Festival Agios Gerasimos; August: The island’s chief protector and saint, Agios Gerasimos, is honoured with masses and pilgrim visits at the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos.
Kefalonia Snake Festival; August: Locals say that the Church of the Virgin in the small village of Markopoulo in the south east of Kefalonia has been visited by baby snakes every year. On the rare occasion the snakes didn’t turn up – in 1953 or during World War II, for instance – bad things (an earthquake and Axis occupation) inevitably happened. Nowadays, locals come to celebrate the arrival of the snakes, with many even bringing the creatures into the church.
Robola Wine Festival; August: Sample Kefalonia’s esteemed white wine, Robola, during this annual booze fest in the village of Fragata.