24 Free and Cheap things to do this weekend – May 19th – 21st

19 Things to do this weekend

Here are 24 things for you and your family

to enjoy this May weekend.


Clare 250 Mile Cycle


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The Clare 250 Mile Cycle is a two day, charity event starting off from Ennis and taking in East Clare on Saturday, with an overnight stay in Lissycasey and travelling through West and North Clare on Sunday, finishing that evening in Ennis. It is a paced cycle and open to any level of experience. Food, first aid and repairs are all catered for with additional support from emergency services.

All monies raised goes towards the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage for those diagnosed with cancer in the communities of the participants of the cycle and towards the Clare 250 Cancer Centre.

Location: County Clare

20th & 21st May 2017 – Free


Battle for the Bay



Join us for one the of the biggest Watersport & Beach festival in the world! Only 15 min away from Dublin CIty Centre, Dollymount Beach is THE place to be to have Fun on the sand! Watersports, Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volley, Land Yachting, Live Music Stages, Fun for the Kids, Food Village, Beach Market, Biodiversity Village, FlyeFit Fitness Village, and so much more…

Location: Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin
19-21st May – Free

Africa Day Dublin



The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more. Have a look at the event listings below for detailed information and timings of performances and other activities

Location: Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin
21st May – Free

Jac Leirner Exhibition


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Considered one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists, this solo exhibition from Jac Leirner comprises of exciting recent and new work made in response to the architecture of IMMA. Leirner works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, installation and works on paper.

Location: Courtyard Galleries, East Ground, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
14th February- 5th June – Free

Docklands Summer Festival



An exciting outdoor, high energy, positive lifestyle event for all the family the Festival showcases Dublin’s regenerated Docklands. Utilising the unique urban setting of Grand Canal Dock the 2017. Good clean fun for all the family.

Location: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
20th & 21st May – Free      

Kildare GAA Field Day


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There will be activities for all the family to enjoy from 1 O’clock: hook-a-duck, penalty shoot out, bouncy castles, golf skills, spin the wheel, hurling shoot out, sponge throwing, kids carousel, washing line game, hang tough eliminator, hot food and a cake stall.
We hope to see you all there!

Location: Sallins Gaa Pitch, Naas, Kildare
21st May – Free

National Drawing Day


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Experience National Craft Gallery and experience lots of FREE creative family fun and artistry this National Drawing Day. Drop-in and get involved in the various workshops that will be happening throughout the day!

Location: National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny
20th May – Free

National Leprechaun Hunt

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The Sliabh Foy Mountains will be heaving with the final dastardly leprechauns this May, and you need to come to Carlingford to be in with the chance of nabbing one. The top prize will be €500, which is a veritable pot of gold in itself. Altogether, there will be prizes worth €2000 up to be won, so you’d better put on your best optics and get searching for those little magical mites.

Location: Slieve Foye Mountain, Carlingford, Louth
21st May – Tickets  €6


Bambury Exhibition

Featuring a collection of exquisite black & white photographs of the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour,  Killarney National Park, Lough Tay and the breath-taking Skellig Michael, this a must see for lovers of dramatic Irish landscape.

Location: The Gaslamp Galley, 46 Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford
13-31st May – Free

Copper Coast under the microscope

Drop into the Geopark Visitor Centre and learn about how, why and where we look at rocks and minerals under the microscope. Have a look yourself and explore the unique exhibition in the Geopark Visitor Centre with geologist Robbie Galvin.

Location: Copper Coast Geopark, Knockmahon, Waterford
20th May – Free

The Band of the 2nd Brigade Performance


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The band is regarded as being an integral part of the cultural life of the town and performs at numerous events within the local community such as schools, festivals, public recitals and charity events.

Location: Athlone Castle, Castle St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
21st May – Free

Park Plant Fair



Strokestown Park and The Irish Heritage Trust are proud to announce the inaugural Strokestown Park Plant Fair 2016. Plant sellers will be exhibiting in the sheltered and historic courtyard alongside stands from Irish Seed Savers and Crann – Trees for Ireland.

Location: Strokestown Park, Roscommon
22nd May –  € 5

Galway Early Music Festival

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The festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people. Bealtaine is increasingly recognised as a major innovator in the area of the arts, creativity and older people globally and as a result is also about supporting the arts community to continue to work and to inspire and train other artists to engage in the area of creative ageing and intergenerational work.

Various locations around Galway
19-21st May – Various events are free

Biodiversity week at Ballycroy National Park


National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them; showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature; and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more.

Location: Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Ballycroy Village, Wesport, Mayo
19-28th May – Free

Tulla Traditional Music Festival


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Weekend of Music, Song, Dance, Gaeilge, Concerts, Ceílí’s, Workshops, C.D. Launches.
Fiddle Competitions including Young Fiddler of East Clare Competition.

Location: Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre, Clare
19-21st May – Most events are free



A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.

Location: Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
19-21st May – Most events are free

Killarney Park Run


A timed and measured 5k run which takes place at Muckross house every Saturday morning at 9.30am. Best of all it is a free event open to all, both adults and children. It is a social event which attracts everyone from the fastest runners to beginners and to those just looking for an excuse to walk 5k in the wonderful National Park. The only requirement is to register at http://www.parkrun.ie/register/ and bring the barcode with you on the morning you wish to take part.

Location: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, The National Park, Killarney, Co Kerry
20th May – Free

Green Ribbon Walk

Irish country singer Mike Denver and national chairperson of IFA farm family Maura Canning launching the "IFA annual Green Ribbon walk and Talk" to promote mental health. the walk will take place on Sunday 1May at 3.00pm at Protumna Forest Park. Picture: Hany Marzouk

The Green Ribbon walk is in aid of promoting positive mental health. The walk starts at 10am in the Bike Trail in Ardpatrick. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Promoting positive mental health in our communities.

Location: Bike Trail Centre, Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick
21st May – Free

Cavan Farmers Market


Cavan Farmers Market

Stalls at the market offer a range of organic meat, fruit and vegetables as well as home-baking, cheese and fresh fish. Visitors and locals are invited to browse, buy and soak up the market atmosphere.

Location : McCarren’s, Farnham Road, Cavan Town
Every Saturday – Free

Letterkenny Artisan Market


Quality local produce, hand crafts, art, food, live music. A place for producers to showcase their products and for the people to enjoy a great day out

Location: Unit 1, Carrygally Business Park (Old Quarry), Lismonaghan, Letterkenny
20th May – Free

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


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

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

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      



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