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Wexford plays host to a huge variety of music and theatre events throughout the year, from internationally renowned occasions such as Wexford Festival Opera to more seasonal extravaganzas.
Wexford Town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country; it started back in 1917 and continued until the outbreak of world war two. In 1946 the parade was re-started. The parade has grown over the years, and today Wexford Town hosts one of the premier parades in the country. Come along and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford Town or in many of the other towns and villages.
Summer offers a series of fun filled festivals to suit all the family including the Wexford Strawberry Festival, Irish America Festival, The Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival or the Wexford Food and Wine Festival. The Wexford Strawberry Festival Experience celebrates the best of local produce at the Farmer’s Market, join the Teddy Bears Picnic, Fairytales in the Castle, A Taste of Wexford Strawberries Competition, Strawberry Queen Competition and Cookery Demos. Dance the night away with the new Roots Pub Trail and much more…
The Duncannon Sandsculpting is packed full of fun events on fabulous Duncannon beach with fireworks, beach party, magic and puppet shows, beach games, street theatre and sand sculpting and sandcastle building competitions.
For Hallowe’en, Wexford offers many spooky encounters like the Dare to Scare Halloween Tour and Ghoulish Story Telling at Wells House & Gardens or Halloween at Loftus Hall, one of Ireland’s most haunted houses.
The best of international and national talent perform in various music venues in Wexford Town throughout the year, with the National Opera House and Clayton Whites Hotel playing host to entertainers such as Keith Barry, Nathan Carter, Jimmy Carr and The Fureys to name a few.
There is always a good show to be found in Wexford, where the wonderful local theatres serve up a fantastic range of quality productions throughout the year. 2015 productions have seen “Hairspray” performed by the Oyster Lane Theatre Group in the Dun Mhuire Theatre and “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Bridge Drama in the Wexford Arts Centre.
Wexford Festival Opera, one of the top three Opera festivals in the World, presents rarely performed and unjustly neglected operas to a world-class standard in the unique and intimate atmosphere of the National Opera House.
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