Chania’s Carnival sees parades, parties and masquers take to the streets, while outlying villages on the nearby Akrotíri peninsula also play host to some top events.
Blessing of Sheep
This blessing takes place over Easter-time and sees flocks of sheep brought to Asi Gonia, a small hill village just outside Chania. The sheep are blessed before spectators are given milk to enjoy.
Sampajana Jazz Festival
This jazz festival also sees funk and ethnic shows put on over four days in June. Past performers include Greek stars such as Haig Yazdjian and Psarandonis.
There is musical accompaniment to this festival, which marks the end of the sardine festival, and where free grilled sardines are handed out at Neahóra Beach.
July - September
A host of venues dotted around both the Old and New Town put on a series of performances to celebrate the annual Cultural Summer, although the programme may unfortunately be hit by the economic crisis in future.