Leros is known for its many annual festivals and it is a pleasure for visitors to be on Leros to both see them and take part in them. Dancing, eating and drinking are usually a part of any religious celebration. The main festivals on Leros are:
Agia Marina: The festival of Agia Marina is held on July 17 with singing and dancing around the harbour.
Alonari: This takes place at Gourna beach at the end of July. It's a harvest festival with dancing on a reconstructed threshing floor with a party afterwards that includes free wine for all.
Virgin Mary: This is held at the castle above Platanos on August 15. Many locals climb the steps to the castle to light candles. There is a funeral procession in the evening and celebrations afterwards.
Trata: This is held at Panteli in early September to celebrate island fishing. Nets are hauled in from the beach in the evening and the catch grilled and, along with wine, handed out free to visitors to dancing and music.