Best Fun Family Events for Bank Holidays in Ireland for 2023

Michelle

January 20, 2022

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We have a total of ten Bank Holidays/Public Holidays in Ireland in 2023. They are the perfect opportunity to spend time together with family and friends.

We have researched some of the Best Fun Family Events for Bank Holidays in Ireland for 2023 so you can plan days out together.

Bank Holiday Dates For Ireland for 2023

Many people get a day off for a bank holiday in Ireland. The schools close and it is the perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family.

Whether you want to go bowling, to a festival, take in a museum or a workshop we have a list of fun events taking place for bank holidays in Ireland in 2023.

We will keep adding to this page as the year progresses but if you know of an upcoming event taking place please add it to our recommendations form at the end of the article.

Here are the 2023 Bank Holidays in Ireland:

  • Sunday 1st January – New Year’s Day
  • Monday 6th February – St Brigid’s Day
  • Friday 17th March – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Monday 10th April – Easter Monday
  • Monday 1st May – May Day
  • Monday 5th June – June Bank Holiday
  • Monday 7 August – August Bank Holiday
  • Monday 30th October – October Bank Holiday
  • Monday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 26th December – St Stephen’s Day

New Year’s Events

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Ringing in the New Year with family and friends is a long standing tradition. This year NYF Dublin takes place with 2 days of celebrations on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with a brand-new Festival Village.

February Bank Holiday – 6th February 2023

Bushy Park Dublin Autumn Walks for Families in Ireland

This is our newest Bank Holiday in Ireland, celebrating Imbolc and St Brigid’s Day.

  • Brigid’s Awakening Festival, Roscommon takes place over two weekends from 28th January until 5th February with a mix of events at different locations including Candlelit Tales at Strokestown Park on Saturday 4th February and Sunday 5th February. More information on the festival here.
  • Herstory St Brigid’s Day Light Show in Galway takes place from 5.30pm to midnight on January 27th in honour of Brigid and Galway women. Iconic landmarks will be illuminated, including Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas Church, Galway City Museum and Pálás Cinema.
  • Family-friendly Brigid 1500 events at dlr Libraries include willow weaving to make a St Brigid’s cross, stories, poetry and more. For more information, click here.
  • Take part in the St Brigid’s Day Workshop at Wexford Arts Centre and learn about St. Brigid’s Day customs and traditions, with demonstrations of different types of St. Brigid’s Crosses found around Ireland. Tickets priced €5. For more information, click here.
  • St Brigid’s Cross Workshop at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. Learn the art of weaving and how to make your own St Brigid’s Cross, as well as the history behind it. There is no booking necessary for this drop in event (12-4pm).
  • Family Day: 3D Stick Shapes at Draiocht on Saturday 4th February 2023 12pm / 1pm / 2pm. Draiocht’s artist-in-residence, Ellen Duffy who works in the artist studio, uses a range of interesting materials to create sculptures. Inspired by her creations, explore natural materials like sticks and clay to create and recreate wild and wonderful shapes that maybe stand – and maybe fall down! Sessions are free, but space is limited.
  • Richmond Barracks St Brigid’s Day Fair takes place on February 4th and 5th. Head to the heart of Inchicore at Richmond Barracks for a fair filled with crafts, fun, workshops, entertainment, food and over 30 stalls with clothing, crafts, design and art. This is a free event. For more information, click here.
  • Celebrate St Brigid’s Day traditions at Beyond the Trees Avondale on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th February, demonstrations will be on the hour at 11:00 & 12:00 both days. Aoife from Wicklow Willow, a local weaving expert, will be at the Seed Cafe to host a demo workshop sharing the skill of how to make your own St Brigid’s Day cross and recounting the lovely traditions associated with the celebration of Lá Fhéile Bríde. Register at the visitor centre on arrival, workshop participant places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.
  • Brigid’s Cross Demonstration at National Botanic Gardens of Ireland on Sunday, January 29th at 12pm & 2pm. Learn the technique behind making the traditional Brigid’s cross with step-by-step guidance at the Gallery Space, Education & Visitor Centre. Free event, no bookings required
  • Make a Brigit’s Crosses and/or a Brídeog at Brigit’s Garden on Bank Holiday Monday 6th February, workshops at 2pm and 3pm. No charge, donations welcome. Two free workshops to celebrate Brigit and the coming of spring. Come and make a Brigit’s cross or a Brídeog (Brigit doll) out of rushes to take home. The two workshops will be the same – choose whichever time suits you! All are welcome and no booking is required.
  • Tiny Tots: Brigid’s Stories at EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum is a great workshop for under 6s to learn about incredible women from Irish history. Discover the stories of pirates, pilots, mountaineers and poets. This interactive storytelling session uses historical re-enactment and imaginative storytelling to bring to life stories from Irish history.
  • St. Brigid’s Day Irish Cultural Exchange at glór, Ennis will be a celebration through music, dance, poetry, and art. It promises to be an uplifting and family-friendly event with performances from Los Paddys, a Céilí, children’s workshops, traditional Irish music, and more.

