Halkidiki is beautiful, not only for its beaches but also for a vivid cultural activity, especially during the summer months. In July and August, one may come across festivities, concerts and folklore fests. These events are a unique opportunity for the visitor to get a glimpse at the local culture but also enjoy shows from artists, both Greek and foreigners.
The sea festival, the olive celebration, the Agia Marina exhibition and the Sardela (sardine) fest, all are an invitation to locals and visitors for an experience to remember. Though it is difficult to choose, we picked three of these events.
July – August.
The Cassandra festival takes place in the heart of summer. It is an event of great importance for the development of cultural tourism in Cassandra. It is run successfully for more than 20 years and over these years has presented great international artists such as Ray Charles, BB King, Joanne Baese along with Greek creators like Dimitris Sgouros, Evanthia Rempoutsika, Haroula Alexiou, Alkystis Protopsalti and dozens of others that add their value to this cultural event. The National and State Theater, other groups of the domestic theatrical stage are present every summer in this fest of Culture.
The festival takes place at the open theatre of Siviri, in a magnificent pine forest, that can accommodate up to 3.500 spectators. It is a place that the region is proud of and every year thousands of its followers repeat their promise to come back next year again.
July – August.
Sani festival takes place every year on the hilltop of Sani, a green cape with a watchtower dated back between the 14th and 15th centuries. The festival’s ambition is to become the bridge between tourism and culture, and hosts world famous artists. It is one of the most popular Greek festivals and happens every year from 1982. Happenings like Jazz on the hill, Music of the World, Dance and Arts, aim both quality and originality.
Aghios Mamas’ fest.
September 1st – 5th.
The most famous fest of Halkidiki. Organized by locals, the first week of September, thousands of visitors come to the small village. It is a different and colorful fest with its own cult. Do not miss the “Symposium” of Aghios Mamas: finger food with roasted sausage. An estimated 200.000 visitors and 1.000 exhibitors of completely unexpected products renew their appointment every September.