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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.

Abhainn Ri Festival 2015 in Callan, Co.Kilkenny

26th June to 5th July - Abhainn Rí Festival is an annual community festival for Callan and its rural hinterland. The festival will offer an array of fun, educational and inspiring workshops, experiences and events that will cater for all age groups and abilities. Diverse and extensive programme will also include events and activities in music, food, comedy, sport, heritage, ecology and religion.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015
Kilkenny City

Now entering its 41st year. Features following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Wired, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft. Committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme.

The Irish National Sheepdog Trials

13th to 15th August - The Irish National Sheepdog Trial is coming to Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny! See the 150 best irish sheepdogs working Brian Nicholson's sheep at the beautiful site of Ken Whiteford's field in Tullanvoolty!

The Iverk Show on Saturday 22nd August in Piltown, County Kilkenny

22nd August - Attracting over 20,000 visitors the Iverk Show is Ireland’s oldest and one of the largest one day agricultural and family shows  and with over 400 trade exhibits the outdoor machinery and commercial stands create a wonderful atmosphere.

Kilkenny Fashion Week 2015
Kilkenny City

Mid-October - With a fashion schedule and bumper fringe programme to suit every age and taste,  Kilkenny Fashion Week will show that Kilkenny is a premier shopping destination and showcase it's city centre shopping.

Savour Food Festival Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

23rd to 26th October - 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.

ScareFest Hallowe'en Festival at Shankill Castle in Paulstown, Co.Kilkenny

23rs October to 1st November - This is will be the 5th ScareFest. There will be a great line up of ghost tours for the brave and bold and a selection of children’s events. The last 4 years have been sell outs, so make sure to BUY NOW

Rockfall Festival Kilkenny Music 2015
Kilkenny City

23rd to 26th October - The 27th 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

Irish Conker Championships in Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

The 16th Irish Conker Championships will take place in The Castle Park, Kilkenny on the last Sunday in October. Competition for all age groups. Come along and crack some nuts!

Zombie Fest

Home to the first ever witch trial in the world, a mile-long strip of stunning medieval buildings, historic pubs and cobbled streets bursting with tales of the paranormal - where better to spend Halloween than Kilkenny?