An important day of religious pilgrimage, the Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated across Messinia (on the same day as the Catholic feast of the Assumption) with lively cultural events, local festivals and athletic meets. Every village holds a fair (panygiri) in honor of the Mother of God that lasts all day long.
The open-air bazaar with antiques and old items is held every summer in the Old Town of Kyparissia. It has been organized since 2005 by the Municipality of Kyparissia and local authorities and is considered to be the biggest cultural event of this beautiful seaside town. During the bazaar, there are wine tasting evenings to introduce visitors to the vineyards of Trifilia.