Throughout the year there are a number of festivals to enjoy in Kilkenny, below are just some of the festivals which take place and as you can see there’s plenty of variety! Remember to book your accommodation early here when planning your trip! For a complete list of all festivals taking place in Kilkenny throughout the year take a look at the Kilkenny Tourism page here.


The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has been running since 1998, bringing a mix of folk, country, swing, rockabilly and bluegrass to the town every May bank holiday weekend (1st-4th May 2015). For more information about this years line up click here

Kilkenny Roots Festival

This year will be the 21st year of The Cat Laughs comedy Festival taking place from the 28th May to the 1st of June 2015. It always has an excellent line up and early booking is advised! For more information click here

The Cat Laughs

In August  (7-16th) Kilkenny hosts a 10 day Arts festival featuring theatre, music, literature, craft and street performances. It has something for everyone. More details here.



For the food lovers out there Kilkenny is the place to be in October. The Savour Kilkenny Food Festival is scheduled for the 23-26h October 2015. With a variety of cookery demonstrations, food markets and a food lovers trail there are tasty delights for everyone! Take a peek at last years website to whet your appetite!

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 23-27 October 2014