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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.

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

Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival December 2015
Kilkenny City

Kilkenny’s first Ever Christmas Tree Festival

at St Canices Cathedral & Round Tower

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December 2015

TradFest Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

16th to 20th 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

Medieval Week Kilkenny

April 2016 - Visitors are invited to step back in time and join in epic events including royal feasts, tales of knights, workshops, historic tours and a raucous medieval market. The city and county will be transformed into a medieval hotspot.

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2016
Kilkenny City

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.

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2016
Kilkenny City

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.

Kilkenny International Gospel Festival
Kilkenny City

mid-June - 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.

Abhainn Ri Festival 2016 in Callan, Co.Kilkenny

24th June to 3rd 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.

Leinster Fleadh 2016
Kilkenny City

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.

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival 2016
Kilkenny City

Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th July 2016 - A celebration of Irish Beer brought to you by Billy Byrnes & Costellos.