Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Photograph: SNF - Yiorgis Yerolymbos

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.

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout October 2018
    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 in the last ten years. 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 most…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Gallery Slopes Athens


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 30 November 2018
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm…

  • Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium

    ATHENS MARATHON – The authentic and original race

    Where: From Marathon to Athens
    When: 11 November 2018
    Why Go: Cheer on marathon runners from various vantage points

    The Athens Marathon celebrates its 36th year in 2018 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 6 different events during…

  • Jim Gaffigan Athens Greece


    Where: Parnassos Hall
    When: 22 November 2018
    Why Go: See one of America’s funniest stand-up comedians

    American stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan comes to Athens for one night only as part of ‘The Fixer Upper Tour’. Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humour which largely revolves around…


    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 24 & 25 November 2018
    Why Go: See some of the world’s best ballet dancers on one stage

    Twelve of Russia’s best ballet dancers, from two famous dance companies, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre (formerly Kirov) come to Athens to perform on one stage as part of a glittering Christmas ballet gala. Six magical couples will perform famous pas de deux(ballet duets in harmony) choreographies from the much-loved productions…

  • Jackie Chan Athens Kung Fu Warriors


    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018
    Why Go: See Jackie Chan’s handpicked Kung Fu warriors

    Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing comes to Athens for an evening of heart-stopping artistry and athleticism. The 11 members of the Long Yun Troupe were hand-picked by the internationally renowned martial artist, actor, and film director Jackie Chan . The troupe effortlessly meld elements of kung fu and traditional Chinese dance to create…

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Athens 500 years

    LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of Genius

    Where: Old ‘OSY’ depot, Gazi
    When: 30 November 2018 – 30 March 2019
    Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time

    A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece


    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout December 2018
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during December. Shows for…