Fun Family Events for June Bank Holiday Weekend 2013


As parents, the Mykidstime team is always on the lookout for events taking place that parents, children and families will be interested in.  Here’s a roundup of events for families and children for the June Bank Holiday Weekend around Ireland that caught our eye.


Carlow Regatta 2nd June

One of the oldest rowing festivals in the country, Carlow Regatta, with scull and quad racing.


Killinkere Whit Jamboree 2nd June

The Killinkere Whit Jamboree is a summer festival run by the local community to help fund the GAA club. This year has a parachute jumping display, sheep shearing, Zumba, Tractor Building, Fun fair, Football blitz, outdoor music and more


Iniscealtra Festival of Arts 25th May – 3rd June

Ten days of events designed with something for everyone in the audience, with activities for all ages, such as the ‘Green Fair’, drama, music, dance, graffiti and painting workshops, and a ‘Great Day for Up’ especially for the younger visitors.


Bloom in the Park 30th May – 3rd June

Bloom in the Park takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend in Phoenix Park with lots of gardening and food exhibitions as well as fun activities.

Dublin Kite Festival 2nd June

The first Dublin Kite Festival takes place at Bulls Island on Sunday 2nd June


Galway Sea Festival 31st May – 3rd June

A four-day family-friendly event with a mix of marine related and fun activities including Beach Safaris, Family Beach Walks, Tug-0-Wars, Sandcastle Competitions and Sand Sculpting Workshops.

World Oceans Day Sunday 2nd June

Part of the Sea Festival, the World Oceans Day celebrations at Galway Atlantaquaria has exhibits, science shows, diving demonstrations, fish feedings, face painting, story-telling, cartoon-drawing and much more.


Family Day at Naas Racecourse 3rd June

Family day at Naas Racecourse, first race at 2.35 p.m. Family Fun with FREE entertainment for the children & includes Go Karts, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Crèche facilities & a FREE Draw for a Mountain Bike!


Inistioge Summer Festival 31st May – 2nd June

Now in its fifth year this very popular festival continues to be about traditional fun and games for all the family. Events so far include Kayaking, Cot building workshop, Archery, Carnival workshop, lost skills pavilion and a free open-air concert in the Millennium Garden.


Carrick On Shannon 400

Celebrating Carrick on Shannon 400 the Summer Carnival will include a Town Parade, a Ball Race, a Bar Man’s Race, a kids fun day, a Rock the boat world record attempt, Phil the Fluter’s Ball, numerous Water based exhibitions and events, a taste of Carrick on Shannon Demonstration at the Market Yard, GAA and Tennis tournaments, a Puc Fada and a Big Band in the Bush Car Park and much much more.  Something for everyone. 


Irish Coffee Festival in Foynes 31st May – 2nd of June.

Follow the scent of rich roasted coffee beans to the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival in Co Limerick,  with fancy dress, fireworks and the Irish Coffee Making Championship final.  


Western Care Family Fun Day

The 2013 Western Care Family Fun Day takes place at Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, with fun for all the family with Face Painting, Bouncing Castles, loads of fun and games, entertainment by Danceworld, the Mayo Youth Orchestra and Castlebar Brass & Concert Band. Family Fun Run around lough Lannagh Holiday Village @ 3.30pm, open to people of all ages and abilities. All funds raised will go to support Western Care’s Community Facilitation Service in Castlebar.


Tattersall Horse Trials 2013 30th May – 2nd June

There may be horses for courses but for family fun look no further than Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair 2013, for a weekend full of the thrills and spills of horse trials and a country fair with good food,  great shopping and loads of free kids entertainment.


Carrickmacross Family Festival 31st May – 3rd June

Join in celebrating the festival’s 12th birthday where you and your family will experience a magical weekend filled with entertainment from street entertainers to a teddy bear picnic.


Riverstown Vintage Festival 1st June

The Riverstown Vintage Festival will once again take place on Saturday June 1st from 12 noon to 5 pm at Sligo Folk Park. Along with lots of other Vintage attractions, live music and dance, this year promises to be a great event.


The Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival 31st May – 4th June

Over four days enjoy the variety of music performances, competitions, street entertainment, art exhibitions, family fun and lots more.


Duncannon Fort Military Re-enactment  1st – 2nd June

The annual military reenactment takes place over the weekend at Duncannon Fort.  Re-enactors from the Middle Ages through to the present times will be putting on performances, as well as a great array of Military vehicles from a number of different armies and eras. There will be a medieval fair in the moat, WWI and WW2 battles, weaponry and archery.


Greystones Arts Festival 31st May – 2nd June

Comedy, music and a spectacular parade during the Greystones Arts Festival. Sign up to workshops on carnival making, stilt walking and samba drumming.  There will be shows in the town cafes and parks.

Are you planning or did you get to any of these events?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

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