Events in Sicily 2017


The most interesting events in Sicily in 2017: classical, pop and rock concerts, gastronomic, religious, and film festivals, theater performances, exhibitions and shows.

Information on upcoming events is constantly updated. Follow our news.


January 2017

New Year Marathon in Taormina and Diving in the Ionian Sea

Jan 1

Taormina

Annual holiday running in Taormina and Chico Scimone award, followed by swimming in the freezing Ionian Sea.

New Year's Concert by Taormina Plectrum Orchestra

Jan 1

San Domenico Palace Hotel, Taormina

Annual concert by the famous Plectrum Orchestra of Taormina that was founded in early 1900. It consists of over twenty musicians playing mandolins, mandolas, guitars and contrabasses.

Concerto di Capodanno

Jan 2

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Annual New Year's concert at Teatro Metropolitan of Catania.

Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld

Jan 4

Cine Teatro Odeon, Catania

Unique collaboration, an unexpected one between the Italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einsturzende Neubauten.

New Year's Opera Concert in Taormina

Jan 5

Del Carmine Church, Taormina

Annual New Year's opera concert.

Taormina Ensemble Chorus

Jan 5

Santa Caterina Church, Taormina

Holiday concert by the famous Taormina Ensemble Chorus.

Zen Circus

Jan 6 @Retronouveau, Messina

Jan 7 @MA, Catania

Two concerts by the famous Italian rock-band.

Ottavio Marino

Till Jan 8

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Taormina

More than 20 works by the famous Italian photographer will be displayed in the rooms of the Palace which dates back to the fourteenth century.

Topazia Alliata - Una Vita per l'Arte

Till Jan 11

Palazzo Sant'Elia, Palermo

An excibition in Palermo - the first retrospective dedicated to Topazia Alliata - extraordinary painter, gallery owner, curator, talent scout.

Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi

Jan 21-29

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and additions by Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name.

Omar Sosa

Jan 23-25

MA, Catania

Concert by the outstanding jazz pianist and composer, whose multilingual music links the continents.

Marionettistica Fratelli Napoli

Jan 25

Piccolo Teatro, Catania

Fascinating Sicilian puppet performance by famous Fratelli Naples, performing since 1921.

Children and the War, 1939-1945 - World War Two

Till Jan 27

Polo Museo Tattile, Catania

The photo excibition was created to work against the indifference, to push the public to grasp the scale of this tragedy, and, above all, to create an awareness among the younger generation.

Sagi Rei - Emotional Songs

Jan 27

MA, Catania

Concert by the famous Israeli-Italian pop singer with his album "Emotional Songs".

Renato Zero

Jan 29

Palasport, Acireale

Concert by the world famous Italian pop-rock and soul singer-songwriter.

Excibition "Museum of Madness"

Till Feb 12

Castello Ursino, Catania

The excibition, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, brings together 68 oils, 12 sculptures, and 4 drawings by the extraordinary artist Antonio Ligabue, 26 paintings and collages by the painter Peter Ghizzardi, the shocking sculptures by Cesare Inzerillo and hundreds of works about madness created from 1600 to present.

Steve McCurry Icons

Till Feb 19

Galleria D'Arte Moderna, Catania

An excibition that brings together over a hundred shots, the best production of Steve McCurry, to take visitors on a symbolic journey in the experiences and emotions of his images.

Mirabilia Maris

Till Mar 6

Palazzo Reale, Palermo

Excibition of treasures from the Sicilian Seas.


February 2017

Festa di Sant'Agata

Feb 6

Catania

Be sure not to miss the most important religious holiday in Catania – festival of Sant’Agata, saint patron of the city. It is a very beautiful holiday, when locals carry the statue of the saint along the illuminated streets, you can enjoy marching parades, fireworks, taste special food and drinks.

Lorenzo Tucci "Sparkle" Trio meets Daniele Scannapieco

Feb 7-9

MA, Catania

Concert by the Italian drummer and jazz musician with his Trio and the famous saxofonist.

Enrico Onofri

Feb 12

Chiesa di San Francesco D'Assisi all'Immacolata, Catania

Concert by the famous baroque violinist and conductor.

Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento

Feb 12 - Mar 13

Agrigento

Mandorlo in Fiore - is an annual wonderful holiday of spring and almond bloom. Gorgeous aromas of blooming almond trees in Agrigento cannot leave anyone indifferent. The festival is accompanied by parades, shows and concerts. The restaurants offer a special holiday menu with dishes made from almonds. 

Carnival in Sciacca

Feb 13, 14, 25-28

Sciacca

World famous annual festival, during which residents and visitors have fun for several days, since two o'clock in the afternoon until early morning. 

Ligabue

Feb 14, 15

Palasport, Acireale

Concert by the famous Italian singer-songwriter, film director and writer.