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St Patrick’s Events

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Ireland comes alive to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Many counties, towns and villages host their own St Patrick’s Day Parade and for children, and adults on the lenten journey, if offers a break in their fasting!

We have around up of family friendly events taking place over the St Patrick’s Day Weekend.

Easter Weekend Events

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The Easter break for schools in Ireland for 2023 runs from Friday 31st March with schools returning on Monday 17th April.

Easter is a time for egg hunts and chocolate! We have put together a list of some of the best events taking place in Ireland over the Easter Break 2023.

And if you are working during the holidays, we have a list of Easter Camps for Kids & Teens.

May Bank Holiday – May 1st 2023

Keem Bay, Achill Island for walks in Mayo

The May Bank Holiday is the start of the summer season. There are events taking place around Ireland for families to enjoy including:

  • Riverfest 2023 which will be in Limerick again this year and takes place from Friday 28th April until Monday 1st May 2023.
  • The Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, Co Offaly, is Ireland’s longest running walking festival. It takes place in Spring just as the bluebells are coming out and are between 7k and 10k in length and suitable for all ages.
  • Stradbally Woodland Railway, Ireland’s oldest established Heritage Railway puts on steam railway rides for the May Bank Holiday.

June Bank Holiday – June 5th 2023

adventures at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

The June Bank Holiday for many is the beginning of the summer holidays with secondary school students finishing up on the Friday before. We have also put together a list of Summer Camps for Kids and Summer Camps for Teens showcasing some of the best on offer around the country.

  • Bloom 2023, Ireland’s annual garden festival takes place at the Phoenix Park June 1st – 5th 2023. It is one of the top family friendly events in Ireland, with kids going free, and plenty of activities, food and garden fun for all ages.
  • Stradbally Steam Train Rides take place at Stradbally in Co. Laois over the bank holiday weekend. Enjoy a trip behind an authentic Steam Engine along the 1km line around the Woodland of Stradbally Hall.
  • The annual Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally, Cork takes place at the June Bank Holiday Weekend at Innishannon Village, Cork. With exhibits including Steam Engines, Cars, Tractors, Fire Engines and Vintage Farm Machinery, Rural Crafts and more.

August Bank Holiday – August 7th 2023

eating ice cream family days out with dining options

There are some great family events happening over the August Bank Holiday weekend including:

  • The Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival in Co. Wexford combines music and food with free family fun and runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
  • The annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Co. Laois offers an eclectic mix of activities for young and old including the Scarecrow Building Contest with national and international participants competing for the top prize.
  • Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival runs from 4th – 12th August 2023 with free entertainment for children including music, markets and fairs, arts and craft activities and more.
  • The streets of Waterford play host to the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival from August 4th to 6th 2023, complete with a parade, free music events and street performances.
  • Stradbally Woodland Railway has an Annual Steam Rally on the August Bank Holiday weekend with steam train rides, vintage cars and more fun activities at Stradbally Hall in Laois.

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October Bank Holiday & Halloween – October 30th 2023

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Schools are closed from Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2023 inclusive. Here are lots of ideas for things to do with the kids for the October Bank Holiday and during the Halloween mid-term break.

Christmas – December 25th & 26th 2023

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Christmas is a time to spend with families. We will update our 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa list to ensure you know the best places to visit Santa this Christmas 2023 along with Fun and Festive Things to Do with Kids Around Ireland at Christmas and Our Pick of Christmas Movies on TV.

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Published On: January 20th, 2022 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: January 26th, 2023 / Tags: , , /

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Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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