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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 4-5th August

  1. Dublin
  1. Beatyard
Saturday 4th August - Sunday 5th August
Beatyard is the annual music, arts and food festival returning to Dún Laoghaire this August. Dance legends Orbital are set to headline the festivities, which will come to a head on August 5th. Keep the August bank holiday free for this fantastic festival which features food areas, demonstrations, workshops, markets, a Gamesyard for board games and computer games, Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer whiskey, rum, gin and fine wines, Banteryard with talks, panels and debates, Studioyard with art, design and tech installations, Boatyard with on-water boat parties, Kidsyards with music, games and competitions, not to mention the many exceptional music performers including Little Dragon, Kamasi Washington, the Skatalites, John Talabot, Joy Orbison, I Am The Cosmos, Le Boom, Bad Bones, a DJ set by Modeselektor, and much, much more. Brighten up your summer with a solid mix of retro superstars, chart-topping acts, excellent new music and a whole lot of seaside, summer shenanigans.
Admission: Adult €59, Child €10
  1. All Ireland Football Quarter Final Phase 3
Sunday 5th August
Reigning three-time All-Ireland Senior Football Champions Dublin will take on Roscommon in the final of their three "Super 8" round robin games at Croke Park this August. For the quarter final stage of this year's All Ireland Senior Football Championship, the eight qualified teams are split into two pools of four, which then play off against each other to produce two semi-finalists from each pool. Dublin are going through a golden period at present, playing sensational football and aiming to win a fourth All Ireland in a row to match the achievements of Kerry's four-in-a-row teams in the late 1920s and late 1970s. Roscommon meanwhile finished runners up in the Connacht Championship against a resurgent Galway, and will be outsiders to qualify for a semi-final position. Come see who comes out on top in this titanic and crucial clash.
Admission: €30
  1. Rush Harbour Festival
Saturday 4th August - Sunday 5th August
The Rush Harbour Festival will be back over the August Bank Holiday weekend and this year we are adding our outdoor movies to the festival! The 2 nightly concerts will be OUTDOOR EVENTS. For the Country and Western night we will be having LINE DANCING to kick off the night and a competition for the best dressed Cowboy and Cowgal , so dust off your boots and hats and join in on the fun. So book early because tickets are limited.
Admission: Fee - €25
  1. Bay 10K 2018
Monday August 6th 2018
On Monday, 6th August, the eighth running of the dlr Bay 10K road Race will take place in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. This year we are including a 1.5K family fun run, giving you and your children an opportunity to cross the Start and Finish line.  We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with the Irish Cancer Society  for the 2nd year in a row during our 2018 Race, donations can be made here.  The course follows a beautiful scenic route, starting at Dún Laoghaire seafront and going through picturesque Seapoint, Monkstown, Glenageary, Killiney, and Sandycove before finishing close to the historic Dún Laoghaire Town Hall. The Bay 10K has established itself as one of the best 10K’s in Ireland.  All 10K participants will receive, A Medal, Chip Time, Draw string kit bag and Technical Tee-Shirt. Every entrant to the 10K will be included in a raffle for two return trips to Amsterdam and guaranteed entry into the Amsterdam Marathon. There are also a number of early entry incentive prizes, so don’t delay, enter today
Admission: Main Race - €26.75, Family run (4 members) €21.40
  1. Free yoga in the park with Camile
Monday August 6th
QUICK NOTE: We have 60 mats on hand but sometimes classes go over - please bring your own mat, or come early to avoid disappointment! Camile is providing free yoga classes in Merrion Square all summer long! Every Monday, come down for lunch break bliss (1:15 - 1:45PM) or post-work wind down (6:15 - 7:00PM) with certified yoga instructor Ellen O'Shea. All levels are welcome, and goodies will be available! Event brought to you in partnership with Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Council. Meeting place: At the Defense Force Memorial side of Merrion Square across from the National Gallery. [See picture in event discussion!] See you there!
