Festivals in Kilkenny

The Marble City has become renowned country wide for its diverse range of festivals most of which take place on an annual basis. Kilkenny’s intimate size and atmospheric setting make it an ideal location for the many festivals and events it has become so famous for. With music spilling onto the streets and venues within walking distance of each other, the whole city celebrates. For festivals and events, Kilkenny has it all.

Below are just a selection of the wonderful array of festivals which take place annually. For a full list of FESTIVAL & EVENTS in Kilkenny City and County please visit www.visitkilkenny.ie

Savour Kilkenny
Friday 26th to Monday 29th October 2018

Savour Kilkenny is about celebrating the whole of Kilkenny’s food heritage. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, the festival centre piece will be a bustling open-air market on the Parade plaza where visitors can taste and buy the best of local and regional produce while street performers, musicians, and face-painters provide the sights and sounds. In the heart of the open-air market will be a spectacular food marquee where visitors can experience the journey from farm to fork through a variety of events for all the family from wine tastings, food talks and cookery demonstrations to workshops on apple-pressing, cheese-making and other artisan skills to fun events such as a local celebrity Ready Steady Cook-off. The event will give people a chance to appreciate Kilkenny's heritage, culture and personality through its food, with something for all the family.

For further information visit www.savourkilkenny.com


Subtitle: European Film Festival
November 2018 Dates TBC

The SUBTITLE European Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that rarely show up at the multiplex. And a chance to meet its filmmakers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you!  It closes on the Sunday evening with the inaugural Angela European Film Awards, where European talent across disciplines was celebrated – from actors, directors and composers to production designers, casting directors and beyond.

For further information visit www.subtitlefest.com


Rhythm & Roots Festival
Thursday August 30th to Sunday September 2nd 2018

Since 1998, The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana canon; acts like Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell… the list is very long, and these are but a small few names who have been drawn to the magnet of the Marble City Mardi Gras in the past. All forms of what we like to call Americana are well represented over the four days. From midday to midnight audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden, with over 80 ticketed and free shows. There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.

For further information visit www.kilkennyroots.com


Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Friday 1st to Monday 4th June 2018

Rated as one of the five best comedy festivals in the world the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an annual diary fixture for both comedy fans and comedians alike. The festival has consistently showcased world-class comedians and captivated comedy fans for over 20 years and has grown from a small event in 1995 comprising of a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in renowned Irish and international comedy acts as well as newcomers and break through acts. The fact that no shows are recorded and there are no competitions means the performers are relaxed, there for the fun and usually on top form. Annually the festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny.

For further information visit www.thecatslaugh.com


Kilkenny Arts Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 19th August 2018

For 10 days each August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment. This festival now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually to enjoy 10 days of cutting edge art. The festival is committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme in a range of artistic disciplines to as wide an audience as possible. Now in its 38th year, the festival showcases the following art forms; theatre & dance, classical music, jazz/new world & trad, visual art, film, literature, street and a young people’s programme, each discipline being curated by an expert in their individual field.
So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience the arts in a way you will never forget!

For further information visit www.kilkennyarts.ie

Hibernian House is the perfect accommodation option if you want to attend a festival in Kilkenny especially if you are attending a festival with a group as we are the perfect location in Kilkenny City for group accommodation.

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