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Kilkenny Festivals

Things To Do Kilkenny

Kilkenny Tradfest 2020


The annual Kilkenny Tradfest brings the very best of traditional music, song, and dance to Kilkenny. Come along to ensure a memorable St Patrick’s Weekend, guaranteed to be full of craic!

Cat Laughs Festival 2020

June Bank Holiday Weekend

The 26th edition of the Sky Cat Laughs Festival returns to Kilkenny. This June Bank Holiday Weekend, Kilkenny City plays host to a number of Irish and international comedy acts. Experience the laughter across several Kilkenny venues.

Kilkenny Country Music Festival


This truly unique festival has it all! The Kilkenny Country Music Festival takes place in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park. The venue, located ten minutes from the motorway, enjoys built-in facilities including a sizeable dance floor and plenty of parking. There’s something for everyone; activities for the kids, state of the art facilities, dancing, onsite bars and restaurants, and entertainment provided by the best country musicians in Ireland.

Tickets are €25 per person (excl. booking fee) and are available for purchase online and in locations throughout Kilkenny including, Hennessy’s Shop, Gowran, Gowran Pharmacy/Porters Newsagent, High St, and Rollercoaster Records, Kieran St.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2020

Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th August 2020

The Arts Festival is a highlight of the Kilkenny City summer calendar. The event has been running for more than 40 years and is a celebration of the Arts in varied forms including theatre, music, art, and dance. Watch as Kilkenny comes alive!

Kilkenny Animated 2020

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2020

Kilkenny Animated is a  festival of visual storytelling. It incorporates cartoons, various animation styles, and illustrations in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops, and experiences that celebrate the creativity of the craft.

The festival is hosted by two-time Academy Award® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. It is inspired by and set against the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Kilkenny Animated is the first festival of its kind to bring together different aspects of visual storytelling for the enjoyment and appreciation of the wider public audience.

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2020

 October 2020

One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals is back and proudly celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2020. Each year, Savour Kilkenny develops a programme of activities, embracing every corner of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs and food agencies to farmers.

Subtitle European Film Festival 2020

Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November 2020


SUBTITLE European Film Festival is back for it’s 9th year and is a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex.  Meet the stars and filmmakers. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible, and artistic European films, SUBTITLE is for you.

Kilkenomics Festival 2020

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November 2020

2019 marked a decade of Kilkenomics,  Europe’s first economics festival and 2020 is set to be another hugely successful year for the unique festival of comedy and economics. The event brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts, and media commentators complemented by some of the sharpest stand-up comedians.

Yulefest Kilkenny

Friday 22nd November 2019 – Sunday 5th January 2020

The best memories are often the simplest ones; colours, lights, food, music and laughter. Experience Yulefest Kilkenny, an inclusive Christmas festival that invites you, your friends and family to Kilkenny to enjoy a range of seasonal activities throughout December.

Christmas Catch Ups – Meet in Kilkenny and spend quality time together at a relaxed pace.

Meander through our merry medieval streets, hear choirs sing whilst lights twinkle against a festive backdrop of seasonal installations. Keep your eyes peeled for festive pop ups and seasonal surprises, catch a free exhibition or book in for a workshop! Plan your day out at Yulefest Kilkenny.



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