Admission: Free
  1. Carlow
Carlow Garden Festival
27th July  – 4th August
Wednesday August 1st @ 3pm Jimi Blake “Huntingbrook through the Seasons”
Saturday August 4th @ 11.30am Assumpta Broomfield “Scenting and Searching the Rose”
With some of Ireland’s and the UK’s top gardening experts talking in some of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. This is a festival for novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs and garden lovers of any age. With exciting talk and walks this festival is a highlight in Ireland’s gardening calendar of events.
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
Big Barrow Splash Family Day
Sunday 5th August 11 am
Gather your family and compete in The Big Barrow Splash!  This is a race guaranteed to be a family first not to forget. If boat racing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other fun activities organised to ensure an amazing family day out!
Admission: Free
  1. Kilkenny
Free Face Painting
Sunday August 5th
Enjoy FREE face painting at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre every Sunday in July/ August from 2pm-4pm!
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
National Steam Rally
Sunday August 5th - Monday August 6th
A fun packed family weekend with something for everyone. Train ride through the woods, live music, beer tent, food tent, MGA Ireland pony games, tractor pulling, working area with threshing, stone crushing, saw bench and corn milling activities. Separate tractor arena, steam engine arena. Grass lands demonstrations and lots lots more!
Admission: €10 Adult, Under 12 free
  1. Longford
Le Chéile
3rd August – 5th August
Le Chéile festival weekend ticket including onsite camping.
Kila, John Spillane, Rhythm & Sticks, Morrissey & Marshall and lots more
Family fun day (Sunday 5th), Children’s Entertainers, Spoken Word, Drama, Arts and more
Campsite opens @ 5pm on Friday 3rd and closes on Monday 6th @ noon.
Admission: €63.55
  1. Louth
Boyne Music Festival
Friday 3rd August - Sunday 5th August
Each summer the Boyne Music Festival brings great musicians, poets and artists together for an exciting weekend of concerts, talks, workshops and other special events. Works of chamber music combine with art, song and jazz for dynamic programmes which find a unique and intimate resonance within the storied walls of Townley Hall, Drogheda. This year's festival features performances by Rita Manning, Paul Cassidy, Jacqueline Thomas, Dorottya Lang, Robin Panter, Deirdre Brenner, Aisling Manning, Julie-Anne Manning and the Chris Laurence Quartet.  There will be a poetry reading by Peter Fallon, a workshop for children, family concert and numerous tours. Townley Hall is a rare architectural gem with an intimacy that entices friends back year after year.  
Admission: €3-20
  1. Meath
Dublin Bay 15K Coastal Hike Sunday
Sunday August 5th
The Dublin Bay 15k Coastal Hike on a Sunday Morning is solo friendly and great for those who want to keep fit , make new friends and learn about Dublin . It is also a great taster if you fancy The Camino De Santiago in the future. Join "Irish Walking " at the GPO in Dublin's O'Connell St . Walk through some of the more interesting areas of Dublin off the normal tourist trail. Walk through Dublin Docks across the Liffey at the 02 Arena , across the East Link Bridge and past the Aviva Stadium .Pass through Ringsend, Sandymount, Booterstown, Blackrock, Monkstown to Dun Laoghaire. In Dun Laoghaire you can have a coffee at one of the many restaurants, enjoy a glass of wine " in "The Forty Foot" , walk the pier or have an ice cream in Scrumdiddlys or Teddy's. If you need to pamper yourself , have lunch at the wonderful food stalls , have a second glass of wine , go to the cinema , take a boat trip to Howth or visit Bloomfield's or Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. On a Sunday you can visit the open air market To earn this treat we walk roads, beach and park walking along the coast, moving at a reasonable pace but if you start to tire we can slow down There are few distractions till we stop for a coffee in Sandymount or Booterstown . You will need a reasonable level of fitness, good footwear and a sense of humour. Don’t worry there are loads of toilets on the way . Passports are not necessary just a little patience if some are a little slow. This is not a race if you want a sweaty workout at speed forget it, stay in bed. If you are worried about the rain stay in bed as well. It's a great way to make new friends on your Irish Holiday or practice for The Camino . Solo Travellers are especially welcome but everyone must be over 18 and reasonably fit. Tickets for the trek (if available) can be bought on Facebook or here Eventbrite up to 2 hours before we start. Dun Laoghaire is well served by Dart or Bus with connections to all parts of Dublin North and South. The walk finishes at 2.00 at Dun Laoghaire Dart/ Railway Station from where you can travel to anywhere in Dublin.
