YIANNIS MORALIS Benaki Museum Athens
Yiannis Moralis photographed in Paris 1963. Photograph: Nick Kessanlis/Moralis Archives

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.

  • YIANNIS MORALIS Benaki Museum Athens

    YIANNIS MORALIS RETROSPECTIVE at the Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum – Pireos Street Annexe
    When: On now to 10 February 2019
    Why Go: See works by one of Greece’s leading C20th artists

    The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street Annex in Athens presents a retrospective exhibition of works by Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009), one of Greece’s leading 20th-century artists. Moralis was a pioneering painter, talented print-maker, gifted set designer and inspiring academic teacher. Through his paintings, sculptures, architectural commissions, record covers and book illustrations, the exhibition aims to shed light…

  • Tomb of Christ Byzantine Museum Athens Sepulchre V

    UNVEILING THE TOMB OF CHRIST at the Byzantine Museum

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 31 January 2019
    Why Go: A look inside the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

    Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of what many believe is the Tomb of Christ inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience. This new interactive exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum presents the conservation and renovation done by scientists from the National Technical University of Athens…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now – May 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,…

  • NEOHELLENIC PAINTING Theocharakis Foundation Athens

    WOMEN IN NEOHELLENIC PAINTING

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: On now – 3 February 2019
    Why Go: Perception of women through art

      See how Greek society’s view of women altered from the second half of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th in the latest exhibition, ‘Women in Neohellenic Painting’, on show now at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation. The exhibition explores the role of women in Greek society together with social stereotypes as depicted by…

  • ALEXANDER LAMONT HENDERSON Benaki Museum Athens Evzones

    ALEXANDER LAMONT HENDERSON, ‘HOLIDAY SNAPS’

    Where: Benaki Museum Ghika Gallery
    When: On now until 4 May 2019
    Why Go: See every day Athens captured during the 19th cent

    Holiday Snaps is a collection of photographs by distinguished photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907), on display at the Benaki Museum’s Ghika Gallery in Athens. The exhibition consists of photographs taken during Henderson’s visit to Greece in 1904. His camera did not follow the iconographic stereotypes of the time and disregarded the systematic recording of ancient…

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Athens 500 years

    LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of Genius

    Where: Old ‘OSY’ depot, Gazi
    When: On now until 30 March 2019
    Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time

    A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…

  • Acropolis Museum Forbidden City Qianlong

    Acropolis Museum – From the Forbidden City Exhibition

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now until 14 February 2019
    Why Go: See Chinese objects from the Qing Dynasty

    A rare exhibition, ‘From the Forbidden City: Imperial Apartments of Qianlong’, that explores China’s Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) is on display at the Acropolis Museum. Remarkable artefacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture from the 18th century, is presented to the public for the first time. One of the most renowned emperors in Chinese history,…

  • Grigoris Baloyiannis Hagiography Byzantine Museum

    HAGIOGRAPHY by Grigoris Baloyiannis

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 4 February 2019
    Why Go: Explore iconography by one of Greece’s great artists

    The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens presents, Grigoris Baloyiannis, Hagiographer, a new exhibition illuminating the artistic career of George Baloyiannis, one of Greece’s great hagiographers. Baloyiannis revived iconography with his new ideas in Byzantine themes. He adopted the broad style of the ‘Macedonian School’ with its bright and powerful colours. As a student and…

  • Parthenon Gallery Acropolis Museum Events

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31 March 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.   FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: January & February 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,…

  • Crete Emerging Cities Cycladic Museum Athens

    CRETE. EMERGING CITIES: APTERA, ELEUTHERNA & KNOSSOS

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
    When: On now until 30 April 2019
    Why Go: See new artefacts from ancient Cretan cities

    Crete – Emerging Cities: Aptera, Eleutherna and Knossos is the latest exhibition presented at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. The exhibition outlines the life of three Cretan cities, Aptera, Eleutherna, and Knossos, from their founding and development, to their abandonment and rediscovery, through recent archaeological investigation and excavation. Approximately 500 artefacts dating from the…

  • 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…

  • MARISA MERZ Athens Bernier Gallery

    MARISA MERZ in Athens

    Where: Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Thissio
    When: On now – 14 February 2019
    Why Go: Admire the work of the only female artist affiliated to the radical 1960s Arte Povera

    Italian artist and sculptor, Μarisa Merz, the female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement, will present her work at the Bernier/Eliades gallery in Athens. Marisa Merz was the only woman to stand out from the radical Arte Povera movement of the 1960s. For many years she remained on the side-lines as the companion, and later…