Wexford County

1. Wexford Opera Festival:

One of the most prestigious events in the county’s cultural calendar, the Wexford Opera Festival is held annually in October. This internationally acclaimed festival features a lineup of rare and forgotten operas, attracting opera enthusiasts from across the globe. The performances take place in the state-of-the-art Wexford Opera House, accompanied by a variety of fringe events including recitals, lectures, and exhibitions.

2. Wexford Strawberry Festival:

Taking place every summer in Enniscorthy, the Wexford Strawberry Festival is a celebration of one of the county’s most famous exports. The festival includes strawberry tastings, live music, street entertainment, and a local produce market. It’s a family-friendly event that marks the unofficial start of summer and the strawberry harvest season in Wexford.

3. Blackstairs Blues Festival:

Held every September in Enniscorthy, the Blackstairs Blues Festival is a newer yet significant addition to the county’s cultural scene. It features performances by top national and international blues artists, known for its intimate gigs and vibrant atmosphere, making it a favorite among music lovers.

4. Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival:

Reflecting Wexford’s strong maritime heritage, this festival occurs every July and is a celebration of the sea. The festival includes seafood platters, fishing competitions, boat races, craft stalls, and live music, providing a perfect outing for families and seafood enthusiasts.

5. The Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival:

Held on Duncannon Beach in August, this unique festival attracts artists and families to create impressive sand sculptures. It also includes workshops, a fireworks display, and live music, offering entertainment for all ages.

6. Art in the Open:

Europe’s largest plein air painting festival, Art in the Open attracts artists worldwide to paint the stunning landscapes of Wexford at the end of July. The event culminates in an exhibition where the artworks are displayed and sold, offering a fantastic opportunity to acquire original art.

7. Jim Nolan’s Festival:

Named after the celebrated local playwright, this festival focuses on theatrical performances and playwriting workshops. Held in various venues around Wexford Town, it celebrates contemporary Irish theatre and promotes new writing and theatrical talent.

These festivals not only celebrate Wexford’s rich heritage and natural bounty but also its vibrant community spirit and artistic flair, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of the local culture and offering engaging experiences that complement the scenic and historical exploration of the county.