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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.

ScareFest Hallowe'en Festival at Shankill Castle in Paulstown, Co.Kilkenny

24th October to 2nd November - This will be the 6th ScareFest. There will be a great line up of ghost tours for the brave and bold and a selection of children’s events. The last 4 years have been sell outs, so make sure to BUY NOW

Savour Food Festival Kilkenny 2016
Kilkenny City

27th to 31st October 2016 - Enjoy food markets, cookery demonstrations, food art, food debates and discussions as well as lots of dining events in local hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. Embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs.

Rockfall Festival Kilkenny Music 2016
Kilkenny City

28th to 31st October - The 28th Rockfall Festival takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend in venues throughout Kilkenny City. All the local bands play free of charge and all monies raised from the Festival are donated to the O’Neill Centre in Kilkenny

Irish Conker Championships in Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

30th October 2016 - The 17th Irish Conker Championships will take place in The Castle Park, Kilkenny on the last Sunday in October. Competition for all age groups. Come along and crack some nuts!

Kilkenomics Festival 2016
Kilkenny City

10th to 13th November 2016 - 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"

SUBTITLE European Film Festival Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

21st to 27th November 2016 - 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

YuleFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

Rediscover the wonder of Christmas with Kilkenny’s enchanting festival of music, food, craft and entertainment for friends and family. Let the Festival Trail guide you through the charismatic cobbled streets and slipways, explore the magical winter garden, meander through the markets, revive your spirit with a hot chocolate or savour the artisan food while enjoying a rich programme of entertainment and music.

Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival December
Kilkenny City

9th to 12th December 2016 - An event which displays Christmas Trees of all kinds - natural or artificial, big or small, baked or crocheted, metal or paper - all of which have been decorated by our participants

TradFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

March 2017 (dates TBC) - In 2017, the 5th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017
Kilkenny City

28th April to 1sy 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.