Things to do this weekend in Ireland | August 24 - August 26

A selection of things to do in Ireland this weekend

Leisureplex Fundraising Day

Leisureplex Stillorgan host a fun Fundraising Day on Sunday, 26th from 2-6pm, in memory of their much-loved colleague Lucy Dolan.

An afternoon of bowling, pool, Quasar, Zoo playland, food and refreshments is planned, with the aim to raise funds for The Down Syndrome Centre, a charity close to Lucy’s heart. A donation will also be made to CRY, a sudden adult death syndrome screening service for families affected by SADS. All welcome.

Fota Wildlife Park Summer Events

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates 35 years with a series of fun and educational events this summer. This weekend is your last chance to  enjoy yoga classes at Cypress Lawn with Bikram Yoga Cork. There are two more classes on Sunday suitable for all the family. The classes are free with your admission but booking in advance in essential as spaces are limited.

Heritage Week

This year's National Heritage Week runs until August 26th, with thousands of events all across the country organised by national and local organisations. Most of the events are free, and aim the highlight and promote our cultural heritage.

Events during the week include the Youghal Medieval Festival, Sharing Stories at the Dead Zoo, the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at the National Botanic Gardens, Hi-Jinks & Family Fun at Maynooth Castle, Discover Dublin’s Medieval Story at Dublinia and Old Cork Waterworks Experience presents “Water Heritage Open Day on Sunday.

Dalkey Lobster Festival

The Dalkey Lobster Festival returns from the 23rd to 26th August with a fusion of local seafood with the best of current global jazz musicians and lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy.

A Taste of Donegal

Running from August 24th - August 26th, you can taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country. There will be live demonstrations from top Irish chefs and a closing fireworks display over Donegal Bay on Sunday evening.

Westport House Pop Up Restaurant

Your last chance to dine like a Lord or a Lady in the the Drawing Room at Westport House where Chef Áine Maguire will serve a tasty menu that reflects Georgian tastes using only the very best local and seasonal products. Very Downtown Abbey!

Party in The Park

Donegal Youth Service’s Party in the Park returns to Letterkenny on Friday 24th. Live music, food, face painting, henna, festival hair, games and lots of fun.

Belfast Mela

An annual celebration of global cultures when tens of thousands of visitors come together to celebrate our people and diversity in Belfast's Botanic Gardens on Sunday 26th August. Music, dance, arts and culture come together to create a heady, good humoured atmosphere with plenty of fun for all the family.

Howth Jazz & Blues Festival

End the summer in style with free jazz and blues in scenic Howth village. Acts over the weekend include Hollywood Slim and the Fat Cats, Southern Xpress, The Urban Mojo Blues Band and a pop up Blues Festival.

Oughterard Show

Celebrating the 55th Annual Show on Sunday 26th August with a varied, engaging family fun day. There are numerous classes for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, dogs and domestic arts section as well as  Best Dressed Lady, Best Hat Competition, Bonny Baby, Little Miss/Little Master competitions and a new competition for Junior Miss Oughterard.

National Wax Museum Plus

A lot more than just wax statues, the museum is full of fun, interactive exhibits that will keep active children entertained - an engaging way to spend a couple of hours this summer, just avoid the Chamber of Horrors if you want to sleep that night!

They are also offering up to 15% off all tickets - including your own Wax Hands - only with bookings on YourDaysOut during  August.

Carrickmacross Arts Festival

This year is Carrickmacross Arts Festival’s fifth birthday and to mark this occasion some of the favourite acts from the past four years will be taking to the music stage, as well as some new faces with a programme of events showcases art in all its forms - music, literature, comedy, painting, sculpture, drama, film and so much more. 


A top line-up of acts will perform over the weekend, including the The 4 Of Us  and Hermitage Green, with plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a mini disco for little music lovers, arts and crafts, face-painting, puppetry, nature walks, train heritage, folklore and storytelling.

Auld Lammas Fair

One of Ireland’s oldest traditional fair which traditionally takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. The present day fair provides street entertainment and market stalls with trading, bargaining, busking, amusements and street entertainment competitions to add to the atmosphere in the beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle.

Loughrea Medieval Festival

The 5th Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival takes place from the 24th to 26th August and includes the Walled Towns Day in Loughrea on Sunday, food demos, talks, re-enactments, craft demos, children’s activities, music, guided tour, food & crafts market and lots more.

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival

On Sunday, 26th August the Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival takes place. It is  a free festival of music, dramatic performances incorporating the mythical story of the Salmon of Knowledge from the River Boyne, arts/crafts, culture, Boyne Valley Food producers and much more.

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