Kyle Eastwood Band

Feb 15

Teatro ABC, Catania

Concert by the world famous extraordinary bassist, composer and producer.

Motta

Feb 17, 18

Barbara Disco Lab, Catania

Concert by Italian singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Carnival in Acireale

Feb 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28

Acireale

Annual carnival in Acireale - one of the most important and suggestive carnivals in all Europe.

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

Feb 19-28

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after Norma by Alexandre Soumet.

Diane Schuur

Feb 22

Teatro ABC, Catania

Concert by the famous American jazz singer and pianist.

Niccolo Fabi

Feb 27

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Concert by the famous Italian singer-songwriter.


March 2017

Sister Act

Mar 2-5

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Musical comedy based on the movie "Sister Act" by Joseph Howard.

Marlene Kuntz - Onorate il Vile

Mar 4

MA, Catania

Concert by the popular Italian rock band formed in 1990.

Ensemble Organum

Mar 5

Santuario della Madonna del Carmine, Catania

Ensemble Organum is a group performing early music, founded in 1982. The group mainly focuses on the perfomance of music from the Middle Ages, including Beneventan, Old Roman, Gallican, Carolingian and Mozarabic chants. However, the repertoire includes renaissance polyphony as well as more recent works.

Samuele Bersani

Mar 6

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Famous Italian singer-songwriter will give a concert at Teatro Metropolitan.

Kinga Glyk

Mar 7-9

MA, Catania

Only 19 years old and more than 100 concerts already, 22 million views on Youtube. Kinga Glyk arrives for the first time in Italy.

Vinicio Capossela

Mar 9

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Famous rock singer-songwriter will perform in Catania.

Il Sinfonico

Mar 11

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Concert by the well-known Italian rock-band.

Massimo Ranieri

Mar 13

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

A concert by one of the most famous Italian pop singers.

Andrej Gavrilov

Mar 15

Piccolo Teatro, Catania

World famous Russian pianist will give a concert in Catania.

John Scofield

Mar 16

Teatro ABC, Catania

World famous jazz guitarist will perform the songs from his new album "Country for Old Men".

Tiromancino

Mar 18 

Teatro Mandonici, Barcellona

Concert by the famous Italian pop group founded in 1989.

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Mar 19 - Apr 1

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils.

Maurits Cornelis Escher

Mar 19 - Sep 17

Palazzo della Cultura, Catania

Exhibition of art works by the famous Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. His works features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry, perspective, truncated and stellated polyhedra, hyperbolic geometry, and tessellations. 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Mar 23-26

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

World famous rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, created in 1970.

The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums

Mar 27-29

MA, Catania

Concert by the famous American jazz quartet (which is actually quintet), covering genres from micro-big band, gospel, bluegrass, and Balkan to whimsical jazz and nocturnal funk.

IWINETC 2017 Wine Tourism Conference, Excibition and Workshop

Mar 28-29

Catania

The 9th Annual Conference of the International Wine tourism, excibitions and workshops (IWINETC) will be held in the province of Catania.

Ensemble Constaninople

Mar 29

Cine Teatro Odeon, Catania

Musical ensemble that chose the journey as its cornerstone. The group, founded in 1998 in Montreal, has performed in 132 cities and 25 countries.

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Mar 31 - Apr 2

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Fedex and J-Ax

Mar 31

Tupparello, Acireale

Popular Italian band will give a concert in Sicily.


April 2017

1st April Market in Giardini Naxos

Apr 1

Giardini Naxos

Every year, along Giardini Naxos Sea Front there is a traditional street market. Great selection of clothes, socks, handbags and household items. Some merchants offer fruits and vegetables.

Banda Magda

Apr 3-5

MA, Catania

The music of Banda Magda is a mixture of French texts, the Latin-American rhythms and jazz improvisation. Magda Giannikou is a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, music producer, and an aspiring dancer.

Giorgia

Apr 6

Palasport, Acireale

Giorgia Todrani, best known as Giorgia, Italian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and radio host will perform in Acireale. 

Holy Week and Easter

Apr 9-16

Sicily

During all week in every city and every town you will find beautiful colorful processions, fireworks and celebrations.

Laura Catrani, Francesco Gesualdi and Luca Scarlini

Apr 12

Cine Teatro Odeon, Catania

Famous singer, accordeon player and screenwriter have come together for the performance "Telling the Tango".

Mario Biondi - Best of Soul Tour

Apr 18

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Concert by the Italian singer born in Catania. He is famous with his beautiful deep voice.

Jazz Jamaica Orchestra

Apr 19

Teatro ABC, Catania

Concert by the popular jazz band mixing in its music reggae, sky with jazz.

PFM

Apr 27

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Premiata Forneria Marconi is an Italian progressive rock band, that was the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the Brithish and American charts.

