Festivals & Events

Kilkenny is home to some of the best and quirkiest festivals in the world. From the Subtitle Film Festival to mega music events, epic live performances at the Arts Festival to Economics, extraordinary stand up shows to Kilkenny Animated, the schedule just keeps getting better.

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Taste Kilkenny Restaurant Week 2023

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Taste Kilkenny Restaurant Week 2023

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Taste Kilkenny Restaurant Week 2023

Savour Kilkenny Festival

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One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals, Savour Kilkenny marks the end of autumn and is held in the stunning setting of Kilkenny’s Medieval city, in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Known for its diversity and quality of food producers, distilleries, breweries, restaurants and cafés, Kilkenny is home to some of Ireland’s and Europe’s best food.


Taking place over the October bank holiday weekend, the event celebrates the produce, food and culture of Kilkenny and the surrounding rich pasturelands. We are excited to reconnect with our producers, visitors and partners to showcase the very best of Kilkenny and Irish products, chefs and culinary ideas.


With the changing times we know there will be so much more to introduce and explore, between changing diets, eco consciousness and emerging local ideas; Savour Kilkenny 2022 will bring visitors on a journey of discovery and taste that will truly awaken the senses!


Expect talks from experts, demos from top chefs, unique dining experiences and all the food stalls you can imagine packaged into a festive atmosphere in the beautiful surrounds of Kilkenny city. A visit to Savour is the perfect foodie weekend away or day trip with the family. This is a weekend you won’t want to miss so get planning and book your trip to Kilkenny for the October Bank Holiday weekend!

GAA in County Kilkenny

Kilkenny V Limerick Gaa Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final

Gaelic games form part of the flavour of Kilkenny, from UPMC Nowlan Park in Kilkenny city to each of the 41 clubs, to be found in every parish in the county, from Clooneen in the north to Glenmore in the south.  The GAA represents our national games and there is nowhere quite like Kilkenny to experience it. Kilkenny is known as the home of the hurling thanks to the county's continued success in the sport over the years.

Kilkenny GAA promotes all our gaelic games:

The Kilkenny Senior Hurling team has, since the turn of the Millennium, been the most successful hurling team ever. This success has been founded upon our club games which are run throughout the spring, summer and autumn culminating in our local championship finals in UPMC Nowlan Park. In recent years, the Kilkenny Senior Camogie team has also been one of the most successful teams in the country, with their success again based on the thriving camogie club competitions in Kilkenny.

While football is not as strong in Kilkenny as in some other counties, our footballers participate in national competitions at the appropriate level. In recent years, our underage club footballers have competed at national level while Kilkenny Ladies Football continues to develop.

Handball flourishes in Kilkenny with many national and international champions representing Kilkenny. Handball alleys can be found throughout the the county. Click here for information on handball fixtures. Wherever you are in Kilkenny, you will find the true flavour of Kilkenny at our Gaelic Games.

Click here for a list of all GAA Clubs

Click here for fixtures and results of GAA matches

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Mr. Personality Festival

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Hosted by Kilkenny Macra na Feirme, the Mr. Personality Festival showcases the best men from all around Ireland in a ‘Rose of Tralee’ style festival.

The event takes place annually in Kilkenny and entails on stage interviews on Friday night, challenges Saturday morning & private interviews on Saturday afternoon followed by a Gala Banquet that night with the winner announced at 12pm.

This year The Mr. Personality Festival will be held on April 8 th and 9 th of April 2022 in the Springhill Court Hotel.

See 2022 event details HERE 

Entry on Friday night from €10/PP & €15/PP for Sat night. There is also a Gala Banquet limited tickets for €35.

Stage interviews begin at 8.30pm on Friday and the Gala Banquet begins at 7.45pm on Saturday followed by the afters.

Check out their website for more information.

 

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2019 Contestants

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Kilkenny Arts Festival

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival

Kilkenny Cat Laughs is Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage, and has been heralding the start of the summer season since 1995. Now in it’s 24th edition, the festival has played host over the years to international and domestic world class comedy and is renowned for treating both talent and audience to a warm, welcoming and convivial atmosphere in Kilkenny, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Cat Laughs has a reputation for being the comedians’ comedy festival, and for creating an atmosphere where anything can happen. Over the years the festival has nurtured the fledgling careers of Irish acts like Dara Ó Briain, Aisling Bea, Graham Norton, Dylan Moran, Maeve Higgins, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joanne McNally, Deirdre O’Kane, David O’Doherty, Des Bishop and many, many more. We have also welcomed international luminaries like Bill Murray, Zach Galifianakis, Laura Kightlinger, Bill Burr, George Wendt, Ross Noble, Peter Kay, Bill Bailey, Tig Notaro, Emo Philips and Sarah Millican among others. In 2017, Matt Smyth and Dan Colley of Collapsing Horse Theatre took over the reins as Artistic Directors, bringing some of their own comedy influences onboard and and building on the fine legacy of the festival. They take the helm again in 2018 and look forward to combining the best in comedy standup with new names in the world of improv, sketch, podcasts and more. Roll on summer!

Kilkenny Country Music festival

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. There’s something for everyone with activities for the kids, state of the art facilities ,dancing, onsite bars and restaurants and entertained by some of the best country musicians in Ireland this is the place to be on July 1st 2018 GAA fans attending this year will be able to view the Munster & Leinster Finals on the many tv screens around the racecourse so come along and enjoy the music while keeping track of the games.

Kilkenomics Festival

2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics - 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” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.

Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves.

People who have taken part in previous years include David McWilliams (co-founder of the festival), Constantin Gurdgiev, Max Keiser, Gillian Tett, Rory Sutherland, Linda Yueh and Yanis Varoufakis.

Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival

Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes.

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.
There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles are catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond.

Subtitle European Film Festival

The festival brings together a selection of European films that invites you to see cinema in a whole new way. Many of the films in the 2017 festival have never been screened theatrically in Ireland and 15 of them are Irish premieres; highlights for this year include a special VIP preview of Aku Louhimies’s epic film UNKNOWN SOLDIER, which has already smashed box office records in Finland; Valery Todorovsky’s terrific drama, BOLSHOI (he will be in Kilkenny to present both screenings), Alexei Uchitel’s lavish new picture, MATILDA and Tonie Marshall’s outstanding new film, NUMBER ONE (she will be in Kilkenny too). For our 2017 edition, we are presenting 29 films. We have a terrific collection of thrillers, dramas and comedies from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, The Netherlands, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria. We are very excited about the mix of movies available and we are confident that there’s something on offer for all tastes. There will be over 200 guests in Kilkenny for the festival, including over 50 brilliant European actors and some of the finest casting directors on the planet.

Town of Books Graiguenamanagh

The Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival, now in its 15th year, was ‘born’ in 2003. From its origins as a small weekend event promoted on an experimental basis for one year, it has now grown into a fully fledged festival that features art, music, food and crafts, and a whole host of fringe activities. Of course, at its core the Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ retains its original vision, to transform Graiguenamanagh, for one weekend only, into a book lovers' paradise where booksellers are matched up with a number of empty spaces in the town.

Tradfest

Burrell's Hall, St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny

Tel: 083 8722444

flannery.marian@gmail.com

www.kilkennytradfest.com

Kilkenny TradFest showcases the best of Irish traditional music, in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city. Held across St.Patrick’s Day weekend, the festival is accessible to everyone, with both free and ticketed events. Join Tradfest to see world-class acts, fantastic traditional Irish musicians and bands, as well as all of the St. Patrick’s Festivities including the Parade. There are events for all ages, with the TradTrail, music & dance workshops, family activities and more.