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4 events for... fun-seekers during the summer's last long weekend

The All Ireland Scarecrow Championship and Fleet Foxes in Co Waterford, your weekend plans sorted.

Roisin Murphy, who is among the headliners at All Together Now
Roisin Murphy, who is among the headliners at All Together Now

THE AUGUST BANK Holiday marks the end of long summer weekends, for another year.

Fans of film, music, food and everything in-between needn’t mourn the loss of seasonal frolics just yet, as these events taking place across the long weekend are sure to keep you occupied.

Here’s our pick of happenings to fill your Bank Holiday weekend.

1. Dance the weekend away at a gorgeous estate at new festival, All Together Now in Waterford

When: August 3 – 5

Where: Curraghmore House, Co Waterford

All Together Now is a brand new festival promising a weekend of “freedom and escape through music, spoken word, theatre, art” and much more. Performing over the three days are beloved acts from home and away. You can catch sets from Fleet Foxes, Villagers, Róisín Murphy, Saint Sister, Chaka Khan, Mogwai, The Go! Team and many, many more. An impressive line-up for its debut on the Irish festival circuit.

Weekend and day tickets are available to buy, here.

2. Take a break from the sunshine and catch a movie at GAZE  International LGBT Film Festival

When: August 2 – 6

Where: The Lighthouse Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Returning for another year, the GAZE International Film Festival showcases the finest examples of contemporary cinema celebrating the LGBT communities, globally. This year is particularly special as there will be a focus on Australian film to celebrate Australia’s successful vote for marriage equality.

Throughout the festival, an extensive selection of films will be screened in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema along with a series of other events such as a walking tour, family screenings and workshops.

The full programme for GAZE International Film Festival 2018 can be viewed, here.

 3. Head to Dún Laoghaire Harbour and get nostalgic singing along to classic hits by The Jacksons

When: August 3 – 5

Where: Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin

An annual highlight of the August Bank Holiday weekend is Beatyard Festival, held along the harbour of Dún Laoghaire.

This year, The Jacksons will headline with sets from Kamasi Washington, Django Django, Sugarhill Gang, New Jackson and more taking to the stage over the weekend. Also to be enjoyed at Beatyard is a wonderful selection of delicious food vendors at Eatyard and retro games at, you guessed it, Gamesyard.

Weekend and day tickets are available to buy, here.

4. Visit Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Ireland’s most unique annual event held in County Laois

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When: Until Monday August 6

Where: Across Durrow Village, Co Laois

In the Wizard of Oz, The Scarecrow was desperately seeking a heart. Had he ventured to Durrow in County Laois, he would have been heartened by a warm welcoming committee of scarecrows in various scenarios, made by people of the town and across Ireland.

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a truly unique event fit for all the family, an outdoor museum of exceptional creativity that will bring a smile to all. The highlight of the festival is, of course, the All Ireland Scarecrow Championship, be sure not to miss it!

More information available, here.

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