St John Passion

Apr 27-29

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

The Passio secundum Johannem of St John Passion is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of two surviving Passions by Bach.

Flower Festival in Acireale

Apr 29 - May 1

Acireale

Spring carnival in Acireale with wonderful floats and numerous initiatives.


May 2017

Taormina Italian Opera

May 1 - Oct 31, every Mon, Wed, Fri

Teatro San Giorgio, Taormina

The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. More than one hour of timeless arias from some of the most famous Italian operas - The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, La Traviata by G. Verdi, Elisir D'Amor by G. Donizetti, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca by G. Puccini.

Cin Ci La

May 6

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

Operetta by Carlo Lombardo, music by Virgil Ranzato, presented for the first time in Milan in 1925 and followed by one hundred and twenty replications.

100th Giro d'Italia

May 9-10

Cefalu, Etna, Taormina

The Tour of Italy, one of the most famous cycling races in the world, will start from Alghero, Sardinia, May 5. The Sicilian stageg are scheduled on May 9 with the fraction from Cefalu takes the riders to climb Mount Etna. The race will pass through Taormina on May 10th.

Greek Tragedies in Syracuse

May 13 - Jun 23

Syracuse, Greek theater

In May and June, the Greek dramas are performed in their original site, Syracuse’s Greek amphitheater. You do not have to understand something; it is the atmosphere that makes it!

Canzoni per Sempre

May 14

Teatro Metropolitan, Catania

"Songs Forever" is a gala concert with performance of many classical evergreen and immortal songs, such as "New York, New York", "What a Wonderful World", "Un Amore Cosi' Grande" and other.

Flower Festival in Noto

May 15-17

Noto

Italy's best-known flower festival sees one of the Baroque town's main street, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower-petal tapestries designed by local and international artists. To watch them at work, come on Friday. If you have kids, bring them in the morning on May 18, when they can join local children in scattering the petals by running up and down the street.

Sicilia Queer

May 25 - Jun 1

ZAC Cantieri Culturali Zisa, Palermo

Sicilia Queer is an annual international new visions film festival. 

Werther

May 26 - Jun 1

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann.


June 2017

Il Volo with Placido Domingo

June 1, 3, 4

Taormina Greek Theater

Concert by the famous Italian operatic pop trio, the winners of the festival in San Remo in 2015, representatives of Italy in Eurovision 2015 (3rd place) who will perform with the great Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.

Carmen Consoli

June 8, 9, 10

Greek-Roman Theater, Catania

Concert by a famous Italian singer-songwriter.

Van Gogh Multimedia Experience

Jun 11 - Sep 17

Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina

Significant multimedia exhibition showing the artist's life and works in a multimedia itinerary.

Planet Funk + DJSet

Jun 16

Castello D'Urso Somma, Catania

Concert by an Italian electronic band that became world famous with its single "Chasing the Sun".

Mario Venuti

Jun 16

Cortile Platamone, Catania

Performance by a popular Italian singe-songwriter.

63rd Taormina Film Fest

2nd week of Jun

Taormina Greek Theater

In the second week of June, the Film Fest opens the summer season of the Greco-Roman amphitheater. It starts with a world premiere and throughout the week, you can enjoy some of the newest movies in the splendid scenery of the old theatre with views to the Mediterranean Sea and to Mount Etna.

The program of the 63rd Taormina FilmFest will be specified later. Follow our news.

Taormina Arte

June - September

Taormina

Taormina Arte – from June to September daily performances in Taormina ancient Greek theater. Rock, pop and classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre performances, national and international stars.

The program of the Taormina Arte 2017 will be specified later. Follow our news.

 

 

Placebo

Jun 21

Taormina Greek Theater

A concert by a legendary British rock-band who will perform within a world tour "20 Years of Placebo".

Notre Dame de Paris

Jun 28, 29, 30 

Fiera di Messina

French-Canadian musical based on "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" novel by Victor Hugo.


July 2017

Silver Ribbons Award

Jul 2

Taormina Greek Theater

Silver Ribbon is a movie award assigned each year, since 1946, for cinematic performances and production by the Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani, the association of Italian film critics. It is the oldest movie award in Europe, and the second oldest in the world. The awards are given during a fashion gala night held at Taormina Greek Theater.

Tiziano Ferro

Jul 8

Stadio San Filippo, Messina

The world famous Italian pop singer will give a performance at the stadium of Messina.

Kasabian

Jul 19

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by world famous British rock band.

Natalie Imbruglia

Jul 21

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by the world famous Australian-British singer-songwriter.

Nek

Jul 23

Teatro Greco, Taormina

Concert by Filippo Neviani, aka Nek, Italian singer and songwriter, who sold more than 10 million discs during his career. 

