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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 26-27th May

  1. Dublin
  1. The Tall Ships Regata Dublin 2018
Friday 1st June - Monday 4th June 2018
The Tall Ships Regatta sails into Dublin Port from Friday, 1st June to Monday, 4th June. Organised by Sail Training International, the stopover in Dublin is hosted by Dublin City Council & Dublin Port Company. This year, the Regatta features seventeen ships racing from Liverpool to Dublin. They will then continue on to the historic Bay of Biscay, finishing up in Bordeaux, France. While this event is not on the scale of the Tall Ships Races of the past, it will give maritime enthusiasts a flavour of what these majestic ships are like, up close.
Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, the smaller ships can be viewed in Grand Canal Dock and the larger ships will be berthed on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The public are welcome to visit some of the ships on Saturday and Sunday – Please follow our social media channels for updates and information.
Admission: Free
  1. Gin Fusion at the Bernard Shaw
Thursday 31st May - Sunday 3rd June, 4pm -10pm
Free entry, but you can buy €10 tickets in advance too. What does ticket get you?
Guaranteed entry to event. Its free anyway, but a ticket means you get in quickly and fast and you also get… €10 worth of Eatyard vouchers (our currency). 1 voucher = 1 euro worth. A Gin & Tonic on arrival into your hand.
The festival will span 4 days and 4 nights across the weekend with events, tastings, workshops, pop up markets, classes, cocktail bars, pairings, food, DJs, live music, CRAIC and lots more! We're going bigger and better than last year – and last year was pretty darn awesome. We’re happy to announce our first round of vendors taking part in the market with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks!
Admission: Free
  1. Bloom
Thursday 31st May - Monday 4th June 2018
Celebrate garden life at Ireland's largest and most spectacular gardening event. Hosted by Bord Bia, Bloom will run from Thursday 31st May to Monday 4th June 2018. Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby. Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design. The OPW’s support and provision of 70 acres at the heart of the Phoenix Park has assisted Bord Bia in developing a show with a greater diversity of content than traditional garden shows. Bord Bia’s wider remit across food, drink and horticulture has enabled the development a consumer show that engages the public with artisan and Bord Bia Quality Assured food, meeting Ireland’s top chefs and cooks and learning more about and experiencing Irish fruit, vegetables and potato production. Bloom, which is organised by Bord Bia, celebrates its 12th anniversary this year.
Admission: €20
  1. Howth TradFest 2018
Saturday, June 2nd  – June 4th
We are ecstatic to say that the Smithwick’s Howth Trad music festival is back again this June Bank Holiday weekend!
With last year being the first of the Smithwick’s traditional music festival, our ambitions of it kicking off again this year were achieved!
What a wonderful way to spend your June Bank Holiday Weekend by celebrating our cultures traditional music.
Admission: Free
  1. Art Dock at EPIC: Arts and Crafts
Saturday, June 2 at 11 AM - 12 PM
EPIC’s transportation sculpture highlights the many ways that millions of people left our shores – from currachs and famine ships to great liners and aeroplanes. As part of the Tall Ships Festival we’ll have an art dock for the creative kids in your life to craft their own ships; from tall ships to pirate ships! The art dock will run from 11:00am to 12:00pm in our Education Zone, on Saturday, 2nd June.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Each event ticket counts as 1 child entry to the museum.
Admission: €5| Free (Children)
  1. Carlow
Jet Pack Display
Sunday, June 3rd, 11pm
An illuminated jet pack display will take place prior to the fireworks at the quay.
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
Leixlip Festival
Friday, 1st June – Monday, 4th  Jun 
Enjoy 4 nights of outstanding music and entertainment this June Bank Holiday weekend at the Leixlip Festival at the Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip - it is the best kept secret on the Irish Festival scene!
Admission: €10
  1. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Cat Laughs
31st May – 4th June
The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has grown from a small event comprising a handful of shows in 1995 to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in Irish & international comedy acts in June. The festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors.
Admission: Prices vary depending on event
  1. Laois
Neal's Yard Remedies comes to Portlaoise
Sunday, June 3 at 2 PM - 6 PM
Come & explore the Neal's Yard Remedies award winning organic, natural beauty range. 
Try our amazing new Frankincense Mindful facial & sample some fabulous products.
Admission: Free, register here
  1. Longford
Longford Vintage Club Annual Show & Field Day
Sunday, June 3rd, 12pm – 6pm  
Our annual show takes place in Connolly Barracks on Sunday 3rd June, full details will be posted here. 
Give us a call if you have and queries (087) 1167630
Admission Free  
  1. Louth
Afternoon Screening: Making the Grade
Saturday, June 2nd | 3pm
Element Pictures | Ken Wardrop, Ireland, 2017, 86mins, Cert: G
Every year over 30,000 piano students throughout Ireland prepare for the annual graded musical exams. For some these exams are something to look forward to, for some others less so.
