Samos is characterized by a plethora of feasts which take place once a year in the villages of the island. Their local and religious character is accompanied by traditional food, music, and dances that last until the next morning. These celebrations are characteristic examples of Samos warm hospitality. The major festivals in Samos take place during July and August.
Religious feasts & festivals
One of the largest feasts of Samos island is held on the feast day of Agia Marina, on the 17th of July, in Vourliotes village.
The feast in honor of the Dormition of the Virgin is very popular in Vathy. Parallel events are held in every corner of the island on that day.
On the 26th of July, there is a feast in honor of Agia Paraskevi.
On the 8th of September, the locals celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary at the Monastery of Panagia Vrondiani.
The Feast of Panagia Spiliani is celebrated on the 21st of November in the church of Panagia Spiliani, near Pythagorio.
Towards the end of June, in Pythagorio there is the Fishermen Festival. Free wine and fish dishes are served accompanied by music and dancing that go on till the early hours.
Of high interest is the Wine Festival which usually takes place in August in Pythagorio. The wine of Samos is famous all over the world for its delicate taste.
Manolis Kalomoiris Festival
This festival was founded in 1997 following the vision of the renowned Greek composer Manolis Kalomoiris to create an event that would highlight a different aspect of Greek music, in the place of his origin, Samos. The festival is usually held in August in Vathy.
Ireon Music Festival
The Ireon Music festival is another attraction of Samos held on the first days of August, at Ireo beach. It hosts many famous rock and reggae musicians and groups. It is actually a beach party attended by hundreds of young visitors.