20 Free and Cheap things to do this weekend – June 16th – 18th

20 things to do this weekend

Dublin Kite Festival

The Dublin City Council event will provide a jam packed day of exhilarating fun for all the family in North Bull Island, Clontarf on Sunday 18th June 2017.

Last year’s Dublin Kite Festival attracted attendees from around the country, brandishing an array of kites ready to take to the skies and beautify the Dublin skyline with a jumble of colour. There was free entertainment all day long ensuring that attendees enjoyed a carefree Sunday afternoon reliving childhood memories of kite flying whilst having fun with friends and family.

Whether attendees were brilliant kite fliers, or failing kite triers everyone got off the ground in the end as there were plenty of kiting experts ready to lend a hand. The day also boasted lively music, exciting games, kite making workshops and a kite flying competition!

Location:  North Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin 3

18th June – Free

Skerries Midsummer Festival

Skerries Midsummer Festival – June 15-18 2017. A weekend of music & comedy with rowing regatta, beachside & sea based activities in Ireland’s Tidiest Town.

Location: Skerries town

15-18th June -Free

Echo Chamber

Echo Chamber is a vibrant new exhibition at Rua Red, the jewel in South Dublin’s artistic crown. Curated by Matthew Nevin of MART, Echo Chamber explores the concept of echo chambers in digital technology. This is the theory that when you log onto your social media in the modern age, what you are generally surrounded by is a resounding echo of your own core beliefs.

Location: Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
16th June- 27th July – Free

A Little History of the Dublin Pub

The Dublin Pub is one of the most iconic elements of Irish culture. Throughout its long history, the public house has been a place of celebration and commiseration, where the magical, the miserable and the mundane rub shoulders. From its origins in the front rooms and parlours of Dublin homes to the pinnacle of the art form in the Victorian era, the pub has always been a strange mixture of tradition and innovation, of public and private life. More than the public house, it has been the public home. Telling a remarkable story of Dublin’s public houses, A Little History of the Dublin Pub

explores why the Dublin pub is one of the most iconic elements of Irish culture.

Location: 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

1st June – 24th September  – €8

Dalkey Book Festival


Dalkey Book Festival, described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners..

Dalkey, “the most beautiful little seaside town on earth”, has a rich literary heritage. The birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, schoolhouse of James Joyce and playground to Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, Dalkey is also home to the likes of Joseph O’Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. It’s the perfect spot for a literary festival of books and ideas.

Location: Dalkey Village, Dublin

15-18th June – Some free – €10 events which require booking

Bark In The Park

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Bark in the Park’ is an annual fun day event held by the Irish Blue Cross charity in several locations across Dublin for all the family, but must of all your pooch! They will have music, goody bags, face painting, competitions and a fundraising raffle with some fantastic prizes!

Location: Marlay Park, Dublin
18th June – Free you are encouraged to donate money to the Irish Blue Cross

June Fest

There are over 60 different events in this years festival. Highlights – Wallis Bird, Sean Keane, Mundy, Family Fun day on Main Street, June Fest Mid-Summer Race Meeting.

Location: Newbridge, Kildare
1st-23rd June- Free to Some

Kids Mini Marathon and 5k Run

Fun Run- All kids taking part receive a medal- All proceeds to Enable Ireland, O’Neill Centre Kilkenny and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospice Crumlin

 Location: Kilkenny Castle Park

18th June – Free to spectate or €5-10 to participate

An Cnoc Ban Farm

An Cnoc Bán is a organic working farm in Spink, Co. Laois that run a range of seasonal activities camps and workshops for kids who want to learn about our culture, traditional skills and rural way of life.  Cnoc Ban Farm have been providing a range of theoretical and practical courses for children in an enjoyable, engaging atmosphere with the emphasis on participation. They want to nurture awareness of and respect for the natural environment through our interactive approach to learning. Tel.:578731838

Location: Spink, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Less than €10

Solstice at the Henge at Brú na Bóinne

Solstice at the Henge will be a fun and educational family day presenting a variety of activities celebrating heritage, farming, food, health and the environment to inform, inspire and invigorate people of all ages. Explore the extraordinary Lands at Dowth and its huge Henge whose entrances are aligned with the dawn of the summer solstice – all of this magical land is within the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. Come and hear the ancient tale of the Banquet of Dun na nGedh. See how Neolithic farmers from 5500 years ago prepared and cooked their food. Learn how to dig like an archaeologist.
Find out about the links between farming, food, health and the environment. Taste amazing food from the award-winning artisan food producers of the Boyne Valley. Relax and enjoy music in the Henge in the evening. Feel free to bring a picnic and rugs.

