4 things to do this weekend

This weekend festival options are plentiful, from community occasions to heritage events, musical happenings to family fun filled days out, which one will take your fancy?

  • Harold's Cross community festival

The sunshine has been glorious the past few days, and with plenty of outdoor events occurring this weekend, let’s hope that the good weather continues.

Here are four outdoorsy on-goings for you to consider.

Harold’s Cross Community Festival

14-20 May

Having kicked off on Monday, Harold’s Cross Community Festival will be ongoing throughout the weekend. This annual affair promises to be a fun day out for all the family with a variety of events taking place in a number of locations in Harold’s Cross.

The on-goings includes a clay workshop with KaroArt, a Dublin based ceramic studio where beautifully coloured, whimsical pieces are created in a fully handmade process, a festival club with Irish Traditional fiddler, Edel McWeeney, face painting, fun and games for the little ones, and much more. The festival will draw to a close on Sunday afternoon with a big family day in the park.

To view the full schedule see Harold’s Cross Community Festival .

Balmoral Show

17-20 May

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Balmoral Show returns to the Sprucefield venue in Co. Antrim. The event is Northern Ireland’s biggest agriculture occasion, however, you do not need to have an interest in the farming sector to attend. This show provides entertainment for all the family.

With an array of trade exhibitors from art, fashion to confectionary, you can doodle around the shopping sector and explore at your leisure. Sit back and relax, rest your feet and watch the talented horse riders tackle difficult courses, witness the bravery of the stunt men preforming in the main area, or why not stop in at the NI Food Pavillon and sample all the tasty treats. There is so much to do and see at the Balmoral that one day may not be enough.

For further details including ticket prices, visit Balmoral Show.

The Mulranny Stone Wall Festival

18-20 May

Ireland is renowned for its green fields and traditional stone walls, and this festival is a celebration of Irelands’ artistic character and beautiful landscape. This is the 4th annual Mulranny Stone Wall Festival in Co. Mayo, which was set up in a bid to preserve Ireland’s traditional skills.

With a jam packed programme consisting of talks, demonstrations and dry stone wall building along the Great Western Greenway, there are plenty of beautiful sights to be indulged. For the youngsters there will be a children’s stone totem building competition at Mulranny Beach, so that they too can learn and practice the ticks of the traditional stone building trade.

For more information see Mulranny Stone Wall Festival.

Homebirds Music Festival

18-20 May

This brand new festival takes place in the seaside town of Youghal located in East Cork. The event will see over 40 musical acts performing in 15 venues around the town, across the three days.

The musical variety will be second to none as the festival will welcome performances from every genre including Irish music sessions, rock and choral music. Bars and venues situated across the coastal town will host gigs as part of the festival’s music trail, with St Mary’s Collegiate Church being speculated as for the most spectacular venue. If you seek a weekend filled with musical talent, Youghal is the place to be.

Tickets price vary, visit Homebirds Music Festival , for more details.

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