Cultural events in and around Chania
With a huge array of activities and events taking place around Chania and the rest of Crete,
one could not just visit the island and not attend one of these cultural festivities to get a real taste of Cretan life and the islands vibe. Apart from the many excursions to beaches and tropical paradises around Chania, take a look out our pick of just a fraction of culinary and holistic activities for the avid traveler to take part it.
May 31 – August 30: The Cretan Wine Festival
In the cool Municipal Garden, the “Travelling Club” of Rethymno organises the Cretan Wine Festival every summer. A rich programme including traditional Cretan and Greek folklore music groups is offered. A large number of local and foreign visitors can enjoy Greek music every evening. Wine is free. The visitor will find wine choices from the largest wine producing companies of Crete and will be given the opportunity to try almost all the flavours and varieties of the famous Cretan wines.
July 13-22 : Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival
The Casa Dei Mezzo Festival at Makrigialos, Ierapetra is the only summer classical music festival in Crete, with renowned international artists taking part.
July 15 – 30: Dance Days Festival | International modern dance festival in Chania with famous dancers and choreographers from Greece and many other countries.
July – August – September: Cultural Summer Events of the Municipality of Chania | They include music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several Municipal Units and neighborhoods of Chania.
August 1-10: Agricultural August | The successful exhibition of qualitative Cretan products and folk art at the Western Trench, organized by the Municipality of Chania.
September 1-10: Sardine festival | Sardine festival is being organized at the beach of Nea Chora by the municipality of Chania as well as various social and cultural institutions of Nea Chora, offering free sardines, wine, dance and music.
September 27: World Tourism Day | Festive events at the old port of Chania.
October : Tsikoudia festival | Dance and music events as well as revival of the traditional way of tsikoudia distillation at the Venetian Port of Chania.
October 15-21: European Local Democracy Week | Thematic events for local democracy knowledge improvement, as well as the idea promotion of democratic participation at a local level.