Ken Wardrop’s new documentary Making the Grade invites us into this world of the piano lesson, presenting a series of vignettes captured over seven months with teachers and their pupils as they work towards these exams.
Funded under the Arts Council’s Reel Art Scheme Making the Grade is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides to both the students and teachers. This charming film is one to be enjoyed by all.
Admission: €5
  1. Meath
Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair, Ratoath
May 30th – June 3rd 
An event for all the family to enjoy, Tattersalls International Horse Trials and County Fair. Set on over 220 acres of lush green Meath countryside, promises to be a fun-filled festival for the entire family to enjoy.
Combining world class eventing (the ultimate test in horsemanship) with the bustle of a shopping village and country fair, Tatts will be the place to be over the course of five exciting days.
With over 80 market stands spread out over 2.5 acres, locally produced food, picnic areas and old fashioned carnival stands, the entire family will get to see world class show-jumping up close and personal, while enjoying all the fun of the fair. Dogs are welcome and can take part in the novelty dog show.
Under 12s go free; Discounted adult tickets can be purchased online
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Tree House Adventure
All you budding knights and princesses will find yourself lost in a world of imagination in our epic Treehouse Adventure Area. Situated in the picturesque surrounds of Birr Castle, the playground features Ireland’s largest treehouse along with a bouncy pillow, sandpits and a hobbit hut. Tiny feet will love the feel of sand under their feet, as they build their very own castles in our sandy play areas while the more adventurous test their bravery by crossing treetop rope bridges and entering secret tunnels. 
And while they’re busy in the Treehouse Adventure area, you deserve a coffee and a browse ‘round the gift shop – and everyone’s happy!
For inquisitive family members, they’re in for a treat with our seriously impressive Science Centre. Take a step back in time and visit our historic Science Centre, then go for a stroll around our stunning formal gardens. That’s where you’ll find our famous astronomical wonder; the Great Telescope - arguably the largest historic scientific instrument still working today. There’s a very good reason we call Birr Castle the ‘Demesne of Discovery’. Come visit and you’ll find something for all the family to enjoy.
It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon of fun and adventure. The treehouse is open year round with further details on the seasonal elements available from 
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Mullingar Greyhound Races
June 2nd – June 3rd
If you’re looking for something different for a great night out, you’ll find it at Mullingar Greyhound Stadium. Nothing beats the excitement of greyhound racing, and some of the most exciting greyhound fixtures of the year take place right here.
Mullingar Greyhound Stadium is within easy access of the Town Centre, so you have no shortage of things to do before or after your night of greyhound racing.
You can watch all the action unfold from the comfort of the bar. Or maybe from your table in our bright and atmospheric restaurant, where you can relax and place a bet with our table-side Tote service.
We have a range of packages on offer to suit all budgets, so you can tailor a great night out that suits everyone.
Admission: Free admission Sundays

  1. Wexford
Wexford Collectors Fair
June 3rd, 11am – 5pm
• Antiquarian & 2nd hand Books.
• Coins
• Collectables
Top Dealers Attending
Young Readers Most Welcome
All Monies raised on the Day will go to 
Admission: €1
  1. Wicklow
Wicklow Parish Fete
Saturday, June 2nd, 11am –4pm
Looking for something local to entertain the family on the June Bank Holiday weekend? Come to the annual Wicklow Parish Fete Saturday June 2nd 11am to 4pm at East Glendalough School in Wicklow town. This day is going to be jam-packed with fantastic activities for all ages! These include bouncy castles, face painting, numerous game stalls and Fire Brigade displays to keep the kids entertained. Browse the stalls including plants, ‘Good as New’ clothes, toys, books, bric-a-brac, commercial displays, country produce and cakes. Enjoy hot food and refreshments while watching East Coast Falconry, wood turning, live music and much much more! Entry is only €2, kids go free, and free parking is available so get there early!
Admission: €2
  1. Clare
Embrace for Arts and People with Disability exhibition
Saturday, June 2nd, 10am – 10pm
Exhibition takes place at Glór.
Admission: Free

  1. Cork
Soul in the City Cork
Saturday, 1st June – Sunday, 3rd June
Get on board the love train and visit the music of Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Isley Brothers, Prince, Jay Z and Eminem and so many more. ‘Yeah baby I am bringing it. Meet you at the station.’ The Soul In The City’s festival reaches its final destination at ‘Soul Journey’, and will attempt to once again raise the roof, Live at St Luke’s.
Local restaurants will be embracing the festivities by serving up delicious soul food. The origins of soul music is emotional, soul food eclectic in taste. This is what you can come to expect at Soul in the City around the MacCurtain St area on the Bank Holiday weekend.
