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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.

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018
Kilkenny City

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.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2018
Kilkenny City

1st to 4th June 2018 - Cat Laughs has grown from a small event comprising a handful of shows in 1995 to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in Irish & international comedy acts in June. The festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors.

Kilkenny Country Music Festival

1st July - 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 including Mike Denver and many more.

Heritage Week 2018 in Kilkenny

August 2018, Dates to be confirmed - From Exhibitions, Guided Tours of Kilkenny Castle, Shankill Castle, Dunmore Caves... to a Hawkeye Bird of Prey Experience ... there is something for everyone to enjoy in Heritage Week. 90+ Events (most are free!) throughout city & county.

Kilkenny City

9th to 19th August 2018 - Now entering its 45th year. Features following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Wired, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft.

Kilkenny City

October Bank Holiday weekend 2018 - 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.

Kilkenomics Festival 2018
Kilkenny City

Thurs 8th - Sunday 11th November - 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

November 2018, dates tbc - 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