Kilkenny’s vibrant atmosphere and wonderful venues make it a magical location for the many festivals the city will host this summer. With music spilling onto the streets and top hot spots within short walking distances of each other, the whole city celebrates. Kilkenny is renowned for festivals and events and the Marble City has it all!
Some of our favourite summer events in Kilkenny are:
Ballykeefe Summer Events
Nestled at the foot of an old quarry, a few miles from Kilkenny cite centre, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre is a stunning open-air ‘Italian-style’ theatre. The Amphitheatre boasts a state-of-the-art canopy which perfectly complements the astounding natural acoustics of the deep quarry walls, providing an unrivalled experience for those attending the array of musical and theatrical performances hosted there throughout the year. Declan O’Rourke, Eddi Reader and Hermitage Green are among some of the highlights in the summer line-up.
The most vibrant and eclectic ten day in Kilkenny – Over the course festival, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for performances and up-close artistic encounters. Ristorante Rinuccini is proud to once again become sponsorship partners with the arts festival. The ten day celebration of the arts represents all disciplines from theatre and visual arts to street performances and classical music. The Shakespeare performances are not to be missed – this year brought by Footsbarn Theatre presenting ‘The Incomplete Works of Shakespeare’.
Once the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny has a rich heritage visible though its narrow streetscapes, historical buildings and landmarks including Kilkenny Castle, St Canice’s Tower, Shee Alms House and the beautiful Rothe House and Gardens. The city is home to Ireland’s Medieval Mile which runs from our doorstep on Parade Plaza to St Canice’s Cathedral in Irishtown. National Heritage Week is a celebration of Kilkenny’s rich background and cultural history from Strongbow to witch trials! Highlights include free admission to Kilkenny Castle, our next-door neighbour, to discover the magnificent Victorian stately home of the Butler Family.
Why not enjoy this festival season with Ristorante Rinuccini on Parade Plaza right in the cultural heart of Kilkenny City. Award-winning Chef/Owner Antonio has created a sumptuous lunch and early evening menus to enjoy with the whole family this festival season. Our customers can avail of up to 3 hours of complimentary local parking at the Ormonde Street Multi-Story Carpark so the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and soak up the atmosphere in Ireland’s festival capital, Kilkenny!