Five great things to do in Kilkenny this Autumn

Don’t let the dark evenings and colder days dampen your mood. Check out the huge array of events and activities happening in Kilkenny throughout the Autumn months.

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival

Savour Kilkenny returns to the medieval city for four days of foodie heaven over the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th – 29th October 2018! Get into the spirit as we enter the 12th year of culinary delights, interactive demos and masterclasses with award-winning chefs, quirky dining events, beer and wine tasting, live entertainment, and of course a bustling market!

Castlecomer Discovery Park – The Zip of Terror

The Zip of Terror is back! Once more we are asking ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH?

Here in the forest dark and deep, poltergeists and puca awake from their sleep. Are you brave enough to zip through the night sky before wandering through a forest full of frights?

Who knows what lurks in the forest? Once you arrive here, board the Halloween train, which will take you to the zipline. It’s pretty dark, and our experienced team of undertakers are ready to harness you up before you jump into the dark abyss. Will you make it to the end? If you do, you will then have to take the terrifying journey through the haunted forest, you never know what might pop up.

This event takes about 90 minutes depending on how fast you need to run!

It is for 12+ (all under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent).

Running from 7.30 p.m. 26 – 29 October & 31st October 2018.

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Kilkenomics 2018

The 9th edition of Kilkenomics will take place from the 8th – 11th November. Kilkenomics is Europe’s first economics and comedy festival bringing together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest stand-up comedians.

The festival is informal and entertaining making it easy for the audience to engage. The full programme is soon to be released here.


SUBTITLE Film Festival

SUBTITLE is in its 7th year, running from the 19th to the 25th of November in Kilkenny. This festival is a great opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at multiplex cinemas. There will also be a chance to meet filmmakers and stars. SUBTITLE are bringing some of the best films together from across the last decade to Kilkenny in November.

Full details will be announced here closer to the event.


In this article

Savour Kilkenny Festival

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Kilkenomics Festival

Subtitle European Film Festival

Recommended Experiences

6 Sensational Foodie Experiences

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Taste Kilkenny – Food Trail

Savour Kilkenny Festival

Kilkenny City

083 8722444

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The Savour Kilkenny Festival is the city’s premier food festival and is relatively new on the scene. There’s a vibrant food culture in Kilkenny so there’s no place better to celebrate this passion. This festival is usually held on the October Bank holiday each year and features exquisite dinners, food tasting, wine tasting, baking competitions, cooking demonstrations, a food trail, food markets, celebrity chef cookery classes and a gala dinner. Of course there will also be lots of music and street entertainment.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Kilkenny

056 4440707

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Castlecomer Discovery Park offers an exciting range of activities around the estate including tree top walks, climbing walls, boating, adventure playgrounds, orienteering and most recently Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge. At the hub of the site, there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village, and spaces for educational activities. Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of natural woodland and lakes. It opened to the public in 2007 to commemorate the coal-mining heritage following the closure of the local mines in 1969. It aims to develop rural tourism, generate local employment and regenerate the town.

Kilkenomics Festival

Kilkenny City

056 7763837

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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.

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.