Festivals

From arts to comedy, food to economics and everything in between, if there’s one thing that Kilkenny has plenty of, it’s got to be festivals. Here’s some background information on each of the main festivals in and around Kilkenny city and county, taking place during 2013. Individual festival listings will appear in the events guide as they are unveiled.

Festivals In Kilkenny In 2013

  • Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

    30 May - 3 June 2013

    The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival was founded in 1994 in response to the burgeoning wealth of Irish comic talent with no clear national outlet for expression. Sky has come on board as a title sponsor for the festival in 2013. The festival has grown from a …

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  • Happy Valley Festival

    Dates TBC June Bank Holiday 2013

    The Happy Valley Festival is a week-long music and arts festival featuring live gigs, exhibitions, markets, art and craft workshops and other family events. The 2012 lineup featured Wallis Bird, Deetrich, 7 Summits, Raw Kings, Neon Wolf, Our Kryptan So …

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  • International Gospel Choir Festival Kilkenny

    13-16 June 2013

    The inaugural Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival took place from 30 August to 2 September 2012. In 2013 the festival shifts to earlier in the summer and will take place 13-16 June in Kilkenny City. The festival provides the perfect opportunit …

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  • Kilkenny Arts Festival

    9-18 August 2013

    Every summer Ireland’s oldest multi-disciplinary arts festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, draws over 25,000 visitors to the city with its mix of poets and performers, sopranos and sculptors, Krautrock and craftwork, workshops and walks. The festival’ …

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  • Kilkenny Roots Festival

    3-6 May 2013

    Launched in 1998, The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has been attracting some of the best names in the Americana genre; acts such as Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontain …

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  • Kilkenny Walking Festival

    TBC March / April 2013

    A joint venture between Trail Kilkenny, Kilkenny Leader Partnership and Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership, the first Kilkenny Walking Festival took place in 2012 from 30 March to 30 April. The festival combines free and paid-for events the explo …

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  • Kilkenomics

    7-10 November 2013

    Only in Kilkenny could you find Ireland’s first and only economics and comedy festival, brought to you by the team behind the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. Moderated by some of the country’s brightest and funniest standup comedians, Kilkenomics – Europe’ …

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  • OUT For The Weekend

    TBC End August 2013

    OUT For The Weekend is Kilkenny’s Gay Pride Festival, now in its third year. The festival is organised by a diverse team of volunteers and since 2011 has taken place around the last weekend of August. All festival events are all-inclusive and cater for …

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  • Rockfall

    25-28 October 2013

    The 25th annual Rockfall Festival will take place on the October Bank Holiday Weekend 2013 in Kilkenny. The lineup has grown to feature over 70 acts with the focal being on local music and entertainment. Each year the festival is responsible for raisin …

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  • Savour Kilkenny Food Festival

    23-28 October 2013

    2013 is the 7th year of Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, the festival established in 2006 by a group of Kilkenny people who are passionate about food; whether growing it, making it, cooking it or eating it. Each year sees over 70 different events take pl …

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  • Subtitle European Film Festival

    18-24 November 2013

    SUBTITLE kicked off in November 2012 and offers a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. And a chance to meet their makers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessibl …

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