At the villages of Pelion, all the year round there are many cultural events and local festivals.
Of particular note are the festivals of wine in New Anchialo in August, tsipouro (raki) in Katohori Portarias in August, apples in Pouri, Zagora, in September, cherries in Agios Lavrentios in June, flowers in Alli Meria in May, firiki (a kind of apple) in Vizitsa in September, olives in Achillio in August, and sausage in Stagiates in July.
Among traditional customs we have the re-enactment of the burning of Judas (Rogatsaria) and the traditional kalanta (Epiphany song) in Velestino (January 5), the Carnival events in Volos municipality
(last Sunday before Lent*), the “Carnival alk around the city neighborhoods” in Nea Ionia (Sunday and Monday before Lent), and the Shrove Monday feast and kite flying on the beaches of New Anchialo and Alykes, Volos municipality (last Monday before Lent), the Mayday events in Kerasia (May 1), the “fortune-telling” custom on the saint’s day of John the Baptist at Afetes and Agios Dimitrios Mouresiou (June 24), reproduction of the Pelioritic wedding at Portaria (second fortnight of August), and the “Maithes” mime and dance ceremony in Makrinitsa, which symbolizes the rebirth of nature in the spring (May).
There are also a large number of athletic and cultural events, as well as important concerts and festivals, which will make your stay in Pelion memorable.
*Please note that Orthodox Easter may or may not fall on the same days as the western Easter, so associated holidays may also occur at different times. Check the dates to avoid disappointment.
A detailed list of these events can be found here: