Kos Events and Festivals

(Kos, Dodecanese, Greece)

Picture of sailing boatThe main festivals on the island of Kos are often religious, relating to the practice of Greek Orthodoxy, with the biggest events held around the towns of Antimachia, Kardamena and Kefalos. Kos is actually home to one of the four existing cathedrals within the Dodecanese islands, where the main events include the Epiphany (Blessing of the Waters) in January, the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations around April, the Feast of Aghios Georgios in April, the Feast of the Assumption in the middle of August, and Mastihari's Feast of Aghios Ioannis at the very end of August.

During the summer months, the municipalities of Kos each organises their very own set of cultural festivals, entertaining the crowds of summertime tourists. Each July, Kos Town hosts the Hippocrateia Festival takes over and features an array of outdoor concerts and live music, along with Greek dancing, contemporary art exhibitions and theatrical performances.

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Kos Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015

Also taking place in August is a very popular Wine Festival within the Mastihari area, along with festivals celebration fish in Kefalos, and also honey in Antimachia (the Feast of Honey). If you are enjoying a winter break on the island and choose to holiday during February, then you will be here at the time of the Greek Carnival season, so you really will be in for a treat, with the main carnival parades taking place in both Pyli and Antimachia.

At the end of the summer season, Kefalos play host to the International Day of Tourism, where the island's very successful tourist industry is promoted by means of many fun events. Two month later, Kefalos is home to the religious celebrations during the Presentation of the Virgin, while in March, the Winter Festival truly provides great interest at this quiet time of the year.