What’s On May 2024!

Michelle Mead

May 8, 2024

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A round-up of free events in Ireland for Families for May 2024.


The Chester Beaty Gallery

Drop-in Drawing for Families: Touchy Feely Drawing

Dates: Sat May 18th 14:00pm

Location: Chester Beatty

Join Chester Beatty for this free, family drop-in workshop that emphasises the tactile aspects of drawing.

This fun and interactive session invites you to “see” with your hands, embracing the idea that to fully comprehend something, we often need to hold and feel it. By engaging with a variety of drawing materials, textures, and surfaces, you and your family will experiment with innovative ways to capture the essence of the objects you encounter.

FREE, no booking required, but limited to 15 participants.

Readers are advised to check with the venue before relying on the details published here.

Child Friendly Meditation

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024 – Saturday, 11 May 2024

Event times:

12:00 – 13:00

Event location:


Event price: €0.00

Everyone needs to deal with stress, worries, or anxiety from their busy days. Meditation helps to be balanced, to have self-confidence, and an increased understanding of themselves and others.

The techniques they are proposing allow adults and children, in a simple and fun way, to activate and strengthen their fundamental listening and attention skills. Peace, balance, enthusiasm, and creativity are the true dimensions of life to which the regular practice of meditation spontaneously takes us.

Through this experience, you’ll be taken on an enjoyable journey, discovering the beauty of the “inner self”.

Free of charge. Saturday, noon, Cara Hall, Raheny, Dublin 5

Readers are advised to check with the organiser before relying on the details published here.

The Harold’s Cross Community Festival 2024 – “Bee Wild”

Date: 18 & 19 May

Location: Harolds Cross Park

The Harold’s Cross Community Festival 2024 buzzes with energy under the theme “Bee Wild,” celebrating biodiversity and inclusivity. The festival will showcase the importance of preserving ecosystems and bring communities together to learn and celebrate the local wild lives and native plants and their role in sustaining a balanced ecosystem.
Activities are designed to cater to all ages and abilities to foster a sense of belonging and empower attendees to take action for a greener future. Through unity and education, the festival exemplified how small communities can make a big impact in nurturing our planet’s rich tapestry of life.
The Festival will take place in Harold’s Cross Park on Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May 2024.
Readers are advised to check with the venue before relying on the details published here.

Richmond Barracks Summer Fair

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2024 – Sunday, 26 May 2024

Time: 11am -5pm

Our Summer Fair is here! Come together to support artists and makers, inspired by the theme of upcycling, recycling, and reusing. Enjoy a day filled with creativity, community and connection.Stalls: Browse our stalls, showcasing a wide range of makers and creators. Pick up delicious treats and celebrate upcycling, recycling and reusing, with sustainable goods and handcrafted items.Creative workshops: Try out crafting, upcycling, and making. If you like it, come back and do more with our year-round Culture Connects programme.

Tours: Join one of our 3 different free guided walking tours, on themes of biodiversity, history of 1916 or the local garden cemetery, Goldenbridge.

Food and drink: Savour the flavours of the season from our indoor cafe FoodCloud Kitchen and our selection of food trucks.

Entertainment: Enjoy performances from talented artists and musicians, creating a lively atmosphere throughout both days of the Fair.

The Luke Kelly Festival

Date:Saturday, 18 May 2024 – Sunday, 19 May 2024 12pm

Dublin City Council are delighted to present the Luke Kelly Festival this May 18th and 19th at Smithfield Square, Dublin 1 from 12 noonThis FREE festival promises to be a huge celebration of Dublin music legend Luke Kelly through an engaging and entertaining mix of live music performances, interesting discussion sessions and family-friendly arts & crafts.Readers are advised to check with the venue before relying on the details published here.


Medieval May Fair

Dates: Sat 25th May 12-2.30pm

Location: City Wall, Johnsgate, Limerick

As part of the GreenPlace project, a Medieval May Fair will take place at the city wall in Johnsgate on Saturday 25th May from 12pm – 2.30pm.

Africa Day 2024

Dates: Sunday 26th May 12-6pm

Location: Limerick Milk Market

Join us for our next Creativity for Wellbeing workshop on Thursday 11th April from 11am – 2.15pm where we will be weaving willow with artist Rose Hanley!

Africa Day 2024 will take place on Sunday 26th May from 12pm – 6pm in Limerick Milk Market.

On the day there will be:

  • Cultural / Multicultural Dance
  • Afro Beats
  • Afro / Irish Band
  • Mexican Traditional Dance
  • Gospel Music
  • Fashion Show
  • Face Painting
  • Kiddies Corner
  • Drumming
  • Taste of Africa


A Taste of May Food Festival 2024

Dates: 1-31 May

Location: Various locations around Galway City

Blas na Gaillimhe is more than a festival; it’s a celebration of Galway’s vibrant food community, fostering relationships between restaurants and producers. Founder Jp McMahon’s vision embodies a culinary extravaganza where passion and flavor unite to delight diners and industry professionals alike.

In collaboration with Galway City and Galway County Council, ;Blas na Bealtaine’ – A Taste of May, is a month-long celebration where the Blas Na Gaillimhe – A Taste of Galway network will deliver an exciting program of events and experiences to highlight the thriving food and drink scene in the city and county. From serious cuisine connoisseurs to families with children of all ages, the festival aims to provide something for everyone. Theatrical performances, oyster samples, farm tours, cheese-making demonstrations, seafood trails, distillery visits, foraging, beer masterclasses, coffee cupping, wine pairings, theatre, music, and much more await visitors.

Galway Theatre Festival 2024

Dates: 3-11 May 2024

Galway Theatre Festival showcases up-and-coming theatre companies and artists from Galway and around Ireland and is expected to run from Friday 3rd May to Saturday 11 May 2024.

Galway Theatre Festival features 9 days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively programme of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences. The festival draws on Galway’s unique theatrical heritage, and is one of Ireland’s only festivals dedicated to theatre and performance. The Festival provides a platform for national artists and artists based in the West of Ireland, bringing together a high-quality programme that showcases the best and newest talents in artistic performance.


National Bike Week 2024

Dates: 11-19 May

Check out events with your local council this is a fantastic free family event with lots of exciting activities planned all across the country.

Check out the TFI website for further information.

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