Some of the exciting festivals taking place in and around Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Lots of fun and ideal for a family day out.
ROCKIN’ FOOD FESTIVAL
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Rockin’ Food Festival is the one of the biggest family-friendly festivals in Wexford, aimed at all foodies and rock’n’roll music lovers. Over 80 stalls will be offering various hot food options, many artisan products as well as arts and crafts. There is an impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee and the line-up always features the best of both Irish and International Rock ‘n’ Roll talent.
For the youngest festival goers, there are many FREE activities, events, and workshops in the Kids Marquee. You can also spend some quality family time at the Kid’s Play Zones or the Ferris Wheel. And once the little ones are all tired out, the adults can enjoy some of the exclusive Food & Drink Events that will be happening across the town over the bank holiday weekend.
Crown Fest, presented by The Crown Bar & Crown Live, will showcase the best national and international tribute acts, covering songs from some of the greatest bands in history. Get ready to sing along and rock out to your favourite tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s! You will hear some of the best musicians and performers on the scene while celebrating the music of your favourite bands with Hit after Hit!
The festival will take place in Wexford Town and will feature some fantastic vendors as well as an outdoor bar. Celebrate 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s music over the weekend of August 1st & 2nd 2020.
WEXFORD HARVEST FESTIVAL
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The Wexford Harvest Festival is for all the family, it is a great family day out in Wexford.
Aimed at all foodies, adventurers, festival fans and serious fun lovers, the Harvest Festival will take place on the extensive IOAC campus at Tagoat Village, just outside Rosslare Harbour and 15 minutes from Wexford Town. Greatly supported by Wexford County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Wexford Food family, and Taste Wexford. With partners like these on board, you know it will be a quality day out.
WRITE BY THE SEA LITERARY FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 5th year, Write by the Sea takes place in the stunning setting of Kilmore Quay. Festival attendees in 2020 can look forward to a line up of well- known, popular writers of Irish literature alongside internationally renowned authors. During the weekend, enjoy interviews, talks, readings and a variety of workshops on different genres of writing. There will be storytelling in a number of venues within the village in the evening.
WEXFORD SPIEGELTENT FESTIVAL
The festival has a unique and exciting atmosphere. It is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, blending the Olde Worlde feel of the Spiegeltent’s with the best in popular entertainment. The 2020 Festival will run for 18 days and nights and the eclectic programme of events will feature contemporary music, comedy, burlesque and more.
Highlights from the previous 5 years include The Coronas, John Bishop, Sinead O’Connor, Jools Holland, Squeeze, Bell X1, The Boomtown Rats, Paul Young, The Riptide Movement, Brendan Grace, Christy Moore, Tommy Tiernan, Imelda May, Mick Flannery, Jason Byrne, Damien Dempsey, Jack L, Donovan, Paul Brady, Albert Hammond, Dylan Moran.
WEXFORD OPERA FESTIVAL
Incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announces a 2020 programme inspired by William Shakespeare and the launch of the Wexford Factory Academy for young Irish singers. Inspired by William Shakespeare, each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House will be based directly or indirectly on the life and work of this great poet and playwright.
Each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House will be based directly or indirectly on the life and work of this great poet and playwright: Ein Wintermärchen by Karl Goldmark, Le Songe d’une nuit d’été by Ambroise Thomas and Edmea by Alfredo Catalani
The previously titled Short Works programme is being reimagined as a new series of daytime operas, called Pocket Operas / Opera Beag, which will be performed in different venues in Wexford town, including both the O’Reilly and Jerome Hynes theatres in the National Opera House as well as the Wexford Arts Centre. These Pocket Operas will continue the Shakespearian theme and act as an important showcase for young Irish and international Festival artists.
SANTA’S ENCHANTED CASTLE
Set in a real-life castle, this is an exciting and interactive Christmas experience. Another great family event. Enniscorthy Castle is transformed inside and out for the festive season with each room and chamber decorated with its own unique theme. Children can explore the castle and interact, play, sing and dance with all the friendly Disney characters and friends on this experiential tour, guided by one of Santa’s elves. The kids will also have an opportunity to meet Mrs Claus from whom they will receive some tasty treats while they wait for the much anticipated private visit to Santa Claus. They can also play with the elves, post their Santa letters or simply relax and watch a movie.