Festivals & Events in Kilkenny
Kilkenny’s intimate size and wonderfully atmospheric venue make it a magical location for the many festivals that fill the calendar each year. With music spilling onto the streets and venues within walking distance of each other, the whole city celebrates. For festivals and events, Kilkenny has it all.
As well as world-renowned festivals such as Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, there are many smaller events happening throughout the year in both city and county. From horse-racing to conker festivals, it’s a great way to experience some local colour and very unusual traditions.
Whatever your heart desires, open it to Kilkenny.
August 2018, Dates to be confirmed - From Exhibitions, Guided Tours of Kilkenny Castle, Shankill Castle, Dunmore Caves... to a Hawkeye Bird of Prey Experience ... there is something for everyone to enjoy in Heritage Week. 90+ Events (most are free!) throughout city & county.
9th to 19th August 2018 - Now entering its 45th year. Features following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Wired, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft.
Programme for Scoil na gCláirseach Festival of Early Irish Harp 2018, which takes place from August 15-20 in Kilkenny, Ireland, with a field trip to Dublin on August 21.
October Bank Holiday weekend 2018 - Savour Kilkenny returns to the medieval city for four days of foodie heaven over the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th – 29th October 2018! Get into the spirit as we enter our 12th year of culinary delights, interactive demos and masterclasses with award-winning chefs, quirky dining events, beer and wine tasting, live entertainment, and of course a bustling market!
Thurs 8th - Sunday 11th November - Europe's first economics festival - which brings together some of the world's leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We've been called "Davos with jokes"
November 2018, dates tbc - Unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you