Carla Bruni Athens Concert Pallas

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.

  • Carla Bruni Athens Concert Pallas

    CARLA BRUNI ‘French Touch’ concert in Athens

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 23 & 24 October 2017
    Why Go: Experience the music of Bruni LIVE

    The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni begins her world music tour in Athens, giving two performances at the iconic Pallas Theatre in Syntagma. “French Touch” is the title of Bruni’s new album (to be released in October) and contains a collection of adaptations of well-known songs in English produced by the legendary producer, composer…

  • Psarantonis Panathenaic Stadium

    PSARANTONIS & FRIENDS at the Panathenaic Stadium

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 3 October 2017
    Why Go: A musical feast at an iconic venue

    Internationally renowned Greek music legend Psaratonis and friends will illuminate the Panathenaic Stadium. Italian songwriter Vinicio Capossela, prominent Greek singer, Miltos Paschalidis among others will appear for a musical feast at an iconic venue. Antonis Xylouris, nicknamed Psarantonis, is a Greek composer, singer and performer of the lyra – a bowed string instrument of Crete,…

  • Vanessa Mae Odeon Herodes Athens Violin

    VANESSA MAE LIVE in Athens

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5 October 2017
    Why Go: See the ‘Queen of the Violin’ LIVE

    British violinist, Vanessa Mae will light up the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in one of the most anticipated concerts of the season. Performing compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Vivaldi along with compositions inspired by the tango, music from India, pop songs, Mae will also play melodies by Vangelis, a Greek composer of electronic, progressive,…

  • 1906 Song for Thrace Odeon Athens

    1906 – A SONG FOR THRACE at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 1 October 2017
    Where: A musical tribute to the people of Thrace

    A concert to celebrate the music and people of old Anchialos (now Pomorie in Bulgaria) who lost their lives on the 30th July 1906 during the Greco-Bulgarian struggle. ‘1906, A Song for Thrace’ by Greek composer Andreas Katsigiannis, presents a musical journey into history with his orchestral compilations featuring Greek singers Eleni Vitali, Kostas Makedonas…

  • Gatsos odeon herodes athens

    A MUSICAL TRIBUTE to Greek Poet Nikos Gatsos

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 6 October 2017
    Why Go: A celebration of Greek music & poetry

    Some of Greece’s best composers were inspired by the work of Greek poet Nikos Gatsos. For one Autumn evening at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus the music of Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Dimitris Moutsis and others will fill this iconic stage. Legendary Greek singer Manolis Mitsias will appear with popular Greek actress, Karyofyllia Karabeti who…

  • Kiwanuka Gazi Athens

    MICHAEL KIWANUKA returns to Athens

    Where: Gazi Music Hall
    When: 30 September 2017
    Why Go: To see one of the rising stars in soul music LIVE

    Fans of British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka will be pleased to know that he will return to Athens in September following his cancelled performance of Day 3 of the ‘Release Athens’ festival earlier this year. Kiwanuka has already been dubbed the future of soul music, following his second album “Love & Hate” and compared to…

  • Hatzidakis Band Odeon Herodes Athens

    ‘GREECE, THE LAND OF DREAMS’ by Manos Hatzidakis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 September 2017
    Why Go: Hear the music of one of Greece’s best composers

    A presentation of music by Manos Hadjidakis under the artistic direction of George Hadjidakis, featuring music from German documentary ‘Greece the Land of Dreams’ by Wolfrang Mueller-Sehn (1960-1961), performed for the first time on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The concert will also include songs written for the theatre. Singers include Elanora Zouganeli and Dimitra Selemidou…

  • ASKITIKI Odeon Athens

    ASKITIKI by Nikos Kazantzakis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 28 September 2017
    Why Go: A philosophical text adapted for the stage

    To commemorate the 60 year anniversary since the passing of the great Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, the philosophical work, Ascesis: The Saviors of God (“Askitiki” in Greek) has been adapted to theatre with live music and dance sequences to address the great questions of life and redemption that Kazantzakis poses in this famous text. Presented…

  • Classic Rock Odeon Herodes Athens

    CLASSIC ROCK at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 21-22 September 2017
    Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary Rock music beneath the Acropolis

    THIS PERFORMANCE HAS SOLD OUT! The musical event of the summer, Classic Rock will give two encore concerts at the Odeon. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform songs by Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen. AC/DC, Deep Purple and more. Special guests include Cockney Rebel frontman Steve…

  • Together for children Odeon Athens

    TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN benefit concert at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 September 2017
    Why Go: Enjoy a rare musical collaboration LIVE on stage

    Legendary Greek singers George Dalaras and Lavrentis Macheritsas, perform in this benefit concert to support ‘Together for Children’, the non-profit organisation that assists children and young people facing poverty, disability, abuse and illness in Greece. The collaboration of Dalaras and Macheritsa is in itself a great artistic event, presenting a program, in collaboration with outstanding musicians, culminates their…

  • My World Gheorghiu Frangoulis

    ‘MY WORLD’ with Angela Gheorghiu & Mario Frangoulis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 23 September 2017
    Why Go: A unique musical encounter at the Odeon

    The great Romanian Soprano, Angela Gheorghiu together with classical crossover artist and tenor Mario Frangoulis perform on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, under the baton of Eugene Kohn for an enchanting evening under the stars, welcoming the new Autumn season. They will perform famous arias and duets, as well as songs from the…

  • Protopsalti Greek Singers Athens

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 24 & 29 September, 2017
    Why Go: A magical evening of Greek music beneath the Acropolis

    A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus. About Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of the greatest…

  • Greek singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: Throughout September 2017
    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.

  • Traditional Greek dancing why athens events

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 25th May – 24th September 2017
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…