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Monkstown International Puppet Festival
When: Saturday 21st September
Monkstown International Puppet Festival will be showcasing the world of puppetry both from Ireland and other parts of the globe. Not only will there be shows for children, but adult themed puppet shows too. Located on the gorgeous streets of Monkstown this is a festival that nobody should miss. With shows on at different times throughout the day, there is bound to be something suitable for all.
Admission: Price varies - many free shows
Bluefire Street Festival
When: Saturday 21st September
Bluefire Street Fest is a non-profit enterprise with a goal to celebrate social integration amongst young Dubliners. This one-day festival will take place in Dublin’s Smithfield Square, the day after Culture Night. It will feature a Global Village food,  crafts market and wellbeing fair, as well as a music and performing arts tent and street murals. With many activities planned on the day including open dance classes, workshop programme and engaging talks there is something for everyone.
Admission: Free
Temple Bar Music Day
When: Saturday 21st September - 28th September
Temple Bar will be celebrating not one but two weekends of live traditional song, dance and music by Irish and international groups from around the world. This event will take place at Crompton Court, Temple Bar and will showcase musical talent from the four corners of the world. Let’s hope the summer weather stays put for this wonderful event taking place in the heart of Dublin City Centre.
Admission: Free
2. Cork

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival
When: 16th-22nd September
The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is a celebration solely of the guitar. The festival itself is run by a non-profit organisation run by a group of music lovers and our very proud of the relaxed, educational, exciting and artistic environment the festival creates in the beautiful seaside town of Clonakilty.
Admission: 90% of the events are free over the majority of the weekend with only four shows ticketed (one each day of the festival).
3. Limerick

Shanagolden 3K Colour Dash Run & Walk
When: Sunday 22nd September
The Shanagolden 3K Colour Dash Run & Walk is here and is set to be a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy. You can take part in the colour dash by walking or running, whichever you feel comfortable with. A family fun day will happen after the run which will have bouncy castles, music, face painting and t-shirts. 100% of the ticket sales go towards The Shanagolden Playground Fund, making this event a perfect community filled day out. The event is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission: children €10- adults €12
4. Wicklow

Honey Festival
When: Saturday 21st September
If you are interested in learning more about the native Irish honey bee, then head down to the 3rd Annual Ashford Honey Festival where the heritage centre is transformed into a hive activity. Members of the Ashford & District Beekeepers Association  will share their knowledge of bees and pollination while you enjoy a fun filled family day out. Taste some of the high quality pure local Irish honey and browse the lovely organic stalls that will be there on the day, along with entertainment to keep the kids happy while you browse including face-painting, a quiz and some improvised play- acting which will include the story of bees!
Admission: Free
5. Tipperary

Cashel Arts Festival
When: 19th September - 22nd September
The Cashel Arts Festival is back and will take place over four-days in the beautiful town of Cashel, Co. Tipperary. You can take your pick from music, visual arts, film, workshops, family events, literature events and dance. The aim of the festival is to encourage visitors and the local community to participate in a wide variety of arts, as it’s essential to the success of the festival. Whether you’re looking to get stuck into learning something new or being entertained, this festival will have something for everyone.
Admission: Varies from €5-€15
6. Louth

Taste of Togher
When: Saturday 21st September
The seventh annual Taste of Togher will take place in The Glyde Inn, Annagassan from 12pm-5pm. There will be a wide range of local produce to try, from cheese to jams and sweet treats. On the day there will be a local historian who will give a Viking tour of the Viking site on the grounds. Children will be able to get aboard a real Viking ship and see what it is like to be a real like Viking.
Admission: Free
7.  Belfast

Culture Night Belfast
When: 20th-21st September
Culture Night Belfast is back and takes place over the course of 2 days with free events running right across the city. The 11th Culture Night takes place with hundreds of free family events, exhibitions, talks, tours, music, theatre, light shows and activities. This is the biggest event in the city’s cultural calendar. Come along for a day of exploration and adventure.
Admission: Free
8. Kerry

Tralee Food Festival
When: 22nd-24th September
The Tralee Food Festival is taking place in the third week of September and is set to be a wonderful event for all. The festivals aim is to showcase the amazing produce from the area. The festival itself will include an artisan food market in the square, which will also have local chefs putting on cooking demonstrations. A taste trail will take place on Saturday where various eateries will offer €2 per taste plate. This is a great festival to open your taste buds to tasty food and drinks.
Admission: Free
9. Waterford

