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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe


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 (February 22 in 2015)

February 23:  “Clean Monday” (Kathari Deftera, the first day of Lent in the Orthodox church; closures)

March 25:  Greek Independence Day (closures)

April 10–13:  Orthodox Good Friday through Easter Monday (week after Western Easter in 2015)

May 1:  Labor Day

June 1:  Orthodox Whit Monday (closures)

June 13–21:  Nafplio Festival (classical music)

June 20–28:  Miaoulia Festival (naval festival, fireworks; Hydra)

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:  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)