Chania Festivals & Cultural Events
The endless celebrations and local festivals of Chania Crete connect people with their past traditions. Plenty of religious celebrations embrace both locals and tourists, always accompanied by excellent Cretan products, music, and dancing.
Religious feasts & festivals
August 15th is the largest religious celebration in Crete, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. There are open panigiria in many villages of Chania Crete, anywhere there is even a small chapel dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary). A very popular panigiri that day takes place in the Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa, just above the fabulous beach of Elafonissi.
On April 23rd (or Monday after Easter), there is the celebration of Agios Georgios. The largest festival for this saint takes place in Asi Gonia, a mountainous village of Chania. On this day, the locals celebrate the feast of Agios Georgios Galatas, which means protector of milk. All ship flocks of the locals are gathered around the church of the village and after the Holy Mass, the priest blesses them. Then, the ship is milked in the square and the milk is offered to the people.
On September 15th, there is a large feast in Fragkokastello in honor of Agios Nikitas.
Many carnival festivities and parades take place in various towns of Chania, such as Chania Town, Souda, Paleochora, and Kalyves.
Every year, on the first week of July, there is a Nautical Week in the port of Chania Town. Every other year, this Nautical Week also takes place in the ports of Paleochora and Georgioupolis.
In August, there are many wine festivals in various villages of Chania.
All summer long, from June to August, there are various events in the municipality of Chania. These events include theatre performances, musical concerts, lectures, art and photo exhibitions, sports competitions and others.
The first week of September, there is a Sardines Festival in Souda and Nea Chora.
In the first weeks of August, there is an agricultural exhibition in the old port of Chania Town.
In November, the month of raki production, there is a raki festival in Chania Town, Loutraki Kydonias and Limni Platanias.