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Crete Festivals and Events

Chania Summer Festival

In Chania, cultural events are organised by the city during August, interspersed with theatrical nights, art exhibitions, concerts with well-known artists, traditional music and dance groups.

The summer festival takes place from July to September.

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Chania Rock Festival

Chania Rock Festival is located right in the middle of the old city of Chania, next to the famous old port of the city. It is an old Venetian Bastion facing the sea, an ideal place for the festival.

The festival mainly features metal bands such as Soulfly, Sabaton and Bonfire.

This festival runs in the later half of July (dates changes yearly, please check website for details).

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Chestnut Festival Elos

The village of Elos is surrounded by chestnut trees, which makes for picturesque scenery and harvest. To celebrate the chestnut harvest, the local people devote their attention to the Chestnut Festival.

This gives Elos a chance to show off its chestnut produce and attract visitors over the weekend, which is reserved for this extraordinary event.

Travelers can expect music, dancing, eating and drinking as part of the celebration.

Traditionally the Chestnut Festival takes place in the village of Elos, which is situated in a short distance from Kissamos on the West part of Crete.

The festival takes place in October.

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Cretan Diet Festival

The Cretan Diet Festival is held in the city of Rethymno. Promoting the richness of the Cretan diet, local producers invite you to celebrate Cretan food at the Municipal Garden in Rethymno.

This festival normally takes place in July.

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