People celebrate the carnival season in Athens

A man grills meat to be distributed to revellers, in front of city’s main meat market, during the celebrations of Tsiknopempti or “Smoky Thursday,” dedicated to grilling of meat, part of the Greek Carnival season in Athens, Thursday.

Carnival fever looming

The opening ceremony of the Patra Carnival, or Patrino karnavali, which is the largest event of its kind in Greece, takes place this Saturday in the western port city’s central Georgiou Square. 

Carnival city hotels fully booked for long weekend

Hotels at various popular destinations around Greece are reporting occupancy rates close to 100 percent for Carnival long weekend (February 25-27), particularly in areas with popular street parades such as Patras and Rethymno.

The Burger Project | March 13

Funky local music collective the Burger Project injects some Carnival fun into this year’s bleak festive season with a special show for the entire family on Saturday, March 13.

Greek authorities warn defiant carnival revelers

A joint ministerial decision states that those who fail to comply with a government decision to ban Carnival festivities as part of a broader drive to avert the spread of the coronavirus could face a two-year prison sentence. The decision, signed by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos, was issued after several groups in the western port of Patra, the traditional hub of the country’s Carnival festivities, issued announcements saying they would continue with planned events.

Carnaval La Land | Athens | February 28

Carnaval La Land, a special event featuring musical theater, flash mobs, Afro-Brazilian percussion, samba, tango and many more surprises, will be happening in Syntagma Square on Friday, February 28.

Carnival Mask Workshop | Athens | February 26

The Hellenic Children’s Museum will be hosting a workshop on carnival masks for youngsters aged 3-12 and their families on Wednesday, February 26, in the context of a series of events organized by the City of Athens dedicated to Greek Carnival celebrations.

Athens Wind Orchestra | Athens | February 25

The Athens Wind Orchestra will be performing a free open-air concert in Monastiraki Square in downtown Athens on Tuesday, February 25, in the context of the city’s Carnival celebrations dedicated to youngsters.

Istanbul Carnival | Athens | February 24 & 25

Cafe Aman Istanbul musicians and singers Stelios Berberis and Pelin Suer return to Athens with the famous Baklahorani, the Carnival celebrated by the Greek community in Istanbul with bawdy masked parades that ended up in the famous district of Tatavla.

Athens gets into the spirit of Carnival

The City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra performs outside the Zappeion Megaron building in the National Gardens on Saturday as the capital kicks into Carnival gear. As of last week, Athens is hosting more 60 festive open-air events for everyone, young and old, around the city until March 2 when the Carnival season peaks on Clean Monday. Events include concerts, parades, revivals of traditional Athenian Carnival customs, treasure hunts, and lots of singing and dancing. [Technopolis/ANA-MPA]

Zappeio Carnival Fun | Athens | February 23

Kids aged 3 to 12 are invited to put on their Carnival costumes and join the games, creative activities and educational events that are being organized by the City of Athens at Zappeion.