Admission: €19.50
  1. Offaly
Castlepalooza 2018
Friday 3rd August - Sunday 5th August 2018
Castlepalooza is a three-day boutique music and arts festival held in one of Ireland’s most stunning festival locations: Charleville Castle in Tullamore, County Offaly. Located in a medieval castle nestled amongst Ireland’s oldest primordial oak woods, its atmosphere is like no other. Castlepalooza is renowned for putting on a unique boutique festival that brings together an eclectic mix of homegrown and international music acts, top comedians, energising workshops and, above all, unrivalled festival fun. Among the highlights on this year's line-up are All Tvvins, Rubberbandits, Karl Spain, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), New Jackson, Detroit Swindle and many more exciting acts.
Admission: €49 day ticket
  1. Westmeath
Handmade Jewellery and Accessories Garden Party
Saturday 4th August
Hi all, you are invited to attend my Handmade Jewellery and Accessories garden party in Patrick Street, where you will find a large selection of necklets, rosary beads, bracelets, bangles, earrings, pendants,key rings, handbag and purse charms and matching jewellery sets. A welcome drink and food on arrival, but feel free to bring a bottle of your own. There will be a hamper for raffle with proceeds being donated to the Irish Crohn's Society of Ireland. Prices from €2 - €30, fantastic selection of jewellery at amazing party prices. Hope to see you all there, feel free to bring a friend along.
Admission: Free
  1. Wexford
Lughnasa Celebrations at Hook Lighthouse
Sunday 5th August
Lughnasa is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals still celebrated as part of Irish pre-Christian traditions – along with Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Samhain – and it represents the start of the harvest season.Hook Heritage Lighthouse is celebrating Lughnasa on the first weekend of August, with a special evening hosted by storyteller Baya Salmon-Hawk. There will be fire pits alight on the lighthouse lawns with tales being told of ancient Irish times, as well as of the 800-year history of the lighthouse and those who have lived in it and climbed its well-worn steps over the years. To round off the evening there will also be a traditional fish and chip supper served to guests as part of the celebrations. A wonderful evening awaits those who visit this magnificent lighthouse at the end of the Hook peninsula in one of the most spectacular parts of Ireland's South-East coast.
Admission: €30
  1. Wexford
Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival
Friday 3rd August - Sunday 5th August
The Enniscorthy Rocking’ Food Festival takes over the town for the August Bank Holiday weekend and transform it into a culinary capital with three days full of food and fun for all the family. The festival will feature artisan food and craft markets, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, pottery classes, shield-making, 1798 battle reenactments, rebel parades, a craft beer, live music, Lego workshops, and loads more to keep everybody sated and entertained. The highlight of the festival however are the food trails which showcase the finest food the region has to offer, and allow you to delve in and out of whatever restaurants and bars you want to sample, whether it’s some tapas, or some gin and tonics
Admission: €5-25
  1. Clare
Scariff Harbour Festival
Thursday 2nd August - Monday 6th August
Come to County Clare and see the sixteenth edition of the Waterways Ireland Scariff Harbour Festival bring the town of Scariff to life. One of the highlights of the festival is the musical programme, which features performances from Louise Morrissey, Jake Carter, The Blizzards, and up-and-coming trad group The Kings of Connaught. Across the August Bank Holiday weekend, there will also be other arts, games, workshops and entertainment inspired by the "lake" theme, as well as boat tours and walks exploring all the local area has to offer. The whole town will be on show, so why not make the trip to this beautiful gateway to the West.
