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Festivals in Arklow

Information on regular festivals in Arklow Municipal District

There are many festivals held each year in Arklow Town. Below are some regular festivals in our calendar.

Christmas Festival

Arklow Christmas Festival has had five very successful years and is going from strength to strength. The festival includes events for people of all ages such as the turning on of the Christmas Lights and Santa’s arrival, the Christmas Market in Arklow Town and the Christmas Raffle “The Golden Ticket Draw”.

Halloween Festival

Wicklow’s Scariest Festival. There a number of events that take place on the lead up to Halloween such as the popular event “The Ghost Bus Mystery Tour”, Halloween Mask Making, Pumkin Carving and many more events. Halloween night is the highlight of the festival with a Street Parade, Staged Dance Show and the Firework display.

Seabreeze Festival

Arklow Seabreeze Festival is a four-day, street festival with plenty of entertainment and has a carnival atmosphere for the children. All events are free and the focus will be on family entertainment for all the family

 Arklow Maritime Festival

The festival takes place on August Bank holiday at quayside and around town to continue the tradition of one of Irelands Longest Running Maritime Festivals.

The Annual Festival has been rejuvenated over the last few years and is once again growing.

The events kick off on Friday evening with the crowning of the Maritime Princess at Arklow Sailing Club.

Saturday and Sunday there are all kinds of family events and attractions down by the quayside. With displays of falconry, children’s entertainment, market stalls and exhibits by the lifeboats, emergency services, Naval Services and much more, it creates a truly magical weekend for everyone.

Arklow Music Festival

Arklow Music Festival is one of Ireland’s best known competitive music festivals (or feiseanna). For 50 years it has provided a platform for individual and group performers of all ages in music, speech and drama, composition and creative writing.

The festival is held annually for nine days in March. It was described in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) as ‘one of the largest events of its kind’. It has more than 150 competitions for singers, choirs, orchestras, and instrumentalists in string, woodwind, brass and piano categories.