The St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny programme 2023 is live and jam-packed!  

With the Big Wheel, Vintage Carousel and the Festival Market returning and street entertainment, family shows, and live music throughout, there will be a guaranteed festive atmosphere in the city!  

Throughout the week American and Canadian marching bands will perform through the streets and in the Castle Park. The festival kicks off with the biggest contingent of bands on Wednesday the 15th at 4pm, including returning favourite Purdue and their big drum!  

The Festival Market, carnival rides and street entertainment will be in full swing on Thursday and will run till Sunday. With a free magic fire performance from festival favourite Monsieur Gusto in ‘Fireflame’ on Thursday evening on John’s Quay.  

St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th, will be bigger than ever. With the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Music on the Festival Stage, Street Entertainment and Family Shows, Festivities at the Castle Park, plus dance and music performances throughout the city. It’s a full day out, pre and post parade so make sure to stick around and enjoy the whole day in Kilkenny!  

Saturday is another packed day of entertainment with street entertainment shows, American marching bands, family workshops and you guessed it …. Fireworks!!!  

After the popularity of the event last year and at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny are once again lighting up the skies over Kilkenny city! Taking place in Kilkenny Castle Park, with extra added entertainment, this is a show not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale!

Alongside St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny each afternoon and evening Kilkenny Tradfest will have headline gigs and a music trail with over 90 sessions throughout the city.  

There is something for everyone in Kilkenny on St. Patrick’s week.  From day to night! Make a plan and come join us as we celebrate Irish music, culture and creativity le craic agus ceol!