Rigoletto Greek National Opera Athens
Baritone Dimitris Platanias performs as Rigoletto. Photograph: courtesy of Greek National Opera

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.

  • Rigoletto Greek National Opera Athens

    RIGOLETTO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 25, 27, 29 Oct & 1 Nov 2017
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    Guiseppi Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, returns to the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens for four performances, under the baton of acclaimed conductor, Εlias Voudouris. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto brings the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in a role he has masterfully performed…

  • Elektra Greek national opera

    ELEKTRA by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 15, 18, 22, 26, 31 October 2017
    Why Go: To see a 20th century operatic masterpiece

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) begins its season at its new facilities at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, opening with Richard Strauss’ Elektra that is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Elektra has been dubbed one of the most important and most demanding operas of the 20th century where Strauss pushed musical boundaries that require…

  • Sissi Odeon Herodes Athens

    SISSI – MYTH OF A PRINCESS at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 4 October 2017
    Why Go: A spirited evening of music in a magical setting

    The Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra along with the Ballet of Hungary present ‘Sissi, The Myth of a Princess’ a musical celebrating the life of the much- loved Princess Elizabeth (Sissi) who became the empress of Austria at the age of 16 and eventually the Queen of Hungary. 60 dancers and musicians with spectacular costumes perform…

  • Stones Speak Street Performers Athens

    THE STONES SPEAK street performances

    Where: Various locations around central Athens
    When: 10 September – 10 October 2017
    Why Go: Free street performances of ancient Greek texts

    The great writers of antiquity come to life at various archaeological sites and monuments around Athens as young talented actors from the Delos Acting School perform from famous ancient texts including, Homer, Plato and Aristotle in an event titled the Stones Speak. Highlights of classical Greek literature include: Aristophanes (445 BC – 386 BC) is considered…

  • Carmen Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    CARMEN at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 10 October 2017
    Why Go: An explosive dance production of Carmen

    The dance theatre version of Carmen returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura’s explosive interpretation of Carmen and the flamenco. Spanish dancer and choreographer, Gades and director Carlos Saura first introduced their dance theatre version of Carmen in Paris in 1983, shortly after their critically acclaimed film swept the…

  • Medea Athens Odeon Herodes

    MEDEA by Euripides at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 3 October 2017
    Why Go: See Euripides’ two faces of love unravel beneath the Acropolis

    The infamous Medea by Euripides presents the two faces of love: one is brutal, immersed in pain and darkness; the other is dreamy, pleasurable and bathed in light. Drawing on Euripides’ play and other ancient Greek texts by Sappho, Plato, Theophrastus and others, this Greek production by the Greek Art Theatre, ‘Karolos Koun’, celebrates the…

  • 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…

  • Amyntas Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    AMYNTAS by George Mormoris at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 26 September, 2017
    Why Go: See a legendary play in a magical setting

    Amyntas first premiered at last years Athens and Epidaurus Festival and will be performed again at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, in loving memory of the late director and scholar, Spyros Evangelatos. Originally written by Torquato Tasso, Amyntas is set in a forest, full of love-struck shepherds, sheep, virgin Amazons, wild beasts and legendary creatures such…

  • Whats on in Athens Bolshoi Ballet Odeon

    BOLSHOI THEATRE celebrates Mikhail Lavrovsky

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 19 and 20 September 2017
    Why Go: To see one of the greatest ballets

    A tribute to the legendary Russian ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer, Mikhail Lavrovsky by the Bolshoi Ballet. This anniversary tribute holds its first international show in Athens, after its world premiere earlier this year in Moscow. Presented in two parts, the 76 year old Lavrovsky performs in the role of Daniliev. The performance consists of historical…