Heraklion Town also has hundreds of bars and clubs which are packed at night with young people who dance and party till close to sunup. Hersonissos nightlife venues consist of an abundance of bars and clubs by the seaside, which are also very popular with the younger crowd. Most visitors who enjoy stimulating nightlife alternate between Heraklion Town and Hersonissos, Crete.
If you want to experience the traditional side of Heraklion, you can take part in the Cretan festivals and fairs. Heraklion events are many in number and are held throughout the year, although the most popular are held in the summer. In Heraklion Town, you can attend the town's festival at the Koules Castle and the Kazantzakis Garden Theater, with art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical plays and dance performances, and the Agios Titos Fair on August 25. Archanes, Crete hosts the Wine Festival between August 10-15, as well as a variety of cultural events throughout the summer months. Arkalochori and Moires hold large Mardi-Gras Festivals, while Mochos hosts the popular Fair of Our Lady on August 15. The Celebration of the Expatriate takes place in Kasteli from 4-6 of August and includes a wide array of traditional Cretan celebratory events.