Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Dress to impress
Good news for fans of Irish store Carousel - not only have their latest dresses landed, but for the first time, size 18 is now available on selected styles on their website.
Shift, tea and Fifties-style dresses form the mainstay of the collection and we love the Cora, which comes in a vintage-style print and features cap sleeves, as well as the Ava Swallow and Cloud dress (left), which will see you through any stylish summer gathering.
BUY: Dresses from €65. Dublin stores on Exchequer Street and Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, ilovecarousel.com
Fantastically quirky, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival is now in its seventh year. The highlight, naturally, is the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championships, in which hundreds of scarecrows will compete but there's also much more to enjoy - including a large bale decorating competition, a high Nellie treasure hunt, mice racing, Laois archery and a 'woof and wellie' walk.
BOOK: From July 24 - August 1, durrowscarecrowfestival.com
Dublin International Piano Festival starts today and is an opportunity for music lovers to appreciate the talents of international pianists and emerging artists. A series of concerts are taking place in venues including the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Concert Hall, including Barry Douglas's performance of Schubert in Sublime to Monumental on Thursday and Archie Chen performing a selection of Chopin's late works tomorrow.
The life aquatic
Dublin restaurant Suesey Street is paying homage to the Irish lobster with its lobster festival, running until July 30. Head chef Graeme Dodrill has added four new dishes to the menu including a lobster burger served with truffle Parmesan fries, and handcut lobster tagliatelle with truffle cream and truffle shavings.
BOOK: Lobster festival menu is available at lunch and dinner; sueseystreet.ie
For a festival that offers a very different experience to what we've come to expect, get yourself along to the Quarter Block Party, taking place in Fitzgerald Park, Cork today. As well as an ecological obstacle course and an hour of mindfulness, there's also a mass Sing Along Social Summer Special, where you can belt out seasonal classics like Len's Steal My Sunshine.
DETAILS: The all-day event is free, quarterblockparty.com
There should always be room in your life for some beautifully crafted handmade accessories, and Kildare-based company CarveOn offer very beautiful products. Their messenger bags, (€195) crafted from Tuscan leather, are ideal for holding laptops and everyday essentials while the travel gift set (€85), which comes in an engraved wooden box and includes a leather passport holder and luggage tag, is a great present for a frequent flyer.
Get excited about kitchen textiles specialists Ulster Weavers' new range, which will be available from August 1. Morocco is a major inspiration, with elements of the collection taking its design cues from Moroccan tile mosaics. Some new friends will also join the existing range of quirky animal textiles, and the collection includes 66 new products in total.
BUY: Prices from €9.68; available on ulsterweavers.com
Waterford's annual celebration of culture and entertainment returns to the streets with Spraoi taking place next weekend. Artists from all over the world will perform spectacular shows, including Dynamite and Poetry from Belgium, where four acrobats deliver what promises to be an explosive performance, and Morbid & Sons, an interactive macabre experience about death and the afterlife. The much-anticipated annual parade, taking place on Sunday and entitled Waterford the Musical, is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Waterford's connections, images and iconography. DETAILS: spraoi.com
South east social
It's all going on in Wexford next weekend with three different events worth checking out over the bank holiday weekend. At Hook Lighthouse, 15 of Ireland's leading 'Strongman' competitors will battle it out on Sunday for the title of 'Hook Strongman 2016'. At Enniscorthy, the Rockin' Food Festival is taking place, with whiskey, gin and tapas trails, and celebrity chef demos to whet foodies' appetites. Then at Gorey House Market Festival, Seo Linn, Paddy Casey and Cry Before Dawn will take to the stage for free open-air concerts.
DETAILS: hookheritage.ie; rockinfoodfestival.com; visitwexford.ie
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