Got plans this weekend? Of course you do, you’re a fun bunch right? If not, check out Alessandra’s top picks for this weekend. 


7-16th August – Kilkenny Arts Festival – Tickets


If you like theatre, music, dance, and literature it’s not too late to get yourself down South-East way for the Kilkenny arts festival.

Since last Friday the City has come alive with street entertainment, crafts, exhibitions, live music and parades; the next four days promises no different. But hurry up because good things do not last forever. Your time is up on the 16th of August. General tickets are available from the KAF website – some wallet friendly ticket deals are available too.


13-14th August – Pulses of Tradition – Cork – Tickets

If you want to have a truly Irish experience, PULSES OF TRADITION is a must see. The show has been running in Triskel Christchirch, Cork since June; but you still have time until the 11th of September to catch this amazing performance – It’s fun, thrilling, and fascinating.

Musicians and dancers join forces to embark on a journey that begins in an ancient Ireland and arrives in present day Eire. In other words it is a celebration of Irish culture. To know more visit


13-16th August – The Big Grill Festival – Herbert Park Dublin – Tickets

Who doesn’t like grabbing a bite and a beer after a hard day’s work? What about music? Well, you can get all three at The Big Grill Festival,  running in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, from Today (13th) until Sunday (16th). Music, food, beer and hopefully a bit of sunshine. A great weekend out for everyone.

For children and – the forever Peter Pans – puppet making, balloon modelling and face painting will be on offer to entertain.  For the more daring, some “fiery” competitions on the grill: hot wing challenge and chilli pepper challenge (only Saturday and Sunday).


13th August – 24th September –  The Lee Sessions – Cork City

From today (13th) right up until the end of September, Cork City becomes the home of traditional Irish music. If you like “the sound of Ireland” Cork is where you need to head. Throughout the summer and on a ‘nightly’ basis, pubs around the city will be hosting live music session. Cork favourites like: Ovens Bar, Counihans, Corner House, Cavanagh’s will all house some rip roaring jigs and reels. It’s Willy Clancy with a Cork accent! Check out for more information.


14th August – Sister to Sister – Parnell Square, Dublin  – Tickets

On Friday, Reham-Ka Tribal will entertain you with music and dance with their organized charity event, Sister to Sister. The event will be held at the National Bus and Rail Union in Parnell Square, Dublin.   Tickets are ten euro and doors will open at 7pm.

Every quid will go towards the Sister to Sister project, a noble one that aims to help women reintegrate in the society, in the town of Sake, Congo.

If you are up for something good, or need to redeem your sins,  this could be your chance.

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