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12th Jul 2019

Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out (12 – 14 July)

Benny Johnston

things to do this weekend

Coast to coast for the weekend.

Another work week down, another weekend of recommended activities sure to keep you busy. This week’s entertainment options feature events on land and sea, perfect for all ages.

Ballina Street Festival

The Ballina Street Festival provides a lively atmosphere that appeals to people of all ages. This week-long event, which ends on Sunday, incorporates both indoor and outdoor experiences including plenty of family friendly activities.

Some notable events throughout the weekend of the festival include live music, workshops, yoga, a street party and a firework show on Saturday. The festival will be wrapped up on Sunday with multiple activities on the beautiful River Moy, including a paddle boarding race and an open swim.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

The last two days of the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Friday and Saturday, will mainly feature musical talent with a diverse range of genres.

Among the list of musical performers will be traditionalists like Lisa O’Neill and Seamus Fogarty, upbeat house music aficionados like Fish Go Deep and Kelly-Anne Byrne and loads more acts from a variety of genres.

In addition to the music, there will be several performances during the weekend. On Friday, there will be a theatre show of Brokentalkers Uprooted, which uniquely portrays the struggles of prejudice and inclusivity.

Saturday, meanwhile, features a variety of circus street shows that are free of charge.

Twilight Racing at Limerick Races

Twilight Racing at Limerick Races offers a unique horse racing entertainment experience jam-packed into three hours of action. Several ticketing options are available for the event this Saturday, including general admission and packages that come with food, drink, and betting vouchers.

To accompany the horse races themselves, there will be live music from local Limerick bands, excellent dining options and other entertainment. They’ve even hinted at the possibility of patrons running into some notable attendees on the day.

Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2019

Four days full of music, good food, fashion shows, prize giveaways, games, and, of course some great boat racing. The eighth Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta will provide great entertainment for all who attend, whether you own a boat or can’t tell the bow from the stern.

Since 1820, Dún Laoghaire has been a hub for sailing on the east coast of Ireland. The four local clubs – the Dún Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, and the Royal St. George Yacht Club – all work together to put on this biennial event.

This year, there will be a fleet of 500 boats participating in the regatta. The event has blown up in recent years and now attracts a large international audience and participants.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will take over Merrion Square this weekend, when there will be an absolute tonne of performing acts from all across the globe.

There’ll be a Guinness World Record-holding sword swallower from Australia, New York City break-dancers, a world record football freestyler from Argentina, a magician from Ireland and plenty more.

In addition to the performing acts, there will be multiple fitness events that attendees can participate in. These include a Zumba class, a variety of different dance classes, yoga and others.

If the weather plays ball, it will be an event that Dublin residents and visitors to the capital won’t want to miss.