Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation
The underfloor archaeological site at the Acropolis Museum. Photograph: Giorgos Vatsoropoulos

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.

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June this year and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during this decade. Visitors can expect a full programme of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, musical interludes and the opening of the excavation area beneath the museum that was once an ancient Athenian neighbourhood. Skip…

  • John Cleese Live Acropolis Athens


    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 20 September 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest comedic actors

    British actor and comedian John Cleese, is set to perform on the grand stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus this September in Athens. Cleese, who describes himself as “writer, actor and tall person” has been touring the US and Europe to sell-out audiences with his self-titled show ‘Last Time to See Me Before I…

  • Florence Machine Athens Odeon Herodes


    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall, ATHENS
    When: 19, 21 & 22 Sept 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 a third show in Athens at the Galatsi Olympic Hall. After selling out their first two shows at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a third and final show was announced for Saturday 21st September and will go on-sale at 11:00am EET (Greek time) on Monday…

  • Athens Tours Day Trips Wine Tour

    Discover the delights of Athens & Attica

    Where: Around Athens and Attica region
    When: On now
    Why Go: For time well spent in Athens

    It’s time to book your autumn activities and delve into the many delights Athens has to offer. As your insiders on the ground, we’ve personally selected tours, experiences and day trips that we believe best convey the history and topography of Athens and the greater region of Attica. From day trips to the ancient sites…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens


    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout September 2019
    Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building

    Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, July and September, providing fascinating insights into the history of the building. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the grand rooms such as the Assembly Hall and the debating chamber and learn more about Greece’s modern history. Take a sneak peak here of what’s…

  • Glykeria Aslanidou Greek Singers Athens


    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 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.

  • Nigel Kennedy Odeon Herodes Athens Epidaurus


    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 7 October 2019
    Why Go: See this legendary violinist LIVE at the Acropolis

    Nigel Kennedy, one of the top violinists in the world and the best-selling violinist in the history of music, presents his concert ‘Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alone has sold over…

  • Queen Symphonic Odeon Athens

    QUEEN SYMPHONIC at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 8 October 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 at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. The first concert on 7th September is already sold-out and a second date on 8th October is now on-sale. Since its premiere…

  • Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium

    ATHENS MARATHON – The authentic and original race

    Where: From Marathon to Athens
    When: 10 November 2019
    Why Go: Cheer on marathon runners from various vantage points

    The Athens Marathon celebrates its 37th year in 2019 on Sunday 10th November with the annual race from the town of Marathon to Athens covering 42.195km’s. The finish line for the marathon will be held once again at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium with more than 50,000 runners expected from around the world to participate across…

  • 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…