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It is widely known that Kilkenny is home to the Country’s best festivals, combining culture, the arts, comedy with culinary and festive themes. So, if you’re looking to experience storytelling, quirky art, or the very best of Kilkenny humour then plan your visit with one of our great festivals. From autumn through to Spring here are Kilkenny’s top ‘not to be missed’ festivals:

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Kilkenny Cat Walk Trail

October 10th– April 2022

Visit one of the countries most unique trails. Kilkenny Catwalk is a trail of 21 wonderful Kilkenny Cat sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented artists, mainly local, for public display in and around Kilkenny City.

The Catwalk trail promises to be a fun, colourful trail suitable for all ages, where you will meet everything from an age-friendly cat, a cat designed by a local youth group and of course, a hurling & camogie themed cat signed by both Kilkenny teams and many more…  

Visit: www.kilkennycatwalk.ie

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Kilkenny Day

October 10th 2021

Let us introduce you to ‘Kilkenny Day’, a day celebrating everything that is great about Kilkenny! Taking place on Sunday 10th of October with a packed programme of events across the city and county. There will be live music, outdoor movie screenings, a food and craft market, free entry to heritage sites, children’s workshops, and lots more. The celebration is open to locals and visitors, with everyone encouraged to don the black and amber and get out to explore and experience everything Kilkenny has to offer!


Read the Kilkenny Day programe here.

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Restaurant Week

January 2022

Dine in some of Kilkenny’s best restaurants and enjoy discounted prices during Kilkenny Restaurant week. Running in January, the initiative will see restaurants offering discounts and special offers to customers for an entire week. So, take full advantage and treat the family to Sunday lunch, or dine in one of Kilkenny’s award-winning restaurants…. Not to be missed!

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1st-30th December 2021

Yulefest is a wonderful family fun Christmas festival that brings together the best events of the festive season in Kilkenny throughout December.

Combine shopping with Santa visits or browsing with brunch, see light installations, visit the Christmas Market or enjoy a peaceful moment in the Garden of Light. Sip hot chocolates or crafted cocktails against the backdrop of our atmospheric city and take in all the magic of Christmas with the family!


Everyone attending an event in 2021 needs to play a part in keeping each other safe and minimising the risks from COVID-19. The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland have come together in partnership to develop guidelines in line with the government’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021-The Path Ahead to help festival and event organisers minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 at festivals and events.

***Please Note: Individual festivals may have their own policies on some things, so make sure you check the website of the event you are attending and read any emails from them carefully***

General Guidelines are as follows:

  • Booking: Audiences will be asked to comply with all current safety guidelines by booking tickets on-line and some will require you to complete a Covid eForm 24 hours before arrival.
  • Temperature Checks: All attendees will have their temperatures checked on arrival and must also provide evidence of vaccination to gain entry.
  • Social Distancing: Unlike traditional Festivals, numbers will be limited so social distancing can be adhered to. 
  • Face Masks: Face masks will be mandatory