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  • Writer's pictureSu Guillory

5 Must-See Events to Experience in Calabria This Summer

Planning a trip to Calabria this summer? From traditional festivals to modern celebrations, Calabria offers a diverse range of events that promise unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors alike. Here are five must-see events to mark on your calendar this summer.




1. Tropea Film Festival

Date: June 26 - July 2, 2024

Location: Tropea


Escape into the world of cinema at the Tropea Film Festival, a prestigious event that celebrates independent filmmaking against the breathtaking backdrop of Tropea's coastline. Set in the historic town center, this festival showcases a curated selection of Italian and international films, including feature-length movies, documentaries, and short films. With open-air screenings under the starry sky and engaging discussions with filmmakers, it's an enriching cultural experience not to be missed.


2. Tarantella Power Festival

Date: August 21 - August 24, 2024

Location: Caulonia


Dive into the rhythmic world of the tarantella at the Tarantella Power Festival in Caulonia, a lively event dedicated to celebrating Southern Italy's folk music and dance. Experience the infectious energy as musicians, dancers, and spectators come together to participate in workshops, performances, and jam sessions. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a curious observer, this festival offers a dynamic immersion into Calabria's cultural heritage.


3. Calabria Sotto le Stelle


Date: Throughout the Summer

Location: Various Locations in Calabria


Experience the magic of summer nights under the stars with Calabria Sotto le Stelle (Calabria Under the Stars), a series of outdoor concerts and performances held in enchanting locations across the region. From historic piazzas to seaside promenades, these open-air events showcase a diverse lineup of musicians, artists, and performers. Whether you prefer jazz, classical, or contemporary music, there's something for everyone to enjoy against the backdrop of Calabria's natural beauty.


4. International Tyrrhenian Jazz Festival

Date: July 25 - 28, 2024

Location: Mendicino


The International Tyrrhenian Jazz Festival will feature Chicago-style blues artists, a chanteuse of the Sierra, an enchanting Brazilian singer, Gypsy jazz masters, and Argentine tango dancers.


5. Sonore Alchimie



Date: July 26-27, 2024

Location: Davoli

Located in the charming mountain village of Davoli, Sonore Alchimie is a summer festival celebrating creativity. There are art installations, theatrical and musical performances, talks on literature, and of course, fantastic food, to enjoy.


From film festivals to religious feasts and music celebrations, Calabria offers events that promise to captivate and inspire visitors throughout the summer season. Whether you're drawn to cultural traditions, live music, or cinematic experiences, these five must-see events provide the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique charm of this enchanting region in southern Italy.


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