primary producers and culinary talents who are at the forefront of Northern Ireland’s burgeoning food culture. Now in its fourth year, an expanded food hall will showcase specialty foods from across Northern Ireland. You can chat and buy directly from the producer, with foods including fresh and cured meats, locally grown vegetables, fruit and dairy products. You’ll also find a diverse selection of small batch foods from the most creative artisan producers. Kitchen Sessions are back and there is a new workshop and expert talk area with something for all the family. Chef demos will share tips on current food trends using products from the food hall. There will also be a talk on beekeeping, making products from beeswax and simple tips on how to create your own fermented foods at home.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Guided City of Armagh Walking Tours Summer 2018
14th  June – 1st September @ 11.00 – 12.15
Enjoy a guided tour exploring the rich history of Armagh city, from pre-historic Ireland, unmatched Georgian architecture and modern day Armagh.
As Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, many impressive sites and attractions can be found in Armagh. From pre-historic Ireland to an unmatched Georgian architecture, modern day Armagh is built against a rich backdrop of history, clearly visible through its historic buildings and open spaces.
For those who want to explore everything the city has to offer, a guided walking tour is a must. You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the city’s renowned Georgian architecture and stroll along the distinct cobbled streets as you unearth some hidden gems along the way.
Admission: Free
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