Events & Festivals in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017, 11th to 20th August 2017

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.  For further information please see 

Savour Food Festival 2017, October 2017

One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals is back and very proud to be celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2017. Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, each year develops a programme of activities, which embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs, food agencies to food farmers. This year we welcome back the ever popular Savour Village - a foodie haven with heaps of delicious tempting food stalls, more celebrity Chef cooking demo’s, talks, workshops, competitions and unique dinning events.For more information please visit

ROCKFALL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017, Friday 27th to Monday 30th October 2017 

The Rockfall Festival takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend in October in venues throughout Kilkenny CityThis Festival is Kilkenny’s longest running festival. The Music festival began in 1989 with six music venues around Kilkenny City and was run over three nights. In the intervening years the festival has grown both in terms of venues and in 2013 the festival was run over four nights and in 22 venues around the City and attracted approximately 10,000 people to the Festival’s gigs.  This festival which runs over the October Bank Holiday and is jam-packed with exciting events and sure to offer something for all tastes and ages: with live music and street entertainment.More information can be found on the Kilkenny Tourism website:

KILKENOMICS 2017, Thursday 9th November to Sunday 12th November 

2017 will mark the 8th edition of 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” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.For furhter information please visit: 

Subtitle Film Festival 2017 ,Monday 20th to Sunday 26th November 2017

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. And a chance to meet their makers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you.For furhter infomation please visit: 


ROOTS FESTIVAL 2018, May Bank Holiday Weekend

Winner of the IMRO  Best Small Live Music Festival 2014 award! The Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival will return in 2018 during the May Bank Holiday.Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including  Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and  Alabama Shakes.Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles are catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond.
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23rd Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2018 - June Bank Holiday Weekend

The June Bank Holiday brings the hilarious Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, a world class comedy festival featuring the very best in Irish and international talent.The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival held its inaugural edition in 1995 in response to the burgeoning wealth of Irish comic talent with no clear national outlet for expression.The festival has grown from a small event comprising a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in Irish and international comedy acts, attracting visitors to Kilkenny city and its surrounding regions by combining world class entertainment with the atmospheric setting of our charming and intimate medieval city.The world-class programme blends the top Irish and international talent in shows featuring globally renowned comic stars as well as newcomers and break-through acts. The festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny, resulting in more than €8 million being invested into the local economy.For further information please see