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Greek Events & Festivals Calendar (Updated 2024)

In these pages you will find events, festivals, exhibitions , religious feasts and sports  around Greece, each of which is worth planning a trip around. The majority are held during the summer months in open-air spaces, ancient theatres or specially created installations at sites of particular historic and aesthetic interest and are part of the Greek culture.

December Events & Festivals in Greece

Religious Feasts Christmas Christmas (“Christouyenna” meaning “the birth of Christ” ), a time of joy and celebration, is one of the most important holidays for Greeks. On Christmas Eve, children traditionally sing Christmas carols known as “kalanta” from door to door in their neighborhood, armed with musical triangles and drums. This day also marks the beginning…

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November Events & Festivals in Greece

Cultural Events Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) The TIFF, the most important film festival in Greece  attracts world-class film-makers and film loversto an annual 11-day celebration every November in the northern city of Thessaloniki. Launched as a national film festival in 1960, the TIFF took its current international character in 1992, with the financial support of the…

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October Events & Festivals in Greece

National Holiday Ohi Day “Ohi Day”, meaning the Day of the No, is a national holiday celebrated on the October 28 each year in Greece, Cyprus, and by Greek communities worldwide, in honor of the negative answer of Greece’s Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas when  Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini  asked him to allow Italian troops to enter…

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September Events & Festivals in Greece

Trade Fairs 1. Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) Held every September, Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)  is one of the most significant institutions in the field of exhibitions and events in Southeastern Europe. Since its foundation in 1926, TIF is the most important event in the city annually, by means of economic development. It reflects the momentum and trends of…

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August Events & Festivals in Greece

Religious Feasts Dormition of the Virgin Mary On August 15, the Greek Orthodox church celebrates the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Theotokos). One of the most important holidays on the Greek calendar, Dekapentavgoustos (literally the 15th of August), commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek “koimisis”) or “falling-asleep” of the Mother of Jesus Christ and the…

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July Events & Festivals in Greece

Cultural Events 1. Athens Epidaurus Festival  Founded in 1955, the  world-famous Athens Epidaurus Festival is Greece’s leading cultural institution and one of Europe’s oldest arts festivals. Held annually from June to August, the festival, incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Showcasing the very best in performing arts from established and emerging Greek and…

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June Events & Festivals in Greece

Cultural Events 1. Athens Epidaurus Festival  Founded in 1955, the  world-famous Athens Epidaurus Festival is Greece’s leading cultural institution and one of Europe’s oldest arts festivals. Held annually from June to August, the festival, incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Showcasing the very best in performing arts from established and emerging Greek and…

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May Events & Festivals in Greece

Festivities International Labor Day (“Protomagia”) May 1 is International Labour Day and is one of the few non-religious public holidays in Greece. It is called “Protomagia” (literally meaning the first day of May) and people traditionally go to the countryside to appreciate nature, have picnicks and gather wildflowers which they then use to make a…

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April Events & Festivals in Greece

Religious Feasts Easter Easter (or Pascha) is the most sacred and important feast of the Greek Orthodox Church. It starts 7 weeks before Easter Sunday and comes to its peak the Holy Week (known as Megali Evdomada) when Services are held  at least once a day in churches all over Greece, from the islands to the mainland. During the Holy Week,…

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March Events & Festivals in Greece

Religious Feast Clean Monday Clean Monday (Kathari Deftera) is the first day of the 40-days Lent until the Orthodox Easter, the greatest religious celebration for Greece. It is a movable feast. Clean Monday also puts an end to the Carnival celebrations, sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. Liturgically, Clean Monday begins on the preceding Sunday night…

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