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.
Reputed to be Ireland’s oldest regatta. Events include: rowing, swimming, diving, cot racing, novelty events (rope across river, diving for plates...), children's activities & live music in the local pubs. On August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Now entering its 41st 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.
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.
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. 70 Events (most are free!) throughout city & county.
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.
Enjoy food markets, cookery demonstrations, food art, food debates and discussions as well as lots of dining events in local hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. Embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs.
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
Kilkenomics - Europe's first economics festival - which brings together some of the world's leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We've been called "Davos with jokes"
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)
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.