Admission: €27
  1. Kerry
How to Eat Like A Child
June 2nd |1pm| June 3rd |2pm
How to Eat Like a Child by Delia Ephron Directed by April Ferron and performed by children( aged 9-13yrs) from Theatre Games Ireland Suitable for all ages. This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically
Admission: €10
  1. Limerick
Famous Saturday Food Market
Saturday, June 2nd, 8am – 3pm
Here you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices.
You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants.Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the Famous Milk Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift. Of course you cannot but notice that the Milk Market venue is now weather proofed, as it is housed under the cover of Ireland’s largest single column support canopy.
Admission: Free
  1. Tipperary
Rhododendron Walking Festival – June Bank Holiday Weekend
June 2 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 3:00 pm
In summer 2018 the inaugural ‘Rhododendron Walking Festival‘ takes place along the tracks and trails of the Knockmealdown Mountains and surrounds. The festival includes Heritage, Challenge, Family & FREE walks over the course of the weekend.
All events will take place while Rhododendron plants should be in full bloom, on the June Bank Holiday weekend running through Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and on to Monday 4th
Admission: Free - €25
  1. Waterford
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
29 May - Sunday 3 June 2018
The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is one of the most picturesque music festivals that Ireland has to offer. The festival is centred around the stunning Lismore Castle, with a programme of opera music in the castle itself and in other historic houses in the Blackwater Valley. The centrepiece of the festival is a series of performances of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri in the Lismore Castle Gardens. To complement this there will be a series of recitals by operatic talent from Ireland and abroad in venues like Dromore Yard, St Carthage’s Cathedral, and Cappoquin House.Aside from the salubrious venues and premium musical schedule, attendees can also eat at pop-up restaurants brought to the venues especially for the festival. What a treat.
Admission: €10 - €200
  1. Galway
Galway Early Music Festival
Saturday, June 2nd  – Sunday, June 3rd
Fever Pitch Music Festival is a 2 day music festival featuring International and national acts which takes place in Galway Airport in June.
Along with two stages packed with music there will also be a food village,comedy tent and silent disco.The event will run from 2pm-11pm each day.Full bar facilities on site.
  1. Leitrim
Fowley’s Falls Walks
Reputedly named after a one-time local landowner in the Rossinver area, Fowley’s Falls must be one of the best kept secrets of North Leitrim.  Unlike the more popular Glencar waterfall, also in North Leitrim, Fowley Falls is not a single-drop waterfall.
Instead it cascades in a series of drops over the exposed bedrock to form a spectacular torrent of water rushing through the steep valley towards Lough Melvin.
Admission: Free                            
  1. Mayo
National Treasures The Exhibition
Friday, June 1st – June 30th  
Explores Ireland’s social history at the National Treasures Exhibition. Discover the big stories behind the little objects such as posters, magazines, and football jerseys, which have been gathered from right across the four provinces of Ireland ranging from 1918 - 2018.  Each object has been crowd-sourced from a major social media, roadshow, and national TV campaign. Taking place in the National Museum of Ireland’s Country Life wing, The National Treasures exhibition will teach you about the traditional ways of life in Ireland through trades, crafts, farming, hunting, fishing, domestic life, and festivals.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Athleague Soap Box Derby
Sunday, June 3 at 2 PM - 4 PM
Athleague Soap Box Derby In association with Tremane Hurling Club & Athleague Fair & Festival, excellent prizes. Get building your soap box at Hamrocks Bar Athleague.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Benbulben Carnival
Saturday, June 2nd – June 3rd @ 4pm – 12.30am
2018 sees the first Benbulben Carnival taking place in Sligo Town.
It will be a fun and vibrant music and arts festival held on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd, June Bank holiday weekend in Stephen Street Car Park. It is held in support of four local charities that rely solely on local funding:
 MS Therapy Centre Sligo
North West Hospice
Alzheimer's Society Sligo
Friends of Sligo University Hospital cardiac services.
 The Carnival will be a weekend of music, dance, a parade, and pub and street parties. Watch this space for a line up of live music, street artists and much much more.Live Music Line-Up on the big gig rig in Stephen Street Car Park.
Admission: €12
  1. Donegal
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2018
May 31st – June 3rd
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place across the June Bank Holiday weekend in the small Donegal town of Ballyshannon.
Ballyshannon was when Rory Gallagher was born in the appropriately named Rock Hospital, and 2018 marks 70 years since his birth.
The festival serves as loving tribute, and features many musicians who played with Gallagher, such as long-serving bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna playing in the Band of Friends, Thin Lizzy’s Brian Downey, Wishbone Ash, and many different acts across the four days of the festival.
A true treat for fans of blues and rock, and a great way to experience a beautiful part of the country, whether staying in a B’n’B nearby or camping.
