Like other festival-bearing regions in the Bel Paese, Calabrian months are filled with parties paying homage to everything from Mother Maria to wild mushrooms to snails and nothing punctuates a Calabrian vacation like getting in on the action.
It would be difficult – if not impossible to create an all-encompassing list of festivals in Calabria. Major cities, small villages and intimate neighborhoods – yes, you read that correctly – all celebrate sagre food festivals and saintly celebrations throughout the year. When budgets are tight in small communities festivals may be put on hold or postponed until the next year … but this list will get you started.
If you know of a festival in Calabria that isn’t on this list, please let me know. I’ll add it in a heartbeat.
* Note: Links direct readers to English language sites when possible. If no English language site was available, links will direct to Italian language tourism sites or community pages.
January – February
Orange Festival and Processional – Corigliano Calabro (province of Cosenza)
March – April
Ancient Good Friday Processional – Laino Borgo (province of Cosenza)
Good Friday Processional – Caccuri (province of Crotone)
Historical Good Friday Processional – Caulonia Marina (province of Reggio Calabria)
Good Friday Processional – Montalto Uffugu (province of Cosenza)
Good Friday Processional – San Giovanni in Fiore (province of Cosenza)
Crucifixion Processional – Cutro (province of Crotone)
Albanian Folklore Festival – San Basile (province of Cosenza)
Swordfish Festival – Bagnara (province of Reggio Calabria)
Saint Rocco Festival – Girifalco (province of Catanzaro)
Saint Sixtus Festival – Joppolo (province of Vibo Valentia)
Madonna del Carmine Festival – Laureana di Borrello (province of Reggio Calabria)
Saint Francis of Paola Festival – Maida (province of Catanzaro)
Seaside Processional of the Madonna – Palmi Lido (province of Reggio Calabria)
Festival of Madonna della Grotta – Praia a Mare (province of Cosenza)
Processional of Boats and Swimmers – Capo Vaticano (province of Vibo Valentia)
Parade of the Faithful and the Tambourine Players – Seminara (province of Reggio Calabria)
Sausage Festival – Spilinga (province of Vibo Valentia)
Pasta Festival – Vibo Valentia
Festival delle Invasioni – Cosenza
Festival of the Tow Seas – Altomonte (province of Cosenza)
Omelette Festival – Nocera Terinese (province of Cosenza)
Red Onion Festival – Tropea (province of Vibo Valentia)
Festival of Madonna del Rosario – Calanna (province of Reggio Calabria)
Chili Pepper Festival – Diamante (province of Cosenza)
Eggplant Festival – Soverato (province of Catanzaro)
Festival of Madonna delle Grazie – Torre di Ruggiero (province of Catanzaro)
Living Nativity Scene – Celico (province of Cosenza)
What are your favorite types of festivals? Would you select a new travel destination based only on their festivals’ reputations? Which festivals are you hoping to attend this year?