Those banks holidays really do come around fast. There’s only a few more weeks before you get to enjoy the next long weekend from May 31st - June 3rd, so plan ahead and make good use of your extra day off with one of these cracking festivals:

The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival: 30th May - 3rd June 2013
Every year the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival presents a world-class comedy programme blending the best in Irish and international talent with shows featuring renowned comic stars as well as upcoming talent. Read more.

Bloom: 30th May - 3rd June 2013
Bloom 2013 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 30th May until Monday 3rd June 2013. Bloom 2012 was the 6th year of the event and continues to attract thousands upon thousands of people every year. Bloom 2012 attracted almost 80,000 visitors to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Read more.

Tattersalls Internationsl Horse Trials and Country Fair: 30th May - 2nd June 2013
For a fun family weekend look no further than Tattersalls 2013. Enjoy the thrills and spills of this fantastic sport with good food, shopping and loads of free kids entertainment. With a dedicated picnic area, over 200 acres for little people to run around, a shopping village, bars and delicious food catering for all palates this is a weekend not to be missed. Read more.

Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run: 31st May - 3rd June 2013
This hugely popular event takes place in 2013, between Friday May 31st and Monday June 3rd, and prides itself on being the oldest motor sporting event of the year. It welcomes classic petrol heads from all over the globe to join in this, journey back in time experience. And what an experience it is, to sit in your timeless masterpiece of an automobile, whist drinking in the awe-inspiring splendor of the Irish countryside or ambling through the quaint and curious little towns. Read more.

Forbidden Fruit: 1st - 2nd June 2013
The Forbidden Fruit Festival is returning for another Bank Holiday feast of music, art and comedy this June in one of Dublin’s most beautiful settings on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Music lineup:
Saturday 1st June: Kasabian, Crsytal Castles, James Blacke, Neon Neon, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, iamamiwhoami, Le Galaxie, Swim Deep, Fight Like Apes, Kormac’s Big Band, The Mighty Stef, Tieranniesaur, Girls Names, Daithi, The Hot Sprockets, Trinity Orchestra, Play Queen, Hot Colossus, Ghost Estates.

Sunday 2nd June: Primal Scream, Chic (Feat. Nile Rodgers), Four Tet (Live), Everything Everything, Daphni, Woodkid, Daughter, Toro Y Moi, Flight Facilities, Austra, Cyril Hahn, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), Bondax, Mykki Blanci, Solar Bears, Koreless, Trust, New Jackson, Frank B, I Am The Cosmos, Hidden Agenda DJs, Rainy Milo.

Comedy Lineup:
Saturday 1st June: Kevin McAleer, The Nualas, Patrick McDonnell, Robbie Bonham, Willa White, George Fox, Rory O’Hanlon, Christiane O’Mahony, Andrew Stanley, Gerry Mallon.

Sunday 2nd June: David McSavage, Foil Arms & Hog, The Hairy Bowzies, Paul Currie, Tomie James, Totally Wired, Colin Murphy, Al Porter, John Colleary, Mc Danny Dowling.

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