Athens WWII Photographs Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora during the German occupation in World War II.

Athens Events

With a vibrant cultural scene all year round, Athens events include an impressive mix of both local and international musicians, artists and dance groups. The city comes alive in the summer months where cinema screens move outdoors and plateias or neighbourhood squares are buzzing with music and festivities. From June-August every year, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is in full swing with an abundance of events held at various iconic Athenian venues including Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, located at the base of the southern slopes of the Acropolis.

The Athens events we list have been chosen to appeal to an international audience passing through Athens and we select events accordingly.

Events in Athens

The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and Greek National Theatre are two of the major modern day venues in Athens. In peak season and where possible, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets or ask your hotel to assist you with this. We provide you with the venue address in English and Greek to overcome any language barriers with taxi drivers. We also provide the nearest metro station to an event, along with a map to assist with your travel arrangements.

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

This is by far the crown jewel in the annual events calendar in Athens. Running now for more than 60 years, it presents local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama that celebrates the city’s cultural heritage. Athens is blessed with a network of ancient amphitheatres including Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Aristotle’s Lyceum and Lycabettus Theatre. Extending beyond Athens to the Attica region, performances can also be found at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi and the infamous Epidaurus Theatre. Check out our travel tips of getting to Epidaurus.

August Full Moon Festival

Every August on the night of the full moon, musical performances are held at key historic venues, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and other sites around Greece. Be sure to watch this space for updates.

  • Athens WWII Photographs Hephaestus

    OCCUPIED ATHENS DURING WWII – Photography exhibition

    Where: Fethiye Mosque Roman Agora
    When: On now – 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Fascinating visual insights into Athens during WWII

    A collection of photographs taken by a German photographer during the wartime occupation in Greece in World War II (1941 – 1944) are on display in the historical heart of Athens. Presented by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition sheds light on Nazi propaganda at the time, as captured by a German soldier stationed in…

  • Acropolis Redux American School Athens

    ACROPOLIS REDUX: Caryatid & Frieze at ASCSA

    Where: American School of Classical Studies Athens
    When: 18 May to 14 July 2019
    Why Go: An emblematic photo exhibition

    The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) presents Acropolis Redux – an exhibition of two groups of photographs which share a common theme – how the sculptures which adorned the temples on the Acropolis in the 5th century BC were disseminated in the modern world and became models for western art. Caryatid focuses…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: June to July 2019
    Why Go: Discover contributions made to technology by the ancient Greeks

    The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the newest museum opening in Athens, founded by Kostas Kotsanas, that represents cutting edge technology from ancient Greece. This permanent exhibition space features hundreds of objects and fully-functioning replicas made by Kotsanas, using the same methods and materials as the originals. Housed in a historic Art Nouveau building,…

  • Broken History Byzantine Museum Samios Athens

    BROKEN HISTORY – an exhibition by Pavlos Samios

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now to 15 June 2019
    Why Go: Street art meets ancient art

    Broken History is a series of works by Greek painter and Athens School of Fine Arts professor Pavlos Samios presented at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. The exhibition examines Greek history and ancient myths with 66 large scale works on cardboard that contrast between ancient art and street art representing the past and…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now to 31 December 2019
    Why Go: Discover objects of beauty from antiquity

    The National Archaeological Museum in Athens presents ‘Countless Aspects of Beauty’, the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy that showcases the institution’s impressive collections, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. More than 300 artefacts, digital media and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects,…

  • Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now until 30 Nov 2019
    Why Go: See rare exhibits of the Roman Emperor Hadrian

    The National Archaeological Museum along with the Italian Archaeological School present ‘Hadrian and Athens, conversing with an Ideal World’ that marks 1900 years since the Roman Emperor Hadrian began his reign in 117AD. All of the 40 exhibits featured come from the National Archaeological Museum’s collections and gives visitors a unique opportunity to view exhibits…

  • Parthenon Gallery Acropolis Museum Events

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: May, June and July 2019
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. Skip the line e-tickets are available to purchase here in advance FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF…

  • Athens Photo World

    ATHENS PHOTO WORLD

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 7 – 16 June 2019
    Why Go: See some of the best examples of photojournalism

    This year marks the first edition of Athens Photo World that will showcase the work of leading photojournalists from around the world and their contribution to shaping the image of our global community. This event hosted at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, presents the work of experienced photographers who have captured important moments of…