A selection of activities, events and things to do in Ireland this weekend.
Become a hero with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind this weekend. Dogs Unite is fun 5km walk for dog lovers taking place in Phoenix Park this Sunday from 11.30am. All entrants receive a cape for their super hero dog and all tickets purchased go towards supporting our services changing the lives of people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism.
This Sunday, the popular indoor playcentre Huckleberry's Den in Navan hosts a special needs event. There will be plenty of games and free juices and tea for parents. Admission is only €7 per child and €4 for each additional child and the fun runs from 10am - 2pm. Booking in advance.
A fun event on Sunday afternoon in Sligo IT, to raise funds for a Bereavement Room for the Maternity Ward in Sligo University Hospital.
Contestants pay to enter a team of two, but the it is free to attend and support the runners. There will be different activities for all ages including bouncy castles, kids races, face painting, ice cream, sweets, food, coffee/tea, DJ and lots of fun for all.
Covering an area of 4000sq feet with a giant inflated Gorilla, Shark and Giraffe, four 5-metre high slides, a climbing wall and lots more hidden secrets, this is a popular birthday party venue. However, this Sunday, 23rd of September, they will host a a Walk-in Special with a promotion rate of only €6 per child.
The 13th Culture Night takes place on Friday with some 400,000 people expected to visit museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. Events include free entry to Dún na Sí Heritage Park, Bricí Spraoi’s Imagination Playground in Hawk's Well Theatre, in Sligo, creative upcycling demonstrations in The Rediscovery Centre, water zorbing in Limerick, Spiky Tribe illuminted sculpture trail in Letterkenny Town Park, a free guided tour of Westport House in Mayo and more.
The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships is usually referred to as 'The Irish Meet', now attracts up 40 balloons and will fly over the Birr, Co. Offaly countryside from 23rd - 28th September. The main launch HQ for the event will be the Birr Castle Gardens with balloons flights scheduled to take place twice each day, weather permitting, at approximately 7:30am and 6:00pm.
Open every weekend this month and booking is also now open for Halloween and Christmas at the popular Red Mountain Open Farm - book now and save 15% on family tickets only available on YourDaysOut.
A unique festival which retells the fascinating story of the ill-fated Spanish Armada voyage of 1588 with fun events including a Village Family Event on Sunday afternoon.
Running from September 27 to October 13, the Dublin Theatre Festival brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. Highlights include Oscar nominee Ruth Negga in the title role of Hamlet, Arthur Miller’s iconic film The Misfits is tbrought to the stage and thought-provoking The Bystander.
The festival also hosts special events for children in association with The Ark in Temple Bar including Grass, a dance-show, this weekend, that aims to inspire audiences to look closely at the world around them
It is a two-day celebration of a vegan lifestyle this weekend in Griffith College on Saturday and Sunday. Dublin VegFest is the country’s biggest vegan food event with a large outdoor area, speakers area, vegan food village and chill zone.
Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show
A fun family day out at the show the has been running since the early 1800s with plenty of fun competitions and entertainment.
A four-day festival in the famous town of Cashel in County Tipperary with events and activities for all the family this weekend including the Lantern Parade on Friday evening, storytelling with Julian Gough, a Taste of Cashel, Community Piano on the Plaza, lunchtime performances of the play 'Madam Nonie's Monstrous Proposal' and much more.
The National Museum of Ireland Country Life in Mayo hosts a temporary exhibition that explores the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu epidemic.
The 24th Fringe Festival concludes this weekend with performances including Summertime Slip & Sync, Ireland's Call with John Connors, Witches & Dogs and comedy from Foil Arms & Hog and Deirdre O'Kane.
The Clifden Community Arts Festival runs until Sunday with events including An Afternoon of Fun in Market Square on Saturday, Lynn Saoirse, The Henry Girls and the spectacular Parade of Light on Saturday evening.