Admission: €5-20
  1. Cork
Mitchelstown Busking Festival
Saturday 4 August 2018
The Mitchelstown Busking Festival creates a festival vibe on the streets of Mitchelstown alongside the Independence Festival. Filling the streets with music, it keeps both locals and visitors entertained. The competition is open to all ages and musical levels. This year, enjoy the open mic session, which encourages younger players to showcase their talents by performing up to two songs each. The festival, now in its third year, has proven to be a massive success both for visitors to Mitchelstown and to the local economy. It will take place outside certain businesses on the main road, on a scheduled timetable, with a 30-minute performance time for each. The competition will be decided by a panel of four judges, all of whom boast musical backgrounds. The overall winner will have the chance to perform at the Independence Festival the following year. This festival has boosted the atmosphere in town, and is open to all.
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
Wine and Paint Social Night
Monday 6th August
Wine and Paint Social Night is an opportunity to dip your toe into the world of painting. Local artist Alexandra Božic invites you to enjoy this two and a half hour entry into the world of art in an extremely casual setting where no experience is needed. All the materials, including two glasses of wine, will be included in the price for this event which is suitable for all comers. Whether you are looking to meet people, planning a girls' night, or a bringing a date, come down and enjoy this relaxing evening of creativity and fun at the Wine and Painting Social.
Admission: €40
  1. Limerick
The Great Gin Fair at house of Limerick
5th August
All is Fair in games & fun..
This August Bank Holiday Sunday we will be transforming House Limerick in to the most magnificent, marvelous & magical Gin Emporium where we will be showcasing some of the most unusual and curious gins from both near & far. Our vast range of bespoke gin pop-ups will make this day unmissable, unforgettable and utterly unique.
Not only will we be host to some renowned and boisterous gin labels (some familiar, some not so), live music and entertainment will ensure the bank holiday vibes are in full effect as well as some inspiring chats from gin-industry experts, master distillers & brand ambassadors. Whether you are an occasional gin-fan or a complete gin-fanatic, we have you covered.
Junipers, our gin-inspired currency, will be the only accepted form of legal tender during the event. Don’t worry, there will be a bureau de change on site at all times. For just 7 Junipers (exchange rate: 7J = €7) you can get your hands on any measure of gin & tonic from one of our exotic pop-up gin bars.
This will be a similarly-styled gin-celebration to that of the Great Summer Gin Fair hosted by our wonderful sister bar House Dublin but with a Limerick-twist and a few additional oddities thrown in for good measure.
Admission: €15
  1. Tipperary
Art Exhibition
Saturday 4th August 10am
Equestrian Artist David Baird - Launch night - 6.30pm 20th June. - Racing appears to predominate my paintings, although this wasn’t the original intention. Parade rings are a near perfect arena for what I now call “Artarazzi”. If horses are there to be seen, then so too are all those involved; owners, trainers, jockeys and stable hands and all within an almost intimate setting. I have always felt very fortunate to be working at the fringe of this fantastic Equine industry in Ireland. Today, there can be few sports, professional or otherwise, where you can move freely among participants while they go about their business. During the summer at Ballindenisk, I just happened across a certain Sir Mark Todd washing a set of boots in a black plastic bucket. Thirty feet away, Michael Ryan stood laughing on his mobile phone while, in the other direction, a small child hung grimly onto a pulling black and white terrier. All of life is there for me, an endless seam of moments. I hope you enjoy the full exhibition at the Craft Granary.
Admission: Free

  1. Waterford
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival
Friday 3rd August - Sunday 5th August
Spraoi is a three-day festival of all sorts of delights taking place in Waterford City in August. Street performance is central to the festival, and their programme of entertainers is truly spectacular, with performers including The Foolhardy Three, Mr Culbuto, Suky M1, and the Silent Brass Band. As well as street performances, there is also music, comedy, The Spraoi Parade, a spectacular fireworks display over the river Suir called Pyrofantasia, and even the Sprog Children’s Festival especially for the kids. Not only that, but all the events at this festival are free. A perfect way to spend a summer weekend. Event times TBC.
