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Bumper weekend of bank holiday fun across the city

TENS of thousands of revellers are to make their way to festivals across the country this weekend.

And with temperatures set to soar toward the 20-degree mark, there's never been a better time to get out and see what's on offer.

The Forbidden Fruit music and arts festival kicks off the summer festival season with a two-day event in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, beginning today.

Acts such as Primal Scream, Kasabian and Chic are set to keep all entertained.

New maritime festival Riverfest will feature the return of the spectacular Tall Ships to the quays of Dublin.

Spectators will also be given a rare demonstration of the Howth 17's racing skills on the River Liffey.

The family-friendly event on the North Wall Quay will include street performers, music, children's entertainment and local and artisan food producers until Monday evening.

Ireland's largest gardening event, Bloom, also takes place, in the Phoenix Park.

This is the sixth year of the festival that showcases a wide range of unique gardens.

The event saw almost 80,000 people attend the 70-acre site at the Visitor's Centre last year.

Bloom has something for everybody, with cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from experts and live entertainment across the weekend.

It's not just for adults, either, with children's zones, a tree-climbing competition and picnic areas. Tickets are €20 for adults while children go free.