Holistic Farm Tour in the Comeragh Mountains
When: 2nd September - 30th November
The Holistic Farm Tour in the Comeragh Mountains is taking place on the breath-taking mountain views of both the Comeragh and Knockmealdowns mountains. During this tour you will be brought on a journey of how tasty food is produced and taken in to see the hen house and seasonal poultry on the farm. You can take a wander through the amazing vegetable patches, where you can taste, smell and talk about the food.
Admission: Adult €10 - Children €5
10. Galway

Clifden Arts Festival
When: 18th-29th September
The Clifden Arts Festival is back and is in its 42nd year. This festival is a great celebration of the arts, which includes poetry readings, traditional music, concerts, comedy and much more. All taking place in the gorgeous west coast of Galway this festival will have something to excite everyone, be it walking around the beautiful Clifden and mingling with wonderful artists and creatives.
Admission: Varies - many free events
11. Mayo

The Tower's Seafood Festival 2019
When: 20th-22nd September
The Tower’s Seafood Festival is part of Taste the Island and is set to be a wonderful event for all. The weekend will bring much joy to seafood lovers, offering delicious food tastings where you can try unusual dishes and broaden your palate. On Sunday, expect a children’s programme with an interactive theatre show and a disco with live music throughout the course of the weekend. The weekend is free to enter, but there are some ticketed events.
Admission: Free
12. Monaghan

Monaghan Festival of Colour
When: Sunday 22nd September
The Monaghan Festival of Colour is here and is taking place in Rossmore Forest Park at 11am. This family-fun event is open to the public and is suitable for all age groups, young and old. At the starting line there will be music to get people geared up for the 5k race ahead and refreshments at the finish line. Don’t forget to wear a white t-shirt and your sunglasses.
Admission: €5 with u2’s going free
13. Sligo

Remembering the Armada
When: 20th - 22nd September
This week attend an annual event which commemorates the tragic of the 1588 wreck in which 3 Armada ships were wrecked at Streedagh Beach in Sligo. There will be many events including music, lectures, commemorative parade and more.  Like previous years, there will be a Spanish Naval service military ship with a special appearance from the ESPS Centinela. An educational weekend not to be missed!
Admission: Ranges from free to priced
14. Carlow

Close Encounter - Meetings with Remarkable Buildings
When: 21st September
Produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with VISUAL Carlow and the Glucksman Cork, head along to an all-day architecture symposium event which will be broken down into 4 sessions: Remember Housing, The Forgotten Pleasure of the Familiar, Tradition & Individual Talent and The Public Realm has History. The first session kicks off at 9.30am. Entry fee is €5 which will be donated to VISUAL’s Engagement Programme.
Admission: €5
15. Meath

Apollo 11 (2019)
When: 21st September
Apollo 11 will be screened at Solstice 4K Cinema this Saturday at 7.30pm. With the newly discovered trove of 70mm footage along with 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, getting the first man on the moon. This is “a cinematic experience fifty years in the making” not to be missed.
Admission: €8 / €6.50 (conc)
16. Tyrone

Ulster American Folk Park
When: 21st - 22nd September
If you’re looking for something outside the box to do, why not head to the Ulster American Folk Park where you’ll get to immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts, tell you a few stories and maybe even share a bit of their good food. The get the most from the experience we’d recommend giving your 2 to 3 hours to soak up all that is around you.
Admission: Adults £9, children £5.50
17. Offaly

49th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2019
When: 22nd – 27th September
Its 49th year in the running, the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships returns for another year in Birr, Co. Offaly to celebrate what is the longest running National ballooning event in the world. The main launch HQ for the event will be Birr Castle Gardens with flights taking place over the beautiful town of Birr throughout the week - weather permitting. The event takes place from 22nd to 27th of September 2019 inclusive.
Admission: €5.00 per person, €15.00 Family of 4
18. Fermanagh

Festival Lough Erne 2019
When: 21st - 22nd September
Back for its fifth year, the festival returns to provide a range of water-based activities which will accompany the main event within the walls of Enniskillen Castle. Throughout the weekend there will be family-oriented entertainment including face painting, street entertainment as well as music for all. The festival area is to fully enclosed in the walls Enniskillen Castle Museums with the vast majority of the Festival events taking place under cover.
Admission: £2

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