A guide to all that's best about Sicily in August!


Here's a guide to all that's happening in Sicily this August, including some top tips from our local experts.

Festivals and events >>
What to eat >>
Our top tips >>

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Festivals and events

Ciclopica: Great Sculpture from Rodin to Giacometti
An 8-month exhibition of sculpture with pieces ranging from a 16th-century head of Buddha from China to examples of Henry Moore's curvaceous masterpieces.

Where? Ex Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, Syracuse
When? 27th March - 30th October 2019

Taormina Festival
In the summer months, Taormina's Teatro Antico plays host to an almost nightly series of concerts. There's opera, rock, jazz and classical concerts and much more. We will add more specific information as and when it is confirmed.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? July and August 2019

Orestiadi di Gibellina
A long-running annual festival of contemporary art, theatre, cinema, music and much more in the Baglio di Stefano and the Cretta di Burri.

Where? Gibellina
When? 6th July - 10th August 2019

Festa di San Domenico
Mediaeval parades, candlelit processions, music, food, wine and more to celebrate Trapani's patron saint.

Where? Trapani
When? 8th August each year

Calice di Stella
Vineyards throughout the island open up for a night of wine under the stars of August.

Where? all over Sicily
When? 10th August annually

Calatafimi-Segesta Festival
57 events in a month and a half of theatre, classical and jazz concerts and much more besides, all in the magical surroundings of Segesta's Greek theatre. Most performances are in the evening, but some start at dawn! For the full programme, please click here

Where? the Greek Theatre of Segesta
When? 12th July - 1st September 2019

The Festival of San Salvatore
A few days of processions, celebrations, good eating (including a typical dish called Pasta a Taianu made with meat, tomatoes, aubergines and pecorino cheese) to celebrate Cefalu's patron saint. The big day is the final one, but beware the crowds!

Where? Cefalu
When? annually from 2nd-6th August

DiVino Festival
A celebration of Sicilian wine (and music) in the lovely surroundings of the castle in Castelbuono. The last night coincides with the beginning of the Blues and Wine festival, which mixes Bacchus' great gift to mankind with Robert Johnson's.

Where? Castelbuono (in the Madonie)
When? 2nd - 4th August 2019

Ypsigrock Music Festival
An annual indie rock music festival featuring artists from all over the world, in the stunning surroundings of the castle in Castelbuono.

Where? Castelbuono (in the Madonie)
When? 8th-11th August 2019

The Festa di San Domenico
Colourful processions, a mediaeval-themed village and local food and wine to celebrate the feast day of San Domenico. 

Where? Trapani
When? 8th August 2019

Festa del Pomodoro di Pachino IGP
Pachino, in Sicily's southeasternmost corner celebrates its red treasure - wonderfully tasty cherry tomatoes, whose production is protected by IGP status (protected geographical indication). There'll be lots of tomatoes in all the salse, wine, other local specialities and music.

Where? Pachino (southeast Sicily below Noto)
When? 12th - 14th August 2019

Sagra della Busiata
Busiata is the pasta of northwest Sicily. It is duly celebrated in the mediaeval centre of Salemi with a cooking competition, the fruits of which are served to the public. The town's vineyards supply the wine. 

Where? Salemi (western Sicily)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

La Scala Illuminata
The 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone are illuminated hundreds of small oil lights to create a polychromatic effect of great beauty.

Where? Caltagirone
When? 14th-15th August annually

Sagra dell'Arancino
Homage is paid to one of Sicily's favourite street foods, the mighty arancino (deep-fried balls of rice filled with meat sauce, ham and mozzarella, spinach, and other delicious surprises).

Where? Rosolini (near Noto)
When? 13th - 18th August 2019

Sagra del Pesce Azzurro
Pesci azzurri include sardines, anchovies, whitebait, mackerel, swordfish and tuna. You can taste all of them and more cooked in front of you along the seafront of San Gregorio during its celebration of the bounty of the sea!

Where? San Gregorio, Capo d'Orlando
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Il Palio dei Normanni
Three days of knightly combat and horsemanship and partying to record the heroics of the Norman invaders who ousted the Arabs from Sicily in around 1060.

Where? Piazza Armerina
When? 12th-14th August annually 

Sagra della Pasta cu l’Agghia e Sasizza Arrustuta
One day of feasting on pasta with garlic, almonds and tomatoes (Pesto Trapanese) and barbecued sausage... There's also some excellent local melon and lots of wine...

Where? Buseto Palizzolo, not far from Trapani
When? the evening of 14th August every year

Sagra della Cipolla
Famous for its large, flat, sweet onions, that's what Giarratana is! And the town celebrates its precious product with onion-based dishes, cheese, wine, live music and dancing, art exhibitions and fireworks!

Where? Giarratana (in the Iblei hills north of Ragusa)
When? 14th August every year

Sagra dei Sapori Chiaramontani
Cockerels and local products are celebrated during a day of partying in Chiaramonte Gulfi. Expect the usual good-humoured atmosphere, lightened even further by excellent food (sausages, salami and other local specialities), wine, music and fireworks.

Where? Chiaramonte Gulfi
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

The Taranta Sicily Fest
An evening of southern Italy's hypnotic music form - the tarantella. Live bands and dancers will lead the way, but crowd participation is paramount.

