We’ve scouted out the best things to do this weekend with the use of Discover Ireland’s helpful website:
- Sligo Live – Sligo town, County Sligo
“Sligo Live started earlier this week, and it’s one of the most relaxed, friendly and enjoyable music festivals in Europe, having hosted major international and Irish Folk, roots and indie artists in intimate indoor venues for 12 years. Sligo Live welcomes all ages and is the perfect way to brighten up your autumn. With 100 performances by 400 musicians on over 20 stages during the six days - and with over 80% bring free of charge - your most difficult decision will be choosing which of the dozens of concerts and performances to see next!” Read more here.
- Spooky Halloween at Moher Hill Open Farm – Liscannor, County Clare
“This is the time of year when the witches and ghouls descend on Moher Hill Farm! With 'Padini' the Great Magician, traditional Halloween fun and games and face-painting, Halloween at the farm is sure to scare the bravest.” Read more here.
- Mayo Dark Skies Festival – Newport, County Mayo
“The Ballycroy/Wild Nephin National Park in North-West Mayo is Ireland's first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park as recognised by the International Dark Sky Association. The dark skies of the Nephin Wilderness are now internationally recognised. This remote corner of Ireland with its wild Atlantic coastline, pristine dark skies, majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendour and natural beauty all its own. The festival organisers hope you will join them in the idyllic coastal town of Newport from October 28th-30th 2016. Guest speakers will include broadcaster and journalist Leo Enright.” Read more here.
- Burren Winterage Festival – Across the Burren region, County Clare
“The Burren is a unique place, making it the ideal location for one of Ireland's most unique celebrations - the Burren Winterage Weekend - a celebration of generations of Burren farmers and the community's connection to the landscape. Take part in re-enactments of ancient pastoral traditions and Samhain pursuits; enjoy the songs, stories, heritage and food of the Burren landscape; and experience the Burren from the farmers' perspective. For hundreds of years, Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by herding their cattle up onto winter pastures in the limestone uplands, in the tradition known as winterage and the Burren is one of the only places in the world where it still occurs. Winterage has been integral to shaping today's familiar Burren landscape.” Read more here.
- Dowth Point to Point Racing and Country Fair – Dowth, County Meath
The Dowth Point-to-Point and Country Fair is taking place this Sunday 30th October on the farm of Devenish’s Owen Brennan, and it’s set to be a day of fun for everyone involved. This Point-to-Point racing event will be different to any other you’ve experienced, as it’s set against a backdrop of immersive historical and culturally-rich autumnal countryside, with plenty of sporting and foodie aspects to enjoy. Read our guide to the race day here.