Festivals

Kilkenny Tradfest
Date: 15th – 18th March 2019

Taking place over St. Patricks Weekend, Kilkenny Tradfest showcases the best of Irish traditional music! Both free and ticketed events will be held all weekend, in a variety of venues across the city, along with the St. Patricks Day Festivities and Parade. There are many events for all ages, including the TradTrail, music and dance workshops and lots of family activities. Visit the website kilkennytradfest.com for more information.

Kilkenny Roots Festival
Date: 3rd – 6th May 2019

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twenty-second year with an exciting line-up. Since 1998 this festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon. In addition to the ticketed shows, there will be over 70 gigs on the free Smithwick’s Music Trail throughout Kilkenny city. Visit kilkennyroots.com for the full line-up.

Cat Laughs Festival
Date: 30th May – 3rd June 2019

This June Bank Holiday, the Sky Cat Laughs Festival returns for the 25th edition! Kilkenny City will play host to a number of Irish and International comedy acts, with events taking place all weekend across several venues. Visit the website thecatlaughs.com for more information.

Kilkenny Country Music Festival
Date: 14th July 2019

This truly unique festival has it all! Showcasing the best of country music in Ireland, the Festival takes place in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park, located just ten minutes from the motorway. There is something for everyone with activities for the kids, state of the art facilities, dancing, onsite bars and restaurants, and of course entertainment provided by the best country musicians in Ireland. Visit the website kilkennycountrymusicfestival.ie for more information.

Cat Laughs Festival
Date: 30th May – 3rd June 2019

This June Bank Holiday, the Sky Cat Laughs Festival returns for the 25th edition! Kilkenny City will play host to a number of Irish and International comedy acts, with events taking place all weekend across several venues. Visit the website thecatlaughs.com for more information.

Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp
Date: 14th – 20th August 2019

Come and join participants from Ireland, and around the world, to immerse yourself in the Gaelic world’s ancient and exquisite historical harp with concerts, lectures, workshops, intensive players’ sessions, and a field trip to museums to see surviving instruments. The early Irish harp – wire-strung, with a melting, bell-like resonance – was the illustrious zenith of medieval Gaelic music culture, played in Ireland, and also in the Scottish Highlands & Islands from the early Middle Ages until the years just after 1800, when it died out. By the early sixteenth century, the early Irish harp came to symbolise Ireland itself, and is still depicted in the national emblem. http://irishharp.org/

Kilkenny Arts Festival
Date: 8th – 18th August 2019

Celebrating the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists, The Kilkenny Arts Festival has been running for over 40 years, and is always a highlight in the summer calendar! Visit the website kilkennyarts.ie for more information.

Kilkenny Animated
Date: 27th – 29th September 2019

Following the success of the first-ever Kilkenny Animated Festival in 2018, Cartoon Saloon are back this September! Kilkenny Animated is a festival of visual storytelling incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists. Visit the website kilkennyanimated.com for more information.

Savour Kilkenny
Date: 24th – 28th October 2019

Savour Kilkenny is back, and celebrating its 13th anniversary this year. This festival is foodie heaven! Sure to be a jam-packed schedule, keep an eye on the website savourkilkenny.com for updates.

European Film Festival
Date: 25th November – 1st December 2019

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 this is the festival for you. Visit the website www.subtitlefest.com for more information.

Kilkenomics
Date: 7th – 10th November 2019

Kilkenomics, the world’s first economics festival brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of the funniest, sharpest stand-up comedians. Visit the website kilkenomics.com for more information.