Throughout the summer you’ll find festivals of music, dance and theatre at venues across Greece, with many of the events taking place at atmospheric outdoor venues. Some, in the resorts and islands, are unashamedly aimed at drawing tourists, others more seriously artistic. The granddaddy of them all is the Athens and Epiduarus Festival (greekfestival.gr), which has been running every summer for over fifty years, incorporating everything from open-air performances of Classical drama in ancient theatres to jazz and contemporary art. Others include:

Dhimitría Cultural Festival, Thessaloníki

Sept–Nov dimitriathess.gr

Domus Festival, Náxos

July–early Sept naxosfestival.com

Ioánnina Folk Festival

July

Ippokrateia Festival, Kos

July

Iráklion Festival

July–Aug

Kalamáta Dance Festival

July kalamatadancefestival.gr

Kassándhra Festival, Halkidhikí

(held jointly in Síviri and Áfytos) July–Aug festivalkassandras.com

Lefkádha Arts and Folklore festivals

Aug lefkasculturalcenter.gr

Olympus Festival, Dhíon, Mt Olympus

July–Aug festivalolympou.gr

Pátra International Festival

July–Sept

Pátra Film Festival

Oct independent.gr

Philippi Festival, Thássos

July–Aug philippifestival.gr

Réthymnon Wine Festival

July rethymnowinefestival.gr

Sáni Jazz Festival, Halkidhikí

July–Aug sanifestival.gr

Sými Festival

July–Aug symifestival.com

Thessaloníki International Film Festival

Nov filmfestival.gr

Thíra Music Festival

Aug–Sept

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