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 Tradfest

March 2019

Kilkenny Tradfest is a feast for traditional music lovers and a celebration of all things Irish! Immerse yourself in a rich programme of events with workshops, masterclasses and acts like Scullion, Iarla O’Lionaird, Altan and the Kilfenora Ceili Band to enjoy.

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Kilkenny Roots

May 2019

Wind your way through Kilkenny’s medieval streets sampling the huge mix of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail, with all styles catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond. Since 1998 this festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon.

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Cat Laughs

June 2019

Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival is Ireland’s annual comedy pilgrimage and features a host of Irish and international big name acts. Anything can happen at the Cat Laughs!

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