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Kilkenny Events

Featured below are just some of the Events taking place in Kilkenny

Kilkenny City, located on the South East of Ireland, has so much to offer any visitor from its rich Medieval history, to its bustling pubs and restaurants and its great selection of shops. Kilkenny is especially renowned for the busy calendar of Festivals that its hosts every year - from the legendary Cat Laughs, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Savour Festivals to the smaller Roots Festival, Subtitle and Kilkenomics; it's like whatever your interest you'll find a festival to suit!  The 4 star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel,  being located in the heart of Kilkenny City is the perfect base for a stay during a festival. You'll find that the hotel is the hub for many festival go-ers and the choice venue for key events on festival programmes. The atmosphere is always 'electric' as people gather to enjoy the festival events and all that Kilkenny has to offer; on your doorstep at Kilkenny Omonde Hotel.

And with a great selection of Hotel Breaks, you will find that it makes the ideal base when exploring Kilkenny City.

Our 4 Star Kilkenny Hotel really does have a great city centre location, only a short stroll to Kilkenny Castle or the many shops, cafés and restaurants for which Kilkenny has become well known. During summer why not make the most of the hotel’s great location and take a Family Picnic to the Castle Park. Picnic cost €30 for 2 Adults and 2 Children Available July and August. Please enquire at Reception.

We offer a great selection of hotel deals throughout the year, view some of our latest offers  – Kilkenny Hotel Breaks.

Yulefest Kilkenny for the month of December in the City and County

We are super excited about this year’s program. Some of the highlights will see the Parade Plaza 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.

Christmas Garden in Butler House, Kilkenny on Ice, the Castlecomer Santa Experience, Craft Fair and Pop Up Shop. Live music features highly on the programme too with unmissable performances by choirs and solo artists. 

Savour Kilkenny

One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals is back and very proud to be celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2018. 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 dining events.
Savour Kilkenny is truly a festival for all food lovers out there. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny, in Ireland’s South East, Savour brings together local and national top quality food produce, talented Chefs, a mix of exciting, tasty food options in our food market, and plenty more for everybody to enjoy. Over the course of the festival, there will an extensive selection of both free and ticketed events. Come along with your family and friends, and browse food markets, watch cookery demonstrations, participate and listen to foodie discussions,  enjoy a wide variety of specially designed drink and dining events in local hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars.Join us at Savour Kilkenny Food Festival for the Bank Holiday weekend this October, and you’ll be a part of a memorable experience, full of fun, food and flavours!

Taking place annually during the October Bank Holiday Weekend 

Kilkenny Tradfest
St Patrick's Weekend - 17th March
The 4th Kilkenny TradFest returns from the 16th to 20th March 2016. The festival showcases the best of Irish traditional music, in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city.
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Kilkenny Roots Festival
First weekend in May
Since 1998 the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has featured some of the best known artists in this genre, including Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues etc…
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Kilkenny Arts Festival
Friday 9th – Sunday 18th August 2019
One of Ireland’s best loved arts festivals, with theatre, visual art, dance, street theatre and visual art all brought to life in Kilkenny City. The Arts Festival has been a key fixture in the city.
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Savour Kilkenny Food Festival
October Bank Holiday Weekend
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.
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Subtitle European Film Festival
Kilkenny 8 - 11 November 2019
A unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can't be found at a multiplex and a chance to meet their makers and stars.
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Kilkenny Yulefest
Kilkenny Yulefest For the month of December Create your own ONCE UPON A TIME this Christmas! Rediscover the wonder of Christ
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Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
The best weekend of your life awaits in Kilkenny this June Bank Holiday weekend! Comedic stars and stalwarts from all over the world running amuck in this little medieval city. A veritable melting pot
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