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Festivals in Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a hive of activity, with a range of festivals on offer throughout the year. These range from musical celebrations, to comedy events that will cause you to laugh until your sides are aching. As a cuisine capital of Ireland, food and drink are also regularly celebrated, with a range of events taking place throughout the year.

At the Newpark Hotel, we’re located just a five minute journey from the Kilkenny city centre. This allows us to enjoy the buzz of the city; without compromising our guests’ rest. As regular festival attendees, the welcoming staff at our hotel have listed their favourite upcoming events in Kilkenny for you to enjoy:

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Described as Ireland’s annual ‘craic pilgrimage’ the Sky Cats Laugh Comedy Festival is the perfect way to celebrate the start of the summer. In 2017, acts include Aisling Bea, Tommy Tiernan, and the Rubber Bandits, to name but a few. This festival will be taking place in venues throughout Kilkenny, adding to the exciting experience. It runs from the 1st to the 5th of June.

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival

This festival celebrates the growing Irish craft beer industry. In its third year, it offers engaging events for those in the industry, and fun, entertaining events for the public. The displays will be taking place from Wednesday the 5th of July to Sunday the 9th of July. These will include everything from a brewery tour, guided pub tour, tasting sessions, and even a full blown roast dinner with a twist. As a result of the unique events, the festival will take place throughout Kilkenny city.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Ireland has always had a strong background in music, performance, writing and art. Kilkenny’s Arts Festival aims to celebrate these areas, with a 10 day long festival. The city’s historic buildings offer a unique setting for the meeting of artists and public. This year, the festival will take place between the 11th and 20th of August, and feature artists such as Edges of Light, Paula Meehan, and the Butler Gallery to name but a few.

Book your accommodation for festivals in Kilkenny now

Festivals no longer need to be spent in muddy tents with a leak in the roof. Instead, book a stay in the 4 star Newpark Hotel, and enjoy all the luxuries you deserve. Browse our range of special offers, and book your stay today.