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Kilkenny Festivals & Events Guide

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

These include the celebrated Kilkenny Arts Festival 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, Kilkenny Cat Laughs - Comedy Festival, International Gospel Choir FestivalGreystock FestivalSavour Kilkenny Food Festival and Kilkenomics Festival - a combination of economics and comedy!

Kilkenny is also known as a design and craft center, 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!



Kilkenny Trad Fest: 13th-17th March 2020

Kilkenny Roots Festival 2020: 1st-4th May 2020

Greystock Festival: 22nd-25th May 2020

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival: 28th May-1st June 2020

Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival: 4th July 2020

Kilkenny Country Music Festival: 12th July 2020

Kilkenny Arts Festival: 6th-16th August 2020

Town of Books Festival: 23rd-25th August 2020

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival: October 2020

Kilkenny Animated: 2nd-4th October 2020

Kilkenny Yulefest: November 2020

Kilkenomics Festival: 5th-8th November 2020

Kilkenny Motor Show: 6th-8th November 2020

Subtitle European Film Festival: 23rd-29th November 2020


To see our Festival Offers CLICK HERE


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