ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: September & October 2019Why Go: For live music & theatre
The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: September & October 2019Why 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 AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 20 September 2019Why 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…
PICASSO & ANTIQUITY – Museum of Cycladic ArtWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: On now until 20 October 2019Why Go: See how ancient Greece influenced the work of Picasso
The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents its major exhibition, Picasso and Antiquity – Line and Clay. Rare works by Picasso depict marine creatures, animals, human figures, mythological scenes inspired by ancient tragedy and comedy, all conversing with prehistoric artefacts as part of the museum’s “Divine Dialogues” series, where ceramics and designs of Picasso…
TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou TheatreWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: On now to 22 September 2019Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance
Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 800 seat open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes over 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers with an authentic collection of over 2,000 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Saturday's to 2 November 2019Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece
Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a fourth season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….
PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 21 September 2019Why Go: Enjoy modern Greek music LIVE
Singer and songwriter Pavlos Pavlidis will appear at Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens for an acoustic set with Orestis Benekas on keys and Alekos Voulgarakis on electric guitar. Pavlidis is a famous Greek artist who became known during the 90’s with his band ‘Xylina Spathia’ (Wooden Swords). His music is considered Greek “entehna” and his…
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: Galatsi Olympic Hall, ATHENSWhen: 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…
CHRONOGRAPHY – ROBERT MCCABE photographs of GreeceWhere: Archaeological Society of AthensWhen: On now – 31 October 2019Why Go: Historical insights of Greece in the 1950s through the lens of a great philhellene
An exhibition of photographs by American photographer and philhellene Robert McCabe marks the 180th anniversary of the Archaeological Society of Athens. The presentation, “Chronography – An Exhibition for the 180th Anniversary (1837-2017) of the Archaeological Society” includes 53 black and white photographs taken between 1954-55 in regions of Greece of archaeological significance including, the Acropolis,…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now until 30 Nov 2019Why Go: See rare exhibits of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
The National Archaeological Museum along with the Italian Archaeological School present ‘Hadrian and Athens, conversing with an Ideal World’ that marks 1900 years since the Roman Emperor Hadrian began his reign in 117AD. All of the 40 exhibits featured come from the National Archaeological Museum’s collections and gives visitors a unique opportunity to view exhibits…
COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now to 31 December 2019Why Go: Discover objects of beauty from antiquity
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens presents ‘Countless Aspects of Beauty’, the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy that showcases the institution’s impressive collections, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. More than 300 artefacts, digital media and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects,…
Discover the delights of Athens & AtticaWhere: Around Athens and Attica regionWhen: On nowWhy 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…
OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater GroupWhere: Athinais Theatre AthensWhen: Each Thursday until 24 October 2019Why Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy
The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles will be performed in Athens 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 short list of exceptionally and undeniably great world literary masterpieces and…
GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENTWhere: Hellenic Parliament, SyntagmaWhen: Throughout September 2019Why 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…
EROS RAMAZZOTTI live in AthensWhere: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, FaliroWhen: 27 September 2019Why Go: See the Italian superstar LIVE
Italian popstar, Eros Ramazzotti comes to Athens as part of his 2019 world tour, “Vita Ce N’è”. The tour coincides with the release of his new album later this year. Born in Rome, Ramazzotti has released 11 albums over his 30 year career, selling over 60 million copies. He has recorded duets with leading artists…
ERIC BURDON at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27 September 2019Why Go: See the legend of rock LIVE
The legend of rock, Eric Burdon comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to share the rock stories of his life beneath the shadows of the Acropolis. The voice of “House of the Rising Sun” and “Spill the Wine”, was the creative force behind The Animals and War. Highly prolific, Burdon has released…
HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKSWhere: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyWhen: September & October 2019Why Go: Discover contributions made to technology by the ancient Greeks
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the newest museum opening in Athens, founded by Kostas Kotsanas, that represents cutting edge technology from ancient Greece. This permanent exhibition space features hundreds of objects and fully-functioning replicas made by Kotsanas, using the same methods and materials as the originals. Housed in a historic Art Nouveau building,…
ARA MALIKIAN at the Pallas TheatreWhere: Pallas TheatreWhen: 27 & 28 September 2019Why Go: See this talented musician LIVE
For the first time in Greece, violinist Ara Malikian and his band of seven musicians, the Royal Garage, offer an eclectic evening of classical and contemporary music at the Pallas Theatre in Athens. As part of his world tour, his performance in Athens will take audiences on a journey through diverse musical styles, from Bowie to…
MARIO BIONDI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 28 September 2019Why Go: For a magnetising night of music
Italian soul and jazz singer Mario Biondi returns to Athens to perform his most popular songs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. With his deep and sentimental voice, Biondi will travel to the era of the great music halls, while preserving his modern Italian temperament. Whether singing jazz or soul, his rich orchestrations and melodies, as…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: September 2019Why 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.
GEORGE DALARAS – DUETS AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 30 September 2019 (SOLD OUT)Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Greek music
A breathtaking concert to honour the 50-year musical career of George Dalaras at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Dalaras, an iconic performer and talented musician has become the timeless face of Greek song. He will be joined by other talented performers, colleagues and friends performing unforgettable duets. THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT Duet Performers: Eleni…
STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 1 October 2019Why Go: Enjoy the music of Spanoudakis
Legendary classical composer Stamatis Spanoudakis will perform and lead a string orchestra and choir in a singular concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Throughout his career, Spanoudakis has recorded more than 60 albums and written numerous hit songs for film and major Greek singers. His music often fuses together rock, classical and Byzantine styles….
GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 4 October 2019Why Go: To hear Gypsy Jazz music in Greek
Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear once again on Gazarte’s rooftop stage. Combining the musical genius of the legendary guitarist of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt with the sounds of the Greek music…
NIGEL KENNEDY LIVE AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 7 October 2019Why 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 at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 8 October 2019Why 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 – The authentic and original raceWhere: From Marathon to AthensWhen: 10 November 2019Why 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…
JOSÉ CARRERAS LIVE – farewell tourWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 24 November 2019Why 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…
LARA FABIAN LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 12 December 2019Why Go: Hear one of the great female voices of our time
The contemporary diva of French song, Lara Fabian, comes to Athens as part of her 50th birthday celebration tour at the Olympic Indoor Hall. With a career spanning 30 years, the Canadian-Belgian singer has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. She is heralded for…
EDITH PIAF THE SHOW with Jil AigrotWhere: Gazarte at GaziWhen: 21 & 22 December 2019Why Go: Celebrate the music of Edith Piaf
Jil Aigrot, the voice of Edith Piaf in the Oscar winning film ‘La Vie en Rose’, returns to Gazarte in Athens to present her unique interpretation of the passionate love songs of the legendary French vocal artist. The impressive audio-visual production ‘Edith Piaf the Show’ reveals Piaf’s stormy life, from a poverty stricken neighbourhood of…
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.