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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.

  • Carmen Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    CARMEN at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 2nd September, 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…

  • Protopsalti Greek Singers Athens

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 24th September, 2017
    Why Go: A magical evening of Greek music beneath the Acropolis

    A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus. About Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of the greatest…

  • 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…

  • Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Athens Odeon

    BOLSHOI THEATRE celebrates Mikhail Lavrovsky

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 19 – 20th 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…

  • Bacchae Euripides Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    THE BACCHAE by Euripides at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon Herodes Atticus
    When: 11 September 2017
    Why Go: To see the portrayal of the god Dionysus as both actor and director

    The god Dionysus arrives at the city of Thebes, disguised in human form. King Pentheus struggles to fortify the city and himself against a religion that threatens to make everyone equal; current and former kings, gods and slaves, oracles and messengers, men and women alike and transform the world into a place where humans are…

  • Tales Magic Lake Vouliagmeni

    TALES & MAGIC at Lake Vouliagmeni

    Where: Lake Vouliagmeni
    When: 7th September 2017
    Why Go: Music against the natural beauty of Lake Vouliagmeni

    A musical evening entitled Tales and Magic takes inspiration from the natural environment of Lake Vouliagmeni – a limestone cavern that wraps around a lake in the southern seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, approximately 25 minutes from the centre of Athens. The Thessaloniki State Orchestra will perform against this enchanting landscape, inspired by fairy tales and…

  • Oedipus Kolonos Sophocles Odeon Herodes Atticus

    OEDIPUS AT KOLONOS by Sophocles at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon Herodes Atticus
    When: 8 September 2017
    Why Go: To see the ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles

    This ancient Athenian tragedy that many regard as Sophocles’ masterpiece is presented by Stavros Tsakiris who adopts the style of narrative theatre. The cast will narrate a parable on a stage that is virtually empty. The characters are conceived as apparitions of the dying Oedipus. Minos Matsas’ music will serve as a parallel text to…

  • Maria Callas Opera Gala Odeon Herodes Athens

    MARIA CALLAS OPERA GALA at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 14th September 2017
    Why Go: A 40 year anniversary tribute to Callas

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents an opera gala on 14th September at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to honour the memory of the leading Greek soprano, Maria Callas, who died 40 years ago on 16th September, 1977. Callas graced the stage of the Odeon as a young woman singing the lead role in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Kalomoiris’ The Master Builder. GNO’s…

  • PEACE by Aristophanes Odeon Herodes Atticus

    PEACE by Aristophanes at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon Herodes Atticus
    When: 4-5 September 2017
    Why Go: To see the musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace

    The great Greek composer Nikos Kypourgos and the talented young writer Dimosthenis Papamarkos have been commissioned by the National Theatre of Greece to write the music and libretto respectively for a musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace, directed by the accomplished Konstantinos Arvanitakis. PEACE will play at the majestic Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Find…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Sweeney Todd Odeon

    SWEENEY TODD at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 31 August 2017
    Why Go: To see Opera in Athens' best setting

    In its third annual musical production, the Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and George Petrou will once again impress audiences at the Athens Festival with the acclaimed musical thriller Sweeney Todd playing at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This impressive production will feature a cast of 26, including popular actors and opera…

  • 100 YEARS OF OMADA TECHNI “ART GROUP” in Athens

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 29 October 2017
    Why Go: A closer look at Athens’ art scene of the 20th century

    2017 marks the 100th anniversary since the creation of the famous “Omada Techni” or “Art Group” which represents the birth of modernism in Greece. This latest exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum aims to re-examine this group’s importance to the art scene in Athens during the 20th century. Omada Techni was created by Nikolaos…

  • MAURICE BEJART BALLET Odeon

    BEJART BALLET at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 17-18 September 2017
    Why Go: See ballet beneath the glow of the Acropolis

    A magnificent tribute to the iconic choreography of the late pioneer in dance, Maurice Béjart. Fifty dancers of ballet will immerse viewers in an unforgettable show celebrating dance and Béjart’s career, on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Popular ballet sequences that were choreographed by Maurice Bejart…

  • Seven against thebes

    SEVEN AGAINST THEBES

    Where: Piraeus + Melina Mercouri Theatre
    When: 3, 5 September 2017
    Why Go: See a political tragedy by ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus

    One of the most successful performances of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus will extend its season touring around Greece in September. The National Theatre of Northern Greece presents this political tragedy as an exploration of our commonly shared survival instincts and how these instincts are comparable with our fundamental need…

