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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.

  • Greek Singers Athens Alexiou Xarhakos

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: January & February 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.

  • Simon Boccanegra Greek National Opera

    SIMON BOCCANEGRA at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27 January 2019
    Why Go: See Verdi’s powerful & tragic opera

    The Greek National Opera presents Simon Boccanegra in a Royal Opera House production in Athens, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. The opera was written in…

  • Olympia Theatre Athens Concert

    EVENTS AT THE OLYMPIA THEATRE

    Where: Olympia Theatre
    When: January, February, March 2019
    Why Go: Hear music at an iconic venue

    The citizens of Athens have a newly revamped venue to call their own with the reopening of the Olympia Theatre, officially known as Olympia Municipal Music Theatre, Maria Callas. Housed inside the historic Olympia building that sits on Akadimias Street, it was home to the Greek National Opera (GNO) for more than 50 years. Left…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Gazarte Athens Greek Singers

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Athens
    When: On now until 11 February 2019
    Why Go: An evening of Greek music at its best

    A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti on the main stage at Gazarte in Athens on Monday and Friday night’s for January and February. Her five piece orchestra will accompany, along with up and coming supporting artist Yiannis Mathes. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful…

  • MOZARTS REQUIEM Megaron Athens

    MOZART’S REQUIEM by the Balthaser Neumann Choir

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 25 January 2019
    Why Go: Hear this classical masterpiece performed LIVE

    The Balthaser Neumann Choir and Ensemble with Thomas Hengelbrock comes to the Megaron in Athens to perform Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Although left unfinished at the time of his death at the age of thirty, Mozart’s funeral mass has for centuries caused lavish rumours of murderous forebodings, particularly around the anonymous commissioner of the…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout January 2019
    Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen since it hosted the Olympic Games. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s…

  • ALEXIOU XARHAKOS Gazarte Athens

    HARIS ALEXIOU & STAVROS XARHAKOS live on stage

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: On now until 3 February 2019
    Why Go: See a musical legend live on stage

    The legendary Haris Alexiou graces the stage at Gazarte in Athens, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Xarhakos, as she performs songs and music by George Zambetas. Alexiou who began in the Greek music scene in the 1970s, is considered one of the most popular and commercially successful singers in Greece. She has worked…

  • Manu Dibango Gazarte Athens

    MANU DIBANGO live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 February 2019
    Why Go: Hear a legendary saxophonist LIVE

    Cameroonian musician and song-writer Manu Dibango will return to Gazarte’s stage in Athens for a night of acoustic groove and soul. Throughout his career, Dibango, who plays saxophone and vibraphone, successfully combined African, American, European and even techno sounds into his songs, putting his own stamp on jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. After performing…

  • Swingin Cats Athens Gazarte

    THE SWINGIN’ CATS at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 2 February 2019
    Why Go: A night of swing and rock n 'roll music

    Greek retro swing band, The Swingin’ Cats return to Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens to perform a repertoire of swing and rock n ‘roll melodies. Panos Mouzourakis, Giannis Zouganelis, Sakis Boulas, Marietta Fafouti make up this ensemble who have spent nearly 10 years in the Greek music scene, with hundreds of appearances at venues and…

  • EDITH PIAF Jil Aigrot Gazarte Athens

    EDITH PIAF THE SHOW with Jil Aigrot

    Where: Gazarte at Gazi
    When: 14 & 15 February 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with 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…

  • Bill Laurance Athens Gazarte

    BILL LAURANCE live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 March 2019
    Why Go: Hear one of the great jazz artists of our time - LIVE

    The charismatic Bill Laurance presents tracks from his new album at Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens. Despite already holding three Grammy Awards, Bill Laurance seems determined to set his goals even higher. A founding member of the world renowned Snarky Puppy band, composer, orchestral organiser, producer and multi-instrumentalist, the 38 year old British artist blends…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – March & April 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout March & April 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    As winter draws to a close and spring is in the air, Athens is readying itself for its national day celebrations and the traditional orthodox Easter celebrations. A cultural agenda of events starts to move back outdoors towards April at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. We’ll keep you up to…

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Megaron Athens

    SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 27 March 2019
    Why Go: See one of the most celebrated pianists of our time

    A selection of Schubert’s sonatas will be performed by the grand dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja for three separate recitals at the Megaron concert hall in Athens. Elisabeth Leonskaja reveals the magic of Franz Schubert, the great Austrian musical genius. Her unparalleled interpretive sensitivity would surely have found a fan in Schubert, who would…

  • LADY MACBETH MTSENSK GREEK NATIONAL OPERA

    LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 May 2019
    Why Go: See one of the most controversial operas from C20th Russia

    One of the most famous operas of the 20th century returns to the Greek National Opera after almost a quarter of a century. Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk addresses the subject of a woman’s position in provincial society. The work became famous worldwide…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4th June – 10 August 2019
    Why Go: For an extensive line up of music, theatre & dance

    The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and a highlight of the Greek summer calendar. With a legacy that spans more than sixty years, today it incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Performances at the two ancient theatres of the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are highlights…

  • Norma Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 4, 5, 7, 8 June 2019
    Why Go: See this tragic and powerful opera on an iconic stage

    Norma, returns to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This opera, by Vincenzo Bellini, was one of the first to be presented in Athens as a newly formed state in 1837. In the GNO’s long…

  • IGGY POP Athens Release Festival

    IGGY POP live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 8 June 2019
    Why Go: See the real wild child of rock’n’roll

    Iggy Pop, the American performer also known as James Newell Osterberg Jr will perform live in Athens at day one of the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in Athens in June. Iggy Pop has had an extensive career spanning more than five decades with his music crossing generations of rock lovers. He is known…

  • Release Athens Festival Nerou

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Iggy Pop – New Order – Alice In Chains – Disturbed – Clutch – Manowar

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 June, Clutch 19 June, Alice In Chains 24 June, Disturbed 30 June 2019
    Why Go: For a great line up of world music

    Release Athens will return for its fourth year, with Iggy Pop, the “Godfather of Punk” to headline day 1 (8 June), heavy metal band Manowar day 2 (14 June), British rock band New Order day 3 (16 June), US rock pioneers Clutch on day 4 (19 June), rock royalty Alice In Chains on day 5 (24 June) and…

  • New Order Athens Release Festival

    NEW ORDER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 16 June 2019
    Why Go: To hear Blue Monday and more

    English rock band, New Order will headline day three of the Release Festival in Athens in June. Mixing their unique sound of post-punk rock with electronic and dance music, fans can expect all their favourite tracks including “Blue Monday” “The Perfect Kiss” and more. Current band members include Gillian Gilbert, Tom Chapman, Stephen Morris, Bernard…

  • Alice in Chains Athens Release Festival

    ALICE IN CHAINS live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: See one of the great vocalists of our time

    American rock band, Alice in Chains joins day five of the Release Festival in Athens this June. Formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, the band fuses grunge with heavy metal music. Cantrell, one of the greatest living vocalists and guitarists, continues to vigorously declare his presence on record and on…

  • 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…

  • LA TRAVIATA Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    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…

  • 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…