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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.

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.

Heritage Week 2015 in Kilkenny

22nd to 30th August 2015. From Village Creamery Exhibition, Exploring Our Military Heritage, Guided Tour of Kilkenny Castle with the Butler of the House to Woodland Bat Walk ... there is something for everyone to enjoy in Heritage Week. 90+ Events (most are free!) throughout city & county.

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.

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

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

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?

SUBTITLE European Film Festival Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

23rd to 29th November 2015 - 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

TradFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

March 2016 - In 2016, the 4th Kilkenny Tradfest will take over the city for a St Patrick’s Weekend full of craic agus ceol. The festival offers an amazing mix of live music performances, music and dance workshops & family activities