Festival gear at the ready for weekend of fun

It’s time to search for the wellies and don your best festival gear as this — hopefully not too wet — August bank holiday weekend is packed with festival fun.

From the West Cork town of Skibbereen to the Iveragh peninsula capital Cahirsiveen, a full line-up awaits those in search of craic, ceol, and culinary delights.

If you want to start your weekend early, pop down to the Clonakilty Waterfront Festival which started last night and continues until Monday.

Get plenty of sleep beforehand though, as Sunday’s Full Moon Party with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas and Jenny Greene’s Electric Disco is sure to keep you buzzing all night in the West Cork town.

Also in Cork, as its name suggests, the Indiependence music and arts festival in Mitchelstown is all about the indie. Its line-up will have music lovers raring to go, with alternative activities for those in search of something a little different.

Whether you’re bopping along to headline acts including the Coronas, 2manydjs, and Maverick Sabre, chilling with your children in the family friendly area, or partying like its 1986 at the Electric Dreams 80s Night, this festival is sure to be a weekend to remember, whatever the weather. Tickets start from €79 for a weekend ticket.

If boutique is more your style, why not grab the family and head to the return of the Liss Ard Festival in Skibbereen.

Toots and the Maytals, Chic, and the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra are some of the acts taking to the stage tomorrow and Sunday in the fairytale grounds of Liss Ard Estate on the Castletownshend Rd.

Revellers can also take in the literary stages and stalls of delicious food, as well as the estate’s unique Sky Garden. Day tickets cost €39.50.

Further afield in Waterford, the 20th Spraoi street arts festival runs until

Monday and promises to dazzle revellers.

Kids will love the parade, where street performers accompanied by floats and lots of special effects will take to the streets of Waterford at 9.30pm tomorrow. With a wide-ranging programme including an international line-up of street performers, a main stage full with local acts, and a special programme for children, ‘Sprog’, Waterford looks set for a magical weekend.

Festival fever also extends to the Kerry coasts. Hot air balloons and céilí galore, topped off with the All-Ireland beach soccer cup final are promised at the Atlantic Sessions in the seaside town of Ballybunion.

Have the craic learning to dance at one of the music and dance workshops and, if you have a twin, why not take part in the special twins festival hosted at the event?

Staying in Kerry, the Cahirsiveen festival of music and arts, running from yesterday until Sunday, hosts Mundy, fireworks displays, and fun events such as the kids olympics, and pub music trail.

Blarney Vintage Club, meanwhile, will host the country’s only three-day vintage and classic car festival in the village.

Matt Griffin, Ireland’s top international GT and sportscar driver, has donated all the trophies that will be awarded to the winning classic cars.

There will be a full programme of activities for the weekend, starting with a car run tomorrow, followed by a static show and a barbecue tomorrow evening. On Sunday there will be lots of entertainment, live music, and a best dressed ladies competition’.

The Irish Morris Minor Owners’ Club will hold their national rally as part of the event.

All profits raised over the festival will be donated to the Cork branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Finally, if you’re not up for getting out of Cork City at the weekend, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Grab your multicoloured flag and head to Cork Gay Pride parade, running through the city centre from 3pm on Sunday.

As well as promising to bring vibrancy and colour to the streets of Cork, the parade will serve to raise awareness of issues faced by the Irish LGBT community. A worthy cause to support and loads of colourful fun — what’s not to love?

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