Festivals

Kilkenny Tradfest
Date: 12th – 17th March 2020

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: 1st – 4th May 2020

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: 28th May – 2nd June 2020

This June Bank Holiday 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: 12th July 2020

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.

Kilkenny Arts Festival
Date: 6th – 16th August 2020

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: 2nd – 4th October 2020

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: TBC

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: 23rd – 29th November 2020

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.

Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp
Date: TBC

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/

Kilkenomics
Date: 5th – 8th November 2020

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.