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.
28th April to 1st May 2017 - The festival features a mix of Irish and International acts from USA, Canada and the UK. In addition to 20 ticketed show, over 60 free performances will take place on the Music Trail in venues throughout the City.
May 2017 - The festival brings with it workshops hosted by experts in the field on song writing, performance and running a successful Gospel Choir, public performances and gospel choir tours of the region. The festival provides the ideal opportunity to perform in fantastic locations, explore the South East of Ireland and indulge in your love of Gospel Music.
June to August 2017 - The Amphitheatre boasts a state-of-the-art canopy which perfectly compliments the astounding natural acoustics of the deep quarry walls, providing an unrivalled experience for those attending the array of musical and theatrical performances hosted here.
1st to 5th June 2017 - Cat Laughs has grown from a small event comprising a handful of shows in 1995 to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in Irish & international comedy acts in June. The festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors.
30th June to 9th July 2017 - Abhainn Rí Festival is an annual community festival for Callan and its rural hinterland. The festival will offer an array of fun, educational and inspiring workshops, experiences and events that will cater for all age groups and abilities. Diverse and extensive programme will also include events and activities in music, food, comedy, sport, heritage, ecology and religion.
11th to 20th August 2017 - Now entering its 43rd year. Features following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Wired, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft. Committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme.
19th to 27th August 2017 - 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.
20th August - This truly unique festival is set in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park with built in facilities, a giant dance floor, easy parking and 10 minutes from the motorway this venue has it all..Join us for a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland including Mike Denver and many more.
August 2017 (Dates TBC) - A fully fledged festival that features art, music, food and crafts, and a whole host of fringe activities. Graiguenamanagh, for one weekend only, turns into a book lovers' paradise where booksellers are matched up with a number of empty spaces in the town.