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

WHAT'S ON IN SICILY THIS 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


Sting in concert
For one night only Sting sings Sicily.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 1st August 2018


Azzurro 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? 2nd - 5th August 2018 (from 7.30pm each evening)


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? 3rd - 5th August 2018


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? 3rd - 5th August 2018


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? 3rd - 5th August 2018


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? 7th July - 11th August 2018


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? 7.00pm every Thursday in August at Ulmo and 7.00pm every Thursday and Friday in August at Buonivini

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


Manifesta 12
Manifesta is Europe's premier itinerant biennial of contemporary art. Every two years it moves to a new host city, where, through a series of workshops, conferences, publications, educational initiatives and exhibitions, it explores the prevailing historical and cultural identity of its temporary home and maps out a "new cultural topography".  moves to a new host city, where, through a series of workshops, conferences, publications, educational initiatives and exhibitions, it explores the prevailing historical and cultural identity of its temporary home and maps out a "new cultural topography". 

Where? Palermo
When? 16th June - 4th November 2018


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? 3rd - 17th August 2018

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? 4th - 5th August 2018


Carmen
A performance of Bizet's classic story of love, passion and death.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 7th August 2018 (tbc)


Street Food Fest
Five days of food, tastings, cooking shows, wine and music.

Where? Sciacca
When? 8th - 12th August 2018


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 2018


Scie in Balata
Two weekends celebrating design, crafts, gastronomy, art, music and more in the picturesque little fishing port of Marzamemi at Sicily's southeasternmost tip.

Where? Marzamemi
When? 12th - 15th July and 9th - 12th August 2018


Brian Wilson
Co-founder of the legendary Beach Boys comes to sample Sicily's beaches and sing a few classic songs.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 11th August 2018


Sagra enograstronomica di Castiglione di Sicilia
Sitting in a panoramic position at over 600m above sea level, and looking out onto the northern flanks of might Mount Etna, Castiglione di Sicilia is a delightful historic town that is worth a visit at any time of year. Our favourite time to visit, however, is in August, when the locals celebrate their local delicacies, including salamis, cheeses, wine and much more.

Where? Castiglione di Sicilia (just north of Mount Etna)
When? 2018 dates not yet confirmed


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? 18th July - 2nd September 2018


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? 3rd - 5th August 2018


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? 9th-12th August 2018


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? 11th - 13th August 2018


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? 10th - 15th August 2018


Tosca
Puccini's epic tragedy.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 16th and 21st August 2018


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? annually 14th-15th August


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? 10th - 15th August 2018


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? 11th August 2018


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? annually from 12th-14th August


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? 14th August 2018


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 2018


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? 11th August 2018


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? 13th August 2018


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? 10th - 15th August 2018


Birrocco
A celebration of Sicilian beer with more than 100 craft beers from 12 Sicilian breweries to try. There'll also be plenty of food, music and other events.

Where? Ragusa
When? 17th - 19th August and 7th - 9th September


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? 20th - 24th August every year (the most important date is 24th August)


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? 22nd August (at Ulmo) and 21st and 24th August (Buonivini) 2018

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


Homage to Giuseppe di Stefano + Cavalleria Rusticana
A tribute to the great Italian tenor, Giuseppe di Stefano, on the 10th anniversary of his death is followed by a performance of that most Sicilian of operas, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 22nd August 2018


Aida
Verdi's colossal "Egyptian" opera.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 24th August 2018


La Traviata
Verdi's classic operatic retelling of a story by Alexandre Dumas.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 28th August 2018


 

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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

courgettes
courgette flowers
aubergines
green beans
peppers
chick peas
tomatoes
watermelon
figs
melons
plums
pears
seafood

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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