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.

  • HAUSER live in Athens

    Where: Lycabettus Theatre
    When: 19 & 20 September 2023
    Why Go: See this magnetic performer LIVE

    Croatian cellist sensation, Stjepan Hauser, known professionally as HAUSER, will perform in Athens as part of his ‘Rebel with a Cello’ tour for two nights, inaugurating the re-opening of the Lycabettus Theatre. Hauser has been filling arenas around the world with his explosive performances and diverse repertoire. A world-class musician who is passionate about showing…

  • Pyx Lax Athens

    PYX LAX live in Athens

    Where: Lycabettus Theatre
    When: 16 & 21 September 2023
    Why Go: To see this much-loved Greek band LIVE

    Greek rock band, Pyx Lax, returns to the Lycabettus theatre inaugurating its re-opening for two nostalgic nights on Lycabettus Hill. Originally formed in 1989 (disbanded in 2004) they released their first recording in 1990 to critical and commercial acclaim. They will perform their greatest hits. ABOUT THE VENUE Having hosted more than 1000 concerts during…

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds


    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: On now to 15 October 2023
    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…

  • Classic Rock Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    CLASSIC ROCK at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 29 September 2023
    Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary rock music

    Classic Rock returns once more at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this September. Audiences can expect a legendary line up including singer and co-founder of AC/DC, Dave Evans, the voice of the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, along with the lead voice of Mike Oldfield’s band, Lady Maggie Reilly, together with over 60 classical…

  • Giorgos Mazonakis Athens


    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September 2023
    Why Go: See the best of what’s on this season

    Expect an impressive line up of international acts this Autumn in Athens sans a heatwave! Hot acts include, Lewis Capaldi, Hauser, Michael Bolton, Woody Allen, Louis Tomlinson and so much more.  WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 2023 YIANNIS PARIOS 2, 6 & 23 September  One of Greece’s most famous and loved singers, Yiannis Parios will…

  • Giannis Parios Athens Greek Singers


    Where: Various locations
    When: Various dates throughout September 2023
    Why Go: See one of Greece’s most famous & loved singers

    One of Greece’s most famous and loved singers, Yiannis Parios will be performing in Athens this September as part of his summer tour. A regular highlight of the summer calendar, visitors to Athens will have the chance to see Parios at the Veakio Theatre in Piraeus, Theatro Petras in Petropouli and Faliro Summer Theatre. Known…

  • Lycabettus Theatre Events


    Where: Lycabettus Theatre
    When: September & October 2023
    Why Go: See LIVE performances at this iconic Athenian venue

    The iconic Lycabettus Theatre re-opens in Athens this month, after a 15 year closure. Having hosted more than 1000 concerts during its 43-years in operation, the iconic amphitheatre boasts panoramic views over Athens, perched on a landing just below the summit of Lycabettus Hill.  Audiences can expect an exceptional line-up of Greek and international talent…

  • don quixote Athens


    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 2 October 2023
    Why Go: Relive this classic love story

    The ballet and orchestra of the National Opera of Odessa comes to Athens to perform Ludwig Minkus’ masterpiece, Don Quixote beneath the glow of the Acropolis. First presented in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the story of the ballet draws mainly upon the second volume of Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel, Don Quixote and focuses…

  • Anna Vissi Athens Concert

    ANNA VISSI live at the Acropolis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6 September + 6 October 2023
    Why Go: See this ultimate Greek star LIVE, at an iconic venue

    Greek singing sensation, Anna Vissi will perform her most significant songs, beneath the Acropolis in a milestone concert. As one of the most acclaimed, multi-awarded and beloved artists, Vissi will celebrate her 50 year career in music at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus. She will be accompanied by the “Philharmonia” Diverse Music Ensemble under the direction…

  • oxi day

    Oxi Day in Athens

    Where: Throughout Athens
    When: 28th October annually
    Why Go: To see a grand parade in the city

    Oxi Day is a national public holiday and commemorated on the 28th October every year in Greece, Cyprus and by Greeks around the world. On this day, the Prime Minister of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas denied Benito Mussolini’s request to allow Italian troops to cross the border into Greece and was at this time it became allied with Great Britain.


    LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 21, 24, 27, 31 Oct 2023 & 5, 9 Nov 2023
    Why Go: See one of the most controversial operas from C20th Russia

    Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall, Athens in a production directed by Fanny Ardant, working with an all-star international creative team. Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk addresses the subject of a woman’s position in provincial society. The work…

  • Greek Independence Day Athens Parade


    Where: Syntagma Square & Panepistimiou
    When: 25 March 2024
    Why Go: To see the cultural and military parades

    Each year on the 25th March, Athens comes to a standstill for Greek Independence Day, which commemorates the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. It is also the religious holiday of The Annunciation that is observed on this day by Eastern Orthodoxy. This grand military parade commences from 11:00am sharp and makes its…

  • Olympic Flame Ancient Olympia


    Where: Ancient Olympia
    When: 16 April 2024
    Why Go: Witness the start of the Olympic torch relay

    The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Paris Games will take place on 16 April 2024 in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, in an event open to the public and televised live around the world. The start time will be announced closer to the date. At the ancient Temple of…

  • Athens Greece for Kids Greek Easter Monastiraki

    Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

    Where: Throughout Athens
    When: Good Friday 3 May - Easter Monday 6 May 2024
    Why Go: To experience a Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

    While the islands and villages of Greece are known for their religious festivals during the period of the resurrection, spending Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens is as memorable as it is spiritual. Athens is home to some of the most beautiful and historical churches in Greece and the city has its finest moments under candlelight…

  • COLDPLAY Live in Athens

    Where: Olympic Stadium O.A.K.A
    When: 8 & 9 June 2024
    Why Go: See this iconic band LIVE in 2024!

    The incredible Coldplay will be bringing their electrifying energy to Athens in 2024 for an unforgettable concert experience at the Olympic Stadium for two nights only. Following the huge success of their sold out 2023 summer tour, Coldplay have announced a third run of European dates as part of their record breaking Music Of The Spheres World Tour . Formed in London in 1996,…