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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:


Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018

Kilkenny City

4th to 7th May 2018 - The festival features a mix of Irish and International acts from USA, Canada and the UK.  In addition to 20 ticketed show, over 60 free performances will take place on the Music Trail in venues throughout the City.


Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2018

Kilkenny City

31st May to 4th June 2018 - Cat Laughs has grown from a small event comprising a handful of shows in 1995 to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in Irish & international comedy acts in June. The festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors.

Kilkenny Country Music Festival


1st July - This truly unique festival is set in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park with built in facilities, a giant dance floor, easy parking and 10 minutes from the motorway this venue has it all..Join us for a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland including Mike Denver and many more


Kilkenny Heritage Week 2018


August 2018, Dates to be confirmed - From Exhibitions, Guided Tours of Kilkenny Castle, Shankill Castle, Dunmore Caves... to a Hawkeye Bird of Prey Experience ... there is something for everyone to enjoy in Heritage Week. 90+ Events (most are free!) throughout city & county.


Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018

Kilkenny City

9th to 19th August 2018 - Now entering its 45th year. Features following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Wired, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft.


Savour Kilkenny - Festival of Food 2018

Kilkenny City

October Bank Holiday weekend 2018 - Enjoy food markets, cookery demonstrations, food art, food debates and discussions as well as lots of dining events in local hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. Embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs.


Kilkenomics Festival 2018

Kilkenny City

Thurs 8th - Sunday 11th November - Europe's first economics festival - which brings together some of the world's leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We've been called "Davos with jokes"


SUBTITLE European Film Festival

Kilkenny City

November 2018, dates tbc - Unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you!