Accessibility Tools

  • Official Tourist Website of Rethymno Municipality
Rethymno Carnival

Discover the Excitement of Rethymno Carnival in March 2024!

Get ready for an electrifying celebration at the Rethymno Carnival 2024, marking an incredible 110 years since this iconic event first kicked off in 1914!

Step into the enchanting world of Rethymno, where the carnival spirit comes alive with laughter, dazzling performances, and a vibe that's simply contagious.

Picture this: the charming city of Rethymno, bathed in mild weather, transforms into a carnival haven that's bursting with energy. Unlike crowded destinations, Rethymno offers an intimate and thrilling atmosphere for you to revel in.

Join in the preparations and events planned for the  Rethymno Carnival, where laughter and comical acts pay tribute to the "King of the Carnival." With around 20,000 participants and over 100,000 expected guests taking place during Grand parade, the carnival promises a perfect blend of fun and vacation.

Rethymno Carnival
Rethymno Carnival

The countdown has begun for the 2024 Rethymno Carnival, set to kick off on February 24th and last for three exciting weeks.

Volunteers and carnival teams are hard at work organizing various events, including street parties, performances, parades, treasure hunts, and cycling tours.

Mark these dates on your calendar and brace yourself for an unforgettable experience:


Grand Opening

Immerse yourself in a world of fireworks, satirical theater performances, live concerts, and surprises that will leave you on the edge of your seat.


Savor barbecues, and Cretan dishes, and dance to your heart's content during street parties.

Serenade Tradition

Embark on a beautiful musical journey through the historic streets of Rethymnon, bridging the past and present in a way that will resonate in your heart.

Municipal Choir Parade

Witness the streets come alive with the Municipal Choir, children's choir, musicians, and carnivalists, reviving the beloved custom of Cretan serenade.

Night Parade

musicians, and carnivalists, dressed with old customs parting culminating in a live party.

Grand Parade

Don't miss the Grand Parade on March 17th, where thousands of carnivals and floats made from recycled materials will create a visual extravaganza that will stay etched in your memory.


Concluding the festivities with a bang, Shrove Monday on March 11th is set to captivate you with the traditional "Koulouma," featuring vegetarian delights. And, of course, be sure to look up to the sky on this day as kites take flight above the beach and countryside fields.

City of Rethymno

You are invited to travel to areas, which are perhaps still unknown to the majority, and which are sometimes remote, but always magical and magnificent throughout the seasons. We recommend our visitors to see our picturesque villages through the eyes of the soul, try the Cretan cuisine, our wine and “tsikoudia”, participate in our revelries and festivities, but most importantly get to know our soul, our hospitality, the safe, untouched interior of the region, the other Rethymno.
Rethymno Guide       visitgreece2
small map of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Department of Tourism
  tourism (@)
  +30 28310 21459
  +30 28310 21459
  21 El. Venizelou Str, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Keep in Touch