Waterford is bursting with arts and culture, and has a vibrant festival calendar. Music, Art, Travel-writing, Food, and even a Christmas Festival animate the city,  towns and villages throughout the year.

Waterford’s theatre & events scene is also brimming with a range of local, national and international performances with everything from Opera to Comedy, meaning that all cultural tastes are catered for.


Festivals & Events

Waterford’s festival scene adds to the charm of the region, and provides even greater diversity to the offerings available for your downtime. Leave your work behind, and spend the weekends strolling around street vendors, circus performers and some of the most unique music around.

Waterford’s festival scene offers something for everyone. All Together Now, held annually in the grounds of a stately home outside Waterford, made a huge impact when it burst onto the annual festival scene in 2018. Other established festivals such as Spraoi, Harvest, Summer in The City & Winterval animate the streets of Waterford City throughout each year. The annual Imagine Arts Festival, incorporating Waterford Writers Weekend and John Dwyer Trad Festival add to the diverse offering in the City.

The West Waterford Festival of Food is known the world over for its fantastic celebration of food and drink in the heart of Dungarvan. Also on near Dungarvan is the Comeraghs Wild Festival, an innovative festival which celebrates the culture and heritage of the Comeragh Mountains area. It features outdoor concerts in the mountains, biking events such as the breathtaking Nire Valley Drop and even surf events at nearby beaches.

In the seaside village of Dunmore East, the annual Bluegrass Festival held in August each year has been running for over 25 years and is extremely popular while in Lismore, the Immrama Festival of Travel-Writing has an avid following & brings a great buzz to the seaside town. In Tramore, the Racing Festival is a highlight of the year as visitors flock to the seaside racecourse, hoping to back a winner!




Theatre & Music

The Theatre Royal in Waterford City is Ireland’s oldest continually operating theatre. This Victorian gem in the heart of Waterford City brings acclaimed artists and creative teams from Ireland and overseas to work closely with the abundance of local talent we are lucky to have on our doorstep.

Garter Lane Arts Centre boasts two exhibition spaces, centrally located in the heart of Waterford’s emerging Cultural Quarter. Housed in a former Quaker Meeting house, the Main Gallery space and Front of House exhibition space are both programmed year-round with a cross-section of contemporary and locally produced visual art.

In Dungarvan, the traditional Town Hall Theatre is home to various concerts, lectures and theatrical productions throughout the year, and also acts as a venue for Waterford Festival of Food, and Féile na nDéise each year.

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