There’s no place like Wexford for festivals – from food, dancing, musical acts, artists and so much more. With current circumstances and restrictions on events taking place in Ireland during this time, some of the festivals have been postponed for the safety of the public and will no doubt be back with a bang next year. Some of the exciting festivals taking place in and around Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford between this year and next year will be bigger and better. The festivals provide lots of fun and are ideal for any family day out – so why not #MakeItABreak.
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 over the August 2021 Bank Holiday weekend.
Crown Fest, presented by The Crown Bar & Crown Live, which was supposed to take place on August 1st and 2nd 2020, showcases the best national and international tribute acts, covering songs from some of the greatest bands in history. New dates for 2021 will be decided upon and announced which will see music lovers getting 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 a weekend in the Sunny South-East in 2021.
WEXFORD HARVEST FESTIVAL
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The Wexford Harvest Festival caters for all of the family and proves to be a great family day out in Wexford.
Aimed at all foodies, adventurers, festival fans and serious fun lovers, the Harvest Festival will now take place in 2021 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
Unfortunately due to the current ongoings of the COVID-19 pandemic, while Write by the Sea is celebrating its 5th year and hoping to have taken place in the stunning setting of Kilmore Quay, the festival will now take place September 24th – 26th 2021. Festival attendees in 2021 can look forward to a line up of well- known, popular writers of Irish literature alongside internationally renowned authors. During the weekend in September 2021, visitors can 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 evenings.
WEXFORD SPIEGELTENT FESTIVAL
#MakeABreakForIt this Autumn and make it your business to attend and enjoy a show at the annual Wexford Spiegltent 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 continue to run for it’s 9th year for 18 days and nights and the electric 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
For the 2020 festival, incoming Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi announced a programme inspired by William Shakespeare and the launch of the Wexford Factory Academy for young Irish singers, however, the Wexford Opera Festival have now rescheduled to October 2021.
Each of the three main evening productions in the National Opera House for 2020 were supposed to 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. This may be subject to change for 2021 but keeping an eye out on the Wexford Festival Opera website may provide differing information on next years plans for direction.
The previously titled Short Works programme was being reimagined as a new series of daytime operas, called Pocket Operas/Opera Beag, which will have been 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 would have continued the Shakespearian theme and acted as an important showcase for young Irish and international Festival artists.
SANTA’S ENCHANTED CASTLE
Why not #MakeABreakForIt this Christmas season and stay in Treacy’s Hotel Enniscorthy to attend Santa’s Enchanted Castle? Set in a real-life castle, this is an exciting and interactive Christmas experience and 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.