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Festivals & Events in Kilkenny

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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.


TradFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

16th to 19th March 2017 - 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. Acts include Paul Brady.

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.

Kilkenny International Gospel Festival
Kilkenny 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.

Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre Kilkenny
Kilmanagh

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.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2017
Kilkenny City

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.

Abhainn Ri Festival 2017 in Callan, Co.Kilkenny
Callan

23rd June to 2nd July 2017 (dates TBC) - 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.

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival 2017
Kilkenny City

July 2017 (dates TBC) - A celebration of Irish Beer. 5 Beautiful Days filled with all that's good about Kilkenny & Irish Craft Beer.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017
Kilkenny City

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.

Heritage Week 2017 in Kilkenny
Kilkenny

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.

Kilkenny Country Music Festival
Gowran

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.

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