Events in Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a mecca for festivals & events. There is something for everyone and we are proud to be associated with all of them. 

Our beautiful Medieval City has become renowned country wide for its diverse range of festivals most of which take place on an annual basis and are going in pouparlity every year! Kilkenny’s intimate size and atmospheric setting make it an ideal location for the many festivals and events in which it has become so famous for. With music spilling onto the streets and venues all within walking distance of each other, the whole city celebrates. For festivals and events, Kilkenny has it all.

As well as world-renowned festivals such as Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and of course the award winning Savour Kilkenny. There are many smaller events happening throughout the year in both city and county, it is a great way to experience some local colour and very unusual traditions.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2019

August 03, 2019

The Stunning - Saturday 03rd August 2019 

The Stunning will perform in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday the 3rd of August

Following on from a triumphant year in 2018, The Stunning will perform at a number of festivals throughout Ireland during the summer of 2019.

‘Twice Around The World’, the first album release by the band since 1994, went straight to Number 1 on it’s release in March 2018. Rave reviews and the fact that it contains some of the bands biggest hits (Everything that Rises; Heads Are Gonna Roll; She’s on My Mind & Mr.Ginger) along with Brighten Up My Life (one of the most played Irish songs on radio of 2017) helped it on its way to the top of the charts.

The ‘Twice Around the World Tour’ saw the band sell out venues across the country, headlining Féile Classical, the Galway Arts Festival and also returning Dublin’s Olympia Theatre three times in the space of just over a year.


PLEASE NOTE: All music events held in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre are for over 18’s

Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival 2019

August 03, 2019

Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival - 03rd & 04th August 2019 

Hudson Taylor and Paddy Casey the big attractions at Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival

August Bank Holiday weekend, the only place to be in Kilkenny is at Erin’s Own GAA Club in Castlecomer.

Now an annual highlight in the South East, the critically acclaimed Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival returns for its forth renewal with its greatest ever line-up.
The organisers of the Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival have brought together a selection of Ireland’s top live acts for what promises to be a phenomenal night. With a superb and scenic location just outside Castlecomer town, shuttle buses will be available from the town square to ferry festivalgoers to the venue. This year the event spreads to a 2 night show. The second night, (Sunday 4th August) in the newly refurbished Avalon House Hotel.
Don’t be disappointed in Castlecomer as admission is by ticket only. Weekend Tickets €40 and Saturday Tickets cost €30 and are available from Ticketmaster, Rollercoaster Records, Golden Discs in Kilkenny and local outlets in Castlecomer.

With several hours of outstanding music for only €40, Erin’s Own GAA Club.

Festival of Speed 2019

August 04, 2019

Festival of Speed - Sunday 04th August 2019 

If speed is your thing the Gowran Festival of Speed is certainly right up your street. Gowran Park race course is transformed into a mecca for motor sports enthusiasts.

Watch as drivers speed their cars around the track located inside the race course but not only that there are displays of motor bikes, vintage cars, trucks.
The live displays are always a big thrill and this year for the first time a bobcat stunt show with Jake coming in from Arizona especially for the Festival of Speed. Motorbike stunts always draw a big crowd and Mattie Griffin will return to wow to crowds. Tickets are available
Gowran Park is located just 10-15 minutes from Kilkenny city 

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019

August 09, 2019

August 9th -18th 2019

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.

From the beginning, classical music has been at the core of the programme, featuring globally acclaimed artists such as Victoria de los Angeles, Alfred Brendel, Jordi Savall, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Nigel Kennedy and Joshua Bell among many others.  Poetry has also featured prominently since the early years in the 1970s, when Seamus Heaney acted as literary curator and brought some of the world’s finest poets to Kilkenny, including Robert Lowell, Sorley Maclean, former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Kate Tempest and Robert Pinsky.

In recent years the Festival has further enriched its music programme with major series focussing on a single composer, and also through The Marble City Sessions, a new cross-genre series of unique musical collaborations featuring a range of artists-in-residence, hosted and co-curated by the great Irish traditional musician Martin Hayes.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2019

August 10, 2019

Ronan Tynan - Saturday 10th August 2019 

Dr. Tynan will perform in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday the 10th of August

Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres. Dr. Tynan first gained international attention in 1994 after having won Go For It, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. A practicing orthopedist at the time, Dr. Tynan continued his music training at the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, Ireland and continued at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England earning a post-graduate Diploma in Voice. In 1998 he became a member of The Irish Tenors, a group with whom he continues to tour with today.

