Dimitria is a three months long Festival of cultural events that takes place every year starting from the first days of September untill December. Named after the patron Saint Dimitrios of the city it is a very popular institution among the local residents. It is organised and overseen by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and includes musical, theatrical, dance and several other events, street happenings and several exhibitions.
According to the Byzantine tradition the participants were exchanging all their goods from the inland with fresh seafood. Today festivalistes of Demetria enjoy the tastiest tidbits of Thessaloniki taking a break from cultural activities. You will find them drinking ouzo in one the various arcades (Modiano, Columbus, Boilers), staying up all night with drinks and wines in Valaoritou St. or even enjoying the view from the Castle while participating in evening "Gatherings" that take place in little beautiful taverns.