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What's On In Athens In October
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What's On In Athens In October

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Updated: 7 October 2016
September has arrived and like everyone else, you are probably trying to get your groove back and settle into your usual routine. Don’t feel bad that summer is over because the month of October still offers plenty of things to do and see. From art exhibitions to music performances and other cultural happenings, here is The Culture Trip’s selection for things to do in Athens.


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Dungeons & Dragons | © River Siren/Flickr / Wine bottles | © Pixabay / Body, Mind, Emotions, Spirit | © Pixabay / Dinner in the sky | © Melinda Seckington/Flickr

EVENT | Live A Night Of Fantasy At ΦantastiCon 2016

📅 October 1st-2nd; 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

Geek it out at the FantastiCon. After a successful first edition, the Greek Fantasy Society is back! There will be an award ceremony for the writing contest ΦantasticWords 2016 and the digital art contest, plus there will be a Dungeons and Dragon Tournament. Admission is free of charge.

📍 Hellenic American Union


EVENT | Taste The Nectar Of The Gods At Cellier Wine Fair

📅 October 2nd; 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

Dionysus would be green with envy. Come discover and enjoy some of the best selections of wines and spirits at the Cellier Wine Fair at the Hilton hotel. Savor top wines, cocktails, and other delicacies, meet producers from Greece and abroad, test your knowledge of wines and get a chance to score some unique Cellier wines. Tickets are five euros.

📍 Hilton Athens


EVENT | Learn To Have Healthy Relationships With Yourself And Others

📅 October 4th-10th

The Mind Body and Spirit Fest, hosted by Deree – The American College of Greece Health & Wellness Center, aims to focus on the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. This year’s theme is relationships and will focus on how to have healthy relationships not only with others but also, most importantly, with yourself.

📍 Deree – The Amercian College of Greece


EVENT | Dine Under The Stars

📅 Until October 5th

This is your last chance to live the ultimate dining experience. Dinner in the Sky is a team of creative chefs preparing a culinary event where you get to enjoy a dinner in the center of Athens 50 meters off the ground. The five-course dinner is set at 120 euros.

For more information, call +30 210 346 1589.

📍 Technopolis


MUSIC | Spend A Night Of Wonder With The Music Ambassadors Of Austria

📅 October 8th at 8:30 PM

Enjoy world-famous waltzes and polkas composed for the ensemble by the father and sons of the Strauss dynasty, performed by the world-famous Austrian orchestra at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater. Tickets are available here.

📍 Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater



MUSIC | Jam It Out At The Girls Names Performance

📅 October 10th at 8:30 PM

Post-punk UK band Girls Names will be performing in iconic Psirri for one night. They will introduce songs off their new album along with performing hits from their entire career.

📍 Death Disco


WORKSHOP | Master The Art Of French Pastry Techniques

📅 October 11th-13th at 4:00 PM

If you have a passion for baking, this is the workshop for you. French chef Emmanuel Hamon will teach techniques on how to bake scrumptious desserts such as a banana caramel and tonka religieuse, an apricot and lavender éclair, or even a jiao tart and more.

For more information, check the website.

📍 IEK Praxis Athens


WORKSHOP | Improve Your Writing Skills At The Britsh Council Writing Workshop

📅 October 12th

Take part in the Creative Writing Programme organized by the British Council in collaboration with Kingston Writing School. Comprising fiction and poetry writing, the program will feature moderators Panagiotis Ioannidis and Vangelis Provias. To secure your spot, register before October 12th.

For more info, check the website.

📍 British Council Greece


MUSIC | Bang Your Heads At The Simplefast Concert

📅 October 14th at 7:00 PM

Metal fans unite! Athens-bred Simplefast will be performing at Bums, in Exarcheia, on October 14th. The band will be performing songs off their new album as well as some of their best hits. If you can’t make it, then just know that they will be performing on the 16th as well.

📍 Bums


EXHIBITION | Reflect On A World Of Inequalities Through Photography

📅 Until October 15th

Presented in conjunction with the Greek Centre of Photography, the exhibition 1%: Privileges in a world of social inequalities is a photography exhibition hosted at the Athens International Airport. The event focuses on the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor around the world through snapshots of famous photographers. It may also inspire you for your next escapade.

📍 Athens International Airport (Entrance 1/Showroom ‘Art & Culture’)


DANCE | Watch A Live Performance Of The Bolshoi Ballet Moscow At The Megaron

📅 October 16th at 6:00 PM

The Bolshoi Ballet Moscow will be performing The Golden Age at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, but you get to experience it as if you were there thanks to this live broadcast. Marvel at the technique of the dancers and fill your heart and head with emotions with this work by Dmitry Shostakovich.

