Big Festival in a Small City

St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2022 – what a festival it was! We had our biggest festival yet (6 days!), welcomed over 100,000 people to the city and hosted one of the biggest Marching Bands in the US. During the week of festivities, we welcomed people from all over the world, including delegations from our Twinned […]

ST. PATRICK’S DAY KILKENNY

The big day is nearly upon us! St. Patrick’s Day is the centre of our festival and will see Kilkenny city come alive with pageantry, craic agus ceoil! The main event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Kilkenny city. Beginning at 1.30pm the Parade will begin at the top of John’s Street, continue on […]

ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

From the 17th – 20th there will be a host a permanent fixtures in the city, including the Festival Bandstand, Festival Street Food, Nore Valley Mobile Farm, Interactive Drumming, Carnival Rides and street entertainment. See the full programme here.  But each day we’ve got some very special highlights for you too! Tuesday 15th March HARDIN […]

FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

There are so many ways to entertain the children this St. Patrick’s Festival! All our St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny events are child friendly (and most come at no cost), but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights for you to put on your list! St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny is a day out for all the […]

AMERICAN MARCHING BAND SCHOOLS EVENT

An extra special feature of this year’s festival is our visiting American Marching Bands. Kicking off the Festival on Tuesday the 15th March we have the Hardin Simmons Cowboy Band from West Texas playing on the Parade at 11AM. They’ll be ‘yeehawing’, hollering and dancing in what will be an american marching band experience like […]

LIVE MUSIC

If music is your thing then we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s traditional trad you’re after, some Celtic drumming or upcoming Kilkenny talent we’ve got it all. From the 16th – 20th March the Festival Bandstand will have performances throughout the day, with traditional trad, local musicians, and a bit of everything in between. The […]

WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

We love a good workshop here in Kilkenny. Getting to learn about and try new things plays a part in all our festivals. At this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival we have workshops for young and old. So take some time out of your celebrations and try something new! Please note that many workshops need to […]

EVENTS SUPPORTING GOOD CAUSES

Ireland is one of the most charitable countries in the world, so it seems only right that on our national holiday we continue to lend our support to those in need. A number of events at this year’s festival in Kilkenny are in support of great local and national causes. There are lots of free […]