Every summer, Paros Island offers a great selection of cultural events and religious festivals, with food, wine and music and people from all over the island attend the celebrations. Find below a selection of the most important open-air events taking place on the island during the summer months.
Religious feasts & festivals
On 23rd June the Kleidonas festival is celebrated in the villages of Naoussa, Prodromos and Aliki.
On 16th & 17th July the feast name of Agia Marina is celebrated in the village of Kostos.
On July 24th the feast name of Agia Anna is celebrated in Parikia.
On August 15th the feast day of the Dormition of Virgin Mary is celebrated in Parikia, at the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani. The festivities start with a litany of the icon of the Virgin Mary and continue until dawn with local dances, traditional music, local food, wine and great fun.
On the first Saturday after the feast of the Dormition of Virgin Mary on the 15th August, the traditional festival of Karavolas takes place in Paros’ old capital, Lefkes. The festival took its name after “karavoles”, the name given by locals to snails, which are considered an amazing local delicacy. Visitors can enjoy the traditional food, wine and music, as well as dances.
On 23rd August the festival of the Pirates is celebrated in Naoussa village.
On 27th August the feast day of Agios Fanourios is celebrated in Ampelas village.
On 29th August the feast day of Agios Ioannis Theologos is celebrated in the village of Drios and in the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Kaparos in Lefkes.
In the first days of September the festival of Trata takes place in Parikia.
On 14th September the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated in the villages of Aigeria and Aliki.
The Pirates Festival is a great celebration representing the raids of the pirates in Paros that were so usual in the Medieval times. Young boys dressed in traditional pirate costumes jump from the caiques (fishing boats) and run in the crowd to snatch the girls and take them away. Fireworks, traditional music, dances, local food and wine are composing this great feast.
Paros offers an extensive list of events and music happenings during the summer season. Small or larger festivals involving art exhibitions, dance and music events, concerts, theatrical performances or even book fairs are scheduled towards the end of the summer. The festival that visitors should not miss is the Fish and Wine Festival which takes place in Marpissa during the first Sunday of July.