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A Guide To Greece’s August Full Moon Festivities

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Updated: 9 February 2017
For millennia, the full moon has fascinated humans. Its celebration the world over since the dawn of time is proof of this statement. Greece, in particular during the August full moon, welcomes this enchanting natural phenomenon with an array of activities and events. In celebration of this year’s August full moon the Ministry of Culture has prepared a great number of dreamy happenings, running from August 17-21, and of course focusing on the glorious night of the 18th. Explore our selection of full moon events, for no matter where you are in this romantic country at that time, it will surely be a night to remember.

Mainland Greece


  • In downtown Athens, on Panepistimiou street, the Numismatic Museum, also known as the Iliou Melathron Mansion, will host singer Zoe Tiganouria and her quintet, which will play traditional Greek songs and melodies from the Mediterranean region.
  • At the Archaeological Museum, the night will take on a festive note, with a music and dance performance by the leading dancer and choreographer of the Ballet of Cuban State Television, Alejandro Ceballos in the museum’s patio at 8:30pm, accompanied by Nikos Xanthoulis. Furthermore, the museum’s archaeologists and Association of Licensed Tourist Guides will take the opportunity to share interesting stories on some of the museum’s most famous exhibits. Ceramics, sculptural and visual artworks will be exposed in the museum’s cafeteria as well as in the patio garden.

    Numismatic Museum of Athens | © Dimboukas/WikiCommons

    Numismatic Museum of Athens | © Dimboukas/WikiCommons

  • This year, the Acropolis Museum will celebrate the event over two nights. On Thursday 18, the famous band Penny & the Swingin ‘Cats will get the audience dancing in the museum’s courtyard, transporting them back to forgotten times with their neo-Swing sounds. From 8:00pm on, the entrance to the museum’s galleries will be free for all, and the museum will remain open until midnight, so you will get a chance to catch the latest exhibition Dodona. The Oracle of Sounds in a different kind of light. The museum’s restaurant, which will stay open for the occasion and has a large outdoor terrace with a stunning view of the Acropolis, is the ideal place to grab a bite to eat or something to drink while enjoying the tunes of a jazz trio.
  • On Friday 19, the Acropolis museum takes the night to a whole new level and invites harpist Thodoris Matoulas to perform on the restaurant’s terrace, accompanied by timeless jazz tunes in a dreamy atmosphere.

The ‪#AcropolisMuseum‬ celebrates International ‪#MuseumDay‬ on Wednesday 18 May 2016 with free entry for its visitors, as well as activities about the ‪#Parthenon‬ Sculptures and workshops about the relationship of ancient people with lions. #museumday2016 #ig_athens #greece Το Μουσείο Ακρόπολης γιορτάζει τη Διεθνή Ημέρα Μουσείων την Τετάρτη 18 Μαΐου 2016, με μοναδικές δράσεις για τα γλυπτά του Παρθενώνα και ειδικό αφιέρωμα στο λιοντάρι που γοήτευε τους αρχαίους με την αξιοθαύμαστη δύναμή του. Την ημέρα αυτή η είσοδος για τους επισκέπτες θα είναι ελεύθερη.

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  • If the idea of gazing at the moon while sipping on a refreshing cocktail sounds ideal to you, then head to Bios in the Gazi area and climb the staircase to on of the best rooftop bar. From 9:30pm, watch this unique spectacle from a comfy chaise longue and, should you arrive early, take advantage of their 6:00-9:00pm happy hour on all cocktails!

#goodnight 🔝👌🏻

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  • Greece’s second largest city and major cultural hub, Thessaloniki, is also celebrating, with a musical event at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, with Vasilis Lekkas serenading romantic ballads in the central courtyard of the museum at 9:00pm.
  • Also, the Roman Agora will stay open from 8:00pm until midnight, an ideal outdoor urban setting to enjoy the full moon.



  • If you are in the Kavala area in the northern part of Greece, make sure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Anaktoroupolis Neas Peramou, where a unique music performance will be held at 9:00pm.
  • In the ancient theater of Filippi – an archeological site of great importance during the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian periods – you can attend a choral and music performance starting at 9:00pm.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Kavala will stay open to the public from 7:00-10:00pm.



  • Cellist Konstantinos Boudounis and his sister, violinist Lydia Boudounis of String Demons will perform a wide-ranging repertory of classical, traditional, pop, ecclesiastic and even heavy-metal music at the Byzantine Culture Museum at 9:00pm.


  • Greek singer Melina Kana will be performing until midnight at the Archaeological site of Megalos Gardikios, while mezzo soprano Alexandra Gravas will be honoring the audience with her voice at a recital inside the Ioannina castle at 9:30 pm.


  • At the Roman conservatory of Nikopolis, the trio Incontro (soprano, piano and violin) will perform under the moonlight with songs from around the Mediterranean.


  • Stargazers and space lovers will have the opportunity to scan the skies with telescopes at the Archaeological Museum until midnight.



  • Visit the Archaic Temple of Apollo for a music performance by Lamia Bedioui and the Dessert Fish and let the music transport you to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, Italy and of course around Greece.





The Islands



  • The beautiful, sunny islands of Greece are also an ideal place to enjoy the August full moon. Chios will be hosting a photo exhibition about the transformation of the Ottoman School and the Castle of Chios, while the school itself will be open until 1:00am. Make sure you try the uniquely local mastiha drink while you’re there!



  • After a day at the beach you will be able to get your dose of art and culture – and of course the full moon – as the Archaeological Museums of Vathi, Pythagoreio and Iraio will all be open to the public until 11:30pm.


  • Rejoice, for if you haven’t yet visited the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes – or even if you have but want to enjoy its collections again – now is your chance! This impressive site will be open to the public for free until midnight on August 18, allowing the public to explore its permanent and temporary collections.



  • The magical open-air museum of Delos will definitely mesmerize you. Even more so if you see it at night and attend the Dimitris Finnis Children’s choir concert, organized by the municipality of Mykonos.



  • Get your poetry fix and listen to a stunning tribute to poet and writer Nikos Kavvadias by the Mythodia Choir at the Archaeological Museum of the island located in the Hora.


  • Greece’s largest island will also be celebrating the full moon with many events. In Chania, artist Anna Gioumbaki Xyrouhaki will present an art display titled The Color of the Moon until August 21 at the Archaeological Museum of Kisamos.
  • The show “Traveling on the Wings of Music” will be held at the archaeological site of Aptera, while at Rokkas, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki will be performing with a 85 musician-strong body from 9:00pm until midnight.
  • In Heraklion, a music night starts at 11:00pm at the archaeological museum, at Fort Koules renowned Cretan folk singer Loudovikos ton Anogion will sing traditional songs at 8:30pm, while the archaeological site of Tylisos will be filled with jazzy notes courtesy of Sol Voyage.


For more information on one of the many events happening around Greece during this romantic summer full moon, check out the full list here.