Kefalonia Festivals & Cultural Events

The island of Kefalonia is home to many local fairs and festivals of religious and non-religious character, held throughout the year. The patron saints of Ithaca are honored in the villages with abundant food and drinks and traditional dancing till the early morning hours.

Religious feasts & festivals

August 15th
The 15th of August is a major religious feast for the Greeks, who honor the Virgin Mary. The largest celebration in Kefalonia is held in Markopoulo village, on the southern side of the island, where the icon of the Virgin of the Snakes celebrates. Legend has it that this icon was found circled by snakes that appear only once a year in Kefalonia, the week from August 6th to August 17th. In the villages of Markopoulo and Arginia, the Snake Festival takes place every August.

August 16th
On August 16th, there is a large festival to honor Agios Gerasimos, the patron saint of the island. Many pilgrims visit the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos and also a Holy Mass takes place in the cave of the saint in Lassi.

July 11th
July 11th is the name day of Agia Efimia. Big celebrations are held in the village that bears her name to honor the Saint.

August 23rd
On the 23rd of August celebrates the Monastery of Panagia Agrillion in Sami. A ceremony is held followed by a great feast with traditional music, dancing, food, and wine.

Cultural events

Robola Wine Festival
The Robola Wine Festival usually takes place on the third weekend of August in two villages - Fragata and Valsamata. The festival is organized by the Cooperation of Robola Producers in Kefalonia, lasts two days and attracts thousands of visitors. There are free robola wine, food, and dancing until the early hours.

Saristra Festival
Every summer, numerous talented artists gather for a one-of-a-kind three-day festival in Palia Vlahata village, near Sami. The village's main square (named Saristra) is the main music stage for live performances, while the half-ruined mansions are full of art creations.