The festivals of Kea are known as the most fun occasions on the island. In general, these celebrations are characterised by traditional music, dancing, eating and partying until early morning hours. Although most of them are concentrated in Ioulida, the capital of the island, fortunately every village hosts at least one festival that takes place on the name day of the patron saint of each village. The most important religious and non-religious festivals of Kea are:
Religious feasts & festivals
A great festival is dedicated to Agios Haralambos, the saint protector of the island. The locals feast takes place on 10th of February in Ioulida.
In June, a celebration feast is held to honor the saint day of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) at the homonymous seaside chapel. Preparations start from the previous day where mules are ornated with colouful rugs to carry the supplies for the fair. By the end of the ceremony, locals and visitors become one in this big celebration.
In the heart of the summer, on July 17th, there is a big fair dedicated to Agia Marina.
The religious feastival of Panagia Kastriani takes place on August 15th at the most idyllic spot in Kea. The church stands on top of Ioulida offering a breathtaking view to the Aegean.
Kea is an island that is strongly involved in arts and culture. During summer, visitors will defnitely find days that are full of interesting events.
Every year, in the middle of the summer, Kea is the home of the Fairy Tales Festival, where renowned Greeks and foreign narrators read their tales to both children and adults. The island has become a great inspiration for story tellers who charm the island and the people.