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.
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.
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
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"
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
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.
8th to 10th December 2017 - 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
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.
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.
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.