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  • Writer's pictureOscar Soletto

Events and festivals in Sicily

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

In an island with such a complex and convoluted history as Sicily’s, it is perhaps no surprise to learn that the variety and number of cultural events and local festivals is huge. Whatever the season and no matter where you are, there will always be something going on.


The Targa Florio Classic One of the oldest competitive motor car races in the world is battled out on the flanks of the Madonie Mountains. Competitors arrive from around the world with the trusty classic cars for a series of reliability races and time trials.

Where? Palermo and the Madonie Mountains, When? Dates not yet confirmed Settimana delle Cultura An annual week-long programme of cultural activities, concerts, exhibitions and much more besides.

Where? Palermo When? dates not yet confirmed Avinando WineFest A weekend of wine-tastings, workshops and opportunities to discover the world of Sicilian wine in all its many guises. Many of the island's most prestigious producers participate.

Where? Palermo When? dates not yet confirmed Gustissimo and the Manifestazioni Garibaldine Three days devoted to Sicily's traditional street food, the island's most authentic gastronomic products, wine and artisinal beers. On the 11th, Garibaldi's historical arrival in Marsala to begin the reunification of Italy is celebrated with costumed parades, music and general partying.

Where? Marsala When? dates not yet confirmed Buongiorno Ceramica! A nationwide event celebrating Italy's unparalleled traditions in the creation of ceramics. In Sicily, artists' studios, craft workshops and museums in four of the region's most renowned ceramics centres will be open to the public. A piece of Sicilian ceramics is the perfect gift for someone at home (or indeed for yourself!).

Where? Caltagirone, Burgio, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Sciacca When? dates not yet confirmed The Infiorata di Noto A flower art festival during which artists come from around the world to cover Via Nicolaci with their petal mosaics. This year's theme is I Siciliani in America (Sicilians in America).

Where? Noto When? the third weekend in May each year Little Sicily Sicilian food, wine, folklore, traditions, music and cinema are celebrated for three days at this spring festival.

Where? Capo d'Orlando When? dates not yet confirmed La Via degli Odori The gorgeous old centre of Gangi plays host to a floral festival, the historic streets lined with fragrant flowers, plants and medicinal herbs. To complement the event, there are stands showing off the town's local agricultural produce, from cheese to pasta and more.

Where? Gangi in the Madonie Mountains When? dates not yet confirmed World Festival on the Beach Mondello's long-running annual beach and water sports festival includes wind-surfing, kite-surfing, surfing and beach volleyball competitions. In the evening it's all about partying.

Where? Mondello When? dates not yet confirmed International Kite Festival The 10th edition of this wonderful family event. The long, white sandy beach of San Vito lo Capo is given over to an exhibition of kite-flying from all over the world.

Where? San Vito lo Capo (on the northwestern tip of Sicily) When? dates not yet confirmed Sagra del Cannolo One of Sicily's best-loved specialities, the mighty cannolo is celebrated for three days.

Where? Aci Bonaccorsi When? dates not yet confirmed Teatro dei Due Mari di Tindari The Greek Theatre Festival in Syracuse is rivalled by the smaller but no less interesting Festival del Teatro dei Due Mari at the wonderful Greek theatre in Tindari's archaeological site. With the sea and the Aeolian Islands as the backdrop you can watch two plays.

Where? Tindari archeaological site When? dates not yet confirmed Beer Catania Spring For those with a taste for craft beer, Catania beer festival is the place to be at the end of May. In the fine surroundings of the cloisters of Istituto Ardizzone Gioeni, near the top of Via Etnea, there'll be around 20 producers, street food stands and live music.

Where? Catania When? dates not yet confirmed Cantine Aperte As part of a nationwide event, over 30 of Sicily's best wineries, including our friends at Planeta, will be opening their doors to the public. Guests will be able to take tours of the vineyards and the cantine, taste wines and indulge in some tasty local specialities.

Where? Planeta's wineries: Ulmo, in Sambuca di Sicilia near Menfi; Feudo di Mezzo in Passopisciaro, on the northern flanks of Mount Etna; and Buonivini near Noto When? dates not yet confirmed

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