Where? Scicli
When? 9th August 2019

Sagra del Pesce
A week-long celebration of fish in the port town of Pozzallo. Every evening huge quantities of seafood will be cooked for participants, accompanied by music, fireworks and other events.

Where? Pozzallo (southeast Sicily)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Festa di San Bartolomeo Apostolo
The patron saint of Lipari is honoured over four days, culminating on 24th August with a series of processions around the town. The festivities end in the Marina Corta (the old harbour) with a fabulous fireworks display over the sea. The best view of this is from our villa Posidonia.

Where? Lipari
When? 21st - 24th August every year (the most important date is 24th August)

Andrea Bocelli in concert
The popular Italian singer live in concert. Book quickly, as the first night sold out in a matter of hours.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 31st August 2019

Santa Cecilia in Musica
Two evenings of wine, food and music in honour of Santa Cecilia, organised by Planeta in the beautiful surroundings of  their Ulmo and Buonivini vineyards.

Where? Ulmo (near Menfi) and Buonivini (near Noto)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

For more information about prices and to book (essential), email reservation@planeta.it or call +39 0925 1955465.

Azzurro Street Food
With one of the largest fishing fleets in the Med, Sciacca's culinary traditions are firmly rooted in fish and seafood. During their celebration of this heritage, stands line the central streets in and around Piazza Scandaliato offering visitors a taste of local gastronomic favourites.

Where? Sciacca
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Scoglitti Sicilian Craft Beer Fest
Over the five years, craft beer breweries have proliferated all around Sicily. This festival in the gorgeous seafront surroundings of Scoglitti provides a chance to taste some of the best.

Where? Scoglitti (near Marina di Ragusa)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Valdemone Festival
The streets of the tiny mediaeval hill-top village of Pollina come alive with street artists, circus performers, acrobats and musicians for a weekend of fun for all the family.

Where? Pollina (in the hills above Cefalu)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Baglio Olio e Mare
A chance to taste some typical seafood dishes and olive oil from in the little seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, famous throughout the world for its paradisiacal beach and turquoise waters.

Where? San Vito Lo Capo (on the northwest tip of Sicily)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Planeta Stars Wine Happy Hour
Two of Planeta's vineyards open up for a wine happy hour under the stars. You'll be able to tour the vineyard and taste the wines, accompanied by some delicious snacks.

Where? Ulmo vineyard (near Menfi) and Buonivi vineyard (near Noto)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

To book, email reservation@planeta.it or call +39 0925 1955460

Mazara Food Fest
Mazara del Vallo has one of Europe's largest fishing fleet. It's famous for its prized red prawns, its couscous (there's a large Tunisian population that works on the fleet) and the quality of its fish in general. Apart from fish and seafood, there'll also be plenty of local wine to try.

Where? Mazara del Vallo
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Sagra della Salsiccia
A celebration of the Sicilian sausage, with tastings, lashings of wine, music and a fun atmosphere.

Where? Santa Ninfa (western Sicily near Menfi)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


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What to eat in Sicily in August

August in Sicily is time for light meals, fresh fish suppers, salads and lots of excellent refreshing fruit. Here are some ideas about what ingredients are in season (if you're cooking at your villa!) and what to order if you're eating out!

In-season local ingredients

courgette flowers
green beans
chick peas

What to order

Insalata alla Palermitana (salad of boiled potatoes, green beans, anchovies and tomatoes)
Fichi con pepe bianco e prosciutto crudo (figs with white pepper and cured ham)
Insalata di pasta e pomodoro (cold pasta salad with chopped tomatoes and garlic)
Linguini allo scoglio (linguini with prawns, clams and mussels)
Ruota di pescespada (a 'wheel' of roast swordfish to share!)
Frittura mista di pesce (mixed platter of fried fish and sea-food)
Polpette di carne in foglie di limone (grilled meatballs wrapped in lemon leaves)
Zucchini grigliati con aglio e mentuccia (grilled slices of courgette served with a dribble of olive oil, a little crushed garlic and mint)
Sorbetto al limone (lemon sorbet)
Gelo di melone (melon jelly)
Gelato! (delicious Sicilian ice-cream!) 

See our definitive Sicilian recipe page >>

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Our top tips for August in Sicily


1. Get to the beach early... or late! If you're planning on going to the beach, try to get there early in the morning. Not only will there be fewer people, but you can then head back to the refuge of your villa for lunch and to avoid the hottest part of the day... Similarly, heading back to the beach at around 5pm is a great time to enjoy the sunset and have a swim in the warm but refreshing sea.

2. Eat ice-cream! For Sicilians, ice-cream is a refreshing lunch in itself and you will see many locals wandering round or sitting in gelateria dining on the stuff. The preferred way of eating ice-cream is in a brioche... In Sicily there are hundreds of flavours, and in the hot summer, the fresh fruit ones are really refreshing.

3. Join the passeggiata... Sicilians love to head into town in the evening, often dressed up a bit, for the rite of the passeggiata, a slow ambling tide of people of all ages enjoying the cooler evening air, either before or after dinner (or both!).

4. Get on, in, above and under the water! In August the sea is warm and the beaches are full of opportunities for watersports. Whether you're a novice or an old-hand, wake-boarding, surfing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, canoeing, sailing, scuba-diving and many more are possible all round Sicily... Take a look at our definitive guide to watersports in Sicily!

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