116+ Greek events for the August Full Moon, Hellas Greece.

Ancient marbles bathed in the silver light of the moon come alive once a year in Greece during the midsummer night’s full moon in August. Archaeological sites and museums around the country open their doors to the public free of charge, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a walk between the moonlit-drenched statues. The accompaniment of music sonatas, theater and dance events just makes the events all the more magical. So much so that you can almost feel the pleasure of the moon goddess Selene, who was depicted by the ancient Greeks as riding her horse side-saddled sprinkling her selas (light) across a twinkling sky.

The Ministry of Culture unveiled a series of events that run from August 17-21,culminating on August 18, the night of the full moon. More than 116 archaeological sites, monuments and museums around Greece will be open to the public from 17:00 until 24:00 free of charge. Scroll down for an event near you.

 

Events for the full moon night of August 18

EAST MACEDONIA-THRACE

KAVALA-THASOS
Archaeological Museum of Thasos
The museum will be open until 22:00 and the courtyard will be open until midnight.
KAVALA-THASOS
Archaeological Museum of Anaktoroupolis Neas Peramou
Music performance at 21:00
KAVALA-THASOS
Ancient Theater of Philippi
Choral and music presentation at 21:00.
KAVALA-THASOS
Archaeological Museum of Kavala
Open to the public from 19:00-22:00
DRAMA
Archaeological Museum of Drama
Open from 20:00-22:00
DRAMA
Archaeological Site of Kali Vrysi
A performance, titled «In the Light of the Moon».
DRAMA
Archaeological Site of the Acropolis of Platania
Event, titled «Full Moon at the Acropolis of Platania».
EVROS
Archaeological site of the Great Gods of Samothrace
Music event by the Saos Quartet, titled «Greek dances», works by Nikos Skalkotas in collaboration with the Municipality of Samothrace.
XANTHI
Archaeological site of Abdiron
A guided walk and night of poetry from 19:00-24:00.
CENTRAL MACEDONIA

THESSALONIKI
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
The ballads of Vassilis Lekkas under a starry night at the central courtyard of the museum makes for a romantic interlude at 21:00.
THESSALONIKI
Roman Agora of Thessaloniki
Open from 20:00-24:00
IMATHIA
Courtyard of the Royal Tomb of Aegis
Music from 21:00-24:00
IMATHIA
Courtyard of the Byzantine Museum of Veroia
Jazz concert with songs from musicals from 21:00-24:00.
IMATHIA
Ancient Theater of Miezas
Philharmonic of the Municipality of Naousa and Echoes group from 21:00-24:00.
PELLA
Ancient Site of Pella
Jazz trio at 21:00. The site is open from 21:00-24:00.
PELLA
Archaeological Site of Longou Edessa
Music event with the Jazz Quartet of Diego Rivera (tenor, saxophone). The event kicks off at 21:00. The site is open from 20:00-24:00.
PELLA
Old Metropolis of Edessa
Open from 21:00-23:00.
CHALKIDIKI AND AGHIO OROS
Ancient Stageira
Concert in collaboration with the Municipality of Aristoteli by the mixed choir of Arnaia. Presentations by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Stavros Xarhakos are to be performed. The site will be open from 08:00-24:00.
CHALKIDIKI
Byzantine Culture Museum
String Demons perform classical, traditional, heavy metal, and even pop, rembetika and ecclesiastic music that they have incorporated into their reportory. Byzantine hymns. Begins at 21:00.
SERRES
Archaeological Site of Amphipolis
Open from 08:00-22:00.
SERRES
Villa Rustica – Archaeological Site of Angista
Open event at the school. The site will be open to the public from 08:00-22:00.
PIERIA
Archaeological site of Kitrous – Ancient Pydna
A music event, titled «Moonlight at Pydna», kicks off at 21:00.
PIERIA
Ancient site of Livithron, Livithron Park
A music and theater event titled, «A window is a song», by the Law Association of Katerini and the Leptokarya Arts and Letters Foundation. Kicks off at 21:00.
PIERIA
Byzantine Church of Pydna Temple – Makrygialo Castle
The site will be open until 22:00.
PIERIA
Megaron Kitrous (Louloudies)
The site will be open until 22:00.
PIERIA
Heuzey Macedonian Tomb
The site will be open until 22:00.
PIERIA
Platamonas Castle
The site will be open until 22:00.
PIERIA
Petralona Cave
Free entry for the public from 20:00-23:00.
WEST MACEDONIA

KASTORIA
Tsiatsiapa Mansion at Apozari Kastoria
Music event by Blues Wire from 20:00-24:00.
GREVENA
Old School of TK Spilaio (in the ancient fort)
S. Dimaki speech, titled «Archaeological Palimpsest of the Cave from the Prehistoric to the Roman Period», at 20:30, followed by speech on Byzantine and Post-Byzantine antiquities at the cave at 21:00 and music from 21:30-22:30.
KOZANI
Archaeological Museum of Aiani
Black-and-white photo display and art events. Music at the courtyard  from 21:00-24:00
EPIRUS

