The only thing better than a Friday is a bank holiday Friday, three whole days of freedom stretched out before you. We've put together a list of festivals happening across the country this weekend, so you can get out and make the most of the time off.

Bloom - Ireland's largest garden festival takes over the Phoenix Park once again. Explore the show gardens, grab something to eat in the food village and market, and let the kids explore the family zone.

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival - Some of Ireland's, the world's, finest comedians descend on Kilkenny for the 21st edition of the festival. Adam Hills, Jason Byrne, Foil, Arms and Hog, Deirdre O'Kane, Al Porter and more will all performing over the four days.

Forbidden Fruit - Music festival that takes places in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, right in the heart of Dublin. This year's headline acts include Dizzee Rascal, Tame Impala and Underworld. The festival has expanded this year to include a series of late night gigs in the city centre so you can keep the party going.

Down with Jazz - If big music festivals like Forbidden Fruit aren't your thing, Down with Jazz might be for you. Ireland's finest jazz musicians take over Meeting House Square in Temple Bar for two days of gigs.

Dublin Port RiverFest - This is a family friendly festival taking place on North Wall Quay. Three tall ships will be docked on the quay for the weekend, and there will be many activities taking place on and off the water. You can try out kayaking or take a tour on the Jeanie Johnson, and if you prefer to stay on land there will carnival activities around the CHQ building.

Cork Harbour Festival - The Cork Harbour festival celebrates Cork's maritime history and culture, with the ocean to city race at the centre point of celebrations. Aside from the race there will be plenty of  activities set-up around the city, including live music and a chance to sample some of Cork's finest seafood.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival - Taking place in Rory's birthplace of Ballyshannon, Donegal, The Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year to celebrate one of Ireland's greatest musical talents. It provides a great opportunity to enjoy excellent music and explore the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way.