September Events & Festivals in Greece

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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 domestic and international entrepreneurship bus also hosts and organizes several entertainment events for all ages. TIF attracts major political attention and it is customary for the Prime Minister of Greece to outline his administration’s policies for the next year.

For more info visit Thessaloniki International Fair

Thessaloniki International Fair (Credit: Helexpo)

2. Aegina Fistiki Fest

Created in 2008 by a group of people with vision and enthusiasm Aegina Fistiki Fest (pistachio festival) is a major trade fair held annually in mid-September in the Saronic Gulf. With the aim to promote and support the cultivation of the  the island’s famous Protected Designation of Origin pistachio nut,  internationally as the “Aegina Pistachio”, the Festival lures foodies, musicians and artists. Parallel events are also organised: concerts, painting exhibitions, theatrical performances, gastronomic evenings, creative workshops.

For more info visit Aegina Fistiki Fest


1. Armata Festival Spetses

Organized in the second week of September, Armata is the most important festival of Spetses. The celebrations honor the Panaghia Armata (‘Virgin Mary of the ‘Armata’) and the great Naval Battle of Spetses, which took place on September 8, 1822. On that day, the naval forces of Spetses, led by Spetsiote Captain Kosmas Barbatsis, set fire to and destroyed the Ottoman flagship in the strait between Spetses and Kosta. This battle was one of the highlights of the Greek Revolution of 1821. The Festival is a series of weekly artistic events, such as traditional dances, theatrical performances, various exhibitions and religious events culminating in the representation of the burning effigy of the Ottoman flagship. An impressive firework show closes in a big manner the festive week.

For more information visit Spetses Municipality

2. Athens International Film Festival

Launched in September 1995 and continuing successfully until now, the Athens International Film Festival is highlighting lesser-known aspects/genres of independent cinema, introducing audiences to some of the best productions of the year and establishing itself as the ideal opening of the upcoming movie season. The festival spreads across the city, with cinemas and venues like the Piraeus Municipal Theatre and the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron). It was founded by founded by the Athens Film Society (a Non-Profit Organisation).

For more info visit Athens International Film Festival

3. Animasyros International Animation Festival

Launched in 2008 in the island of Syros, the capital of the Cyclades complex, Animasyros is the largest festival of its kind in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. The Festival is organized into three main pillars, the artistic programme, the educational programmes and the Agora section, while there are also parallel activities, such as exhibitions, concerts and parties.

For more info visit Animasyros International Animation Festival