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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 24th - 26th August

  1. Dublin
  1. Heritage Week Story Trail: The Myths and Legends of Ireland
Sunday 26th August
Drop into the Archaeology department of the National Museum and enjoy a story trail about Ireland's greatest myths and legends as a part of Heritage Week. You can find out about Fionn MacCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge or the epic tale of Queen Medb in the Táin Bó Cúailgne amongst many others. You can also discover how some of the Museum's archaeological artefacts shaped the stories we know about the country's past and how they ended up the Museum's collection. No booking is required, you can just drop in at reception on Kildare Street for the start of the tour.
Admission: Free
  1. Dalkey Lobster Festival
Friday 24th August - Sunday 26th August
The Dalkey Lobster Festival takes place in the chilled out village of Dalkey. The festival presents a fusion of local seafood with the best of current global jazz musicians and lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy. There are lots of free events on throughout the day. It's a fantastic weekend for all the family. So come along and enjoy some crab, lobster and all that jazz. The Dalkey Lobster Festival is the perfect fusion of the best local food, top jazz acts and great entertainment. Lots of great seafood available and of course delicious lobster too!
Admission: Free-€35
  1. Ukulele Hooley 2018
Saturday 25th August - Sunday 26th August
Ireland's International Ukulele Hooley by the Sea is back in Dun-Laoghaire on the 25th and 26th August. This is our 9th year of the festival, Europe’s longest running ukulele festival. Over the years we have presented many talented ukulele performers and groups from around the world and we’re planning to continue that tradition in 2018. SATURDAY @ THE UKULELE HOOLEY 2018 - Saturday morning kicks off with a selection of workshops with amazing ukulele musicians. You know ukulele players, there’s usually a Jam happening too. Early afternoon (3pm) the Bus Busk departs, for a trip through South County Dublin via double-decker bus, for a super fun time of ukulele playing and refreshments. Saturday evening the Open Mike takes place, so bring your ukulele and song, and we’ll provide the audience. After the open mic our ukulele performers may give a taste of what to expect on Sunday. SUNDAY @ THE UKULELE HOOLEY 2018 - The main concert event kicks off  in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire at 12 noon. We have an amazing lineup of ukulele artists local and international, both new faces to the festival, and some old friends joining us for what promises to be a memorable experience. During the day we will have the Big Jungle Jam, so bring your ukulele and the Jungle Jam songbook.
Admission: Free
  1. A Musing with David Hynes
Sunday 26th August
The accents lounge have made things easy for you and are kindly hosting a comedy and poetry show on  the last Sunday of the month. Looking much like your own living room, if you haven't visited The Accents Lounge you should pay them a visit asap! Promising to entertain and delight and being completely free of charge, you can't really go wrong. The perfect destination for a first date or even a date with the girls, join the fun and pop into The Accents Lounge for a chilled and fun night without the fuss.
Admission: Free
  1. Baile an Salsa
Saturday 25th August
Baile An Salsa brings together an international mix of world-class musicians to deliver a distinctive blend of Latin rhythms and traditional Irish Music – a fusion which they call “Salsa-Trad.” The musicians seamlessly blend their influences from Latin America, Europe and the United States to create a contemporary twist on traditional tunes with original compositions. Vocals in English, Spanish and Irish, provided by the band’s founder, Andres Martorell, meld with the group’s vibrant combination of instruments, creating a full, rich sound that is fun and danceable.
Admission: €10
  1. Carlow
Free Family Fun
Saturday 26th August
Face painting, balloon modeling, Carlow’s first busking competition, retail offer of the week, free parking in Hadden’s park (9.30-12pm, 3-6.30pm only) on Lower Tullow Street.
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
Get Crafty at the Castle!
Saturday 25th August
Join us for some castle-inspired drop-in art and craft activities for children! All materials supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission: Free
  1. Kilkenny
Sunday Jazz Session
Sunday 26th August
Back by popular demand....enjoy our FREE Sunday Jazz Sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Workhouse Square. The perfect start to the day!
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
Heritage Week with Ballykilcavan
Sunday 26th August
We're opening our gates again on August 26th at 2pm for Heritage Week, with a tour of our farm, 18th century farm yards, walled garden and a sneak preview of the new on-farm brewery which will open later in the year.The theme of this year's Heritage Week is storytelling. Having been farmed by the Walsh family for 13 generations and 379 years, there are plenty of stories to be told about Ballykilcavan. Come and hear about the rebellious gardener, the fairy curse, the drunken councillors and the hangman's tree. We'll also have a tasting of our beers at the end for anyone who would like to try them. The event is free to all. It's on a farm and outdoors, so good footwear is recommended and you can find more details at The entrance to the farm is at
Admission: Free
  1. Longford
Granard Harp Festival
Friday 24th August - Sunday 26th August
The historic town of Granard will be celebrating its historic music tradition from the 24 to the 26 August, when the ancient Granard Harp Festival will be revived. There will be a range of events for young and old in the town, from busking on the streets, concerts, walks, talks and workshops. Click here to find out more about Granard Harp Festival. A full timetable of events is now live!
