With school holidays upon us and summer well and truly underway, we are rounding up the very best of what’s on in Ireland this week.
The summer events calendar across Ireland is hotting up with a wide range of exciting events for all ages. With something happening in every corner of the Emerald Isle this week, you’ll have no need to be sitting in the house bored.
Whether you want to keep the kids entertained, are looking for a fun date idea, or fancy a day out with friends, our rundown of what’s on in Ireland this week is sure to suit your needs.
So, if you’re upcoming week is looking pretty bare, here are all the most exciting events happening across Ireland this week.
Dublin – a packed calendar of events for all
GAA Football All Ireland Semi-Finals
Irish sporting fans will want to make their way to the capital city this weekend as two GAA Football All Ireland Semi-Final matches are taking place at Croke Park.
On Saturday, Derry will take on Galway in the Senior Rounds and on Sunday, Dublin will come head to head with Kerry in the Juniors.
Date: Saturday, 9 July at 5.30 pm and Sunday, 10 July at 3:30 pm
NSO Star Trek Meets Star Wars
If sport isn’t your thing, but sci-fi is, then you’ll want to make your way to the National Concert Hall, where you’ll be transported to a “galaxy far, far away”.
On Friday, 8 July, the National Symphony will bring together the music of the two sci-fi greats for a true musical extravaganza.
Date: Friday, 8 July at 7:30 pm
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
If you’re wondering what’s on in Ireland for kids this week, then you’ve come to the right place.
Your little ones will be kept thoroughly entertained with The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the 3Olympia Theatre from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July.
Date: Friday, 8 July to Sunday, 10 July at various times
Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express
Irish comedy queen Joanne McNally is bringing her hilariously relatable comedy show The Prosecco Express to Dublin’s Vicar Street this week.
Making jokes about what it’s like to be a woman in your 30s when everyone around you seems to be getting married and having kids while you’re just trying to figure out what’s going on, the show has proved a favourite among comedy lovers.
Date: Monday, 4 to Friday, 8 July and Sunday, 10 July at 7 pm
Westlife: The Wild Dreams Tour
Westlife is one of the best Irish bands of all time! Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer, iconic Irish boy band Westlife are bringing their The Wild Dreams Tour home to Dublin this week.
Playing two nights at the Aviva Stadium, tickets are still available for this highly-anticipated event.
Date: Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 July at 6 pm
Northern Ireland – plenty fo family-friendly activities
Open Air Theatre at Bangor Walled Garden
If you find yourself searching for what’s on in Ireland this week, looking for a fun family activity, you’re in luck. Heartbreak Productions is putting on a series of outdoor theatre performances at Bangor Walled Garden.
Productions taking place throughout the week include David Walliams’ Awful Auntie and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Date: Tuesday, 5 to Friday, 8 July at various times
Benone Complex Artisan Market
If you find yourself by the coast this week, then make your way to the Benone Complex Artisan Market.
With plenty of local traders selling their wares, you’re sure to pick up some gems while you’re there.
Date: Sunday, 10 July at 11 am
More info: HERE
Bright Sparks Summer Camp at W5
Now that the summer holidays are here, you might be looking for some fun and educational activities for your kids to enjoy.
If so, check out the Bright Sparks Summer Camp at W5 in Belfast. Here, your little ones will take part in a range of fun science-themed activities.
Date: Monday, 4 to Friday 8 July from 9 am to 5 pm
Meat Loaf by Candlelight at Belfast Cathedral
With a cast of West End singers and talented musicians, this event will give you the chance to experience the music of Meat Loaf like you never have before.
A truly incredible experience, this is well worth checking out for any music lovers in Belfast.
Date: Wednesday, 6 and Thursday, 7 July at 8 pm
EastSide July Weekender
With plenty of family-friendly events taking place over the weekend, it is worth making your way to C.S. Lewis Square in East Belfast.
With everything from an ABBA Tribute performance to creative outdoor workshops, you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to see and do.
Date: Thursday, 7 to Saturday, 9 July at various times
Galway – plenty to enjoy in the cultural capital
Galway Film Fleadh
Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated events in the Galway calendar, the Galway Film Fleadh is taking over the cultural capital this week.
With plenty of showings, talks, workshops, and more, film lovers will want to make sure they’re in the city this week.
Date: Tuesday, 5 to Sunday, 10 July at various times
Connemara Oyster Festival
A celebration of local Connemara seafood, the Connemara Oyster Festival is a great event filled with food and festivities.
If you’re wondering what’s on in Ireland for all ages this week, then we highly recommend checking out this exciting festival.
Date: Friday, 8 to Sunday, 10 July at various times
More info: HERE
Féile Chuan na Beirtrí Buí
Held in Bertraghboy, the Féile Chuan na Beirtrí Buí is a celebration of Galway’s boating heritage.
Displaying a whole host of uniquely Irish boats, the festival will feature everything from currachs to the iconic Galway Hookers.
Date: Saturday, 9 to Sunday, 10 July at various times
Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog, and Sheep Show
The 15th annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog, and Sheep Show will make its return to the Roundstone Showground this week.
Centring around the famous Connemara Pony Show, several competitions and shows will take place throughout the event.
Date: Sunday, 10 July at 10 am
Cork – lots of exciting events in the southwest
West Cork Literary Festival
Celebrating Ireland’s literary heritage and prowess, the West Cork Literary Festival returns to Bantry this week with a full lineup of exciting events.
With appearances from big names such as Zadie Smith and Colm Tóibín, this is an event not to be missed among book lovers.
Date: Friday, 8 to Friday, 15 July at various times
Cobh Summer Swing
One of the most exciting events in the Cobh calendar, the Cobh Summer Swing Festival makes its return to the town this July.
With a host of music performances, entertainment, food, traders, and more, anyone visiting is sure to be in for a day of fun!
Date: Sunday, 10 July at 1 pm
Cork Fairy School
If your little one is fascinated by all things magic, then you need to sign them up for the Cork Fairy School.
Hosted by WonderWorld Productions, the event will include everything from Fairy Training to dance, drama to magic crafts, and spells and wishes.
Date: Friday, 8 July at 10 am
Waterford Youth Arts Summer School 2022
A fun-filled weekend of drama, dance, story making, art, film-making, drumming, and creative writing, the Waterford Youth Arts Summer School is a great way to spark a passion for the arts among young people.
Date: Monday, 4 to Friday 8, July from 10 am to 3 pm
Well Woman Retreat
Are you wondering what’s on in Ireland this week that will make you feel good? If so, then you need to check out the Waterford Well Woman Retreat.
Focusing on wellness, mindfulness, and inner healing, this is sure to be an enriching event.
Date: Monday, 4 at 6 pm to Thursday, 7 at 1 pm
For a fairytale experience, check out this exciting performance of Cinderella by Chapterhouse Theatre Company.
Fun for all the family, it will be a performance full of music, magic, and wonder.
Date: Sunday, 10 July at 3 pm