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
The Feast of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of the Thousands Gates) is celebrated on the 15th of August. 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.
The Feast of Agios Ioannis Theologos is celebrated on the 29th of August in the village of Drios and in the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Kaparos in Lefkes.
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.