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
Mad Hatters Day at the Galway Race
Sunday 5th August
The Sunday of our summer racing festival is full of colour and fun with children admitted free of charge. There's lots of entertainment for our younger racegoers. The highlight on the Sunday is the popular Mad Hatters Competition sponsored by Ireland West Airport Knock. Gates Open: 11:30pm, First Race: 2: 15pm, Last Race: 6:00pm.
Admission: ADult €20, Student €15, Child U12 Free             
  1. Leitrim
Tours of Homestead
Saturday 4th August
Guided tours to Sean Mac Diarmada's homestead available free of charge. This beautiful cottage is a designated National Monument owned and maintained in its original condition by the Office of Public Works. The cottage is of considerable historic importance, not only as the single existing home place of any of the seven signatories of the 1916 proclamation but as a fine example of a traditional Irish cottage, offering an insight into what life was like over 100 years ago.
Tours are available weekdays also,to book please contact us via facebook messenger/ [email protected] or (071)9854859
Admission:Prices Vary               
  1. Mayo
Síamsa Sráide Street Festival Swinford
Thursday 2nd August - Wednesday 8th August
Síamsa Sráide is a summer street festival with a range of fun activities for all the family taking place in Swinford, County Mayo over several days this August. Don't miss the open-air céilí, the high-energy dancing, Heritage Day activities and international busking competitions. There will also be a great programme of history walks and talks, poetry recitals, children's events and sports. Check out the variety of great street stalls, enjoy a drama performance or two, and take in the atmosphere with live music filling the air. In the evening, refresh with a bite to eat or even a pint in the local pubs, which will be serving up some fabulous entertainment, too. It's the perfect way to enjoy the summer in Ireland's wild west.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Arigna Mining Experience
The Arigna Mining Experience is Ireland's first coal mining museum of Ireland's first and last coal mines. In the hill country of north Roscommon, Arigna is situated in a picturesque valley with breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled landscape. Mining was carried out in Arigna for 400 years until 1990 when the last mines closed.  The work of a miner was exhausting and often hazardous, with working conditions that were very harsh and cramped. Experience this for yourself at Arigna Mining Museum. Walk underground through what was the last working mine in Arigna and see how the coal was mined. Take a journey through a part of our national history which you have only ever been able to read about until now. School tours and group bookings are catered for.
Prices: €10 (Adult) €6(Child) €8 (Student)

  1. Sligo
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival
Saturday 4th August - Wednesday 8th August
Enjoy this celebration of Irish heritage, crafts and arts this August at the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival. This festival is free to the public and is now in its 33rd year. With five jam-packed days including the Family Fun Day on the Sunday, there's plenty to see and do. The highlight of the festival is on the Wednesday, where the town is transformed with a craft and heritage village. The streets are pedestrianised, which is perfect for families. You can enjoy free craft and arts demonstrations from glass-blowing, spinning, weaving and basket-making to thatching and trashing. Try making some pottery, meet the makers, enjoy street entertainment, take in a live concert by country and western singer Lisa McHugh, sample the artisan food, visit the animals, marvel over vintage displays and have a blast at the funfair. There truly is something for everyone to see and do. Chosen as the Top 14th Festival to visit in the world by Canadian’s Flight Network, this great event also snagged Sligo's Best Tourism Award in 2017.
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
Sunday Sessions Piano & BBQ
Sunday August 5th
The best place to spend your summer Sunday evenings is right here at Biddy's O'Barnes. This summer we've invited three unique and talented piano player/singers to join us on a rotating basis in the lounge on our new piano. In the beer garden there will be a fantastic catering company dishing up some delicious BBQ. (menus subject to change). BBQ starts between 2-3PM (usually). Music starts between 3-330PM
Admission: Food €5

  1. Cavan
Make and Take Strawberry Bowl
Saturday 4th August 10.30am - 12
PERGOLA NURSERIES IN VIRGINIA MAKE AND TAKE WORKSHOP. Plant a bowl of Pink Flowering Strawberries, White flowering Strawberries and delicious Pineberries. Learn how to use correct composts and fertilizer. Bring home your creation and LEAVE THE MESS WITH US
Admission: €24
  1. Monaghan
Dartrey Forest Forest, was formerly the estate of the Dawson family. It is currently managed by Coillte as a commercial forest. The Forest is bordered by a Famine wall which stretches half way along the road from Cootehill to Rockcorry. The landscape of the forest and surrounding area is particularly beautiful, being composed of a series of lakes joined by the Dromore River.
