Limassol Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Limassol, Cyprus)

Photograph of local carnival festivitiesEvery month throughout the year, there is something of interest taking place in Limassol, in the form of seasonal festivals, local events and religious celebrations. Popular things to do in Limassol include the springtime carnival processions in late February / early March, roughly six weeks prior to Easter, commencing with the arrival of the King Carnival.

These carnival festivities are the biggest on Cyprus and last around 11 days, with all kinds of entertainment options, such as fancy dress competitions, a children's parade, food stalls, open-air live music and Cypriot sporting events. However, it is the Limassol Wine Festival each September that draws the largest crowds.

Further image of carnival procession in the city

Limassol Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015: General Information

The Limassol Wine Festival lasts for just under two weeks and starts August 30th and runs until September 11th every year, being based within the Municipal Gardens. This hugely popular event provides visitors and holiday makers with the opportunity to sample a variety of Cypriot wines, both cheap and more expensive. As well as wine, there is also plenty of tasty food to enjoy, together with traditional folk music and dancing.

Other leading annual events in the Limassol area include:

  • Cyprus Film Days - mid March, at the Rialto Theatre. Further movie screenings take place in Nicosia, at the Pantheon Art Cinema
  • Limassol Contemporary Dance Platform - mid-March, an established event, held at the Rialto Theatre
  • Cyprus Rally - mid-March, an well-known sporting championship event which is sometimes held in September
  • Berengaria International Music Festival - March, classical music with a youthful vibe, at the Rialto Theatre
  • EU Accession Day - May 1st, an important day in modern Cypriot history
  • European Dance Festival - mid-May, with modern dance, ballet and innovative choreography
  • Yermasogeia / Yermasoyia Flower Festival - mid-May, a very colourful two days, with a flower show and market
  • Russian Cypriot Festival - early June, held over two days and including dancers and musicians from both Cyprus and Russia
  • Festival of the Flood (Kataklysmos) - June, celebrating the biblical story of Noah and his Ark
  • Limassol Shakespeare Festival / Shakespearean Nights - June, with open-air performance at Limassol's stunning cliff-top Kourion amphitheatre
  • Beer Festival - July, at the Molos waterfront, featuring an array of Cypriot and international beers, along with live music
  • Limassol Amathusia Festival - July / August, featuring traditional Cypriot dancing, singing and folk music
  • Lemesia - October, a leading sporting event lasting ten days and featuring a marathon race, triathlon, gymnastics, athletics and cycling
  • Cyprus International Film Festival (CIFF) - mid-October, screenings at venues not only in Limassol, but also Larnaca and Nicosia
  • Rainbow Festival - mid-November, a multi-cultural event held to promote anti-racism