Summer in the city: Free events to join in June

Music is the ultimate excuse to bring people together in Greece during the month of June.

As Europe celebrates the day of music on June 21, Athens and many other areas around Greece are hosting free music festivals as well as art exhibitions, performances, family and sport events.

Whether you’re into classical or hip-hop music, or would rather just play some football, there’s something for everyone!

We’ve highlighted some of these events for you in Athens, Elefsina, Thessaloniki, Larissa and a couple of the islands. To look up more events near you, check out the European Music Day in Greece Facebook Page and the program on the website.

Have fun!

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In Athens

📆 Thursday June 21, 2018

Music

🎷 🎶 Music therapy workshops for kids and adults, Greek Rebetiko, Camerata Junior, National Athens Orchestra music concert, music documentary screening
📍 Athens Concert Hall
⏰ 5 p.m. at the Library
⏰ 8 p.m. at the Garden

🎷 🎶 Music concerts and events by the bands and artists: Cue 'n Loop & Emmanuel, George Michas, InDaMouse, Road Duck, Rollit, Saniter & Theremin, St.M., Wosui
📍 Plateia Avissinias, Monastiraki
⏰ 5 p.m.

🎷 🎶 Jazz and swing music
📍 Athenaeum, Thisio
⏰ 8:30 p.m.

🎷 🎶 Symphonic Orchestra concert by the Greek National Television Orchestra
📍 Odeon of Herodes Atticus
⏰ 9 p.m.

🎷 🎶 A choral symphony by the Municipality of Athens Orchestra and Choir
📍 Zapeion, Athens
⏰ 9 p.m.

For children

🎷 🎶 The Dragon and the Sea, a play by the Paperdollwise Group
📍 National Garden of Athens, next to the playground
⏰ 7 p.m.

Dance

💃🎶 Crossing Bodies, Crossing Minds: dance performances and open studio
📍 National School of Orchestral Art
⏰ From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free entrance; need to reserve a place by calling 210 33 92 388, daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info and schedule for other free events here.

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📆 Friday June 22, 2018

🎷 🎶 Drum and guitar seminars and live concerts: afrobeat, jazz, funk, soul, blues, pop
📍 Youth Center Connect Athens in Kato Patisia
⏰ 7 p.m.

🎷 🎶 Instrumental hip-hop by AndyFellaz and DJ set by Billa Qause
📍 Super Fly cafe in Pagrati
⏰ 9 p.m.

📆 Saturday June 23, 2018

🎷 🎶 Traditional Greek custom of Klidonas to celebrate the summer equinox with traditional music, dances around fires, poetry improvisations and fortune telling customs of the past
📍 Plateia Koumoundourou
📍 Plateia Kipselis
⏰ 8 p.m.

🎷 🎶 Concert by Musica, the Friends of Music Society Choir
📍 National Garden of Athens, at the square that is called “Asteri”
⏰ 7:30 p.m.

For children

🎷 🎶 Interactive Claude Monet: an educational workshop for kids ages 7-11
📍 National Garden of Athens, next to the round kiosk
⏰ From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

📆 Sunday June 24, 2018

🎷 🎶 Nu-funk, Balearic, disco, house, electro by Dekmantel Soundsystem, NTEIBINT, Chevy και Pan
📍 Six D.O.G.S
⏰ 5 p.m.

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Other events

💃 Blind Date: Street tango in an interactive performance between people who can see and those who cannot
📍Alexandras Square
⏰ 26 June at 8 p.m.
⏰ 28 June at 8 p.m.

🎨 Art exhibitions

🎨 Magical pictures and unusual stories: The illustration of children’s books in Iran
📍 Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Exhibition Area - 1st & 2nd floor
📆 From June 23 until July 4
⏰ Every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

📷 Greetings from Phitopia, Vietnam 2016 - Athens 2018: photography, taste and art exhibition to experience all the senses
📍 Papadalup Coffee & Bar, Koukaki, Athens
📆 From June 21 until July 5

📹 Guilty Landscapes: Video art installation by the Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven
📍 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
📆 From June 26 until July 1
⏰ Opens at 2 p.m.

📷 Athens Twice Seen: Athens images of yesterday and today
📍 Hellenic American Union, Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery
📆 From June 14 until July 7 2018
⏰ Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In other areas of Greece

Elefsina

🎷 🎶 Various events, including classical music, alternative stage, pop-rock, jazz, ethnic music
📆 From Thursday June 21 until Sunday June 24
📍 Elefsina's Archaeological site
📍 Plateia Agiou Georgiou
📍 Palaio Eleourgio and other spots in the city of Elefsina
⏰ Every day at 8:21 p.m.

Thessaloniki

⚽ Football For All Tournament, organized by Aniko and Refugee Trauma Initiative
📍 TopFitness Allstar Gym
📆 Monday July 1
⏰ From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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🎷 🎶 Art is my Life: music from Congo by Richard Lusakumunu, Moria Nsumbu, Thérèse-Nadine Mulanga, Moria Nsumbu, Antonis Disoglou. An event by the organization SolidarityNow
📍 Thessaloniki French Institute
📆 Thursday June 21
⏰ 8 p.m.

🎷 🎶 A Charm of Lullabies: music by Mahler, Wolf, de Falla, Debussy, Britten, Tchaikovsky, and more in a piano and voice recital by Aspa Theochari
📍 Thessaloniki International Exhibition Hall
📆 Friday June 22
⏰ 8 p.m.

Larissa

🎷 🎶 Traditional and modern music by Greek bands and artists
📍 Alcazar Park, Larissa
📆 Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23
⏰ From 7:30 p.m. to midnight at three different stages

Lesvos

🎷 🎶 Concerts by various music bands and artists
📍 Music Cafe
📆 Thursday June 21
⏰ 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Chios

🎷 🎶 Traditional and modern music, orchestra and electronic sounds, by Reggetiko Project and Serafim Tsotsonis
📍 The Chios Mastic Museum
📆 Thursday June 21
⏰ 8:30 p.m.