Festivals in PalermoEdit This
Palermo is known for its history, religious celebration, and food, so it's no surprise Palermo festivals focus on these areas.Carnivale
many other cities, Palermo hosts its own Carnivale celebration in
nearby Termini Imarese. Parades and paper mache decorations are featured
during the festival.
The annual wine
festival is held in mid-May of each year at the Villa Boscogrande. Over
450 types of wine are featured, and lessons are given about wine
tasting techniques. The Villa Boscogrande is a 17th century castle which
used to house Palermo nobility.
Held on Mondello Beach, the Palermo Festival on the Beach celebrates summer sports such as parasailing, volleyball, and sailing. The festival is best known for its windsurfing competition, which draws competitors from around the world. There are also musical performances during the festival. The Festival on the Beach is held in mid-May each year.
An international music festival, distance swim, fencing competition and photo contest are held in October.Verdura Festival
Verdura Festival is held in June and July and costs up to 35 euros. It
features all types of music with a variety of popular headliners each
year. The Palermo festival is held at the Teatro Massimo, the largest
theater in Italy.
The festival dedicated to Palermo's patron saint has been held for over 400 years. Saint Rosalia is credited with having saved Palermo from plague in the early 17th century. The festival is held in July and includes parades, fireworks, and musical performances.
Other tributes to the city's patron saints are held throughout the year. These include the Feast of San Giuseppe in March, the Festa Madonna della Catena in August, and the Feast of St. Nicola in December. These 3 feasts feature baked products or breads as part of the celebrations.
Saints' Day, or Tutti Santi, is a national holiday in Sicily and
features the local children who parade through the town. Tutti Santi is
held in November.
A unique Palermo Festival is the
Festival Morgana, which features puppet and theater performances. It is
organized by the International Puppet Museum and is held in November
The Byzantine Epiphany celebration is held at Martorana Church in January each year. Easter Week includes several dozen celebrations and parades throughout Palermo.
During the summer months, the Palermo Estate is open to visitors with a rotating series of performances and celebrations.
February 23, 2010 change by huttongreen