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FORRÓ DUBLIN FESTIVAL
The second festival in 2017, now even bigger. Reaching out to the wider Brazilian & dance community in Ireland, to showcase forró and exhibit Dublin as one of the most active forró communities in Europe.
26th April - 1st May
Various locations around Dublin
Family Drop-in Creative Corner
Themed workshops, which you can drop into at any time from 11.30am to 1.30pm on Sundays. Inspired by the collection and our exhibitions, these workshops are suitable for tiny tots (about 18 months) up to age 8. You can choose to stay for as long or as short a time as works for you.
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Thin az Lizzy LIVE
A special performance from Thin Az LIzzy, a Thin Lizzy tribute band. Get ready to enjoy all your favorite classics. An event not to be missed.
The Church, Junction of Mary and Jervis Street Dublin
IRELAND REMEMBERED EXHIBITION
This exhibition consists of over 200 paintings and prints (the majority being Dublin scenes) by very well-known Irish and International artists living and working here in Ireland. All of these works are extremely collectible and are a must see on your next visit into town!
Stephens Green West, Dublin 2, Ireland
8th March- 31st July
KINGFISHER AND OTHER BIRD LIFE EXHIBITION
The Kingfisher and Other Bird Life is an exhibition of work by children from St Laurence O’Toole’s schools following a series of workshops, over several weeks, with artist Martina Galvin. The project involved field trips to explore and capture the bird life along the Canal, with particular focus on the Kingfisher.
North Strand, Dublin 1, Ireland
30th March- 30th April
Featuring an eclectic bunch of actors, comedians, musicians and misfits, combining audience suggestions with warped imaginations to create scenes as unpredictable as they are hilarious. Based in the upstairs of the famous International Bar, Dublin's original home of comedy, come and see the show that Dara O'Briain said 'I refuse to see'.
23 Wicklow St, Dublin 2
The Jive Cats Live music
The Dublin Rock N Roll Festival proudly presents The Jive Cats every Sunday live from the Mercantile! The Jive Cats are one of Irelands best and most energetic 1950's Rock N Roll acts on the scene. So be sure to bring your dancing shoes and best Elvis moves and you can boogie-woogie your Sunday blues away at this free event.
28 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland
Kildare Childrens Baking Class
Join Le Pain Quotidien to learn how to make the perfect cookie! A talented baker will walk the children through a simple cookie recipe. Once baked, the children will have the opportunity to decorate their creations and can take the cookie home to enjoy or share.
Le Pain Quotidien, Kildare Village, Nurney Road, Kildare"
Kilkenny Roots Festival
Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.
Roller Coaster, St Kieran's St, Gardens, Kilkenny
28th April - 1st May
Free to €15
International music and set dance festival
The 24th International Music and Set Dance - Bank Holiday Festival will be held at the Castletown Community Centre and La Salle Pastoral Centre this spring. With four days of great traditional Irish music and dance, céilís with rip-roaring bands such as Swallows Tail, the Five Counties, the Brian Boru, the Abbey and Johnny Reidy, dancing workshops and more, it'll be the cultural event of the season.
Castletown Comunity & La Salle Pastoral Center, Castletown, Mountrath, Laois
28th- 1st May
It's that time of the year again, time to celebrate all things TableTop! For the third year running we'll be hosting a get together in the Red Cross Hall in Drogheda. Following the success of last year's event we'll once again be throwing the doors open to veteran gamers and newcomers alike, so please feel free to drop in at any time through the day and join in the celebration.
Red Cross Drogheda, Thomas Street, Drogheda, Ireland
Drogheda Arts Festival
Set against the backdrop of the Boyne Valley’s cultural capital, Drogheda will be filled with artists both local and international, each daring to display, perform, exhibit and lay bare their work in an attempt to amuse, provoke, entertain and inspire you, their audience.
Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.
24th April - 1st May
Numerous events are free
Sculpture at Oldbridge Estate Tour
The Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge Estate is delighted to host an exhibition of contemporary Irish sculpture in our walled garden. This exhibition will open during the Droichead Arts Festival, and will include artists working in a variety of media, with pieces being chosen specifically for our site. The artist led tour will give first hand insight into the selected artworks, how they were made, and the concepts behind them.