Admission: €5
  1. Louth
Blackrock Film Festival
Wednesday 22nd August - Sunday 26th August
What better way to give summer a proper send-off than by attending this free, family-friendly event in the charming seaside village of Blackrock in County Louth? The second edition of the Blackrock Film Festival runs from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th August with five movies screening in selected venues in the area. Over the past several years, hundreds of locals and visitors alike have converged on the pretty village to take part in the hugely popular Cinema on the Sand event, and following on from the success of last year's inaugural Blackrock Film Festival, Blackrock Tourism and Development Group are taking things up a notch with even more great film screenings. You can still dip your toes in the sand at the screening on the beach, and when you've had enough of seashells and salty air, join the crowds in one of Blackrock's specially-chosen venues, where you can kick back, relax, and take in even more cinematic entertainment. Be there as Blackrock comes alive for this great event. Say goodbye to summer and hello to great film.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
The Story of Honey
Sunday 26th August
Bee Wise Garden Walk is a family-owned five acre educational nature walk with particular emphasis on the honey bee. As a part of the nature walk you can learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees which the honey bee works to collect the nectar for the different flavoured honey. There are information points and a children’s activity trail that will provide you with an education along the way. There is also an observation hive onsite where you can see the bees at work in the hive. On your visit you can hear a talk about the life of honey bees, and you will be provided with a demonstration of the extraction of honey from uncapping, to spinning, so that you can see the whole honey-making process – as well as tasting it!
Admission: €3-5
  1. Offaly
Tullamore Vegan Potlucks
Saturday 25th August
We want to invite you to bring your favourite VEGAN FOOD to our potluck to share! It can be store bought or home-made so long as it is vegan! (meaning no meat, eggs, dairy or honey). You can join whether or not you are vegan, all are welcome to this social event!
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Heritage Week at Athlone Castle
Saturday 25th August - Sunday 26th August
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is delighted to join in sharing stories for the theme of Heritage Week 2018. We have programmed a number of exciting events throughout the week to suit all ages! Log on to for a list of events taking place throughout the week!
Admission: Free
  1. Wexford
Summer Stars Special Storytimes
Saturday 25th August
Is your child taking part in the Summer Stars Reading Adventure? Do they need some extra help with their reading or encouragement? Then come down to Wexford Library for our Summer Stars Special Story time with Alan, listen to some stories, get help reading and join our Librarian in a read-a-long session each week. Taking place 11am - Saturdays August 11th & 25th Ideal for younger readers, those who are just beginning to read independently or anyone in need of assistance or encouragement. Free and all welcome. Booking recommended.
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
Classic & Vintage Show
Sunday 26th August
It’s that time of year again. Our showpiece event of the year will take place,again within the grounds of Arklow Rugby Club. We’ll have live music,bouncy castles & a BBQ. All are welcome.
Admission: Adults €10, Kids free
  1. Clare
Fun Day & Tractor Run & Dog Show
Sunday 26th August
Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic Family Fun Day & Tractor Run & Dog Show. Barefield Sunday 26th August 2pm to 5pm. BBQ,Pony Rides,DJ,Cake Sale,Icecream,Bonnie Baby Competition and Raffle. All are welcome.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
The Brickx Fest 2018
Saturday 25th August - Sunday 26th August
The Brickx Club are pleased to announce the 2018 Brickx Fest on the 25th and 26th of August 2018 in The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork.
▪Sensory Friendly Session 9-10:00am (for children with extra needs).
▪Amazing Lego™ displays and meetings with master builders.
▪Displays from competition entrants to find the best Lego™ builders in Ireland.
▪Different construction zones - "build to your heart's content"
▪Raffle with fantastic prizes!
Admission: €10
  1. Kerry
Ladies Day at Killarney Racing 2018
Saturday 25th August
Killarney Ladies Days are renowned for being stylish, vibrant and elegant. There is no formal entry procedure to the competitions. Judges simply wander through the crowds and invite chosen finalists to the Ladies Day Marquee. Those interested in entering the Best Dressed Lady Competition are asked to arrive early as the finalists will be chosen by 3pm. approximately.
Admission: €15-20
  1. Limerick
Limerick Show 2018
Sunday 26th August
The Limerick Show is Limerick's largest Family & Agricultural Event. Each year the Limerick Racecourse is filled with trade stands, showings and the wonderful free Kids Zone. Throughout the day there will be showings with cattle, horses, ponies, sheep and goats. Once again the free Kids Zone returns to the Limerick Show! We have the kiddies train, bouncy castles and face painting available throughout the whole day, so it is the perfect family Sunday before Back to School Fever starts again! This year the Limerick Show takes place at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday, August 26th.
