events and festivals in Siciliy
A vast number of people take part in these traditional and religious events and festivals that take place all over this part of Sicily. The streets are decorated with strings of multicoloured lights and drapes hang from the balconies. During Easter grand processions take place and also picturesque dramatisations of liturgical events set among the warm colours of the interior that lend themselves well to the mystical and popular expression of these scenes. During the whole year the province is alive with cheerful festivals, which offer the possibility of tasting typical products of this generous country.
We have prepared a useful calendar of events for the ever increasing number of tourists in search of these festivals.
• Sausage festival: Chiaramonte Gulfi.Carnival Monday.
• St. Biago’s Day: Comiso. Procession,Trade Fair and exhibition of local craftsmen’s products.
• For Carnival there are processional floats and costume parades in almost all towns, but of special interest
are those in Avola, Comiso, Modica,Palazzolo Acreide and Monterosso Almo.
• Sausage, Sweets and Trout
Festival: Palazzolo Acreide.
• Squid Festival: Donnalucata.
• Suppers for St. JoSeph on March
19th in Acate, Santa Croce Camerina and Scoglitti.
• St. Joseph’s Cavalcade: Scicli. On S1. Joseph’s Day a torchlight procession and the award of a prize for the
best trappings takes place.
• Festival Of The Vasa Vasa Madonna: Modica. Holy Representations, Easter ceremonies and
• Living Man Festival: Scicli. At Easter there is a procession of the Resurrected Christ, affectionately called ;"Gioia"; (Joy) by most of the locals.
• "A Paci" Festival: Comiso. Great local participation and religious fervour.
• St. Vincent’s Contest: Acate. A traditional horse race around the town and historical procession takes place on the third Sunday after Easter.
• Cavato Festival: Monterosso Almo. Typical dishes of homemade pasta served with sauce for the celebration of the "Addolorata."
• Tomato Festival: Sam pieri (Scicli).
• Baroque Spring: Noto. Classical music concerts, shows and cultural events.
• Flower Festival: Noto. A riot of colours in Via Nicolaci.
• Festival of The Madonna of Milizie: Scicli. Procession in historical dress and the enactment of historical battle scenes between the Saracens and Christians.
• Carrot Festival: Ispica.
• St. John’s Day: Pozzallo. Boat procession and a firework display.
• St Peter’s Day: Modica. Traditional shows and a trade fair.
• St. John the Baptist’s Day: Ragusa. A trade fair and a spectacular firework display on June 29th.
• St. John the Baptist’s Day: Vittoria. Procession of the saint accompanied by the characteristic "cilii."
• St. Bartholomew’s Day: Giarratana: The town’s patron saint’s day.
• St. Paul’s Day: Palazzolo Acreide. Spectacular religious procession.
• Sea Festival: Santa Maria del Focallo. (Ispica)
• Mount Aquilone Festival: Avola Antica. Typical dishes and world music in Via Madonna delle Grazie in the firstweek of August.
• The Silver Olive: Chiaramonte Gulfi. Ceremony of the award of the most coveted prize.
• Giarratana August: Giarratana. Entertainment and cultural events.
• Onion Festival: Giarratana. The opportunity to taste these onions.
• Bread And Pasta Festival: Monterosso Almo.
• Fish Festival: Pozzallo. The second Sunday in August.
• Chiaromonte Fair: Modica. County horse race and historical procession.
• Wine And Fish Festival: Marzamemi. (Pachino)
• Wine And Fish Festival: Porta palo di Capo Passero.
• Kasmeneo September: Comiso.
• Grape Festival: Pedalino (Comiso). Festival with Sicilian floats.
• Grape Festival and Sicilian Floats: Roccazzo.
• "Montoblei" Car Show: Uphill automobile competition .
•.Ibla Buskers: Street artists performances in the medieval suburb.
• Show - Market: Ragusa. Trade fair of local crafts, agricultural and livestock show.
• EMAIA Trade Fair: Vittoria. Trade fair of local, regional and foreign products to celebrate S1. Martin’s Day.
• Living Nativity Scene: Monterosso, Giarratana, Modica and Scicli.