Festivals and Events

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Festivals and Events

With practically every hamlet and village across the country glorying in its own festival/excuse for later pub opening, the Southeast delivers some of Ireland's most popular gatherings. Check with the tourist boards for listings and dates of all events, big and small.

June

Eigse Arts Festival. Carlow's Eigse Arts Festival is a 10-day celebration of visual arts held every June. Waterford City, Co. Waterford. 059/917–2439. www.eigsecarlow.ie.

August

In August the Spraoi festival (www.spraoi.com) is a display of talented exuberance in Waterford City, using the city's extensive pedestrian areas.

Kilkenny Arts Festival. Every August, Kilkenny becomes the focus for Ireland's culture vultures when the Kilkenny Arts Festival takes over the city for about two weeks. Street theater, elaborate parades, and even a rock concert set the mood. Waterford City, Co. Waterford. 056/775–1704. www.kilkennyarts.ie.

October

In late October-early November, the two-week-long annual Wexford Opera Festival (www.wexfordopera.com) is the biggest social and artistic event in the entire Southeast. From mid-September until the final curtain comes down, Wexford becomes home to a colorful cast of international singers, designers, and musicians, as the town prepares for the annual staging of three grand opera productions at the brand new Wexford Opera House. The bad news: nearly every single bed within a large radius of Wexford is booked during the festival weeks, and usually for months before the actual event kicks off.

Wexford Fringe Festival. Running alongside the opera festival from late October to early November, the chaotic and theatrical Wexford Fringe Festival is an eclectic mix of theater, literature, music, dance, and street events. Wexford Town, Co. Wexford. www.wexfordfringe.ie.

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