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16th Aug 2019

Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out (16 – 18 August)

Benny Johnston

A full weekend of food, music, art, and more.

Summer is drawing to a close (if you count August as summer, as we do) but there is still loads going on at weekends all over the country and this weekend is no different.

Food, art and music festivals are on across the country this weekend, which you won’t want to miss.

The Big Grill

The Big Grill Festival is the perfect event to attend for BBQ lovers able to make it to Dublin this weekend.

With over 20 restaurants and pitmasters and 20,000 expected visitors throughout the weekend, there will be no shortage of things to do. Events include BBQ masterclasses and demonstrations, chili and wing-eating contests, music and plenty of food and drink.

As Europe’s biggest BBQ festival, this event will take over Herbert Park and host World Champion Pitmasters from all over the world.

Howth Roots and Blues Festival

Formerly known as the Howth Jazz and Blues Festival, the Howth Roots and Blues Festival celebrates the love of rock and blues music.

With Don Baker headlining the event and other notable artists like The Drays and Mary Stokes Band performing, there will be loads on offer over the festival’s three days. Better yet, there will be a total of 25 gigs across nine venues and all but two of them have free entry.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019

A celebration of Irish tradition, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann allows visitors to explore Ireland’s Ancient East in Drogheda through music, song and dance in one of the biggest weekends of the year for traditional music.

An expected 400,000 people from Ireland and overseas are expected to make the trip to Drogheda this weekend. On Sunday, the best of the best will compete for All-Ireland glory in the Senior Céilí Band Competition at St Dominic’s Park.

With a truly unbeatable lineup of traditional musicians, the Fleadh is always a highlight of festival season and with good reason.

Canal Quarter Festival

The Canal Quarter Festival is a weekend full of fun and great music in Tullamore. St. Kyran’s Street will be roofed and closed off throughout the weekend to make sure the weather doesn’t play a negative part in the experience for those in attendance.

Headliners include Aslan, The Wolfetones and The Whistlin’ Donkeys, while every night there will be a silent disco and a host of other musical performances and activities.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Arts Festival first came about in 1974 and has been bringing together tradition and innovation through all kinds of art forms ever since. The festival turns the city’s historic features into lively venues for classical music by world renowned artists, dance shows, theatre performances and more.

Performers from across the world fill this year’s programme and are accompanied by galleries and exhibitions for inquisitive visitors. The family friendly lineup is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.