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Kilkenny Event Guide – What’s on in Kilkenny this April and May

There is always something to do in Kilkenny both day and night. We’ve put together a short event guide for what’s happening in the city over the next month or so to help you plan your next day or night out. We’re open for dinner from 5pm each evenings for anyone wishing to treat themselves to a pre-concert / theatre meal. For bookings, call us on +353 56 7761575 or email us at

Keep scrolling for our top picks of events happening in Kilkenny this April and May.

Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018, Friday 4 May to Monday 7 May

The May Bank Holiday weekend in Kilkenny is Roots weekend. Thirty plus venues will host over 40 Irish and international acts with both ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late at night. This weekend is a particularly busy weekend in the city and we recommend early booking for lunch and dinner reservations.

Mario Rosenstock, at Lyrath Estate, Saturday 5th May at 8pm

Mario Rosenstock’s one-man stage show In Your Face… and what a face!! comes to Kilkenny for one night only. It promises to be a sell out and a great night out to mark the bank holiday weekend. Our early evening menu is available from 5pm to 6.30pm that evening, the perfect option for a pre-show dinner.

At Some Distance in the Direction Indicated Exhibition; by Martina O’Brien, at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, continues until 29 April

A body of work with the abstract future of climate and meteorological technologies at its central theme. The exhibition explores the advancements in climate change research that enable society to navigate with ever increasing accuracy through time and space.  Enjoy lunch at Rinuccini before spending a few hours immersed in this thought provoking exhibition.

Kilkenny Watergate Theatre

Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre has a packed schedule of shows throughout the month of April and into May, including a stage production of Maeve Binchy’s last novel Minding Frankie and film screenings from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.  For full details, click here.

St. Canice’s Cathedral Choir and Ad Hoc Chorale Concert, at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Saturday 21 April at 7.30pm

Spend a Saturday night enjoying a performance of music from six centuries to include Allegri miserere mei, and other sacred music by Vitoria, Eglar, Fauré, Casals and Morten Lauridsen. Tickets on the door. Tickets €15/10. Our early evening menu is served from 5pm on Saturdays allowing you time to enjoy an early dinner before the concert.

Stories in Stone Event, at the Medieval Mile Museum, Saturday April 21 at 12pm – 2pm

The Stories in Stone Event will tell the stories of Fragments of previously unknown medieval tombs and architectural fragments that have recently been uncovered at the Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny and each one provides a clue to how wealthy Irish families lived and died in the Middle Ages.