10 last chances for fun this summer
Mourning that summer is drawing to a close? Don't worry -- there are still lots of exciting events to anticipate over the coming weeks. From children's events to culinary celebrations and great gigs, there's something to suit all ages and tastes. Plan a weekend away, or simply take a day trip and soak up all the fun of the festival.
Rose of Tralee International Festival
One of Ireland's most famous events, the 2007 Festival runs from tomorrow until August 21. The five-day programme includes the International Gala Rose Ball, parades, fashion shows and firework displays, while Ray D'Arcy hosts the live television selection nights on August 20-21. Information on www.roseoftralee.ie
Festival of World Cultures
It's only seven years old, but the FWC has gained a deserved reputation for its tantalising mix of arts and culture, drawing more than 220,000 visitors last year. It runs from August 22-26 in Dun Laoghaire and offers a programme of world music concerts, club nights, markets, dance, street events, workshops and more. The multi-cultural programme remains over 70pc free to the public, and is aimed at all ages. The line-up includes Kila, The Pale and Donal Dineen. Details on www.festivalofworldcultures.com
This music festival features three great days of gigs in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham. First up are the Foo Fighters on August 25, with support from Nine Inch Nails. Damien Rice and KT Tunstall feature on August 25, and the weekend rounds off on August 26 with a highly anticipated set from The Kaiser Chiefs, with support from The Fratellis and Ash. Tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie
Beamish Cork Folk Festival
This long-established folk music event runs from August 28 to September 2 in various venues throughout Cork city. The programme features Lunasa (Gresham Metropole Hotel, August 31) and Iarla O Lionaird (St Finbarr's Cathedral, September 1), while the Kilfenora Ceili Band will get the crowds dancing on Patrick's Street on September 2. Be among them. Information on www.corkfolkfestival.com
This brilliant boutique festival takes place at Stradbally House, Co Laois, from August 31-September 2. The stellar line-up features Bjork, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Iggy & The Stooges, and The Jesus & Mary Chain, while there's also an eclectic programme of comedy and theatre. All 32,500 tickets have sold out. Visit www.electricpicnic.ie
Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival
This year's Opera Festival takes place from September 2-9, and the newly renovated Gaiety Theatre hosts lavish productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and The Pearl Fishers (Bizet). The programme also includes lectures, workshops and free family events. See www.dublinopera.com or 01 661 7544.
The Bulmers International Comedy Festival
Tickle your funny bone and catch top international and Irish comedians performing in various Dublin venues between September 3 and 23. The line-up includes Jimmy Carr, Lenny Henry, Paul Merton, Rich Hall, Ross Noble and Brendan Burke. A film festival and comedy club/pub trail is also planned. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster (0818 719 300 or www.ticketmaster.ie) or visit www.bulmerscomedy.ie
This brand spanking new festival combines music and water activities, with a line-up that's sure to make waves. It takes place from September 7 to 9 in Kilkee, Co Clare, and includes Fun Lovin' Criminals, Ocean Colour Scene, Republic of Loose, Paddy Casey, and Badly Drawn Boy. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Details on www.coisfharraige.com
Clarinbridge Oyster Festival
Gourmands visit the annual Clarinbridge Oyster Festival for a feast of fine food and fun. The Oyster Festival has taken place in the Co Galway village since 1954, and this year's programme (September 7-9) features cookery demonstrations, gala dinners, lectures, food markets etc. Book on www.clarinbridge.com or 091 796 766.
Dublin Fringe Festival (DFF)
This fortnight-long multi-disciplinary arts event runs from September 8 to 23, and features new and innovative approaches to contemporary theatre, dance, music, visual arts, street and outdoor events. Highlight is the Irish debut of La Clique, a worldwide sell-out show that mixes music, burlesque, cabaret and comedy to jaw-dropping effect. Information from www.fringefest.com or 01 817 1677.