Kythira Festivals & Cultural Events

The peaceful island of Kythira offers lively local fairs and festivals on special occasions. Locals try to revive the age-old traditions of the island offering visitors a chance to meet the folklore character of Kythira through the numerous celebrations.

Religious feasts & festivals

August 1st
On August 1st is the feast day of Agia Elessa in Kythira, with a popular pilgrimage to the monastery of Agia Elessa.

September 24th
On September 24th is the celebration in the Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa. According to the legend, this is the day when the miraculous icon was found.

Agios Theodoros
The Monastery of Agios Theodoros celebrates the first Saturday of the Lent. Agios Theodoros is the protector of the island.

Cultural events

Wine Festival
The Wine Festival in Minata village takes place on the first weekend of August, to honor the rich wine production of Kythira island. There is plenty of food and traditional dancing.

Agricultural Exhibition
The Agricultural Festival takes place at the end of August in Fratsia Kythira. Preparations are made by local women dressed in traditional costumes and offering treats and local delicacies to the visitors, including olive oil, wine, honey as well as products made by the local craftsmen of the island.