ARTA
Archaeological Museum of Arta
Sky observation using telescopes. The area will be open from 08:00-24:00.
THESPROTIA
Archaeological site of Elea
Music event co-orgainzed by the Municipality of Souli. From 20:00-24:00.
THESPROTIA
Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa
The museum will be open from 20:00-23:00.
IOANNINA
Archaeological site of Dodoni
The site will be open from 20:00-24:00.
IOANNINA
Archaeological site of Megalos Gardikios
Concert by Greek singer Melina Kana, from 20:00-24:00.
IOANNINA
Castle of Ioannina – Acropolis of Its Kale
Recital by mezzo soprano Alexandra Grava. From 21:30-23:30
PREVEZA
Roman Conservatory of Nikopolis
Music in the light of the moon by the Trio Incontro (soprano, piano and violin). The program is titled «Melodia Sentimental» and includes songs from around the Mediterranean.
 THESSALY

KARDITSA
Temple of Apollo
Music event by Lamia Bedioui and the Dessert Fish. Songs from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, Italy and Greece with an ethnic twist. From 20:00-24:00.
KARDITSA
Lighthouse (Fanariou) Castle
Music event by the group «Local Escapes» that is co-organized by the Municipality of Mouzakiou.
LARISA
Byzantine Castle of Velikas
Music event and one-act plays from 20:00-24:00.
LARISA
Ancient Theater of Larisa
Site open to the public from 20:00-24:00
LARISA
Theopetras Cave
Free entry to the cave for the public from 20:00-24:00.
MAGNESIA
Archaeological site of Fthiotidon Thebes Nea Anhialou
Music night with singer Errika Patrikiou and pianist Elias Hatzoglou. Kicks off at 21:00.
TRIKALA
Byzantine Castle
Music event titled, «My Shiny Moonlight», dedicated to Yiannis Spanos and Mimis Plessas. Open from 20:00-24:00.
 IONIAN ISLANDS

ZAKYNTHOS
Domeneginis Castle, Argasi
Photo exhibition and music event at 20:00
CORFU
Old Fort of Corfu, «Versiadas»
Matzaros Philharmonic at 21:00
WESTERN GREECE

AITOLOKARNANIA

LEFKADA
Plevronas Archaeological Site
Theater presentation from 21:00-24:00.
ACHAIA
Patras Archaeological Museum
Open from 20:00-24:00.
ACHAIA
Archaeological site of Rio Fort
Music events with Greek and foreign songs inspired by the moon.
ACHAIA
Castle of Patras
Open from 20:00-24:00.
ILIAS
Outdoor Museum of Olympia
String concert dedicated to Greek composers. Begins at 21:00.
ILIAS
Ancient Site of Olympia
Open from 21:00-01:00.
ILIAS
Archaeological Site of the Hlemoutsi Castle – outside
Music meeting of the mixed choir from around the region begins at 21:00
ILIAS
Archaeological Site of the Hlemoutsi Castle
Open from 20:30-00:30.
STEREA ELLADA

FTHIOTIDA

EVRYTANIA
Castle-Archaeological Museum of Lamia
Music with saxophone and a tour of the venue from 20:00-24:00.
FTHIOTIDA

EVRYTANIA
Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida and Ipati
Music with a tour of the museum from 20:00-24:00.
FTHIOTIDA

EVRYTANIA
Archaeological Museum of Atalanti
Music night and a tour of the site from 20:00-24:00.
FTHIOTIDA

EVRYTANIA
Archaeological Site of Proerna-Neo Monastiri
Renowned Greek singer Glykeria sings works by Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis from 20:00-24:00.
EVIA
Karababa Castle, Halkida
Photo display inspired by the moon from 21:00-02:00.
VIOTIA
Municipal Square across from the Lion of Heronia statue
Concert with Greek music by Rita Antonopoulou at 21:00. The Archaeological Museum of Heronia will be open from 20:00-24:00.
VIOTIA
Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum of Thebes
Music event with Nona Voudouri and the women’s choir of the region at 21:00. The museum will be open until 22:00.
VIOTIA
Park across from the Archaeological site of Orhomenos
Music event begins at 20:00, however the site will be open from 19:00-22:00.
FOKIDA
Archaeological Museum of Delphi
Sculpture exhibition by Athina and Aphrodite Liti at 19:00.
ATTICA

The Acropolis Museum will also be celebrating the Full Moon with the «Swingin’ Cats» to carry audiences away with their crazy swing and rock ‘n’ roll melodies. Admission will be free and the museum will be open until midnight.

