Athens in August is surprisingly peaceful, as Greeks leave the city in search of the cooler climate and refreshing sea breeze of the islands. However, for the international visitor, the city still offers a plethora of exciting events and activities to get involved in – and is undeniably the better for the lack of crowds!
So what to do in Athens during August?
Life Gallery Pool
Life Gallery athens hosts a number of events throughout the summer, from fitness and wellness to fine dining and cuisine. Ask at reception for details of what’s on during your stay, or simply put in your cocktail order at the Kool Life bar and head to the one an only glass wall pool for a day of pure relaxation!
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and true highlight of the Greek cultural calendar, with a legacy spanning over 60 years. Performances at the ancient Odeon Herodes Atticus are always a highlight, with a programme always featuring a number of classical Greek playwrights such as Sophocles and Aeschylus, as well as internationally renowned orchestras, modern musicians and grand opera productions.
Athens Open Air Films
Enjoy an atmospheric evening under the stars in the company of your favourite movie stars. This magical festival transforms some of the most beautiful public spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas, screening classics of the silver screen throughout the summer season. Venues include Plato’s Academy, the Cine Riviera in Exarchia, ‘To Treno stop Rouf’ railway carriage theatre, Technopolis, Gazi and, close to the northern suburbs, the Rematias Theatre in Chalandri. Be sure to take a warm jumper, as the evenings can get surprisingly cool!
August Full Moon
On the night of the August full moon, many museums around the city are free of charge and open until midnight. Usually, the Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum and Numismatic Museum take part in this annual celebration, with musical events often featured alongside the extended opening hours. Keep an eye on the social media accounts of your favourite museums to discover what they are planning this year.
On the 15th August Greeks celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, one of the most important national religious holidays after Easter and Christmas. Wander around any neighbourhood of the city and you’re sure to find a church or chapel with celebrations in full swing, with all the local community gathered round. The day is also one of the most popular name-days, with every Maria, Mary, Despina, Yiota, Panos, Panayioti and Panayiota celebrating their ‘second’ birthday!