Kilkenny’s Top Festivals

Cliff Reid and Karl Spain at a Kilkenny Cats Laugh event.

Embracing Culture and Celebration: Kilkenny’s Top Festivals

Kilkenny is a city that pulsates with history, culture, and a vibrant spirit. Beyond its medieval architecture and scenic landscapes, Kilkenny is renowned for its lively festivals that bring communities together to celebrate art, music, food, and more. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of Kilkenny’s top festivals, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

One of the most prominent cultural events in the region, the Kilkenny Arts Festival transforms the city into a haven for art enthusiasts. Held annually in August, this festival showcases a diverse range of performances, including theatre, dance, literature, and visual arts. The charming streets and historic venues of Kilkenny come alive with creativity, making it a must-visit for those seeking an immersive cultural experience.

Kilkenny Roots Festival

Focused on folk and Americana music, Kilkenny Roots Festival is held each year in May and features both established and emerging artists.

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival

For foodies, the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival is a gastronomic delight that takes place every October. Celebrating the rich culinary heritage of the region, this festival brings together local and international chefs, food producers, and enthusiasts. Attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions, and indulge in delicious creations made from locally sourced ingredients. The festival is a testament to Kilkenny’s commitment to promoting sustainable and high-quality food.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Laughter is the best medicine, and the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival ensures that everyone gets a healthy dose. This annual event, usually held in June, attracts some of the best comedians from Ireland and around the world. The city becomes a hub of laughter as comedy shows, improv performances, and stand-up acts take centre stage. The festival’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere makes it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Subtitle European Film Festival

Subtitle European Film featuring subtitled films from various European countries, this festival is typically held in November.

Kilkenny Tradfest

For lovers of traditional Irish music, the Kilkenny Tradfest is a celebration of the rich musical heritage that runs deep in the veins of the region. Typically held in March, this festival features traditional Irish music sessions, concerts, workshops, and dance performances. Musicians from all over Ireland converge on Kilkenny to share their talent and passion for traditional music, creating an authentic and lively experience for attendees.

Kilkenny Animated

The Kilkenny Animated festival focuses on animation and features screenings, workshops, and talks by professionals in the animation industry. It aims to celebrate the art of animation and usually takes place in spring.

Festivals in Kilkenny

Kilkenny’s festivals are a testament to the city’s dynamic and inclusive spirit. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a food lover, or someone seeking a good laugh, there’s a festival in Kilkenny that caters to your interests. These events not only showcase the talent and diversity of the region but also foster a sense of community and connection. So, if you find yourself in Kilkenny during one of these festivals, be prepared to immerse yourself in a world of celebration, creativity, and joy.

For info on activities and “things to do in Kilkenny”, check out our post 100 Things To Do In Kilkenny


25th March 2024


Clifford Reid

Written by Clifford Reid


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