What's On Calender for Hydra Island


What's On Calendar for Hydra Island Greece, an events guide to all Hydra festivals, follow the parades, live music, party nights, art exhibitions, dance shows, theatre, Full Moon Parties & Guest Dj's. Your what's happening guide to having fun in Hydra.


March 2017


Odyssey Reading

24 March 2017

For its 11th year, the European Festival of Latin and Greek is launching an unprecedented challenge : a Europe-wide public reading of The Odyssey, which will gather together, in France and abroad, hundreds of people to read Homer’s Odyssey at the same time. This event will include Hydra readers coordinated by the Hydrama Theatre in Vlychos. Non-Greeks are welcome to join in as extras and audience.

Yacht Race

25 - 26 March 2017

The 44th regatta of the Greek Revolution—Hydra 2017 will be held from Friday 24 March to Sunday, March 26 2017. The race has been organized by HORC since 1973, held under the auspices of Hydra Municipality. The Hospitality Group is the Hydra Yacht Club (Y.N.O.) and the race is conducted in the Saronic Gulf. Competitor yachts start to arrive in Hydra harbour on the Friday evening and by Saturday evening the port is bristling with masts. Award ceremonies are held and parties at various bars making the Independence Day weekend with everything else going on, a memorable start to the summer season on Hydra.

Play On by Rick Abbot presented by ΟΡΑΜΑ

25 & 26 March 2017, 20:00 (Donations to Charity)

For its fifth anniversary, Hydra's amateaur theatre group, Orama, present the Greek translation of Rick Abbot's 'Play On', a comedy stage play. There is no entrance charge but any donations given will go to charity. The play will be performed at the Cathedral Conference Hall on Hydra Harbour.


Play Synopsis: One plucky community theatre is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul: a new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. The director/theatre manager, Gerry, thought producing the play was a good idea since the inexperienced playwright has agreed to let the company perform the show for no charge. Gerry, however, had no idea what disasters awaited her: the show is hilariously amateur, the “murder mystery” plot doesn’t really have a murder, and to top it off the playwright keeps changing the story and script only two days from its’ premiere! It doesn’t help that the cast is disgruntled and the playwright accidentally deletes the entire sound effect board. All of the disasters come to fruition in Act III when the company performs the actual show with hilarious mishaps as every turn. Play On! is a hilarious love letter to community theatre.

Independence Day

25 March 2017

National bank holiday celebrated on Hydra with church services and parades of Hydra's school and college students along the harbour front. Please note that the shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are open but the banks and municipality departments are closed. (The ATM's function as normal.)


April 2017


Hydra's Trail Event

8 - 9 April 2017

With 1000 international competitors running in 5 trail races, (registration open from mid January) this event has become one of the most eagerly anticipated high points of the year. Athletes, film crews, medical teams and supporters arrive on the 7th. Supporters are welcome to line the trails and experience not just the excitement but to enjoy the view from Hydra's countryside.

Pascha - Easter Week

10 - 16 April 2017

Greek Orthodox Pascha AND Catholic Easter Sunday coincide this year on the 16th April.

On Hydra, the Megalo Pascha week is observed with locals fasting and attending church services. Visitors are welcome to join the candlelight processions and vigils especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.


May 2017


May Day

1 May 2017

The is a bank holiday celebrated not just in Greece but in many other countries. On Hydra the day is marked with home owners, restaurants and shops decorating their entrance doors with wild flower arrangements gathered from the hills of Hydra which are a riot of colour at this time of the year.

June 2017


Rendezvous Hydra

8/9, 10, 11 June 2017

Every other year, the Leonard Cohen Forum informally organise a gathering on Hydra Island, Greece. They arrange a number of events and activitiies which Cohen fans, islanders and visitors are welcome to join. 2017 will be the first gathering since the death of Leonard and already registered numbers of attendees have almost reached 400. It is anticipated that many will make a 'pilgrimage' to the island.

Miaoulia Festival

12 - 25 June 2017 (Fireworks 24th)

Hydra's most colourful hero of the Greek War of Independence, Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, is celebrated with a fortnight of cultural events culminating on the Saturday closest to the 24th June each year. For 2017, the firework display and re-enactment of the sinking of the Ottoman Empire flag ship will coincide with the anniversary of Miaoulis' death on the 24th June.

