“St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2024 is shaping up to be our biggest St. Patrick’s Festival ever!” according to Festival Director Marian Flannery. 

The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, which has now spread to a multi-day event, will take over Kilkenny city from 15th – 18th March 2024. Building on the success of the last few years the self-titled ‘Big Festival in a Small City’ features it’s biggest programme ever in 2024!  Filling four full days of family fun the festival will feature 5 visiting American Bands, street theatre, family shows, carnival rides, the Festival Market, live music, walking tours, new fire shows, and lots more. Running alongside Kilkenny Tradfest the city will be animated from morning to night!  

The centre of every St. Patrick’s Festival the Kilkenny city St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Lá le Pádraig, March 17th at 1.30pm.

Participation in the Parade is open to local community groups, organisations, youth performers, and local businesses. With everyone encouraged to get involved! Parade applications are now open.   

Speaking about the Parade Chairperson of Kilkenny St. Patrick’s Day parade, Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr. Joe Malone 

“Putting Kilkenny centre-stage the parade will weave tales and showcase legends through the medieval city streets of Kilkenny. With live music, pageantry, and local community groups the Parade is a celebration of Kilkenny, our community and our welcoming culture. I encourage all community groups, local businesses and organisations to get together and to get involved! 

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world and we’re excited to put on a show to celebrate our Irish heritage, culture and local community here in Kilkenny”  

The extensive St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny programme is produced by Kilkenny County Council, with additional funding provided by Fáilte Ireland and sponsors. Speaking about the upcoming festival Kilkenny County Council, Director of Services, Tim Butler said:  

“With four full days of entertainment for all ages, celebrating Irish music culture and creativity the festival aims to attract families from across the South East along with a growing number of international visitors. Kilkenny is putting itself on the map when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, thanks to involvement from local businesses and the community with the support of Fáilte Ireland.” 

The festival is a mix of free and ticketed events. Check out the full programme of events and pick up your tickets here!