Through the years he has participated in Master Classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor Ugo Benelli, Australian tenor Ken Neath, American tenor James King, and American soprano Cynthia Lawrence.


PLEASE NOTE: All music events held in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre are for over 18’s.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2019

August 17, 2019

Chasing Abbey - Saturday 17th August 2019 

Chasing Abbey will perform in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday the 17th of August

Chasing Abbey is a hip-hop collective at the forefront of Ireland’s urban pop scene. Artists Ro (Outro), Bee (Bee Fade) and Teddy C (Kidman Kuz) make up the group, hailing from the midlands of Ireland.

Childhood friends, the trio are multi-instrumentalist producers, rappers and singers whose expertise helped skyrocket Chasing Abbey to unparalleled industry success in 2017, earning the group a global record deal with 3 Beat UK/Universal Music Group worldwide, as well as becoming award-winning artists for their debut self-release That Good Thing (winning the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize Song of the Year award).

Chasing Abbey’s second release Talk to Me exploded on radio, became an official track for the Football Association of Ireland 2018 and landed major television syncs. May 2018 saw the group release their third single Choices, which shot straight to the #1 in the charts within hours of its release.

In 2018, Chasing Abbey brandished their live capabilities playing to crowds upwards of 20,000 supporting The Chainsmokers/Rita Ora at Dublin’s RDS stadium, and headlining festivals like Sea Sessions and Longitude, as well as supporting Zara Larsson and Martin Garrix in Belfast, and Enrique Iglesias at the 3 Arena. The group’s debut tour The Rollout sold out across the country.

PLEASE NOTE: All music events held in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre are for over 18’s.

Intimate Wedding Evening Thursday 22nd August 2019

August 22, 2019

Intimate Wedding Evening 

The Kilkenny River Court Hotel's Intimate wedding evening from 5pm - 8pm

Congratulations to you both, this is an exciting time planning your dream wedding day.

We would be honored to travel this journey with you both. You are welcome to join us on Thursday 22nd August from 5pm - 8pm for our Intimate Wedding Evening.

If you simply cannot wait until August we would happily arrange for a personal viewing at a time suitable to you both. 

View our newly refurbished Marshall Suite Ballroom, Outdoor Civil Marriage & Ceremony space and exquisite Wedding Suite, all nestled under the shadow of Kilkenny Castle on the banks of the River Nore. The most picture perfect setting in Kilkenny City.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday 22nd August from 5pm - 8pm 

Book now

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2019

August 24, 2019

Altan - Saturday 24th August 2019 

Altan will perform in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday the 24th of August


Altan have been long established as the best and foremost traditional Irish band to come out of Ireland.

Altan’s music is steeped in the rich and colourful heritage of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings,their ground breaking ‘Island Angel’ recording going to no.2 in the Billboard World Music Charts in 1993, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching ancient ballads all the way to the energetic foot-tapping reels and jigs, and their heart warming engaging live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal all the way to Tokyo, to Sydney, Seattle and beyond.

Altan have always approached their music and arrangements with integrity and openness and have strived to share their culture to new expanding audiences worldwide.

PLEASE NOTE: All music events held in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre are for over 18’s.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre 2019

August 31, 2019

Aslan - Saturday 31st August 2019 

Aslan will perform in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday the 31st of August

ASLAN,S Album GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD WAS RELEASED 25 years ago back in 1994. The band are touring the album throughout 2019 and are delighted to announce they will be playing at Ballykeeffe during the summer.

Songs such as RAINMAN, WHERES THE SUN, GAMES, SWEET TIME, GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD and of course CRAZY WORLD will be performed LIVE on this tour.

Don’t worry the band will also be playing crowd favourites THIS IS, TOO LATE FOR HALLELUJAH and more.

To coincide with the GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD TOUR. ASLAN have released a LIMITED EDITION OF THE ALBUM ON VINYL available from Tower Records, Golden Discs , Online from the ASLAN shop and from the Merchandise stand at ASLAN gigs


PLEASE NOTE: All music events held in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre are for over 18’s.

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