July 2017

Hydrama Theatre

July 2017 (To Be Announced)

The Hydrama Theatre will be performing classical drama with a modern twist performed by international student groups at the end of their drama courses. Programme and dates to be announced.

August 2017


Saronic Chamber Music Festival

5 August 2017 - 21:00

Venue - Bratsera Hotel

Ticket Prices and Programme To be announced

Saronic Chamber Music Festival

6 August 2017 - 21:00

Venue - Bratsera Hotel

Ticket Prices and Programme To be announced

Assumption Day

14 August 2017

Greek Orthodox Religious observation of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. All churches on Hydra hold services. Visitors are welcome to watch the church processions along the harbour front.

In Mo Yang in Concert

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 21:00

The annual classical concert organised by the Sofianou Family in memory of Mr Sofiano will be on Saturday 19th August 2017, held in the courtyard of the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This year's performer is the internationally acclaimed and award winning violinist In Mo Yang. Tickets will be on sale from the Leto Hotel in July. Revenue, as every year, will be donated to the hospital of Hydra. Click the link below for more information, photos and videos of this extraordinarily talented violinist.

Kountouriotis Festival

August - To be announced

This is a Hydra specific celebration acknowleding the political/naval role of Hydriot Paulas Kountouriotis. The municipality organise a number of cultural events and the Greek Navy send a frigate.

September 2017
So far, no events have been planned for this month.
October 2017

Ochi Day

28 October 2017, 10:30 - 12:00

Ochi Day is a Greek National Holiday celebrating the Anniversary of the 'NO'.

It is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on October 28 each year, to commemorate the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas (in power from August 4, 1936, until January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940 during World War II. Hydra celebrates with a church service at the Monastery followed by parades of children and students in the harbour.

November 2017

Patron St. Day

14 November 2017

The martyrdom of Aghios Konstandinos, he Patron Saint of Hydra is observed at the church of Aghios Konstandinos which is built on the site where the boy Konstandinos was born and raised. Many people attend the service followed by a procession through the pine forest and down to the harbour. It's a colourful and good humoured parade that visitors are welcome to walk along with.

December 2017

Christmas & New Year

20 Dec - 1 Jan 2017

The festive season is a local affair that is wonderfully non-commercial with the emphasis on religious observation and family. Father Christmas puts in an appearance (on more than one occassion) and the local children hold a bazaar in the run up to Christmas Day. Quite a few restaurants stay open and of course there are parties held at all the favourite night spots which go on well into the early hours of New Years Day.


January 2018




6 January 2018, 10:45

This is a Greek Orthodox religious day observed throughout Greece. After church services, the priests lead a procession from the harbour Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, to the outer jetty to bless the water. They throw a cross into the sea and local students dive in to retrieve it. Depending upon the weather there can be anything from 2 - 20 youngsters brave enough to take the plunge. The student who wins is especially blessed for the year. Everyone is welcome to come and watch.


February 2018




Thursday, 8 February 2018

This is the last Thursday before the start of Pascha Lent when the Greek Orthodox Religion permits the eating of meat. On this day there are many impromptu gatherings of friends and family for BBQ's either at home and sometimes even in the streets and squares. The smell of roasting meat all around the island is inescapable.


Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 14:30

Carnival is a pagan festival celebrated on Hydra with a fancy dress parade starting at Votsi Square in Hydra Town, following a parade route up and then down through Kamini before returning to town for the final procession along the harbour. Tradition dictates that the day ends with an uproarious party at the Xeri Elia (Douskos) Taverna with much dancing, drinking and partying well into the night.

Clean Monday

Monday, 19 February 2018

Clean Monday marks the start of the 40 days of Lent leading up to Pascha. After the excesses of the Carnival the day before, Clean Monday is marked with families and friends going out to tavernas for lunch together where they are served traditional Lentan dishes. After lunch, weather permitting, children go to the hills, especially around Vlychos to fly traditional, homemade kites.


March 2018




April 2018



Pascha - Easter Week

Good Friday 6 April 2018 - Easter Sunday 8 April 2018

Greek Orthodox Pascha. On Hydra, the Megalo Pascha week is observed with locals fasting and attending church services. Visitors are welcome to join the candlelight processions and vigils especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.



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