Greek Singers Athens Melina Hotel Ermou
Melina Aslanidou and Michalis Hatzigiannis at Hotel Ermou. Photograph: courtesy of Hotel Ermou

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 Melina Hotel Ermou


    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: May 2020
    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.

  • White Lies Athens


    Where: Vrachon Theatre
    When: 30 May 2020
    Why Go: 10-year anniversary tour

    British post-punk band White Lies returns to the open-air stage at the Vrachon Theatre in Athens, to celebrate 10-years since the release of their first multi-award winning album, ‘To Lose My Life’, which debuted at number one of the UK music charts. White Lies (formerly Fear of Flying) will perform hit tracks from their debut…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 27 May to 20 September 2020
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 860 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 island…

  • Athens Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis


    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why Go: The ultimate 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…

  • Massive Attack Athens


    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 20 June 2020
    Why Go: Enjoy some of best trip-hop sounds LIVE

    UK ‘trip-hop’ pioneers Massive Attack return to the Release Festival in Athens as part of their environmentally friendly European tour. Fans can expect their hypnotic fusion of hazy beats and soulful melodies with founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grant Marshall (Daddy G). ABOUT MASSIVE ATTACK Formed in 1988 in Bristol, Massive Attack has…

  • Dido Athens Technopolis


    Where: Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 22 June 2020
    Why Go: To hear Dido’s alluring voice

    Award-winning British singer-songwriter Dido will perform in Athens for the first time as part of her European Tour at the Technopolis in Gazi. With her radiant voice and poignant lyrics, Dido has continued to capture audiences worldwide for the past two decades with hits such as ‘Thank you’, ‘White Flag’ and her dynamic latest single…

  • Black Eyed Peas Athens


    Where: Lalibela beach festival, Akti Vouliagmenis
    When: 3 & 4 July 2020
    Why Go: Soak up the sun, sea and music

    International pop icons Black Eyed Peas will perform on day one of the Lalibela beach festival in Athens, followed by global sensation LP appearing on day two. Day one – Black Eyed Peas 3 July The multi-award-winning Black Eyed Peas are one of the world’s most popular groups, conquering the world with monster hits such…

  • Judas Priest Athens


    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 17 July 2020
    Why Go: Celebrate 50 years of Judas Priest

    British heavy metal band Judas Priest comes to Athens as part of the annual Release Festival. Joining them will be extreme metal band Cradle of Filth and supergroup Dead Daisies, fronted by Glenn Hughes. Fans can expect Judas Priest’s world-famous anthems in a spectacular show that pays tribute to their 50 years of heavy metal….

  • Maluma Athens Live


    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 25 September 2020
    Why Go: See this magnetic performer LIVE

    Colombian superstar Maluma will perform in Athens for the first time, as part of his 2020 world tour. With his charismatic voice and explosive stage presence, Maluma has cemented himself in the heart of the world music scene, with countless sold-out concerts and collaborations with some of the music industry’s biggest names including, Madonna, Ricky…