There’s another extra long weekend on the horizon, so there’s no better time to start planning how to spend yours. Here’s four of our favourite festivals taking place this August Bank Holiday Weekend:

Galway Horse Racing Festival: 29th July - 4th August 2013
The Galway Races is a Horse-racing festival that takes place for a week starting on the last Monday in July. The races are held at Ballybrit race course and are the only seven-day race meeting in Ireland. The main days of the festival are on Wednesday, when the Galway Plate is held and Thursday when the Galway Hurdle and Ladies' Day take place. Read more.

Waterford Spraoi Festival: 2nd - 4th August 2013
Spraoi Festival is Ireland's specialist street theatre and spectacle event. It presents over 200 street theatre and music performances in three days and most events are free at this family-friendly event. The festival features street performers from around the world and there is something to do and see by day and night. Spraoi is the Irish word for fun and celebration and the city's people take to its streets and squares in an exciting exhibition of contemporary street culture. Read more.

Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival: 2nd - 4th August
Castlepalooza is a theatre day musical and arts festival, set in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. From the 2nd - 4th August this year, the grounds of Charleville Castle will be transformed into a wooded wonderland where you can expect great music, merriment, magic, madness and mind-blowing memories.

Music lineup:
Al Patron, Arman Giogrio, ASIWYFA, Benny Smiles, Bentley Riddims, Bolts, Born Cheating, Carried By Waves, Ceephax Acid Crew, Clodagh Murphy, Clu, Clubfoot, Come On Live Long, CSS, Croupier, Cymbals, Daithi, DJ Baz, Dogs, Double Agent 7, Dunc4n, Dylan Higgins, Ed Zealous, Elaine Mai, Enemies, Fight Like Apes, Frank B, Garr Cleary, Ghostpoer, Ghosts, Girls Names, Grouse, Halves, High Hat, JB The Deejay, Johnny Dread And Timothy Starr, Jon K, J Roots, Kid Karate, Kutmah, Lasertom, Last Days Of 1984, Le Galaxie, Lil Dave, Liza Flume, Little Bear, Lowlek, Luke Vibert, Meltybrains?, Miracle Bell, Monto, Mr Whippy Soundsystem And Lex Woo, Myles Manley, Nialler9, Overhead, The Albatross, Princess, Redwoods, R.S.A.G. Seamus fogarty, September Girls, Sert One, Ships, Sisters, Soak, Sorcha Richardson, Squareheard, The Chapters, The Cyclist, The Hard Ground, The Niall McCabe Band, The Notas, The River Cry, Tieranniesaur, Tiny Vinyls, Torann, Touchwood, Tu-Ki, Two Charming Men, Vann Music, Walking On Cars, Watson Ace, Well Known, Young Wonder.

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Letterkenny Live: 3rd - 4th August 2013
Letterkenny Live 2013 is a live music festival over two days with headline bands playing on the gig rig in Letterkenny. The event will feature leading Irish bands and artists accompanied by local up and coming acts. During the day, there will be family friendly events. Local venues throughout the town will provide live music for their customers and visitors. Read more.