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.
29th April to 2nd May 2016 - 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.
27th to 29th May 2016 - The festival brings with it workshops hosted by experts in the field on song writing, performance and running a successful Gospel Choir, public performances and gospel choir tours of the region. The festival provides the ideal opportunity to perform in fantastic locations, explore the South East of Ireland and indulge in your love of Gospel Music.
2nd to 6th June 2016 - 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.
24th June to 3rd July 2016 - 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.
4th to 10th July 2016 - As many as 10,000 competitors, singers, musicians and visitors are expected to visit Kilkenny for a full programme of competitions, workshops, gig rigs in the Square, a session trail, lectures and lots of fun.
5th - 14th August 2016. Now entering its 42nd 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.
20th to 28th August 2016 - 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.
26th to 28th August 2016 - A fully fledged festival that features art, music, food and crafts, and a whole host of fringe activities. Graiguenamanagh, for one weekend only, turns into a book lovers' paradise where booksellers are matched up with a number of empty spaces in the town.
27th August 2016 - 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.