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Imagine Arts Festival Information

The Imagine Festival is an annual event which celebrates the arts in Waterford. Taking place in late October every year, it is now one of Ireland's premier arts festivals. The festival takes place October 16th - 25th in 2020!

During Imagine Ireland's oldest city is the setting for work by the best of local, national and international artists and reflects all aspects of the arts. The festival includes the John Dwyer Traditional Music Weekend and the Waterford Writers Weekend.

Now in its 19th year Imagine features live performances, exhibitions and interactive performances for people of all ages, including dance, film, visual art, theatre, spoken word and literature, as well as classical,contemporary and traditional music. There are also events reflecting our cultural heritage and programmes for children and young people.

Where to stay?

If you wish to stay in Waterford during the Imagine festival this year, we would recommend the hotels and B&B's below. We hope you have a wonderful stay and enjoy the festival.


Fitzwilton Hotel | Tower Hotel | Granville Hotel
Dooley's Hotel | Marina Hotel | Waterford Castle Resort


Portree Guesthouse


Reginalds Tower

Ticket Info

Tickets for paid events will be available here on our website closer to the festival and can be purchased online. Some events will allow for payment on the door on the day of the event also. 

Imagine arts Festival also has numerous free events!!! These will be detailed on the website closer to the festival also.  


Getting to the festival!

The festival is held in many different venues around Waterford city and county. All events listed on the website will list their venue. 

By Car:

You can get precise directions to Waterford City using Google Maps here.

By Train/Bus:

The closest train station to the Imagine Arts Festival is Waterford Plunkett Station. Please visit www.IrishRail.ie for more information. For more information on bus travel please visit www.buseireann.ie.

There is a map below that highlights some of the points of interest for the Imagine Arts Festival

Imagine Points of Interest


Dooley's Hotel  |  The Granville Hotel  |  The Granary Café  |  The Parlour Vintage Tearooms  |  Jordan’s Bar  |  Tully’s Bar  |  The Reginald Bar  |  Kinsella Solicitors  |  Eamonn Stenson  |  Ardkeen Quality Food Store  |  MoMo Restaurant  |  Anchor Spirits  |  Port of Waterford  |  Waterford City and County Council Arts Offices  |  Waterford Central Library  |  Bodega Restaurant  |  Romans Cafe and Wine Bar  |  Thompson's Funeral Directors