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Waterpark August 2018
Sunday 5th August
Summer Buzz Programme. Daily Activities - 1 Hour Sessions. Please arrive 30 mins before the start time to get changed into your wetsuit. Reduced rates for more than one session. Ring to book! 028 66 386 123
Admission: Child (6-8) £10, Child (9-17) £12, Adult £18
  1. Tyrone
Bapper’s Gig
Saturday 4th August
Bapper's Gig in memory of Gary 'Bapper Morris for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke on Saturday 04 August 2018 at The Hill of The O Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon. 12.30-2.00pm: Rockin Reels at The Square Bar with Mickey Diamond & Friends. APPEARING:
Blackwater Conspiracy (Headline Performance), Rusty Jacks, A Little Bitter, Kalibur the Band, The Black Stuff, The Crafty Crows, Craic Horses, The Pat McManus Band, Bad Boy Boogie (AC/DC Tribute), Smoking Gun. Fully Licensed Bar & BBQ All Day Long. Ice Cream Vendor. Face Painting for Children & Adults...your favourite ROCK Star! FREE After Party at Hagan's Bar & Bar Bella. Tickets on sale now from Hill of The O Neill & Ranfurly House, Stewart's Music Shop, Dungannon Leisure Centre & online from
Admission: Adult £10, U16 £5, U8 go free (ticket required).
  1. Derry
Family Event: Teddy Bear’s Hospital
Saturday 4th August
Big Telly Theatre present Teddy Bear's Hospital. Saturday 4 August, 12noon-3pm. Children (and the young at heart!) are invited to bring their favourite bear to Big Telly Theatre’s amazing Teddy Bear Hospital - St Bear-nards - for some extra special treatment. Little bears can be treated by the BEARiatrics team and whisked off in the amBEARlance for some tender loving care! All this, plus lots of other free creative family fun!
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
Party in the Park
Saturday 4th August 2018
Join us for a Festival of Fun at Party in The Park in Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 4 August from 1-5pm.  Now in its seventh year, this free family fun event is the only party to be at this summer. Headline act, local comedy legends Clubsound, now in their 47th year on the road, will play a two-hour Rock & Roll set celebrating the music and fun of the fabulous 50's&60’s (there is a strong possibility that a few jokes may find their way into the set). The guys will be accompanied on stage by the one and only, Trevor Kelly. Other activities in this year’s lineup include bungee trampolines, crazy golf, swing boats, arts & crafts, balloon modelling, face painting and a range of culinary delights from the food fayre. We hope you can join us for Party in The Park at Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 4 August, the perfect day out for both young and old alike.
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Open House Festival - The 19th Street Brand at Ward Park
Sunday August 5th
Sunday Music in the Park! 3-5pm. We had a great crowd last year and can't wait to see y'all back out there for a beautiful afternoon of music with The 19th Street Band.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
The Wickerman Gathering 2018
Saturday August 4th
Join us for our annual celebration of the Celtic Sun God Lugh. Our 30ft Wickerman will proudly oversee the many and varied activities taking place during this evening of music, dance, crafts, and displays of ancient Celtic traditions & customs. Enjoy performances by, among others, Hatch jaw, Trad Folk Experience. Get into step with dancing, observe the amazing agility of the World of Owls demonstrations. Be transformed with Henna body art and traditional face painting, and join our Celtic characters in their preparation for the great ceremony of the burning of the Wickerman.
Admission: Adult £14.50, Child €9.50
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