sardinia events and festivals 2017

Festivals and events in Sardinia 2018

Nothing compares to Sardinia when it comes to amazing landscapes and breath-taking sea view. But what about events and festivals? Is there any event worth mentioning?

Of course, there are many of them; let’s look at the main Sardinian events for 2018 divided by month so it’s easier for you readers to choose which event to attend and when.

This year this prominent equestrian event is going to take place in February in Oristano. More on this event on the dedicated page of our blog: Sa Sartiglia Starts: February 11 2018 Ends: February 13 2018
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Alghero is also popular for the rituals remembering the Crucifixion with a mix of Italian and Catalan traditions. Starts: April 10 2017 Ends: April 17 2017
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A colorful parade going through the streets of Cagliari and surrounded by beautifully dressed attendants. Starts: May 01 2017 Ends: May 01 2017
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The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is to start from Alghero in Sardinia on May 5 2017. This sport event will involve all the major northern and eastern villages and cities of Sardinia including Alghero and Olbia. The tour will end in the capital city of Cagliari. Starts: May 05 2017 Ends: May 07 2017
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Festa di San Simplicio One of the most important events in Olbia, the “Festa di San Simplicio” represents an appointment deeply felt by the citizens of this town: this festival includes dress parades, poetry and songs in Sardinian language and local gastronomy. Not to be missed the fireworks show at night. Starts: May 15 2017 Ends: May 15 2017
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The Cavalcata Sarda is a parade held in Sassari and organized to celebrate the visit to the city of Sassari of King Umberto I. Starts: May 21 2017 Ends: May 21 2017
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The Italian round of the International Rally WRC will be held once again for the fourth year in a row in Sardinia from 7 to 10 June 2018. Do not miss this opportunity to attend the Rally in this amazing island. Starts: June 07 2018 Ends: June 10 2018
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GiroTonno The GiroTonno event is basically an international culinary competition held in the island of San Pietro in the southwest of Sardinia where gastronomes promote the local ancient tradition of the “tonnare” (tuna traps). Starts: June 22 2017 Ends: June 25 2017
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Feast of St Giovanni (Focs de Sant Joan) This event is held each year in Alghero on the St Giovanni beach; it is a feast that celebrates the beginning of the summer, the friendship and brotherhood with its famous fires (called Focs in Catalan). Friends (must be dressed in white) who want to seal their friendship are invited to the propitiatory Jump of the Fire (Salto del Fuoco) on the beach. Starts: June 22 2017 Ends: June 24 2017
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S’Ardia A wild horse ride made in honour of Saint Constantine (with 100 knights), which takes place every year on July 6 and is repeated on the morning of July 7; this horse ride remembers the battle of the “Milvian Bridge” between Constantine and Maxentius. Starts: July 06 2017 Ends: July 07 2017
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Tony Hadley The leader and the unforgettable singer of Spandau Ballet makes his comeback in one of the most long awaited concert of the summer season in Sardinia. Starts: July 26 2017 Ends: July 26 2017
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Time in Jazz Berchidda(located in the province of Sassari) and the neighbouring villages are hosting the most important Jazz event in Sardinia and one of the most important in Italy. This is the 30th edition of the festival: a lot of special guests are attending (Andy Sheppard, Chicago Art Ensemble, Markus Stockhausen and more) coordinated by the founder Paolo Fresu. Starts: August 08 2017 Ends: August 16 2017
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Calici di stelle 2017 This is the most awaited summer event by wine lovers: it takes place on the night of San Lorenzo (10 August) in Sennori (province of Sassari) where you can taste the fine wine produced by the local wineries in Sennori and Romangia and taste the delicacies and the typical gastronomy of the Sardinian tradition while listening to great music on the streets. Do not forget to take your serigraphed glass with its little bag. Moreover, the local astrophile amateur association organises stars gazing with telescopes at night. The same festival takes place on the 9 of August in Dorgali (province of Nuoro) where you can taste the wine produced by the local wineries. Starts: August 09 2017 Ends: August 10 2017
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“Candelieri” means Candle bearers: in this parade locals carry large candles representing the different Sassari districts they belong to. This is a huge and popular event held in Sassari which we covered earlier in the Descent of the Candelieri blog post. Starts: August 14 2017 Ends: August 14 2017
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Sagra del Redentore “Il Redentore” is a traditional festival (with religious and folklore events) held in Nuoro during the last Sunday in August. Not to be missed the parades of masks and costumes typical of Sardinia. Starts: August 27 2017 Ends: August 27 2017
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Autunno in Barbagia A popular event where 32 Sardinian villages (among them Bitti, Oliena, Dorgali, Fonni) open their doors to tourists who want to explore the history, the culture and the most authentic traditions of the island. Find out the complete villages list. Starts: September 1 2017 Ends: December 17 2017
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Natalie Imbruglia Natalie Imbruglia returns to Italy with two concerts in Sardinia: on September 16, 2017 in Calangianus (province of Sassari) and on September 17, 2017 in Cagliari. The Calangianus concert is free! Starts: September 16 2017 Ends: September 17 2017
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Sant Miquel Alghero (Festival of Saint Michael) – dates to be confirmed The feast of “Sant Miquel” is celebrated each year during the last weekend of September with a 12-day festival in honour of St. Michael the patron saint of the city. This celebration used to mark the culmination of the summer season in Alghero; as of today it has become more a must see for visitors with its games, music and many events. Starts: September 21 2017 Ends: October 02 2017
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FISW Surf Games 2017 The amazing Capo Mannu in Sardinia has been chosen as the location for the 2017 FISW Surf Games consisting of 4 different competitions (Shortboard, Longboard, Sup wave and Bodyboard). Capo Mannu is located near San Vero Milis in the Province of Oristano and is known among the surfers for its stunning waves. Starts: October 14 2017 Ends: October 15 2017
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Cronoscalata Alghero – Scala Piccada The popular time trial automobile race (56th edition this year) usually takes place at the end of October; the 5-km race starts from Alghero and ends in Villanova Monteleone (province of Sassari). Both historic and new car models may participate. Starts: October 28 2017 Ends: October 29 2017
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Cap’Any 2018 Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not to be missed in Alghero: as usual the city will salute the new year with the amazing fireworks show that will take place in the harbour area. Starts: December 31 2017 Ends: January 01 2018
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New Year’s Eve in Olbia New Year’s Eve in the Olbia harbour with the show of the popular Italian singer J-AX preceded by a mythological spectacle titled “Zoè-the principle of life” a theatrical representation of the man-nature relationship with the use of lights and pyrotechnic effects. Starts: December 31 2017 Ends: January 01 2017
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New Year’s Eve in Cagliari New Year’s Eve in Cagliari with the popular singer Malika Ayane. Starts: December 31 2017 Ends: January 01 2017
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JazzAlguer JazzAlguer is a series of jazz concerts and other events that will take place monthly (mostly on Saturdays) until July, in different popular places of Alghero like the church of San Francesco, the Civic Theatre and the Cathedral. Starts: December 23 2017 Ends: July 21 2018
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