Admission: Single - €15, Family Pass - €25
  1. Tipperary
Moloney’s Mobile Farm at Swiss Cottage
Saturday 25th August
To celebrate Heritage Week why not pay a visit to Swiss Cottage on Saturday 25th August, 2pm-5pm, and see the wonderful Moloney's Mobile Farm. Fun for all ages!
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
Art on the railings Waterford
Saturday 25th August
Be part of a spectacular open air art exhibition!
Calling all artists to get involved in colouring the city streets during the summer months by joining Art On The Railings. Put simply, we’re looking for artists to hang their artwork from as many spaces as possible in the Viking Triangle and surrounding areas on four Saturdays over the summer months from 11am to 4pm! The plan is to bring all artists groups, collectives, individuals, students and established artists together to add to the vibrancy to the city by exhibiting as one giant collective on one Saturday each month from June to September. This is an ideal opportunity to network with your peers while selling some work. So artists! Be part of a stunning outdoor exhibition by brightening up the city as fresh-air alternative to a conventional art gallery. Art On The Railings is a joint collaboration between Waterford City Arts office and The Waterford Viking Triangle Trust. Artists of all levels are invited to take part and spaces will be reserved on a first come first served basis. The organisers will accommodate as many mediums as possible so if you can find a way to hang your work we want you to be part of the gathering. If you enjoy being surrounded by lovely art, please come out and support Art On The Railings in the summer by viewing, having a chat with and maybe even buying a piece of art from the artists!
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
Loughrea Medieval Festival 2018
Friday 24th August - Sunday 26th August
Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life in Loughrea at the Loughrea Medieval Festival 2018. The weekend is packed full of free events including A Taste of the Past for the whole family to get involved in. Other events on the cards include food demos, talks, re-enactments, craft demos, children's Dig It, music, a guided tour, food & crafts market plus lots more. Celebrate almost 800 years since the medieval town of Loughrea was founded at the Loughrea Medieval Festival 2018. Times TBC.
Admission: Free                              
  1. Leitrim
Traditional Music Session
Sunday 26th August
An afternoon session with young local musicians from Tireragh CCE in the Banqueting Hall at Parkes Castle!
Admission: Free
  1. Mayo
Summer Family Farm
Saturday 25th August - Sunday 26th August
Horkans Garden Centre Castlebar is hosting their annual Summer Family Farm - and you are all invited! From 16th – 26th August, meet and learn all about our special farm yard animals. Guest includes donkeys, goats, giant rabbits, lambs and lots more. Feeding times will take place at 12pm and 4pm daily. With children gardening classes, reptile workshops, face painting, story times and BBQ demos we certainly have something for everything. Saturday and Sunday our children's gardening classes take place at 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Ran by our gardening experts, children will learn how to plant a flower or sow seeds which they can bring home and take care of it. The plants can then be bought back in during our Halloween event in October for a special prize! Paw Patrol Marshall and Chase will be acting crazy in the store on Friday Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. Our weekend of madness happens Saturday 25th and 26th. This is a fairy tale themed fancy dress weekend. Children are asked to come dressed as their favourite fairy tale character. There will be face painters in store this weekend too. There is much more happening in store during the Summer Family Farm so stay tuned for more fun filled events and demos!
Learn more:
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Celebrate National Dog Day
Sunday 26th August
Come celebrate National Dog day with us, bring your pooch along for a wash. Roscommon SPCA are holding a fundraising Day at Casey's Londis Roscommon on Sunday 25th August 2018 from 10am to 3pm. We will have the Dog Wash Machine, and fundraising on the day. More details to follow. Dog Wash, table top sale and fundraising.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
The Warriors Run
Saturday 25th August
The Warriors Run is a spectacular endurance run that takes place each summer around the Knocknarea mountain in Strandhill. Strandhill is set on the Atlantic coast at the foot of Knocknarea, on the summit of which lies a megalethic cairn where Maeve, the legendary Queen of Connacht, is supposedly buried. You'll take on multiple terrains in the Warriors Run, from the Cannon Gun at the beachfront in Strandhill to the top of Knocknarea, and back around to the beachfront again. While it only may be 15 kilometres in length, The Warriors Run is an extremely tough course, with both the sandy beaches and the 1,000 foot climb (and descent) adding to the challenge – not to mention the Broom Wagon which picks up stragglers who go beyond the two and a half hour time limit on the run! The Warriors Run attracts athletes from all over Ireland and abroad, and makes for a great day both for competitors and spectators alike. It also doubles as a wonderful way to see this amazing part of the country, so why not get yourself over to Strandhill for the last weekend in August and test yourself.