Admission: €25 - €79
  1. Cavan
Jamboree Wonderland 2018
Sunday, June 3rd @ 10am -11pm
A fun family day for everyone. Kids go free. Local businesses and entrepreneur's show casing and sells their products Play areas, sand pits, story telling, zip line, bouncy castles, mini diggers, Wonderland express, swings, tree house, make up demonstration by a local well known artist, BBQ, PJ mask characters, Mickey and Mini mouse, a demonstration of birds of prey, sheep dog trials, tractor reversing completion, football blitz from under age to over 35's, The Seamus O' Rouke play From under the bed, Grassmen with a their own machinery and a meet and greet and so much more.
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Carrickmacross Festival
Saturday, 1st June –Monday, 4th June
This year's Festival will be the 18th in a row and we would like to invite you to come and enjoy this free, for-all-ages, event. Each year, over the June Bank Holiday, is a special occasion for the people of Carrickmacross and indeed the committee, both past and present, as there is always something for all tastes – everyone is catered for. A hard-working group of local volunteers have offered their time and efforts, along with the support of Monaghan County Council and businesses in the area, into making this one of Ireland's fastest growing and most popular family festivals. An event like this is a huge task and, as always, the work behind the scenes is never underestimated by the Committee or indeed, the people of Carrickmacross. All volunteers are working hard to make this year’s festival even bigger and better than before for everyone who comes to visit.
Admission: Free
RAF 100 Family fun day in Fermanagh
Saturday, June 2nd @ 10am – 6pm
The RAF comes back to Fermanagh
ON 2 June 2018, the RAF will return to one of their former bases on Lough Erne to celebrate their 100th Birthday. To commemorate our Centenary, the RAF is holding a Flying Display and Royal Gun Salute at the Lough Erne Yacht Club on 2 June 2018. The Lough Erne Yacht Club was the site of RAF Killadeas from 1942 – 1947. The Seawings event will include a Flypast and Landing on Lough Erne of the world famous Catalina aircraft from the Catalina Society. A Royal Gun Salute to mark the Queen’s Coronation will be fired at 1200 by 206 Battery, Royal Artillery. The RAF Salon Orchestra will be joined by local bands to provide musical entertainment. During the Second World War, there were numerous airfields around Lough Erne and Fermanagh. The area played a key role in the Battle of the Atlantic. RAF Killadeas was commissioned and built by the US Navy in early 1942. The original Second World War hangar remains intact.
In May 1941, the German Battleship 'Bismarck' was located by a Catalina aircraft based at RAF Castle Archdale on the shores of Lough Erne. Earlier this month, the mooring for the Catalina was put in place in Gublush Bay. The mooring is the original Second World War Catalina mooring weight. 
Admission: Free
  1. Tyrone
Causeway Coast Ford Fair
Sunday, June 3rd @ 12.30pm – 4pm
This year celebrates the 14th Annual Causeway Coast Ford Fair, taking place on Sunday 3rd June 2018 at West Bay (also known as West Strand), Portrush.
The show has become a huge visitor attraction on the Causeway Coast, showcasing a wide range of Ford classic and vintage vehicles, allowing spectators the opportunity to browse through many years of Ford heritage. The latest Ford Models are also a highlight of the event, with a full range of Ford Vehicles provided by our event sponsor TrustFord.
The Causeway Coast Ford Fair hosts a trade village, selling Ford products and car-related merchandise, a food village and a children’s entertainment area, offering a fabulous family day out for everyone!
Admission: Free
  1. Derry
Walled City Marathon 2018
Saturday, June 2nd @ 10.30am – 12pm
Join us for a fun family pramathon in Eglinton! Bring the kids, grandparents and pets! All money raised will go to Tiny Life, supporting families with pre-mature babies. Suggested donation £10 per family.
Admission: £10 
  1. Antrim
Belfast Record Fair
Saturday, June 2nd 10.30am – 3.30pm
The next Belfast Record Fair takes place at the Oh Yeah Music Centre on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Doors open from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm. Mountains of new, old and rare vinyl for sale. Something for everyone.
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Art in the Loft Exhibition Series - On the Edge Mary Pearson
Saturday, June 2nd – July 1st
An exhibition by local ceramic artist, Mary Pearson, featuring mixed media pieces in clay, ceramic and plant fibers. Mary's work, inspired by the coastline and her time spent at Cill Railaigh, an artist retreat in County Kerry, looks at enduring and ephemeral aspects of the landscape.
The Loft Gallery, on the first floor with lift access, overlooks stunning Strangford Lough.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
The Armagh City Championships 2018
Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd
The Lorraine Scallon school of Irish Dance warmly welcomes you all to the 3rd annual Armagh City Championships to be held in Armagh City hotel on 2nd & 3rd June 2018.
Admission: Free
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