NOTE: The Acropolis is sorely missing from the list because the surface is too slippery and unsafe for night visits in low light situations – that’s the official reason they’re giving us.
EAST ATTICA
Archaeological site and Museum of Vravrona
Guided tour of the site from 19:00-20:30. Jazz music from 21:00-23:00.
EAST ATTICA
Archaeological Site of Sounion, Temple of Poseidon
Open from 20:00-24:00.
CITY CENTER
Numismatic Museum – Iliou Melathron Mansion
Zoe Tiganouria concert with traditional music from around Greece, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean at the cafe of the museum from 20:00-24:00. The museum will be open until 20:00.
CITY CENTER
National Archaeological Museum
Music and dance presentation by the Ballet of Cuban State Television, Alejandro Ceballos. Guided tours around the museum and a display of artworks.
POROS
Archaeological site of Poseidon at Kalavreia and Poros
Piano recital from 20:00-24:00.
AEGINA
Ancient site of Afaia Aigina
Music events titled «Temple» of 45 minutes duration each. The site will be open from 21:00-24:00
KYTHIRA
Castle of Kythira
Open from 21:00-24:00
ELEFSINA
Archaeological site of Elefsina
Concert by Sonia Theodoridou in the framework of Aeschylus festival. Open from 20:30-23:30.
PELOPONNESE

LACONIA
Acropolis of Ancient Sparta
Music event, whereas site to be open to the public from 08:00-24:00.
MESSINIA
Nestoras Palace
Music night by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Mynicipality of Pylos at the courtyard of the Palace of Nestor. Open to the public until 24:00.
MESSINIA
Castle of Kalamata
Open from 20:00-24:00.
ARCADIA
Ancient Theater of Mantinia
Music of Greek and foreign composers, titled «In the Light of the Moon». The venue will be open to the public until 24:00.
ARCADIA
Castle of Astros
Music event, titled «Swinging Under the Stars», is a journey through operettas and musicals. Art display focused on the medieval castle in 1256. The castle will be open until sunset.
PYLOS
Pasas Building of the Fort of Pylos
Open from 20:00-24:00.
PYLOS
Makrygianni Building of the Fort of Pylos
Open from 20:00-24:00
NORTH  AEGEAN

LESVOS
Upper Castle of Mytilene
Music event features classical opera in the moonlight, from 20:00-01:00.
LESVOS
Castle of Myrina Limnou
Music night in collaboration with the Municipality of Limnos and the Dimitris Mavrakis group. Photo display of the night sky from 20:00-01:00.
CHIOS
Archaeological site of Emboriou
The site will be open from 20:00-01:00
CHIOS
Byzantine Museum of Chios
The site will be open from 21:00-01:00.
CHIOS
Ottoman School and Castle of Chios
Photo display, titled «The School of the Caste: The Transformation of a Building Over the Years». Open from 20:00-01:00.
SAMOS
Archaeological Museum of Vathi
The museum will be open from 20:30-23:30.
SAMOS
Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio
The museum will be open from 20:30-23:30.
SAMOS
Archaeological site of Iraio
The site will be open from 20:30-23:30.
IKARIA
Archaeological Museum of Aghios Kirykos
The museum will be open from 20:30-23:30.
DODECANESE

PATMOS
Nikolaidis Mansion
Open from 20:00-24:00.
RHODES
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
Open from 20:00-24:00.
KOS
Roman House – Casa Romana
Open from 20:00-24:00.
DELOS
Archaeological site of Delos
Children’s choir of «Dimitris Finis» in collaboration with the Municipality of Mykonos.
NAXOS
Ygria Naxos
Music, dance and theater from 21:00-23:30.
PAROS
Archaeological Museum of Paros
Poetry tribute to Nikos Kavvadias by the Mythodia Choir. Open from 20:00-24:00.
CRETE

HERAKLION
Archaeological Museum of Herakleion
Music nights. Events to take place from 21:00-23:00.
CHANIA
Archaeological Museum of Kisamos
Art display by Anna Gioumbaki Xyrouhaki, titled the color of the moon from August 13-21.
CHANIA
Archaeological Site of Aptera (Aloni)
Traveling on the wings of music from 21:00-24:00.
CHANIA
Archaeological Site of Rokkas
State Orchestra of Thessaloniki performs with 85 musicians from 21:00-24:00.
HERAKLION
Venetian fort of Rocca a mare
Concert by Cretan traditional singer Loudovikos ton Anogion at the fort at 20:30.
HERAKLION
Archaeological site of Malia
Music event by the choir of Malia. The site will be open from 21:00 onwards.
HERAKLION
Archaeological site of Gortyna
Music event titled, «Singing with Melina», features works by well-known Greek composers that wrote music scores sung by Melina Mercouri. The site is open from 20:00 until the end of the event.
HERAKLION
Archaeological site of Phaestos
Open from 20:00-23:00.
HERAKLION
Archaeological site of Tylisos
Jazz music by Sol Voyage. The Archaeological site will be open from 21:00 until the end of the event.
RETHYMNO
Kalo Horafi, Mylopotamos
Guided tour from 19:00-20:00 followed by music.
ANOGIO
Cave of Idaiou Androu
Poetry, music, theater and other events begin at 20:00.

 

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