Though today is midsummer’s day, lots of people have yet to take their annual holidays. With that in mind, here’s a round-up of special events and festivals in Wexford this summer. The list below includes not only the well-known events but some lesser known, yet equally enjoyable, ones as well.


Wexford Strawberries

Calendar of Events in Wexford Summer 2011

Event Dates Description Location
Strawberry Fest June 24 to 26 Jedward, Rubberbandits, Saw Doctors, Coronas, Cry Before Dawn, Ryan Sheridan, Original Rude Boys and more live acts play at both ticketed & free events. There is a whole range of Fringe events, events for children, a cookery demo & more. Enniscorthy
Wexford Day June 25 Free admission for those who wear Wexford colours (purple & gold) to top Wexford attractions: The Dunbrody Famine Ship, Duncannon Fort, Hook Lighthouse, The Irish Agriculture Museum at Johnstown Castle, Irish National Heritage Park, National 1798 Centre, Enniscorthy Castle, Ros Tapestry in New Ross and the public swimming pools at New Ross & Wexford Attractions in County Wexford
Wexford Races July 1 Wexford Races Wexford Racecourse
Kilmore Quay SeaFood Festival July 7 to 10 Fresh seafood platters daily, Cookery demo, Children’s Street Theatre workshops, Teddy Bears Picnic, Fair, Céilí, Strong man competition and more Kilmore Quay
Jedwardconcert July 7 Jedward perform in the Opera House as part of their Carnival tour Wexford Opera House
Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show July 14 This is one of the biggest & best agricultural shows in Ireland. It’s a great family day out, with competitions featuring specially bred animals (from cows to donkeys, from poultry to goats), show-jumping, cookery & craft, sheepdog trials, a fashion show and so much more. Our guests always love this event! Rathangan, Co Wexford
Barn Dance July 23 This is a chance to meet the locals at this huge BBQ, with a hog roast, seafood, live music and a bar. Ballyhealy, Kilmore
Dunbrody Festival July 22 to 24 Jedward, Blue, Mary Byrne, Wonderland and Shakin’ Stephens are amongst the acts to play at this year’s festival. New Ross
All Day Arts Festival July 31


A diverse programme of music, theatre, dance, markets, exhibitions, workshops, activities for children and the Cáca Milis Cabaret. 10am to 5pm


Bull Ring, Wexford town
Art in the Open July 29 to August 1 The harbour, the sea, narrow lanes, ancient ruins, church spires & River Slaney will all act as inspiration for the artists who will paint in “plein air” directly outside their chosen subject. There is an art competition with prizes of up to €4,000, there will also be a BBQ and a buffet supper. Wexford & Enniscorthy including locations at Hook Head, Tintern Abbey & Kilmore Quay
Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival August 12 to 14 Sand sculptures by professionals, puppet shows, street theatre, amateur sand sculpting competitions5-a-side football and more Duncannon
New Ross Piano Festival September 22 to 25 A series of classical concerts featuring two pianos, public “play me” pianos, a piano Masterclass and more. New Ross

And if you are looking for somewhere to stay for these terrific events, well check out our availability and prices here. For even more things to to do, check out our own A – Z of Wexford activities.