MAXIM VENGEROV Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

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.

  • MAXIM VENGEROV Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    MAXIM VENGEROV with the Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 16 July 2019
    Why Go: See this solo violinist perform on a majestic stage

    World famous violinist Maxim Vengerov together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In this first collaboration, Vengerov will perform one of the greatest and most demanding concertos for violin of all time, Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major,…

  • Cure Ejekt Festival Athens

    EJEKT FESTIVAL ATHENS featuring THE CURE

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 17 July 2019
    Why Go: For the best in alternative and electronic music

    The Ejekt Festival returns for its 15th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the world’s best in alternative and electronic based music. 2019 is promising to be one of the biggest ever with British rock band The Cure headlining Day 1 of the festival on 17th July. The two day festival…

  • Anna Vissi Greek Singers in Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: July & September 2019
    Why Go: Experience the latest in modern Greek music LIVE

    Greek singers perform all around Greece throughout the year. For those wanting to experience the latest in the Greek music scene, there’s a legendary line up in store this month in Athens.

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 20 July 2019
    Why Go: To hear Gypsy Jazz music in Greek

    Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear once again on Gazarte’s rooftop stage. Combining the musical genius of the legendary guitarist of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt with the sounds of the Greek music…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: On now to 22 September 2019
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 800 seat open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes over 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers with an authentic collection of over 2,000 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…

  • La Traviata Athens Festival Odeon

    LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019
    Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this July presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This tragic love story, with its much-loved arias and duets, will be directed by the GNO’s choreographer and artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos who…

  • prophets rage athens

    PROPHETS OF RAGE

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium
    When: 27 August 2019
    Why Go: See this supergroup LIVE

    American rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage continue their world tour throughout 2019, coming to Athens’ Tae Kwon Do Stadium in August. Formed in 2016 to tackle “America’s political crisis” the group consists of members from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. Following the release of their self-titled album and appearances…

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…

  • Queen Symphonic Odeon Athens

    QUEEN SYMPHONIC at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 7 September 2019
    Why Go: A music spectacular at an iconic venue

    Queen Symphonic, the spectacular two-hour show celebrating one of the biggest bands of all time comes to Athens to perform a singular concert at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Since its premiere in 2000, Queen: A Symphonic Rock Spectacular has been seen by hundreds of thousands of Queen…

  • Andrea Bocelli Athens Odeon Herodes

    ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 11 September 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: Hear the iconic tenor LIVE

    Experience the breath-taking voice of Andrea Bocelli who returns to Athens to perform on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for an unforgettable evening beneath the glow of the Acropolis. As the world’s most loved tenor, Bocelli is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music, having sold more than…

  • Archive Athens Odeon Herodes

    ARCHIVE at the Acropolis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 13 September 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate 25 years of Archive

    London based group Archive celebrate their 25 years in a unique concert at the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus. Over their 25 year history, Archive have released 10 studio albums, with their music spanning across several genres from electronic, trip hop to progressive rock, always pushing to new limits. Don’t miss this special anniversary celebration beneath…

  • Classic Rock Odeon Herodes Athens

    CLASSIC ROCK at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 18 September 2019
    Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary rock music

    Classic Rock returns for a third instalment at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this September. The Athens State Orchestra together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague will perform songs by Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica and more. Special guests include German guitarist and former lead guitarist of Scorpions, Uli…

  • Galani Bofiliou Tsitsanis Orchestra Megaron

    VASSILIS TSITSANIS ORCHESTRA with Dimitra Galani & Natassa Bofiliou

    Where: Theatro Petras, Petropouli
    When: 18 September 2019
    Why Go: Hear the music of the original Greek blues master

    After sold-out performances at their debut concerts in Athens and Thessaloniki, the Vassilis Tsitsanis Orchestra will perform at the spectacular open-air Theatro Petras in Petropouli, accompanied by two great female singers, Dimitra Galani and Natassa Bofiliou. Galani and Bofiliou will perform a repertoire of Tsitsanis’ music with absolute respect to his original work and upholding…

  • Florence Machine Athens Odeon Herodes

    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 19 & 22 September 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: See one of the great indie bands of our time

    English indie rock band, Florence and the Machine will perform for two nights at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for an unforgettable evening beneath the glow of the Acropolis. After selling out their first show in under one hour, a second and final show was announced for Sunday 22nd September and will go on-sale at…

  • Eros Ramazzotti Athens Concert

    EROS RAMAZZOTTI live in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the Italian superstar LIVE

    Italian popstar, Eros Ramazzotti comes to Athens as part of his 2019 world tour, “Vita Ce N’è”. The tour coincides with the release of his new album later this year. Born in Rome, Ramazzotti has released 11 albums over his 30 year career, selling over 60 million copies. He has recorded duets with leading artists…

  • Ara Malikian Athens Pallas

    ARA MALIKIAN at the Pallas Theatre

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See this talented musician LIVE

    For the first time in Greece, violinist Ara Malikian and his band of seven musicians, the Royal Garage, offer an eclectic evening of classical and contemporary music at the Pallas Theatre in Athens. As part of his world tour, his performance in Athens will take audiences on a journey through diverse musical styles, from Bowie to…

  • Eric Burdon Athens Odeon

    ERIC BURDON at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the legend of rock LIVE

    The legend of rock, Eric Burdon comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to share the rock stories of his life beneath the shadows of the Acropolis. The voice of “House of the Rising Sun” and “Spill the Wine”, was the creative force behind The Animals and War. Highly prolific, Burdon has released…

  • Mario Biondi Odeon Athens HS

    MARIO BIONDI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 September 2019
    Why Go: For a magnetising night of music

    Italian soul and jazz singer Mario Biondi returns to Athens to perform his most popular songs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. With his deep and sentimental voice, Biondi will travel to the era of the great music halls, while preserving his modern Italian temperament.  Whether singing jazz or soul, his rich orchestrations and melodies, as…

  • George Dalaras Greek Singers Athens

    GEORGE DALARAS – DUETS AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 September 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Greek music

    A breathtaking concert to honour the 50-year musical career of George Dalaras at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Dalaras, an iconic performer and talented musician has become the timeless face of Greek song. He will be joined by other talented performers, colleagues and friends performing unforgettable duets. Duet Performers: Eleni Vitali, Glykeria, Giannis Kotsiras, Kostas…

  • Jose Carreras Athens Oaka

    JOSÉ CARRERAS LIVE – farewell tour

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 24 November 2019
    Why Go: See the legendary tenor LIVE

    After a historic career spanning decades, with millions of records sold and countless performances around the world, Spanish tenor José Carreras will perform in Athens as part of his farewell tour – celebrating and saluting a remarkable career. The famous tenor will showcase some of his favourite pieces accompanied by the ERT Symphony Orchestra of…

  • EDITH PIAF Jil Aigrot Gazarte Athens

    EDITH PIAF THE SHOW with Jil Aigrot

    Where: Gazarte at Gazi
    When: 21 & 22 December 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the music of Edith Piaf

    Jil Aigrot, the voice of Edith Piaf in the Oscar winning film ‘La Vie en Rose’, returns to Gazarte in Athens to present her unique interpretation of the passionate love songs of the legendary French vocal artist. The impressive audio-visual production ‘Edith Piaf the Show’ reveals Piaf’s stormy life, from a poverty stricken neighbourhood of…