Kilkenny Events & Activities

Discover the best of Kilkenny's thriving arts culture from Pembroke Kilkenny

There is always something going on here in Kilkenny, and as we're right in the heart of the arts culture of this great city, so it only seems fitting to share with you some of our favourite events in and around the local area. We're one of the closest hotels to Kilkenny Castle and just off High Street, so no matter what you're planning to do with your time here in Ireland's Ancient East, start it at Pembroke Kilkenny. 

Events in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Roots Festival

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May 2017

The much loved Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year from 28th April to May 1st, 2017 with a stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and the celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Shelley.Scattered around a number of venues in the beautiful historical city of Kilkenny, an hour south of Dublin, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has attracted a loyal, hardcore following that makes the festival one of the ‘must-attend’ events and most enjoyable on the calendar.

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Kilkenny Arts Festival

Friday 11th to Sunday 20th August 2017

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

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Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Thursday 1st to Monday 5th June 2017

"The best little comedy festival in the world"– The GuardianThe Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage, boasts shows from the likes of Dara Ó Briain, Tommy Tiernan, TJ Miller, Nina Conti, Kevin Bridges and more. This medieval city in right at the heart of Ireland has played host to world class comedy and the best treated audiences in the world. Cat Laughs has a reputation for being a the comedians’ comedy festival, and creating that atmosphere where anything can happen.

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Savour Kilkenny Food Festival

Friday 27th to Monday 30th October 2017

Savour Kilkenny Food Festival is a foodie haven with heaps of delicious tempting food stalls, more celebrity Chef cooking demo’s, talks, workshops, competitions and unique dining events, which embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs, food agencies to food farmers.

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