We have a total of 10 Bank Holidays/Public Holidays in Ireland in 2019. 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 2019 so you can plan days out together.
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Leisureplex, the fun family entertainment centres with bowling, quasar and more in Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Tallaght and Stillorgan in Dublin and Leisureplex Cork, are open for family fun every bank holiday weekend. Check out what our family testers thought about Quasar at Leisureplex!
New Years – December 31st 2018 – January 1st 2019
Ringing in the New Year with family and friends is a long standing tradition.
Monday December 31st 2019 – NYF Dublin is back for 2018/2019. This special New Years Eve Festival sees the area around the Custom House come to life with music, lights and a New Year countdown. This year ring in the New Year on December 31st with Gavin James.
St Patricks Day – March 17th 2019
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 a round up of family friendly events taking place over the St Patrick’s Day Weekend including:
- The St Patrick’s Festival 2019 takes place over 5 days in Dublin from March 14th to 18th with citywide events for families the highlight of which is the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at 12pm.
- glór in Ennis will host their annual St Patrick’s Day event with fun music and activity for the whole family including a Dabbledoo Music Workshop and Manny Man Does the History of Ireland fun theatre performance suitable for all ages.
- St Patricks Snake Hunt on March 16th & 18th head along to Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny to hunt for the snakes that managed to hide from St. Patrick! Free event as part of your entry ticket price.
- The National Museum of Ireland have 4 sites and have a traditional music circle event from 2 to 4pm on Saturday 16th at their Country Life Museum site in Turlough Park, Mayo, and in Dublin, enjoy a Bilingual tour (Irish & English) of the Decorative Arts & History Museum in Collins Barracks, on Monday, March 18th. And follow a special St Patrick’s Day and Saints of Ireland trail on March 15th & 16th at the Museum of Archaeology in Kildare Street.
- Belvedere House, Westmeath celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a Céilí from 2pm to 4pm.
- This St. Patrick’s weekend be sure to take a trip to Fota House & Gardens in Cork for a bilingual self-guided family St. Patrick’s Trail / Slí Phádraig.
- Kids will love the Cool Planet Experience’s GREEN Slime Labs which take place over St Patrick’s Weekend at CPE Powerscourt, Co Wicklow.
- Follow a trail of slithering snakes through the gardens, treehouse & playground at Birr Castle & Gardens 16th – 18th March 2019.
Mother’s Day – March 31st 2019
Mother’s Day is a day to get together with the family and celebrate your Mum, Granny, Mother in Law, Step Mum and yourself. For those wishing to have a break from cooking many hotels and restaurants offer Mother’s Day menus.
- How about getting your Mum a ticket to enjoy a celebration of The Legends of American Country Music at glór Ennis in Clare on March 31st 2019?
Easter – April 19th to 22nd 2019
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 2019. And if you are woking during the holidays, we have a list of Easter Camps for Kids & Teens.
Keep checking our events listings too, as new events are added daily.
May Bank Holiday – May 6th 2019
The May Bank Holiday is the start of the summer season.
Riverfest Limerick will be back this May Bank Holiday. Now in it’s 15th year visitors can expect a vibrant mix of music, family fun, great food and much much more. Highlights of the festival will include:
- Riverfest on the Shannon
- Fashion Friday
- Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park
- Bons Secours Great Limerick Run
- A spectacular fireworks display.
Best of all most of the activities are completely free to keep you and your family entertained. There’s just so much activity for all ages it promises to be one excellent weekend to soak up Limerick City.
Events take place from May 3rd to 6th 2019.
Nore Valley Park in Kilkenny is opening its doors to slime fans everywhere. Slime is the latest craze among kids, with endless viral videos online of kids playing with different types of slime. Well, now your kids can get off the internet and get stuck into some good wholesome fun, making their own slime right here at the farm! We will provide all you will need, and will be on hand to guide you through the process.
The Slime Factory will take place on Saturday 4th and Monday 6th May, and tickets will be made available online nearer the time. Tickets include farm entry.
Events take place May 5th & 7th 2018
Other May Bank Holiday Events
- The annual Easter Treasure Trail takes place at Belvedere House, Westmeath on April 20th, 21st and 22nd 2019. It involves loads of fun a of course the Easter Bunny!
- The Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, Co Offaly, is Ireland’s longest running walking festival, 25 years this year and runs from May 3rd to 6th 2019.
- Stradbally Woodland Railway, Ireland’s oldest established Heritage Railway will be doing steam railway rides for the May Bank Holiday on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. .
June Bank Holiday – June 3rd 2019
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 in the Park
bloom, Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park 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. It takes place 30th May – 3rd June 2019, it’s the 13th year of the popular festival and promises to be even bigger and better.
Other June Bank Holiday Events
- Stradbally Steam Train Rides take place at Stradbally in Co. Laois on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June. Enjoy a trip behind an authentic Steam Engine along the 1km line around the Woodland of Stradbally Hall.
- The 22nd Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally takes place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June 2019 at Innishannon Village, Cork with Steam Engines, Cars, Tractors, Fire Engines and Vintage Farm Machinery, Rural Crafts & Lots More
- If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, Bikefest takes place in Killarney over the June Bank Holiday weekend from 31st May to 3rd June. Now in it’s 13th year it attracts national and international visitors who come to see bikes of all shapes and sizes, ride the twisting routes along the wild atlantic way and listen to some great free live music.
- Staying in Kerry, the K-Fest Arts Festival takes place from May 31st to June 2nd in Killorglin.
Father’s Day – June 16th 2019
Father’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate dads, grandfathers, step-dads and father-in-law’s. Hotels and restaurants will offer special Father’s Day menus or you could cook up a feast at home or head out to enjoy:
- The Taste of Dublin which runs annually in June and this year you can enjoy events from Thursday June 13th to Sunday June 16th at The Iveagh Gardens.
- For those in Cork the Cork Midsummer Festival runs from June 13th to 23rd 2019 and has a full program of events for families.
August Bank Holiday – August 5th 2019
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 from August 2nd to 5th 2019.
- The annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Co. Laois, takes place from July 28th to August 5th 2019 and this year celebrates 10 years! The festival 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 August 2nd – 11th 2019 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 2nd to 4th 2019. With an amazing 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.
- Take a step back in time at the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival in Co. Sligo which takes place over 5 days from August 10th to 14th 2019. You will experience crafts and techniques from days gone by along with food, music and fun for all the family.
October Bank Holiday & Halloween – October 28th 2019
There are a host of events taking place around the country including:
- Things to Do this Halloween in Ireland
- Halloween Camps for Kids and Teens
- 25 Hauntingly Good Halloween Hangouts
- 15 Frighteningly Free Halloween Things to Do This Mid-term
- The Sligo Live 2019 Music Festival which runs in venues around Sligo from October 23rd to 28th 2019
- The 68th annual Wexford Opera Festival runs from October 22nd to November 3rd 2019 and offers music lovers the opportunity to experience some of the best opera performers from around the globe.
- Savour Kilkenny takes place over the Halloween bank holiday weekend from October 24th to 28th 2019.
- One of Europe’s largest Halloween festivals, the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival takes place in Derry between 25th – 29th October 2018 and Guildhall Square is the focus for many of the events.
Christmas – December 25th & 26th 2019
Christmas is a time to spend with families. We will update our 50 Magical Places to Visit Santa post shortly to ensure you know the best places to visit Santa this Christmas 2019.