Sporades islands are very famous for their traditional feasts and religious celebrations which are held all year round. Like any other region of Greece, the patron saints of Sporades are highly honored by the locals with a series of events including food, dances, and wine. Most of these feasts are organized in the summer period where they can be enjoyed by a great number of people. Interested in festivals? Discover more festivals.
August 15th is the largest festival of summer, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Panigiria events take place on all Sporades islands. Particularly in Alonissos, the custom of the traditional wedding revives that day.
On the evening of July 25th, there is the feast of Agios Ermolaos on Skyros island. People get on board fishing boats in Molos and go to the small island above the beach, where a holy mass takes place in the small chapel of Agios Ermolaos.
The feast of Agios Georgios is very popular on Skiathos island. Apart from the open panigiria with food, wine, and dancing, it also includes horse races.
Katsonia Festival in Skiathos
The Katsonia Festival takes place in September on Skiathos island in commemoration of the Greek submarine "Lambros Katsonis" which was sunk off Skiathos, in September 1943, during the Second World War. On that day, the locals throw flowers in the Aegean Sea.
Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth
The International Film Festival for Youth takes place in July and August in Skopelos Town, on Skopelos island. It includes cinema workshops and film screenings with the participation of artists from all over the world.
Discover the festivals on each island
Information about the festivals on the islands of Sporades: