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

St. Patrick's Tradfest Festival | March 15 -19

Craic, ceol & parades!

Expect live traditional Irish music, American marching bands, a Festival Market, St. Patrick's Day parade, carnival rides, workshops, family activities and street entertainment. There's hundreds of free and paid events to choose from! Don't miss the Bulmer's Music Trail with live music throughout the city, with music all day in Statham's on 18th & 19th March


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Kilkenny Roots Festival | April 28 - May 1

Celebrating its 25th year with a wide range of Irish and international acts

Wind your way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night. There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles are catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond.

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Kilkenny Country Music Festival | July 9

Kilkenny Country Music Festival is back for 2023

A day of music, dance and fun with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland. Held in the gorgeous grounds of Gowran Park, there's a giant dance floor, plenty of parking and facilities for all the family. Headliners include Mike Denver, Robert Mizzel, Cliona O'Hagan, Jimmy Buckley and more!


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Kilkenny Arts Festival | August 10-20

Annual arts festival jam-packed with energetic, eclectic events

Encounter extraordinary artists and unique collaborations in the magical ancient buildings and gardens of Kilkenny. From outdoor theatre to contemporary dance, the Festival is dedicated to staging events of the highest calibre, thrilling audiences of all kinds.


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Two Night Luxury Escape

Perfect for Springtime or an Easter break!

Make time to relax with a two night getaway – perfect for Springtime or an Easter break in Kilkenny city!

Mint Serenity Ritual

Recharge your mind and body at Mint Medispa

Leave your worries behind in Mint Medispa. Let us take you on a journey to deep relaxation by combining your favourite treatments in one. You’ll receive a back exfoliation and hot stone back …

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