Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out (2 - 4 August) 11 months ago

Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out (2 - 4 August)

Loads to look forward to on a much-needed bank holiday weekend.

It's time to have some fun this bank holiday weekend. This week's suggested activities are the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the extra day off from work.

Spraoi International Street Arts Festival

The Spraoi International Street Arts Festival brings the city of Waterford to life this weekend.

For the next three days, there will be over 250 free shows that showcase talent from all across Ireland, Europe, and the world.

The town’s historic streets and buildings provide the perfect backdrop to some of the festival’s highlighted events, which include a parade with extravagant floats, costumed performers and live music. The festival promotes street arts and performances, is completely free to attend, and is a great way to spend a weekend with a variety of entertainment options on offer for all ages.

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

The Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival provides the perfect balance of modern and vintage entertainment. The week-long festival begins today and includes a parade on Sunday, arts and crafts, food and baking competitions, a costume competition and more.

There will be loads of different types of arts and activities to attend that appeal to all age ranges, like nightly pub entertainment for the adults and plenty of crafts for the kids as well.

Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts

Entering its 24th year, The Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts always attracts large crowds of all ages and this year will be no different. Always a popular event in the south-west, the festival is a jam-packed four days of music, children’s entertainment, competitions, art exhibitions, circus acts and much more.

The atmosphere of the festival is unmatched as it shuts down local streets in the evening to accommodate crowds for the live music. This year’s lineup features performers like '80s Supergroup Spring Break, The Blizzards and Michael English. With something to do throughout the entire day on all days for all age groups, this will be a great way to spend the weekend.

Scariff Harbour Festival

With a programme loaded with all types of events, the Scariff Harbour Festival is sure to have something for everyone. One festival wristband grants you access to all events, including live music, fishing for kids, family fitness classes, guided tours of the local gardens and waterways, workshops and more.

There will also be an open-air street market on Saturday with craft workers, organic foods and artists. Some of the notable live music performers include Rofi James, The Riptide Movement and X-Factor quarter-finalists Sean and Connor Price.

Rockin’ Food Festival

Who can name a better combination than Rock ‘n’ Roll and food? The Rockin’ Food Festival combines the two into a perfect weekend in Wexford.

With over 80 food vendors expected to set up shop for the weekend, foodies will be spoiled for choice. There will also be a free Food Marquee and several cooking demos, including one by celebrity chef Edward Hayden.

To accompany the food, Rock ‘n’ Roll bands like The Revolutionaires, The Hicksville Bombers, Sharnae May & The Mayhems and more will entertain the crowds.