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
A Taste of Donegal
Friday 24th August - Sunday 26th August
A Taste of Donegal is a three-day festival of all things food and drink that takes Donegal Town over for a weekend this August. This will be the tenth edition of the festival, and to celebrate their decade, the organisers are planning to make it the best one yet. At the festival there will be exhibitions from local restaurants and food producers, celebrity chef demonstrations, wine and beer tastings, live musical entertainment, and even a fireworks display. Amongst those visiting this year are Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Gary O’Hanlon, Catherine Fulvio, Kwanghi Chan and many more. In fact there are over 130 exhibitors taking part this year, marking the festival out as one of the most important culinary weekends in the year. Mark down A Taste of Donegal in your diary and your tastebuds will thank you.
Admission: €1-6
  1. Cavan
Cootehill Arts Festival
Tuesday 21st August - Sunday 26th August
Don't miss this chance to see Glen Hansard and friends in the intimate surroundings of the Footsbarn Tent. This 400 capacity tiered wooden seating (so feel free to bring a cushion!) tent provides the perfect venue for what will be an evening never to be forgotten - Just ask anyone who was lucky enough to secure a ticket to last years show. Support is provided by Singer/Songwriter Lisa O'Neill and folk duo The Murphy Beds.
Admission: €35
  1. Monaghan
‘A Walk in Time’ Heritage Ireland Event
Saturday 25th August
Monaghan County Council in conjunction with Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon are hosting a “Walk back in time” heritage event on Saturay 25th August from 10am to 5pm. It’s a day out for all the family, where you can relive a more traditional way of life for a day on Sliabh Beagh. Activities include bread making demo, turf cutting, visit to the Penal Cross and a tour around a cob dwelling house. Please wear appropriate clothing for walking, a bus will be available to transport you to the site but feel free to walk to the area. Admission free, but book with Sandra McQuaid 047 73722 or [email protected]
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Lough Erne Heritage Regatta
Saturday 25th August
Come along and enjoy supporting Lough Erne Heritage Society on the water using traditional wooden crafts as they take part in their annual Regatta at Crom.
Admission: £5 per boat
  1. Tyrone
Saturday 25th August
Rockstock is a one day festival held on the shores of Lough Neagh @The Battery Bar, Moortown on Saturday, August 25th 2018  Line up includes Ireland Maiden, Flick Of The Switch, Born As Ghosts, The Rubber Plants, Muddy Wells , Elevation Falls and Lonely Astronauts. Half open air gig!
Admission: £10
  1. Derry
Foyle Pride Festival
Saturday 18th August - Sunday 26th August
The aim of Foyle Pride Festival is to acknowledge, empower and celebrate the LGBT community in the Derry~Londonderry area of Northern Ireland as well as the wider LGBT community as a whole. It is a non-profit grassroots organisation that was formed in order to hold, and continue, an annual Pride Festival.2018 will be its 25th year and it has grown from strength to strength. Its ethos is to continue and maximise its presence the best that it can so that it, and you, will help continue supporting equality and the rights of those who identify as LGBT. Parade leaving Waterside Train Station 14:00 on Saturday 25th August. Full festival programme to follow, keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
Ballymena  Summer Festival
Saturday 25th August
The Summer Carnival is making its return to Ballymena Town Centre on Saturday 25th August 2018! This free and fun-filled family day out will feature a range of on-street entertainment including carnival games, crafts and face painting. There will be live music in the new 'Harmony Hub', as well as a selection of enjoyable activities and the return of the family favourite, Phil's Pet Farm plus much more. The Cool FM Roadshow with Pete Snodden will be live from the Harmony Hub between 1:30pm to 3:30pm where a selection of fantastic prizes will be up for grabs. Our local traders and businesses will also be getting into the Summer Spirit with special one-day discounts, promotions and competitions. Make sure to get yourself down to Ballymena Town Centre for what is sure to be an unmissable day out! For more information, visit
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Sideboard Sideshow
Saturday 25th August
Superbly silly, stunningly surreal & seriously stupid…Welcome to the sideboard sideshow! Teetering on the edge of danger while tottering towards the wrong side of sanity this duo will quite literally invite you into their living room for a glimpse of the world as they see it 3D glasses optional. A blend of awesome skills including acrobatics, juggling and fire this high energy show is full of fun, laughter and unpredictability. Frankie Magilligan: Having escaped the North Antrim Coast with nothing but his rugged good looks, unbelievable fashion sense and silky seductive voice, please sitback and take in the area of outstanding natural beauty that is big Frankie Magilligan.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Back to School Family Fun Day
Saturday August 25th
Join us on the mall for our FREE Family Fun day before the kids head back to school. We have lots of activities for everyone: Crazy golf, hook the duck, knock the cans, ring toss. We will also have music by DJ Barry, Free Face Painting and Popcorn!
Admission: Free
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