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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.

YuleFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

December 2017 - 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

 A Yulefesr Kilkenny event which displays Christmas Trees of all kinds - natural or artificial, big or small, baked or crocheted, metal or paper - all designed and decorated by our participants

St Patrick's Day Festival Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

March 2018 - Activities over the weekend, include the St Patricks Day Parade, Vintage Fairground, a visit to the new Medieval Mile Museum, Live Music and Street Performances. 

TradFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

15th to 19th March 2018 (TBC) - In 2018, the 6th 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 2018
Kilkenny City

4th to 7th May 2018 - 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 Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2018
Kilkenny City

1st to 4th June 2018 - 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.