August is the hottest month of the year in Cyprus. It is also the busiest month for Cyprus tourism when people from all around the world come to Cyprus for holidays. Cypriots who live abroad will return in the summer to visit family and friends, whilst for many working in Cyprus, August is the month for Cyprus Holidays. Many businesses will close down for much of August, or at least for the last 2 weeks of the month.
Cyprus holidays are much looked forward to by locals and tourists alike for their is much to do even when the temperature is high. Of course there miles and miles of beaches to relax and swim at, but also very popular are the many villages, especially those on higher ground, where it is cooler.
JustAboutCyprus.com are also taking Cyprus holidays, from now, until the end of August. We decided to list just a few of the Cyprus events taking place during August that are free to the public. We will be back in September with more events in Cyprus for you, so wherever you go, or whatever you do, enjoy the Cyprus Holidays!
Cyprus Events in August
Agia Napa Summer Cultural Events
Music and Dancing performances, organised by the Agia Napa Municipality.
Childrens – 7th & 8th August at the main square – 7.30pm – 10pm
Youths – 27th, 28th & 29th August – 6pm – 12pm at the harbour.
Agros Village is in the Limassol District, and is well known for its rosewater, rose liqueur, rose brandy, rose perfumes and aromatic rose candles – all made using traditional methods from the locally grown flowers.
Every summer, the village of Agros celebrates its uniqueness with a two-day festival, offering you the chance to sample local food and wine, as well as the numerous rose-derived products.The Agros festival takes place for 2 days in August on 15th (8.30pm start) and 16th (9pm start), and there will also be live music.
Stroumbi Village holds the grapes festival – ‘Ta Dionysia’ every summer, which offers three days of traditional live music and dance, as well as Cypriot food and wines.
Stroumbi is located about 15 kilometres north-east of Pafos. Vines of mostly wine-making varieties, fruit-trees, almond, olive, and walnut trees are cultivated in its region.
Locals and visitors are welcome to experience and enjoy sampling locally produced wines, traditional folklore dances from Cyprus and Greece, and to hear Greek songs.
During the Dionysia Festival there will be exhibition displays of flowers, fruits, vineyard products, photos and paintings, handicrafts, and works of traditional crafts. Grapes and Palouze will be available free of charge.
Friday 22nd August
9pm – Official opening of the 31st Dionysia Festival
10pm – Cypriot songs and dances
10.30pm – Popular singer Doukissa with orchestra
Saturday 23rd August
8.30pm – The godfather
9.30pm – Cypriot songs and dances
10pm – Popular singer Doukissa with orchestra
Sunday 24th August
9pm – Modern Greek songs and dances
9.30pm – Cypriot songs and dances
10pm – Star Dionysia and Miss Grape contests (Beauty contests)
11pm – Popular singer Doukissa with her 14 member band
30th Lefkara Cultural Festival
The Lefkara Festival is dedicated to Lefkara Lace and is organised by the Lefkara Municipality at Lefkara village in the Larnaka District
Below are listed the free events of the cultural festival in August.
6th August 8pm – Opening Ceremony – Greek singing and video about Lefkara Lace
8th August 9pm – DJ Party
13th August 8.30pm – Theater Night
14th August 9pm – Lefkara Night
15th August 9pm – Concert by Costas Hadjichristodoulou
21st August 6pm – Event for children and other events for the festival’s final night.
Also on Sunday 29 August: Sundays At Lefkara
Guiding tours, music and dance performances, preparation of traditional local delicacies, Lefkara handicrafts, and a traditional Cypriot Bazaar of Cypriot products, at Lefkara village.
Paralimni Summer Cultural Events
Organised by Paralimni Municipality
Program (All events start at 9pm):
Lefkola Square seaside Protaras
8th August – Giannis Charalmbous Musical Group ‘Beautiful Night’
9th August – Perikli and Rena’s Constantinou Dancing School ‘Rythmos’
12th August – Musical Program by Despo Plita and Maro Sarri
23rd August – Musical event for ‘Full Moon’ produced be A.P. Polyechon Productions
Melizona Square Protaras
10th August – Traditional dances and songs with Limassol Folklore Association Co-ordinated by Constantinos Protopapas
17th August – Band ‘Mousikes Chordes’ by Nasos Georgiou
24th August – ‘Alexis Markou’ Music Band
Assumption Day (15th August) is a religious festival that celebrates the Virgin Mary’s ascent to heaven. Ceremonies usually take place at the Kykkos monastery as well as many other churches throughout Cyprus to celebrate. The day is classified as a Cyprus bank holiday, however this year it falls on a Sunday.
(Lemesos) Limassol Wine Festival
From 27th August Limassol, Cyprus’s wine capital, lives up to its reputation once again as a town that loves to party, with its famous annual wine festival at the Municipal Gardens on the Limassol sea front.
The Limassol Wine Festival has become an established annual event of merrymaking and fun since it first began in 1961 as a tribute to the island’s long winemaking tradition, and inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of Wine Dionysos, and the Goddess of Beauty and Love Aphrodite.
There is a small entrance fee, but once inside you can sample the wines for free. The Festival’s trademark is ‘Vraka’ the huge man that towers over the entrance with the welcoming motto “Drink wine to be healthy”.
The Limassol Wine Festival 2010 runs from 27th August to 5th September. There will also be a free bus service to and from the festival. You can download the full program of events which includes details of the free buses to the Limassol Wine Festival.
28th August 8.30pm: Traditional Music and Dance from Cyprus & Greece performed by the Dance Group Nea Pella from Greece at Seafront Stage
29th August 8.30pm: Traditional Music and Dance from Cyprus and Greece performed by Ano Lachonia Dance Group from Greece at Seafront Stage.
The 2010 Perseid meteor shower
Also for the star gazers amongst you, there will be a meteor shower on the 12th and 13th August. The Perseid meteors appear in all parts of the sky, best viewing is to look towards the North East sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour. These meteors are often very bright and frequently leave persistent trains. On the mornings of August 12th and 13th, watch the Perseid meteors streak across summer night sky from around midnight until dawn.