Heraklion Summer Arts Festival

    This annual event takes place from July through September and brings together internationally-renowned acts for over seventy different ballet, opera and theater performances. In the past, the event has drawn such prestigious groups as the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Opera and the Vienna Opera. Performances take place in various outdoor theatres across Heraklion, often set in historic locations. What better place to see Heraclitus, Aristophanes or Sophocles performed in the original country and original language in which it was written?

Other Events

    Other dates throughout the year are reserved for various special events. Every August 25th the feast of Saint Titus takes place, honoring the patron saint of the island. Other annual events occur in the area around Heraklion. There are a couple of wine festivals, both occuring in August, one in the neighboring village of Houmeri, the other in the village of Archanes. Also in August, in the village of Kastelli, southeast of Heraklion, the Expatriate festival occurs, where performers recite traditional songs and dances.