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath
Delvin Garradrimna Book Fair
Delvin Garradrimna Book Fair now in its 7th year will be held on Sunday 30th April 2017 from 12pm-6pm, in Delvin Co. Westmeath. FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING, over 30 thousand books on offer all €1 each, guest speakers, writers corner, craft stalls, food stalls, children’s area, live music, this event is indoors so no need to worry about the weather, a cheap and fun day out for all the family. Delvin Cattle Market, Clonmellon Road, Delvin
Along with a fantastic vintage funfair, international street jesters, acrobats and contortionists will wow all with their amazing performances on Wexford Quay as part of JestFest Comedy Festival. The Street Theatre Arena will host Buí Bolg, Tumble Circus, Teeny Tiny Theatre and lots more! Performances take place from Saturday to Monday and all street theatre events are free.
Comedy Festival, Wexford Town, Co Wexford
Events are around €10
All about Animals
An afternoon of information and displays from a a variety of groups who work with animals in our community. Sherwood Aviary and Pet Farm will be here to entertain children. In the Education Tent there will be 14 experts each speaking on their animal related work, once finished with their presentation many of our speakers will be working with their animals in our demonstration arena while others will be available to speak with the public in their individual tents in the Welfare Village. Ballygannon Mor, Rathdrum
Cavan Walking Festival
The festival consists of a series of guided 5km and 10Km walks held in different locations throughout the county – a different location every day affording an opportunity to walk through and experience different parts of this beautiful county. Many of the walks are themed, giving walkers an insight into the heritage, geology or archaeology of the landscapes they pass through. The more adventurous of walkers can take on the 26km of the Cavan Way as it traverses some of the most beautiful upland landscapes in Ireland, including passing through the historic and dramatic Cavan Burren Park. Various locations, Cavan
28th April - 5th May
Feile Joe Einniu
Traditional music and singing festival created in memory of Joe Heaney. Fantastic day for the whole family.
Carna, Galway, Ireland
28th April - 2nd May
The festival will excite and engage its audience and provide a platform for some of the most innovative and loved writers across venues in Galway City and County. This year they are proud to introduce LABS as Gaeilge, a day of workshops for children through Irish, as well as poetry readings open and close the Town Hall Theatre programme. Established and début writers are presented side by side.
Various locations around Galway
Connemara Mussel Festival
The festival will feature an exciting programme filled with leading chefs and cookery competitions, artists, theatre, music, concerts, children’s storytelling, face painting, guided walks and talks for the whole family. The children’s programme includes the ever popular ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ workshops, this year is entitled ‘Where’s Dory?’, and ‘Tegolin’s Tales’, a fun-filled children’s theatrical storytelling experience.
Tullycross, Renvyle, Galway
28th - 30th April
Events around €5
A celebration of family fun, great food, farming, art, craft, heritage.
Various locations, Roscommon
26th April - 1st May
Many events are free
Celebrate the Mayo-French Connections in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Historic re-enactments, live music and family fun and more! There is something for everyone. Castlebar, Co. Mayo
April 28 – April 30
Family Fun Day
A Festival of Cycling entertainment ranging from fun cycling challenges to face painting and the choice of either a 10km or 2Km cycling spin will be on offer. It promises to be an exciting day for young and old alike!
Various locations, Sligo
€3 entry per person
Geography and art collide in this exhibition of pieces by members of the Backwater Artists Group, curated thoughtfully by Helen Farrell. The artists were teamed up with students at Crawford College of Art and they met regularly during the exhibition prep process as the artists' ideas grew from seeds into fully fledged works of art. The students got the opportunity to see all the work that went into the production of a thematic artwork, while the artists had an opportunity to press refresh and look at their work with the naivety and youthful hopefulness of a student, an artist just starting out.
