Something for the weekend? Here are some the major events happening over the Bank Holiday

Something for the weekend? Here are some the major events happening over the Bank Holiday

Cars have been packed up with pop-up tents, toilet roll and plenty of food and drink as thousands prepare to descend on festivals around the country over the Bank holiday weekend.

With the weather forecast a mixed bag, revellers are hedging their bets and packing suncream, sunglasses, wellies and raincoats ahead of a packed weekend of events.

Attracting the largest crowds in Cork over the coming days will be the Indiependence Music Festival in Mitchelstown.

The festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and is expected to welcome up to 15,000 people this weekend, with a star-studded lineup including headliners Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Biffy Clyro, as well as other big names like Lewis Capaldi, Wild Youth and Fangclub.

This year, the festival has a number of eco-friendly initiatives, including offering attendees €2 for every ten plastic cups they return, which are then recycled and turned into garden furniture.

Last year’s festival debutant All Together Now (ATN) was one of the success stories of that summer.

This year the festival, created by the late Electric Picnic founder John Reynolds, returns bigger and better at the picturesque Curraghmore Estate in Co Waterford with a lineup featuring the likes of The National, Patti Smith, Father John Misty and Hot Chip.

Sold out since March such is its popularity, ATN is very much a green event, using green suppliers and compostable materials, encouraging recycling and providing reusable drink cartons.

Reports abound of long queues to get there.

For Corkonians wanting to stay a little closer to home while still soaking up some festival atmosphere, there will be a concert by Irish vocalist Fiona Kennedy at Fitzgerald’s Park on Sunday.

Although attendance is free, people are welcome to make a voluntary contribution on the day, which will go directly to Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club.

Also on offer on Sunday is the Roberts Cove Vintage Festival.

Complete with vintage cars, helicopter rides and its famous tractor-pulling competition, the event is certainly one for vintage lovers, but has something for all the family.

The fun for young and old doesn’t end there; Cork Racecourse hosts its Family Fun Day on Monday.

Priced at €20 for two adults and two children, the action-packed event features entertainment including treasure hunts, face-painting, interactive games and a magic show.


The theme is superhero fancy dress – so don’t forget your cape.

Meanwhile, Dowtcha Puppets is hosting its sixth Cork Puppetry Festival.

Running through to Monday, the festival will feature workshops and shows taking place throughout Cork city in venues such as Crawford Art Gallery, Middle Parish Hall and St Peter’s.

The Cork LGBT+ Pride parade takes place on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Expect floats, music and glitter galore along with an outdoor after-party featuring DJs, live music and drag queens.

Elsewhere, in Co Clare the Scariff Harbour Festival takes place until Sunday, with a varied programme of activities, arts, music and entertainment inspired by the ‘lake’ theme.

For country fans, the Ballymore Country Music festival takes place on Monday in Ballymore, Co Westmeath, with music from the likes of Nathan Carter, Michael English and Jimmy Buckley.

If all that isn't enough, the long-running Youghal Medieval Festival also takes place on Sunday, while both the Courtmacsherry Harbour Festival and the Ahakista August Bank Festival run until Monday.

The Spirit of Mother Jones festival concludes tomorrow.

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