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Waterford is a vibrant and colourful city where there is always something to do. Aside from our seaside resorts, excellent shopping, and Viking heritage to explore, there are dozens of events during the year to keep you occupied. From music and wellness to family fun, there is a festival for everyone. Before you buy your tickets, book comfortable, affordable accommodation in Waterford at Viking Hotel. Our spacious rooms, friendly staff and great location are ideal for events in Waterford, and you won’t have the extra expense of car parking. Book using our website to enjoy our best available rates, guaranteed.

Summer in the City – Weekends June to August, no tickets needed

Waterford comes alive at the weekends, especially in summer when we have more visitors and better weather (sometimes!). This year, there is a free outdoor music and arts festival taking place every weekend in the city that’s ideal for visitors and families. Every weekend June to August Waterford City will come alive with the best in live music, family entertainment, workshops and street performance. There are markets, buskers, art exhibitions, family events, musical performances and more. You don’t need tickets as everything is free of charge. Wandering around and enjoying the atmosphere is a truly memorable way to spend a weekend in Waterford.

Spraoi- 4th – 6th August 2023, Free of Charge

For many years, Waterford has not had an August Bank Holiday weekend. Instead, we have Spraoi weekend where there is something for everyone to celebrate! This festival weekend is a Street Arts Festival with a weekend of art, performance and fun all over the city. There are over 200 shows spread across the weekend that are suitable for all ages and interests. The organisers believe art should be accessible so there is no charge for any of the shows, but advance booking may be required. You’ll see everything on the streets of Waterford during Spraoi weekend including bands, singers, dancers, jugglers, street performances, comedy, circus groups and much more. It’s one of the busiest weekends in Waterford as Altogether Now happens over the same dates, so book your room in Viking Hotel Waterford as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Altogether Now – 4th – 6th August 2023, Tickets €235

Did you know that Waterford is home to arguably one of the most popular festivals in Ireland every year? Altogether Now takes place over the bank holiday weekend in August and promises a weekend of music, fun, food and much more. There are 16 stages set across the vast festival space and they welcome over 27,000 people every year with everyone from toddlers to grandparents welcome. Lorde, Iggy Pop, Jamie xx, Caribou, Loyle Carner, Villagers, Jessie Ware, Sugababes, Lankum, are some of this year’s main events but there are dozens more to look forward to. If the idea of camping in Ireland isn’t for you, Viking Hotel are the closest hotel to Altogether Now Festival and offer comfort, warmth, and luxury, especially when compared to a muddy campsite!

Restival – 19th & 20th August 2023, Tickets €39

Everyone needs a little wellness in their lives and self-care means something different to everyone. For some, it’s a day at the spa and for others, it’s an afternoon of peace reading your favourite book and eating well. If you want to embrace wellness but you’re not sure where to start, try Restival. Different to other festivals and events, Restival encourages self-care and movement, as well as reconnecting with nature in the wonderful surrounds of Mount Congreve Gardens. Within the gardens, Restival attendees will enjoy yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, and forest bathing experiences among other things. There will be talks and demos from celebrity trainers and fitness professionals as well as food & drink stalls and wellness equipment for sale. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and connect over a shared interest.

We’ve just tipped the iceberg of events in Waterford. Check local groups and listings for a fuller overview of things to do in Waterford during your trip. Book Viking Hotel as your Waterford accommodation to ensure the best possible stay. Our best available rates are available on our website, guaranteed.

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