15 Free and Cheap things to do this weekend – May 12th to 14th

19 Things to do this weekend

Here are 15 things for you and your family to enjoy this May weekend.

Bealtaine Festival

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The festival is a national celebration of arts and creativity in the older generation. The festival will officially be launched tomorrow at the Regional Culture Centre (RCC) in Letterkenny. This will include a talk on Active Citizenship from Rory Cleary of Active Retirement Ireland. It will feature music from jazz legends Gay McIntrye and John Trotter. This launch will begin at 11am.

Location: Countywide in Donegal
1-31st May – Free

Hidden Gems Exhibition

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The Hidden Gems exhibition launched this morning in the Museum of Style Icons to our specially invited audience who were certainly wowed by the rare items worn by Hollywood Royalty.

 Location: Newbridge Silverware,

Cutlery Road, Newbridge

20 Mar – 14th May  – Free

Flutter by Butterfly Trails

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Fantastic opportunity to learn about the management and conservation of Murlough’s amazing range of butterflies and moths.
Location: Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum
6-20th May – Free


Latin American Fest


We are pleased to announce the second edition of LATIN FEST in Dublin, with more artists, performances, cultural activities and lots of fun. The line up includes Latin Bands such as Mariachis, 5 djs, Cuban salsa dance classes, dance performances, kits entertainment until 6:30pm and food from 8 different countries of Latin America.

Location: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 1             

14th May – Free      


Pets in the City

2404-pets-in-the-cityIf you have pets or love animals, here’s an event that you would barking mad to miss. Pets in the City is an annual event put on by Dublin City Council, supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws, that highlights responsible pet ownership.
Pet owners all over the city will descend on Smithfield Square where there’ll be a host of stalls selling accessories for your furry friend, grooming bits and bobs, and of course, toys. There will also be stands with information and advice from the DSPCA.
Visitors can look forward to a visit with farm animals and, for the brave, a reptile haven, with special face painting and kid-friendly talks and entertainment for the little ones.
And the action isn’t all exclusive to humans. The Scrufts (like Crufts, but scruffier) Dog Show will see dogs compete for rosettes, while there will also be dog agility workshops and you can even avail of DSPCA microchipping for your furry friend.

Location: Smithfield Square

Sunday 14 May 2017

Admission Free


Painting & Sketching Club Exhibition


The 139th Annual Exhibition has paintings on a ‘maritime theme’ in celebration of the bicentenary of the building the Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May 1817. A harbour paint-out day for ‘plein air’ artists, open to all artists, to be held on Saturday 13th May and painting demonstrations on ‘marine painting’ on Saturday 20th May. In addition, an artist at work on a painting, daily during the exhibition, painting critique sessions for amateur artists and exhibition guided tours. Whyte’s will be offering a painting valuation session during the exhibition.

Location: County Hall, Dun Laoghaire
8-21st May – Free

Pawsitivity in the City

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Pawsitivity in the City event is back.  It’s going to be a free, fun-filled family dog event taking place in Merrion Square this May.

Location: Merrion Square, Dublin
13-14th May – Free


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Science fiction, fantasy and horror fans unite. 2016 plans include a table quiz, film nights, retro gaming, cosplay, DnD, workshops, Buffy and Trek v Wars.

Location: On The Quay,Wexford
13-14th May –  Free

Beauty and the Beast Musical

(1) Castlerea Youth Stage School Presents Beauty and the Beast - Mozilla Firefox

Tale as old as time. Castlerea Musical Society Youth Stage School are staging the amazing Beauty & The Beast on the 13th & 14th of May in the Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea.

Location: Trinity Arts Centre, Castlerea, Roscommon
13-14th May
Adult €10, Children €5

Glengowla Klondike Tour

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 Come join us on a unique, guided, underground tour of Connemara’s only show mine, and a real live Wild West movie set at Oughterard’s Glengowla Mines. The Mines, abandoned in 1865, are a unique reminder of the 19th Century methods of ore extraction and processing. A fantastic family attraction and a great day out.

Location: Glengowla Mines, Oughterard, Connemara, Galway, Ireland
13th May – €3 per person

Strandhill People’s Market

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    Every Sunday from 11am to 4pm the market opens its doors selling an array of local crafts, foods and textiles. The market is a fusion of speciality food with stalls specialising in European and Asian cuisine. You will also find home baked goods, fair trade coffee, freshly pressed juices, cheeses, herbs & spices, teas, and fresh meat and vegetables. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with a choice of cupcakes, chocolate and ice cream!

Location: Hangar 1 at Sligo airport, Strandhill
14th May- reoccurring every Sunday – Free      


Westport Airshow

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The event kicks off at 1pm with a family Fun Fair, Food and Craft Markets along the Quays. You can even experience the Wild Atlantic Way from the sky by taking a Helicopter Pleasure Flight.

Location: Quay westport, Wesport
14th May – Free

Embrace Exhibition

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The exhinition consisits of numerous professional artists across various artforms, which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.

Location: Glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Clare
3-27th May – Free

Pop Up Record & CD Fair

Pop Up Record & CD Fair - McPhails, Drogheda - Sunday May 14th @ McPhails Bar - 14 MAY 2017 - Mozilla Firefox

         Experience the spring edition of the Pop-Up Record & CD Fair at McPhails Bar & Venue in Drogheda on Sunday May 14th. All styles of music!! From bargain bins to high price rarities! Browse through 1000’s of LPs, singles and CDs. Bring your unloved Records and CD’s and exchange or turn them into cash.

Location: 8-9 St Laurence St, Downtown Drogheda, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
14th May – Free      

Cork VegFest

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Full of stalls offering the best vegan food by local producer’s, lifestyle talks, demo’s, cruelty free products, exhibitors, non-profits, animal rescues, film & lots more! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Cork Vegfest; you can just hang out eating great food, try natural ethical products, learn about plant based health benefits or enjoy a talk among a super friendly gathering…

Location: Cork City Hall, Anglesea St, Ballintemple, Cork
13th May – €12.00 Kids go free