Thessaloniki hosts many important international festivals at the various heritage monuments, museums, bookshops, galleries and cafes.

The Thessaloniki International Trade Fair has been held every year, for the past eighty years, at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre. More than 300,000 visitors attend this important festival every year.

Thessaloniki also hosts the International Film Festival, which is one of the more significant film festivals of the Balkans and South East Europe. Famous film makers like Francis Ford Coppola and noted actors like Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas, Faye Dunaway and Fatih Akin make it a point to attend this festival.

In 1999, the Documentary Festival was established to showcase documentaries that focus on global cultural and social developments. Many of the films screened here go on to win accolades like the FIPRESCI and Audience awards.

Music, dance, theatre and exhibitions dominate the Dimitria festival, which has been going on since 1966. Dedicated to the patron saint of Thessaloniki, St. Demetrius, the festival showcases the rich local talent.

DJs and music jockeys from all over the world converge at the 'DMC DJ Championship' held at the International Trade Fair.

Between February and April, there is the 'International Festival of Photography' which attracts the best talent in photography from all over the world. This is a very popular exhibition attracting hundreds of visitors.