October – darker evenings, darker mornings. Summer is a distant memory and we dare not mention the upcoming festive season. It all seems fairly bleak! But not in Wexford. . .
October in Wexford is special. It’s fun-filled, action-packed, a time for celebration, a time we all look forward to and a boon for many businesses.
Last night, Wexford Festival Opera opened for its 68th season. For 68 years, this world renowned Festival has attracted opera lovers from all over the globe to our town. The National Opera House, nestled in a streetscape, never fails in surprising first time visitors at the vastness of this stunning building that hides behind the street façade. The Festival’s reputation for the highest artistic standards ensures that its standing internationally is maintained and that visitors return again and again.
So a whole town excited about something so niche as opera? Yes!
In conjunction with Wexford Festival Opera runs a Fringe Festival bursting with cultural events such as exhibitions, drama and musicals in venues all across town. It all kicks off with a spectacular firework display, bringing thousands of people out onto the streets.
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival takes place in an original 1920’s Spiegeltent, located on the Quay for three weeks during October and without doubt, hosts entertainment for everyone. World renowned Irish and international music and comedy acts from many different genres take to the stage in this unique venue.
The pubs around Wexford are also hives of talent during this time. Running for 67 years, Wexford’s Singing and Swinging Pubs is a competition full of atmosphere, amazing talent and filled with both character and characters!
October in Wexford – we love it!