Stragusto

Jul 26-30

Piazza Mercato del Pesce, Trapani

A festival celebrating the street food of Mediterranean in the square of the Fish Market in Trapani. Annual big party of tastes, flavors, smells, colors, voices. An unmissable event for every food lover that offers visitors a great experience of Sicilian food.

Francesco Gabbani

Jul 29

Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino, Zafferana Etnea

Concert by Italian singer-songwriter, winner of Sanremo Music Festival.


August 2017

Al Bano 

Aug 4

Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino, Zafferana Etnea

Concert by famous Italian singer.

Renaissance Music Festival

Aug 13-15

Erice

One of the main music festivals in Sicily brings together the most famous international Renaissance music artists. The festival follows by Ferragosto celebration with colorful fireworks and delicious food.

Procession of the Giants

Aug 13-15

Messina

The main festival of Messina celebrating Ferragosto. Costumed in festive dress, locals walk around the city. Very beautiful procession accompanied by music, food and drinks.

Ferragosto

Aug 15

Every city and town in Sicily

Ferragosto - Assumption Day - is one of the most important holidays in Italy. During the night from Aug 14 to Aug 15, locals make picnics on the beaches, cook special festive food, make fireworks and swim.

Alex Britti

Aug 16 

Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino, Zafferana Etnea

Concert by famous Italian singer-songwriter and exceptional guitarist.

 

Alvaro Soler

Aug 17

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by the Spanish singer-songwriter, famous for his groovy singles "El mismo sol" and "Sofia".

Afterhours

Aug 22 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by famous Italian alternative rock band.

Mario Biondi

Aug 24 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by famous jazz singer and composer.

Daniele Silvestri

Aug 25 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by Italian singer-songwriter.

Fiorella Mannoia

Aug 26 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by famous Italian pop-singer.

Massimo Ranieri

Aug 27 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Massimo Ranieri, famous Italian singer and actor, will perform in Taormina.

ViniMilo

Two weeks from late August to early September

Milo

This harvest festival held in the little wine-producing town of Milo on the eastern slopes of Etna is a celebration of the vibrant local wine scene, with opportunities to taste wine and sample genuine local produce from the stalls that line the lanes of the historical center.


September 2017

Renato Zero

Sep 7, 9 

Greek Theater, Taormina

Concert by world famous Italian pop, rock and soul singer-songwriter.

Cous Cous Fest

Sep 18-27

San Vito Lo Capo

Sicily’s most famous food festival takes place over five days in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo. Now in its 17th year, the festival extends well beyond its featured dish (which is the focus of a cook-off between international chefs) to act as a celebration of a shared Mediterranean heritage, with concerts and DJ sets by acts from across the region.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Sep 19-27

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera with music by Benjamin Britten set to a libretto adapted by Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.


October 2017

Honey Festival

Oct 1-10

Sortino, Syracuse province

Honey festival in Sortino, small charming town near Syracuse. Guests can enjoy fresh traditional food, music, and many varieties of Sicilian honey.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Oct 13-22

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé.


November 2017

Taormina Italian Opera

From Nov 1 to Apr 31, every Saturday

Teatro San Giorgio, Taormina

The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. More than one hour of timeless arias from some of the most famous Italian operas - The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, La Traviata by G. Verdi, Elisir D'Amor by G. Donizetti, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca by G. Puccini.

Superflumina

Nov 3-4

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Opera by the famous Italian composer of contemporary classical music Salvatore Sciarrino.

L'Italiana in Algeri

Nov 23-30

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Operatic drama in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to an Italian libretto by Angelo Anelli, based on his earlier text set by Luigi Mosca.


December 2017

Cioccobarocco in Modica

Beg Dec

Modica

One of the biggest chocolate festivals in Italy held annually in Modica, town world known for its excellent chocolate.

Festival of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8

All cities and towns of Sicily

All Sicily celebrates the Virgin Mary day. In the evening, locals costumed in festive dress, carry statues of the Holy Mother through the streets of every town, accompanied by colorful fireworks.

Festival of Santa Lucia

Dec 13, 20

Syracuse

The most important holiday of Syracuse. Must see festival, during which locals carry the silver statue of Santa Lucia, many beautiful lights and fireworks illuminate Syracuse.

The Sleeping Beauty

Dec 17-28

Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Ballet in a prologue and three acts, first perfomed in 1890. The music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

CioccolArt Sicily Festival

Dec 26 - Jan 1

Convento Agostiniano, Forza D'Agro

Annual chocolate festival held at the museum of chocolate in Forza D'Agro, a tiny picturesque town near Taormina. The museum hosts a permanent exhibition of chocolate sculptures. A delicious journey into Sicilian art and history.

Biagio Antonacci

Dec 29 

Palasport, Acireale

Concert by Italian singer-songwriter, winner of many music awards.