📍 Megaron Music Hall



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EVENT | Get Nerdy At The International Science Film Festival

📅 October 17th-23rd

Featuring documentaries covering various scientific subjects, the festival hosted by the National Hellenic Research Foundation includes side events, such as lectures, screenings, and exhibitions on contemporary issues like climate change. Admission is free.

📍 National Hellenic Research Foundation


THEATER | Watch An Invisible Circus At The Pallas Theater

📅 October 20th-23rd

Enjoy a night of surrealist acrobatics, humor, and aesthetic with dancer-acrobat Victoria Chaplin and clown-magician Jean-Baptiste Thierré. It’s a night that spectators of all ages will surely find inspiring and mesmerizing. Tickets are available for pre-sale at the theater or online.

📍 Pallas Theater


PERFORMANCE | Come Relive One Of The Best Romantic Stories Of Our Time

📅 October 19th-21st

The Armonia Atenea-The Friends of Music Orchestra and a troupe of singers and actors present a production of a classic musical, West Side Story. Following the Romeo and Juliet narrative, West Side Story shifts the action to a modern setting with music from Leonard Bernstein. The musical quickly gained popularity on its premiere night in 1957 and comes to Athens for five dates this fall. Enjoy at your own risk.

📍 Megaron Music Hall


EVENT | Get Political At The Eurocities Social Affairs Forum

📅 October 17th-19th at 9:00 AM

EUROCITIES organizes a Social Affairs Forum and Integrating Cities conference to allow city authorities to present the challenges and opportunities arising from the arrival of refugees. The aim is to engage them with European institutions and one another for creating joint, feasible solutions to the challenges ahead. The event features a series of debates, presentations, and workshops.

📍 Technopolis


EVENT | Take Part In An Extraordinary Greek Heritage Experience

📅 October 18th at 10:30 AM

Interact and discover one of the most beautiful private residences in Central Athens. The Agiorgiti Residence, dating from 1930, is one of the most stunning historical houses in Greece. Opened to the public periodically throughout the year, the Agiorgiti Residence is simply better than a museum. Discover the house’s artifact collections and the stunning architectural details in a unique visit. Tickets are set at 30 euros.

📍 Agiorgiti Residence



MUSIC | Smile While Listening To Some Hip-Hop Tunes

📅 October 28th-30th

With the objective of making everyone smile, the Hip Hop Smile Festival is back for its 5th edition. Besides the various hip-hop acts, the festival has the mission to not only promote volunteering but also the rising hip-hop artists in the city. The proceeds will be donated to the NGO The Smile of a Child. More info can be found here.

📍 Technopolis


PHOTOGRAPHY | Discover Another Side From Another Europe

📅 From September 29th until November 20th

The ongoing photographic exhibition of Images of another Europe by Constantinos Pittas features a variety of photos of the Old continent. Spanning from 1985 to 1989, from Lisbon to Krakow, from the East to the West, you get to enjoy and discover an often forgotten aspect of Europe. Pittas’ collection stops on the day the Berlin Wall went down. It’s an intense photo series you should see.

📍 Benaki Museum


MUSIC | Prolong The Summer Mood At The Smash Music Festival

📅 October 28th until December 9th

The Smash Festival is returning with new dates after the cancellation of the event in September. Featuring local and international artists such as Mahom, Osaka, Mahmut Ohman, and the Herbaliser, Smash is sure to become an unmissable event on the Athenian music scene.

📍 Architektoniki Gazi


EXHIBITION | Explore The Chaotic Aspect of Memories At A.Antonopoulou Gallery

📅 Until October 29th

Yiannis Boutaris‘ collection is presented at the a.antonopoulou gallery. This impressive collection features portraits of eminent Greek personalities, animal sculptures, Matryoshka dolls, and even original teapots. More than just an exhibition of kitsch items, the artifacts are presented in the vein of an art installation to spark a reflection on the falseness of kitsch and on the art of collecting items.

📍 A.Antonopoulou Gallery


MUSIC | Delight At The Acropolis Museum Harp Melodies Program

📅 October 31st from 1:00-4:00 PM

The Acropolis Museum is worth a visit for any classic art lover, but its restaurant is well worth it as well. The Harp Melodies program has been going on for a while now, but this is your last chance to enjoy it. Since June 6th, the museum’s restaurant has been filled with harp melodies by Thodoris Matoulas every Monday to Thursday. Have a nice lunch while enjoying stunning music by one of the best harpists in Greece.

📍 Acropolis Museum