Festivals & Events in Kilkenny | Kilkenny Tourism

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.

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?

Kilkenny Fashion Week
Kilkenny City

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.

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

24th October to 2nd November - This is our 4th ScareFest and it is better than ever. We have a great line up of ghost tours for the brave and bold and a selection of children’s events. The last 3 years have been sell outs, so make sure to BUY NOW

Rockfall Festival Kilkenny Music
Kilkenny City

The 26th 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

Kilkenny City

The 15th Irish Conker Championships will take place in The Castle Park, Kilkenny on the last Sunday in October. Competition for all age groups starts at 1pm. Irish Conker Championship is happening alongside the Savour Kilkenny Festival.

SUBTITLE European Film Festival Kilkenny
Kilkenny City

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 (& chance to meet their makers & stars)

Medieval Week Kilkenny

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 2015
Kilkenny City

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 2015
Kilkenny City

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

Kilkenny Gospel Choir has through many years of touring and performance recognised a need for a forum for Gospel Choirs in which to exchange ideas, music and performance. We feel that Kilkenny provides the ideal venue for such a Festival.