Kilkenny Events

Featured below are just some of the upcoming Kilkenny Events:

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2013: Wednesday 23rd – Monday 28th October 2013 – Established in 2006 the Festival by a group passionate about food and in addition to a “Food Village”, there is also a number of fun events taking place around the city during the Festival. Visit –

Kilkenomics Festival 2013: 7th – 10th November 2013 – Moderated by some of our brightest and funniest standup comedians, Kilkenomics – Europe’s first economics festival. Visit –

2013 Subtitle Film Festival:  25th November to Sunday 1st December 2013 – 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. Visit –

Rockfall Festival 2013: Friday 25th October to Monday 28th October 2013 – Visit

Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014 – Friday 2nd May- Monday 5th May 2014 – Since 1998 the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has features some of the best known artists in this genre, including Cajun, Bluegrass, Blues etc. Visit –

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival 2014 – Thursday 29th May to Monday 2nd June 2014.  – Since 1994 this Festival has been attracting some of the best names in comedy to Kilkenny. Visit –

Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival 2014: Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June 2014 – Featuring choirs from around the world who all love Gospel music and during the Festival the get the opportunity to exchange ideas, explore and most importantly perform in the majestic surrounds of Medieval Kilkenny City.

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014: 08-17 August 2014 – the annual Arts Festival in Kilkenny features Theatre & Dance, Music, Visual Arts & Crafts etc and has been a fixture in Kilkenny for over 40 years. Visit –

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2014: A deep, worked-out quarry, nestling beneath Ballykeeffe Wood and Nature Reserve, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre offers acoustics and a setting designed to provide an unforgettable and memorable evening.

Horse Racing in Kilkenny:

Kilkenny has its own picturesque racecourse only a short drive from Kilkenny City at Gowran Park. Â It is the only Grade 1 racecourse in the South East of Ireland and features a good selection of meets throughout the year, including national hunt and flat meetings. The racecourse opened in 1914, with a new Grandstand and facilities opened in 2003. Some up-coming fixtures are listed below. For more information visit – Gowran Park Racecourse Kilkenny.

  • Saturday 16th February, National Hunt – Red Mills Trial Hdle Grade 2 & Red Mills Chase Grade 2
  • Saturday 9th March, National Hunt – Shamrock H’cap Chase Grade B
  • Saturday 23rd March National Hunt
  • Tuesday 9th April, Flat
  • Sunday 28th April, Flat – Victor McCalmont (L)
  • Wednesday 8th May, Flat
  • Thursday 30th May, Flay
  • Sunday 23rd June, National Hunt – Jack Duggan Hdle / Ladies Day
  • Tuesday 2nd July, Flat
  • Wednesday 14th August, Flat – Hurry Harriet (L)
  • Wednesday 4th September, Flat
  • Sunday 22nd September, Flat – Denny Cordell Lavarack and Lanwades Stud Stakes Group 3
  • Friday 4th October, National Hunt
  • Saturday 5th October, National Hunt – PwC Champion Chase Grade 2 & H’Cap Hdle Grade C
  • Saturday 23rd November, National Hunt – Annual Racing Club Dinner