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Festivals & Events Guide Kilkenny

Kilkenny hosts a number of renowned festivals and events each year.

These include the celebrated Kilkenny Arts Festival (August) which features a variety of
classical music events, art exhibitions, literary readings, workshops, jazz & folk sessions.
Other festivals include Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival - Music Festival (May); Kilkenny Cat Laughs - Comedy Festival (June); International Gospel Choir Festival (Aug/Sept); Greystock Festival - (Sept); Savour Food Festival (Oct) and Kilkenomics Festival (Nov).

Kilkenny is also known as a design and craft centre, which has its origins in the Design workshops of the late 1960s’,
which can be explored in the Castle Yard site.

One of the best things about Kilkenny is its size. Because it is a compact city you can explore it all on foot or by bike!



Kil-Fest Crimes of Passion - St Valentine’s weekend will see Kilkenny International Literary Festival’s second event

Kilkenny Animated 2018 February 23 -25, hosted by Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon

Kilkenny TradFest 2018 March 15-19  - a St. Patricks weekend Festival of Craic & Ceol

St Patricks Festival 2018 March 16-19 - 4 days filled with fun including a parade through the city

Kilkenny Roots Festival May 4th - 7th - where music forms the lifeblood of Kilkenny

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival June  1st - 4th - a world class comedy festival, not to be missed

Kilkenny Country Music Festival July 1st - Gowran Park 


For more information on upcoming events and festivals in Kilkenny during your stay please contact reception.