Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Greece

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Greece.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Greece. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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April 29–May 2:  Orthodox Good Friday through Easter Monday

May 1:  Labor Day

June 20:  Orthodox Whit Monday (closures)

Mid-June (2 weeks):  Nafplio Festival (classical music)

Late June (9 days):  Miaoulia Festival, Hydra (naval festival, fireworks)

June–August:  Athens & Epidavros Festival (music, opera, dance, and theater at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis in Athens; drama and music at the Theater of Epidavros)

July–August:  Ancient Olympia International Festival (music, dance, and theater at the site of the ancient Olympics)

August 15:  Assumption (closures)

Late September (2 weeks):  Athens International Film Festival

October 28:  Ohi Day (anniversary of the "No" that Greece said to Mussolini's demands for allowing occupation — and of Greece's entry into World War II; closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

December 26:  Second Day of Christmas (closures)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

Mid-January–March:  Carnival season (Apokreo), famous in Patra; peaks on the last Sunday before Lent (Feburary 26 in 2017)

February 27:  "Clean Monday" (Kathari Deftera, the first day of Lent in the Orthodox church; closures)

March 25:  Greek Independence Day (closures)

April 14–17:  Orthodox Good Friday through Easter Monday (same as Western Easter in 2017)

May 1:  Labor Day

June 5:  Orthodox Whit Monday (closures)