Best time to go to Athens

August Full Moon Festival 2019

Athens' monuments bathed in moonlight offer free admission​ only once a year—an occasion not to be missed

August Full Moon Festival in Athens - Best Time
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Steve Alexander

Unlike the rest of the world, the August full moon in Athens has no association with sleepwalkers or werewolves. It's actually the best time to visit the European cultural capital. This is the only night when over a hundred of the city's historical landmarks, archaeological sites, and museums offer free admission, and many become the venues for ​concerts, plays, and other performances. The highlights include musical performances at the Acropolis Museum, concerts in Elefsina, exhibitions in the Archaeological Museum of Athens, and entertainment on the open air stage of Filopappou Hill. The Acropolis is especially stunning in the moonlight! The Full Moon Festival has been held annually in mid-August, around the 20th​ day of the month.​

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