San Cataldo was once the land of festivals, only some of which have survived and adapted to modern times, that not even the order of the diocesan bishop could restrict. The festivals were originated and maintained a corporate emulation.
- 1 January: Baby Jesus.
The statue of the Infant Jesus, of 80 cm, is in the church of the Oratory of the Blessed Sacrament. Holding in an arm, is the "cucciddatu" or "bucciddatu", the classic Christmas cake, stuffed with jam and figs, finely crafted and decorated, from the shape of a large fringed ring. After the evening mass of 1st January, the eighteenth-century statue comes from the mother church, accompanied by the clergy, the brotherhoods, and also by the band of bagpipes, tambourines and small circles leads a procession "of the saints” and arrives in front of the convent of the fathers Mercedarians, the Child imparts blessings to those present, turning on itself thanks to a special pin on the fercolo. The same happens in the Cathedral square, where the procession reaches its conclusion, even there the Child rotates on itself by giving the blessing, this time extended to the entire city.
- March 19: St. Joseph.
It was once magnificent and celebrated with great solemnity. Currently it is preceded by a triduum and on March 19, after the celebration of Holy Mass in the church dedicated to St. Joseph, the statue of the saint is carried in procession through the main streets of the city.
- May 10: San Cataldo.
The cult of San Cataldo is very old. Before the foundation of thetown there was a district and a church in the barony of Fiumesalato who took that name. The patron saint is celebrated on two dates and that is the last Sunday of May and the Sunday after March 8, the day when we commemorate the birth of the saint. At the latter event, called "San Catallu faviani of them, even in the nineteenth century the procession took place in the morning, while in the first decades of the next century the festival celebrating took place only in the church. The other, since 1980, is celebrated on May 10th in memory of the discovery of the body of the saint that took place in the city of Taranto. The festival begins on 10 May with the Triduum (preparation 3 days before the party) and the first solemn vespers on May 9 that correspond with the anniversary of dedication of the mother church. On the morning of May 10, the city was awakened by gunfire announcing the festival, and the mother church with a series of Masses, until that solemn afternoon, chaired by the archpriest and concelebrated by all priests of the city, and to follow there is the solemn procession through the main streets and to which participating municipal authorities, military and civilian.
- May 21, Mother's Donut
There is the "Feast of the donut and local products", in the rural setting of the village Santa Rita. Visitors can enjoy bagels, cold meats, cheeses, olive oil, wine, vegetables and honey. In the village it is also organized an exhibition-market of typical products of the Sicilian hinterland. To animate the day there will be concerts and folklore shows.
- Fourth Sunday of Easter: Crucifix father Pirrelli.
In 1856 Pope Pius IX granted a plenary indulgence to the Crucifix of this priest. Returning to the festival, on Sunday morning, to the sound of the band, the commission responsible for the organization of the festival, goes around the country to gather with horses harnessed to party, monetary donations and wheat; then, in procession, through the entire main course, it reaches the parish of Santo Stefano which houses the crucifix and rests the body of father Pirrelli. This is where the blessing of children and the bread, which is distributed in the same church in the early afternoon, with a pilgrimage (which formerly took place barefoot). The afternoon vespers anticipate commissioning after which, the crucifix is carried in procession through the streets of the old town.
- August 15: Assumption.
The festival is organized by former Capuchin monastery. The procession took place with the urn of the sleeping Virgin, in 1957, for the processional route, he was replaced with a wooden statue. The origins of this festival are placed around the middle of the eighteenth century. - September 8: Girl Madonna.In ancient times it was celebrated with great solemnity. It was the feast of children and pregnant women, which - on the occasion of this feast were in the mother church for the blessing before the birth. The party was re-established on 8 September 2009 by the archpriest Don Biagio Biancheri. On this day, the small statue of the Virgin Mary wrapped in swaddling clothes, after commissioning is carried in procession with a choir of children and pregnant women.
- First Sunday of September: The Madonna delle Grazie.
In the past it was celebrated on July 2; then, in an unspecified period, the date is shifted to the first Sunday in September. It is organized by the parish of Our Lady of Grace (monastery Mercedari). On the celebration day, the statue of the Virgin Mary (restored in 2006),is carried in procession, and later in the courtyard next to the parish. Mass is celebrated outdoors.
- Second Sunday of October: Holy Cross.
The highlight is the procession through the "streets of the saints" (that is, the traditional route of the processions). On this day, has staged an exhibition called "fera ranni", that until the first half of the twentieth century was staged in "Piano Madrice"; always in the twentieth century, the fair find hospitality in Via Garibaldi, Via Umberto and Via Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Sicilia. The importance of the fair, in addition to the associative function, resided in providing for the purchase of goods hardly the site.
- December 8: Immaculate.
In 1689 Vincenzo Galletti, wife and son, commissioned a beautiful polychrome wooden statue representing the Immaculate which was donated to the church mMadre, with the "clause" that of continuation of eight days (the Octave of the Immaculate Conception), in the convent of Mercedarians, for then to return to the mother church. Today is this promise and the procession is accompanied by the brotherhoods. Currently the statue is placed on the high altar of the Madrice (originally dwelt in the right transept). This festival inaugurates the Christmas period, characterized by the Christmas novena, chants, and the sound of the band that, in front of newsstands festooned with garlands entwined with laurel and adorned with fruit, oranges, mandarins, myrtle and loquats.