Things to Do in Athens This Autumn

Been to Athens in Autumn? As the temperatures cool down, Greece’s capital comes alive. Read on to learn about upcoming events and fests in Athens.

By: Chryssoula Katsarou

Athens in Autumn

Athens in Autumn — sounds like a movie — but it’s a very real and unique experience not only for residents but also for visitors. The city comes alive with events and festivals. Though the weather can be a bit unpredictable, outdoor life still goes on. There’s a spirit of renewal in the air as the city shakes off its summer haze. There’s so much going on that often people can’t choose where to go for eating, drinking, what exhibitions to choose, or in what events to participate.

Let’s take a look at some upcoming events in Athens.

Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art

Undoubtedly the most important autumn event is the new museum of the city, the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened earlier this month. This stunning new museum is housed in a restored historic 11-story building in Pangrati.

See modern masterpieces by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso that once hung in the homes of Greek shipping tycoon Basil Goulandris and his wife Elise. Also, find works by some of the Greek greats including Parthenis, Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Tsarouchis, Moralis, and Tetsis.

The new museum also has a shop and modern Greek café, an art library of 6,000 books, a children’s workshop, and 190-seat amphitheater. Visitors can take a guided tour of the collection or watch short films about individual works.

Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art

Location: Eratosthenous 13, Pangrati
Admission: €8 (€6 for 65+, students and children 12-17)
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (10.00-18.00); Friday (10.00-22.00); Closed Monday
More info: website

Basil & Elise Goulandris Memorial Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art.

New exhibit at National Archaeological Museum

Another must-see for art lovers and enthusiasts is the temporary exhibition, “The Countless Aspects of Beauty” at the National Archaeological Museum. The exhibitshowcases different versions of aesthetics from the Neolithic period through late Antiquity.

This exhibit is the last in an exhibition trilogy designed to honor the 150th anniversary of the museum. Each exhibit includes encompasses an array of experimental workshops. Scientists, artists and artisans from Greece and abroad, offer their specialized knowledge. They exemplify experimental approaches regarding weaving techniques of the Neolithic period, garments of the Aegean world in the second millennium B.C., such as the Mycenaean costumes, the colorfulness of ancient sculptures and the depiction of the Beautiful through the ancient Greek music. The exhibition runs December 31, 2019.

National Archaeological Museum

Location: 44, 28th of October (Patission) Street, Athens
Admission: 10€ (From April 1st – October 31st); 5€ (From November 1st – March 31st). Three day Special ticket package: Full: 15€, Reduced: 8€.
Hours: Through October 31: Tuesday: 12:30 – 20:00; Wednesday-Monday: 08:00 – 20:00 November 1-April 12: Tuesday: 13:00 – 20:00; Wednesday-Monday: 08:30 – 16:00
More info: website

National Archaeological Museum – Athens

Get the insider’s look at Athens

Not your thing? Well, Athens isn’t only about its museums or the Acropolis. Athens is also its neighborhoods which have its own unique attractions and character. Visitors may partake in themed walks with a local and learn more about Athens as an insider and not just as a tourist. Each tour is different, as it is tailored to individual personal interests and tastes.

See Athens like a local

Check out the foodie-themed walk, Taste Athens with a Local. A local guide takes visitors through farmer’s markets, souvlaki stands, and a connoisseur’s coffee culture, to learn what Athens “really tastes and smells like”.

Into street art? Here’s one for you! Discover Athens takes visitors on a tour of street art with a local. Visitors walk inside Athens’ thrilling street art and graffiti scene. They walk the streets of Exarchia, Monastiraki, Psirri and Plaka, and read the stories that modern Athens has written on its walls. From youthful rebellion to eternal philosophical questions and political statements, Athens is a canvas where its citizens express themselves in color.

Local Walking Tours

Tickets: Free
Info & reservations: website

Craft Beer Festival

Cheers! Athenians have always had a thirst for crafty brews. In ancient times, home-brewed ales fueled important harvest ceremonies and rituals. If you love craft beer, join in the fun this October 18-20, at the Athens Craft Beer Festival. The lively weekend fest will include 30 Greek microbreweries and 10 international ones. Food trucks will be on site to with many options to help soak up the alcohol.

While you’re there. Head next door to Tholos for a trip back to ancient Greece. The Dome-shaped virtual reality theater is one of Hellenic Cosmos Centre’s main draws.

Athens Craft Beer Festival

Dates & times: Friday & Saturday (17:00-01:00); Sunday (14:00-23:00)
Location: Hellenic Cosmos Centre, Building 56, Polykratous 16, Moschato
Admission: €3 and includes a glass souvenir. Beers cost 1€for a 50 ml tasting and 4-6€ for a full glass of 375 ml.
Info: website

For the Chocoholics

‘Death by Chocolate’? Chocolate lovers will have the time of their lives at Chocolate Fest, Greece’s first festival dedicated to chocolate. The event was first held in February 2019 and is back by popular demand.

Exhibitors from chocolatiers well-known pastry shops, and renowned pastry chefs in specially designed pop-up stands and will present chocolate products in a variety of forms.

Sample and buy a piece of chocolate heaven – a variety of fresh chocolate delicacies will be made onsite and available to taste and purchase at the event. Hot and cold drinks, as well as unique ice creams, will be served.

Chocolate Fest Vol. 02

Dates & Times: October 17, 18, 19, 20. Hours: Thursday & Friday 16:00 – 23:00; Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
Location: OSY’s Old Train Station, Pireos and Ermou 105, Gazi
Admission: €3 (kids under 5 free)
Info: website

Get to Athens this autumn

Don’t wait for summer. There’s so much to explore and experience in Athens in autumn. See you there!

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Guest writer Chryssoula Katsarou

CHRYSSOULA KATSAROU was born and raised in Athens. She studied journalism and international relations in Athens and in Leeds, UK. She wrote for the newspaper, Ethnos, for 17 years. For several years, Chryssoula translated books — mainly crime fiction — for the publishing house, “Kaktos”. She loves books, cinema, world politics, and most of all, a good dinner with good friends and good wine. She and her husband have two children.

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