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork
28th April - 20th May
Bon Voyage Exhibition
Bon Voyage is an enquiry into the interaction of contingency and freewill in the shaping of identity. The video presentation reflects on a self’s tumbling journey in a world devoid of stable reference. This enquiry segues into a more collective mode, and looks at identity in the current situation of mass displacement. All the work presented is informed by a study of Robert Bresson’s cinematography.
Alliance Francaise de Cork - 36 Mary Street
19th April – 2nd May
Rally of the Lakes
Action gets underway with a ceremonial start in Killarney’s town centre on Friday night where organiser, Killarney and District Motor Club have laid on a family entertainment evening where fans can meet the leading drivers, while watching action from previous events on a gig screens set to a back drop of live music provided my local bands and djs. The rally finishes up at The Gleneagle on Sunday evening with an awards ceremony in the INEC later that night.
Killarney, Kerry 28th - 30th April
Spectate for free
Limerick will become a mecca for families, foodies, fun runners and watersport enthusiasts during the May Bank Holiday weekend for Riverfest 2017! Highlights of the city’s premier summer festival will include Riverfest on the Shannon, the Riverfest BBQ Competition, the Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park, the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run and a spectacular fireworks display. Various venues, Limerick
28th - 1st May
Towers and Tales Story Festival
Towers and Tales is a celebration of children's books, stories and illustration, designed to give young audiences unforgettable, creative and transformational experiences with books.
Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford
Most events €5
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
More than 100 events will take place from 27 April - 7 May in Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter. Events will include visual art, film, literature, spoken word and theatre, theatrical readings and performances. "The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Unit 8, Northern Whig House, Bridge Street, Belfast
27th April - 7th May
Entry is free, Events are around £10
Antrim Whale Watch
Learn about our fascinating marine mammals with expert guidance.
Garron Point, Carnlough
Hundreds of vintage vehicles will descend upon The Argory as they host their famous vintage vehicle rally. A must-see event for all vehicle enthusiasts.
144 Derrycaw Rd, Dungannon
Adult £6.00, Child £2.50
Childrens Cinema Day
Knockbride Macra will be hosting a children's cinema day in Tunnyduff hall! The doors will open for the first movie at 1pm and the movie will start at 1.30pm. The doors will open for the second movie at 4pm and the movie will start at 4.30pm! Tunnyduff, Ireland
Cost is €5 per child to include popcorn and drinks!
City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival is back for the 16th year, and is bigger and better than ever. The annual celebration of jazz and big bands will again feature artists from all over the world and welcome more than 40,000 revellers over the bank holiday weekend. Among the popular acts returning to the festival this year are the Red Stripe Band, the Jive Aces, Cat Scratch Fever and many more.
Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry
27th April - 1st May
Most tickets are £5/10
Cup of Tae Festival
Original Artwork by Stephen BennettThe ‘Cup of Tae’ is the name of an Irish Reel. The festival is in honour of a renowned player John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher. Generations of his family before him made ‘teas’ on Fair Days and other days of local importance, hence the name of the festival. The festival wishes to provide first class tuition on a number of instruments, starting with the fiddle and flute. Ardara, Co. Donegal
28th April - 1st May
Kilcar Country Music Festival
Fantastic line up of artists including Shane Owens, Ciaran Rosney and Stephen Rosney. Great day for the whole family!
Various locations, Donegal
28th April - 1st May
Free - €10
A FREE 2km event for junior runners aged 4-14 of all standards, which takes place every Sunday.
The 2k timed run can be whatever you want it to be, whether for fun or as part of a training plan. It offers an opportunity for all the family to get involved and come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park. It can also be part of getting fit for sport for your school or to train for a specific target such as the Mini-Marathon trials, or for a full 5k parkrun distance.
Moira Demense, Moira
Celebrate The Spectrum Fun Day
A Free family fun day out hosted by Team Aspie at The Burnavon Theatre Cookstown. A fun filled day with lots of different activities going on from creative, relaxing, information and refreshments all Free thanks to the Big Lotto. A great day not to be missed.
Burnroad, Cookstown, Tyrone