January 1: Kalends
Ringing in the new year with masks, drunkenness, divination and obscene songs and dances.
January 5-6: Epiphany
Wine miracles and baptism.
January 9: Agonalia
Celebrates Orpheus’ destruction of the bees of Aristaios in punishment for his role in the death of Eurydike.
January 10-13: Lenaia
The priestesses of the winepress call Dionysos up from the underworld with their songs and dances. Originally celebrated in the Athenian lunar calendar, the dates of this festival will fall late January or early February.
February 7-9: Anthesteria
A feast of flowers, wine, sex and death. Originally celebrated in the Athenian lunar calendar, the dates of this festival will fall in late February or early March.
March 17: Liberalia
Phallic processions to bring fertility and protection to the fields; also honors the nymphs, nurses and companions of Dionysos.
April 12: Anthesphoria
Commemorates the abduction of Kore while gathering flowers and her transformation into Persephone, Queen of the Underworld.
May 2: Maiuma
Celebrates the union of Dionysos and Aphrodite with baptism and drunken revelry.
June 28-29: Arachneia
The transformation of Arachne into a spider is commemorated through dance.
July 3: Feast of the Dionysian Prophets
A time for ecstatic worship and divination.
July 8: Pannychis of Ariadne
An all-night vigil in honor of the apotheosis of Ariadne and the placement of her crown in the heavens. While not an Athenian festival, this holiday is still marked according to a lunar, rather than solar, calendar.
August 1: Feast of the Dionysian Kings
The triumphant procession of the New Dionysoi.
August 13: Hekatesia
A festival for Hekate.
September 9: Melinoeia
Commemorates the birth of Melinoë.
September 23: Praxidikaia
Sacrifices on behalf of the ancestors are made to the Erinyes and underworld powers.
October 7: Feast of the Dionysian Martyrs
All those who suffered for Dionysos are remembered.
October 8: Karneia
Apollo’s wolves chase the old man with the grapes.
October 20: Thiasplosion Day
A day to remember how major setbacks are the pruning necessary for a vine to thrive.
October 27: Katabasia
Commemorates Dionysos’ descent at Lerna to bring up Semele and the phallos as a pledge to the deceased.
November 4: Hermaia
Honors Hermes as guide of souls and lord of dream and magic.
November 24: Agrionia
A festival of wild revelry celebrating Melampos’ cure of the Proitides’ madness through dance.
December 8: Feast of the Dionysian Artists
Honors Dionysos as god of creative inspiration and all of those who have served him through their art.