Odeon Herodes Athens Festival
The ERT National Orchestra at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Photograph: courtesy of AEF/Elli Poupoulidou

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.

  • Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 15 July 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…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 17 July to 9 August 2020
    Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

    As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year and are generally spread across eight weekends in summer. Experiencing a midsummer production at Epidaurus is an…

  • Persians Athens Festival

    THE PERSIANS by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 24, 25 & 26 July 2020
    Why Go: See one of the oldest ancient Greek tragedies

    This presentation of The Persians by Aeschylus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Persians (472 BC) is both the oldest extant ancient drama and a historical document about the most significant armed conflict during the second Persian invasion of…

  • Greek National Opera Gala Athens

    OPERA GALA by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 26 & 28 July 2020
    Why Go: For a night of opera on an iconic stage

    The Greek National Opera presents world-class opera stars over two nights performing famous arias and duets in an unforgettable opera gala at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Opera Gala 1 – 26 July In the first gala, internationally acclaimed soloists such as Riccardo Massi and Dimitri Platanias will…

  • Oedipus Rex Fimonoi Athens

    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: TBA
    Why Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy

    The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is in its second season in Athens performed by the Fimonoi Theater Group. Long considered the greatest of Greek tragedies, it has a sympathetic protagonist, a crushing climax, inspirational poetry and a wealth of meaningful themes. The play remains on the shortlist of exceptionally and undeniably great world…

  • Lysistrata Aristophanes Athens Festival

    LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 31 July, 1 & 2 August 2020
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek comedy LIVE

    This presentation of Lysistrata by Aristophanes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Popular actor Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos makes his directorial debut with Lysistrata. This ancient Greek comedy was originally performed in classical Athens in 411BC. The story revolves around Lysistrata’s resolve to…

  • Birds Aristophanes Athens Festival

    THE BIRDS by Aristophanes– Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 7, 8 & 9 August 2020
    Why Go: See one of the best surviving ancient Greek comedies

    This presentation of The Birds by Aristophanes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Birds is an ancient Greek comedy that follows the story of Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, two Athenian citizens that decide to search for a new city…