  • Tango del Sur Odeon Acropolis

    TANGO del SUR at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 6th September 2017
    Why Go: A passionate evening of dance under the September full moon

    On the last full moon of summer, melodies by great Argentine Masters will flood the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with Tango del Sur (Tango of the south). The passionate movement of the tango comes alive for one night only with internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Natalia Hills from Buenos Aires, who performs for…

  • Emotions exhibition Acropolis Museum

    EMOTIONS at the Acropolis Museum

    Where: The Acropolis Museum
    When: 18th July – 19th November, 2017
    Why Go: Insights into the ancient world and the emotions that ruled it

    Emotions, the exhibition from the Onassis Cultural Center New York arrives in Athens exploring the unseen world of emotions in the personal, social and political life of antiquity. An unusual archaeological exhibition that focuses on the portrayal of the ‘ethos of the soul’ in 129 ancient art-works. The exhibition will be displayed in a new…

  • Hope for Children Odeon Theodorakis Korkolis

    HOPE FOR CHILDREN benefit concert at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 1st September 2017
    Why Go: A musical event at an iconic venue, for a good cause

    A musical evening to benefit children with cancer, Hope For Children features music by two of Greece’s outstanding composers, Mikis Theodorakis and Stefanos Korkolis. Singers, Maria Farantouri and Sophia Manousaki perform, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Volos. Participating soloists: Themis Vagenas (Cello) Michalis Paouris (Bouzouki) Dimitris Papavomvolaakis (Guitar / Mandolin) Bella Lionaaki (Accordion) Vasilis…

  • Athens Open Air Film Festival

    The 7th Athens Open Air Film Festival 2017

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: On now - 1st September 2017
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas and screening some of the greatest movies in film history. The festival has become an anticipated part of the Athens summer calendar. Free entry to all movies.   PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS JULY   Mad Max 2, The…

  • Ghika Craxton Fermor exhibition

    GHIKA, CRAXTON, FERMOR, exhibition

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: 7th June – 10th September 2017
    Why Go: For a better understanding of the friendship between Ghika, Craxton & Fermor

    The Benaki Museum presents the exhibition ‘Charmed lives in Greece’, examining the friendship of Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994) John Craxton (1922-2009) and writer, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), from the early years of their acquaintance, in the mid-1940s, to the end of their lives.Through works of art, extracts from texts, photographs, letters, manuscripts and publications, visitors will be…

  • Greek singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: Throughout September 2017
    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.

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    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31st August 2017
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum hold events to enhance visitors experiences of the museum including complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the exhibits. Until 31st August. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per…

  • Divine Dialogues Cy Twombly Athens

    DIVINE DIALOGUES featuring work by Cy Twombly

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 25th May – 3rd September 2017
    Why Go: A rare look at Twombly’s work side by side with that which inspired it

    For the first time, 30 works by Cy Twombly inspired by Greek mythology and the artist’s close ties with Greece will be presented alongside 12 ancient artworks in an exhibition entitled Divine Dialogues at the Museum of Cycladic Art . Revealing a unique and original dialogue between ancient Greek and contemporary art, the exhibition includes…

  • Traditional Greek dancing why athens events

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 25th May – 24th September 2017
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…

  • Liquid Antiquity Benaki museum

    LIQUID ANTIQUITY at Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: On now – 17th September, 2017
    Why Go: See an artistic portrayal of antiquity and contemporary art

    The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Liquid Antiquity at the Benaki Museum, a project that explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art. Conceived by Brooke Holmes, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University, in collaboration with…

  • Maria Callas Exhibition Athens

    MARIA CALLAS, a tribute exhibition

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 15 May – 30th September 2017
    Why Go: A personal perspective of the woman behind the legend

    Maria Callas, one of the world’s greatest opera divas of the twentieth century will be honoured in a rare exhibition titled ‘The Myth Lives On’, presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. More than 200 personal affects belonging to Callas will be on display including theatre costumes, furs, jewellery, dresses and furniture. Handwritten letters…

  • DESTE prize

    DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 6th April – 17th September, 2017
    Why Go: To see emerging Greek contemporary art

    To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the DESTE Prize, the DESTE Foundation is organising an exhibition of works by the nine recipients of the award from 1999 to 2015. Entitled DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition 1999–2015, the collection offers a survey of contemporary art over these years. Exhibiting for the first time together are; Loukia…

  • Odysseys National Archaeological Museum

    ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now - 30th September 2017
    Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time

    Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.