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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

October to November 2017 - There will be a great line up of ghost tours for the brave and bold and a selection of children’s events. The last few years have been sell outs, so make sure to BUY NOW

Kilkenny City

27th to 30th October 2017 - 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 2017
Kilkenny City

27th to 30th October 2017 - The 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

October 2017 - The 17th Irish Conker Championships. To  Be Confirmed

Kilkenomics Festival 2017
Kilkenny City

9th to 12th November 2017 - 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

20th to 26th November 2017 - 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

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.