Location: The Lands at Dowth, Glebe, Co. Meath

17th June – €3

Scurlogstown Olympiad Trim Haymaking Festival

Our annual Trim Haymaking Festival held in the town of Trim Co. Meath, is a fun filled day out for all the family. It is a participation event promoting the cultural history of rural Ireland and Irish heritage through music, song, dance & folk tales -games, pastimes & work methods. We have many sections and events on the day ranging from trader stalls and markets to kids fun areas. Listen to poetry or dance away at live music stages with some of the best acts in traditional Irish and country music. From pet farms to exhibitions and world record attempts there is a plethora of activity going on for all the family to enjoy.

Location: Trim, Co Meath

18th June – €10, children free

Lukers Riverfest

Riverfest takes place on June 17th from 2pm and June 18th in Shannonbridge, location Lukers of Shannonbridge right next to the River Shannon. It boasts of some of Ireland’s best up and coming bands along with already established heavy hitters on the Irish Trad, Folk, Bluegrass and modern music scene. It also boasts of the fine display of craft beers, rustic, gourmet food and an over all happy music festival experience for all ages.

  Location: Main Street, Shannonbridge

17-18th June – Entrance €5

Arklow Maritime and Heritage Museum

Arklow Maritime Museum, in the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, displays information on the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions.
On display are photographs of the port dating back to the mid 19th century as well as models of vessels built in Arklow, tools, navigational equipment, paintings and artefacts. These include Sir Francis Chichester’s Gypsy Moth III. Of particular interest to children is an operational model of the wheelhouse controls of a trawler.

Location: Arklow Town
17th & 18th June –  €2 – €10

Bia Lover Food Festival

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Bia Lover is one of the biggest regional food events and attracts thousands of food lovers to Athenry. This free family friendly weekend promises to be a truly enjoyable occasion. The festival centre piece will once again be its’ producer market where food and drink producers showcase their wares. There will be music and dance, a multicultural food tasting, baking competitions, busking competitions, children’s activities and general all round great fun and entertainment.

Location: Athenry, Co. Galway

16-18th June-Free


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As well as the usual sporting, entertainment and community events, Headfest is planning a series of joint fundraising concerts with local football club Moyne Villa FC who are celebrating their 40th year in the town. The Monaghans Big Red Barn, a purpose built temporary venue, will be installed for the festival weekend on the pitch at Moyne Villa to host a range of events.

Location: Headford, Galway

15th – 18th June – Free

Shear Madness 2017

FOUR men will shear sheep for 24 hours in a bid to raise funds for Mayo Mountain Rescue, starting at 4pm on June 17 at Drummindoo Stud in Westport. The launch of the fundraising effort was very well attended recently at The Ocean Lodge, Killadoon, in the shadow of Mweelra with people from the local area along joined by others from Westport, Foxford and Ballycroy. “The fact is that the Mountain Rescue services on this island receive very little funding from the state. It is scandalous that vital public services like this have to depend on fundraising, but that is how it is.

 Location: Drumindoo Stud, Knockranny, Westport

17-18th June – Free

Lily Lolly Craftfest

The festival is a ten-day long programme of over 40 events including discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on good fun workshops where experts and novices alike roll up their sleeves up and get crafty. The workshop programme this year is given by leading Irish craft designers in ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, weaving and felting and is matched by a suite of exhibitions and demonstration events throughout the week.

Location: Drumcliffe and Sligo locations

13-18th June – Free

    Chapel Lane Market


The market prides itself on offering only hand crafted, hand grown or home baked goods. Each of the crafters is passionate about their craft and strive to offer only the best each week. The stallholders all support and encourage each other, helping to create a very special market, right in the heart of Ennis.

Location:  Chapel Lane, Ennis, Clare

17th June – Free

Burren Nature Sanctuary

The Burren Nature Sanctuary are running a set of weekly event this Summer. These include Guided Nature Walks and Walks with Emilia the Micro Pig.
Weekly Throughout Summer 2017 (June to July 2017)

Midsummer Festival


Cork Midsummer Festival is Cork’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. The programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all art forms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

Location: Cork city locations
16-25th June – Free to €10


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