Festivals

Kilkenny Roots Festival

Friday 3rd May - Monday 6th May 2019

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.

www.kilkennyroots.com

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs 

Thursday 30th May - Monday 3rd June 2019

Kilkenny Cat Laughs is Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage, and has been heralding the start of the summer season since 1995. Now in it’s 25th edition, the festival has played host over the years to international and domestic world class comedy and is renowned for treating both talent and audience to a warm, welcoming and convivial atmosphere in Kilkenny, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

www.thecatlaughs.com

The Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival

5th - 8th July 2019

The Kilkenny Craft Beer Trail is running in Pubs & Restaurants for the week of the festival. Each pub and restaurant is paired with an Independent Irish Micro Brewery and you can experience that brewery’s range of beers. Each restaurant is also paired with an Independent Irish Micro Brewery and is creating a special dish inspired by the brewery and paired with its beers.

www.kilkennycraftbeerfestival.com

The Graiguenamanagh Town of Books

23rd - 25th August 2019

The Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival, now in its 16th year, was ‘born’ in 2003. From its origins as a small weekend event promoted on an experimental basis for one year, it has now grown into a fully fledged festival that features art, music, food and crafts, and a whole host of fringe activities. Of course, at its core the Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ retains its original vision, to transform Graiguenamanagh, for one weekend only, into a book lovers' paradise where booksellers are matched up with a number of empty spaces in the town.

www.graiguenamanaghtownofbooks.com

The Iverk Show

24th August 2019

The Iverk show, The oldest show in Ireland, is a one day traditional yet modern. Now in its 192nd year since 1826 the Iverk show is a family / community based event hosting All Ireland championship finals and qualifiers for other finals. There are local classes for horses, sheep, crafts, cattle, flowers, poultry, dogs, fruit, cakes, vegetables, farm produce, arts, jams and honey. There are classes are for adults and children with special sections for primary and secondary schools. There is a competition for the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed Lady’ and a bonny baby competition as well as a fashion show. A display of vintage cars, tractors and machinery with working demonstrations is one of the highlights.

www.iverkshow.ie

Savour Kilkenny

Thursday 24th to Monday 28th October 2019

One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals is back this October. 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.

www.savourkilkenny.com

Kilkenomics 2019

Dates to be announced for November 2019

2018 will mark the 9th 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. Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves.

 www.kilkenomics.com

Subtitle European Film Festival 

Monday 25th to Sunday 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 SUBTITLE is for you.

Subtitled films are all serious, difficult and end unhappily, right? Wrong! There’s a world of filmmakers across Europe creating films that have delighted audiences across the world with their comedy, tragedy, intelligence and beauty. And we’re bringing some of the best of these films together from across the last decade to Kilkenny in November. So join us this November. Come and see the films, meet the makers and admire the talent!

 www.subtitlefest.com

Yulefest Kilkenny

December 2019
 
Create your own Once Upon a Time in Kilkenny! A magical enchanting Christmas Festival that runs through out the month of December. 
Some of the highlights will see the Parade Plaza, located on the doorstep of Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel,  brought to life, which will include an opportunity to view the city streets & lighting from a giant Ferris wheel, enjoy a gallop on the antique carousel, experience the aroma and taste of artisan food, browse through our bespoke Christmas Market for quality craft and gift ideas.