What’s On In Thessaloniki

Events, festivals, exhibitions and more to see in Greece's second city (regularly updated).


TIF Helexpo, August 29-September 1

Organized by SoulFood Thessaloniki and The Hoppy Pub, the Thessaloniki Beer Festival returns for the third year. The outdoor space of TIF Helexpo will be transformed into a huge beer garden, with 8 street food vendors (because what goes better with beer than street food?) and 40 participating breweries.

Tickets cost 10 euro. Buy yours, and check out the DJ lineup for the four days here (link in Greek).

154 Egnatia


Moni Lazariston & Earth Theater, June 27 & September 13

Greek rock band Pyx Lax, which enjoyed great success in Greece in the 90’s and early 00’s, will be getting back together for a tour this summer. The band is known as one of the greatest commercial successes to come out of the Greek music industry, and collaborated with international artists such as Sting.

Two shows will take place in Thessaloniki, first at the Moni Lazariston Festival in June, and at Earth Theatre in September.

Get your tickets here (link in Greek).

Moni Lazariston Festival: Kolokotroni 21, Stavroupoli

Earth Theater (Theatro Gis): Triandria


Museum of Byzantine Culture, to September 15

In 1914, the writer Nikos Kazantzakis visited Mount Athos with his friend the poet Angelos Sikelianos. Kazantzakis’ diary entries and notes from this legendary trip, impressions of the destination’s monastic atmosphere, as well as his interactions with the landscape and Byzantine writings, are just some of the journey’s aspects highlighted by the exhibition “Kazantzakis and Byzantium – A Quest for the Divine” at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki through September 15. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum.

Opening hours are from 8.30 16.00 daily. Admission costs 8 euros.

2 Stratou


Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, to September 15

As the title suggests, “Young Greek Photographers: 2010-2018” aims to showcase developments in contemporary photography by presenting the work of 32 diverse local artists aged up to 35 years old, exhibiting different trends, techniques and themes. Admission costs 2 euros. The exhibition at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography runs through September 15.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 to 19.00 and Fridays from 11.00 to 22.00.

Warehouse A, Port Complex


Venue to be announced, September 27-29

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for the Thessaloniki Street Mode Festival – an annual three day festival filled with music, street art, action sports and more. The festival celebrates “street culture”, developed in urban areas and is expressed through sports like parkour and skateboarding, arts such as breakdance and graffiti, and music such as hip hop, punk, and ska. Among other acts, Pussy Riot will perform for the first time ever in Greece.

Find more information here.


Kapandji Villa, to September 30

“Urban Secret Garden: A Reading,” on display at the National Bank Cultural Foundation’s Kapandji Villa, presents a fascinating portrait of the city by photographer and native Lia Nalbantidou. Starting in 2009, the artist began photographing both iconic and lesser-known locations in the city’s historic center, on the waterfront, in Ano Poli, the Ladadika district and other areas from midnight to dawn every day. In this show, Nalbantidou juxtaposes a selection of these shots against a selection of photographs from family albums dating from 1950 to 2008, highlighting the changing cityscape.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00. 

108 Vassilissis Olgas


Royal Theatre, October 21

Flemish Belgian composer Wim Mertens comes to Thessaloniki this October. The world-famous artist will perform pieces from his latest album, “That which is not”.

Get your tickets here (link in Greek).

White Tower Square


PAOK Sports Arena, October 27

Enrique Iglesias is coming to Thessaloniki for the first time this October, as part of his current concert tour “All the Hits Live”. Aside from his popular pop- and latin songs, the show promises to impress with plenty of special effects.

Tickets cost from 38 euros. get yours here.



Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, November 15 2018-November 15 2019

The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum’s new exhibition puts the spotlight on the reproduction of Greek art, by examining the materials, methods and objectives of the artists who created replicas of ancient masterpieces. The need for important works of art to be copied is as great today as it was in ancient times, and ancient Greek art has influenced trends throughout the ages. The exhibition is part of events marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Read more here.

6 Manoli Andronikou

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