Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Photo: Athens Festival/Stefanos

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 Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 1st June – 18 August 2018
    Why Go: For an extensive 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 Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…

  • View from the Bridge Arthur Miller Athens

    A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

    Where: National Theatre of Greece
    When: 15 February – 27 May 2018
    Why Go: See one of the most iconic plays of the C20th

    In the Brooklyn of the 1950s, immigrants arrive from all over the world in search of a better life, some of them illegally. They come from every walk of life in search of the American dream, determined to succeed, but it often proves to be the wrong path, leading those who follow it into hubris….

  • Eirini Vourloumis Benaki Museum Pireos

    IN WAITING by Eirini Vourloumis

    Where: Benaki Museum’s Pireos St annex
    When: On now – 27 May 2018
    Why Go: Exploring the microcosms of Athens

    ‘In Waiting’ is the first museum exhibition of Greek-Indonesian photographer Eirini Vourloumis, presenting works from her recently published book of the same title, in November last year. The exhibition is presented at the Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annex. This formative body of work is an examination of the city of Athens and its role as a…

  • National Observatory of Athens Why Athens City Guide

    ASTRONOMY TOURS at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: Throughout May 2018
    Why Go: Take in the wonders of the Athenian sky by night with the Doridis telescope

    The visitors centre of the National Observatory of Athens will be conducting evening tours in English on dates throughout May offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope, to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis. The Doridis refracting telescope was…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Programme Tickets

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 29 June - 18 August 2018
    Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

    As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus festival, the Epidaurus theatre comes alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and more. It is a highlight of the festival to experience a midsummer production at this iconic venue. The famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus was constructed in the late…

  • Greek Singers Athens Glykeria

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: May to July 2018
    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.

  • Acropolis Museum Events Athens Eleusis

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31 May 2018
    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. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per session (first in best…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout May 2018
    Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen in the last ten years. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most…

  • PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma

    Where: Pireos 260
    When: 1-3 June 2018
    Why Go: Exploring the myth & legacy of the American dream

    Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, co-founders of the Obie award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma, take on the myth and legacy of the American Dream. Inside a Western saloon, a Mexican barman, an Austrian sales rep, the re-enactment of a peace keeping mission in Baghdad, a magic potion and some unsettlingly uplifting cowboy dances make up…

  • Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen Athens

    THE WILD DUCK by Henrik Ibsen

    Where: Poreia Theatre, Athens
    When: On now – 3 June 2018
    Why Go: See one of Ibsen’s theatrical masterpieces

    The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen, is a tragi-comedy about our life-lies and our meta-virtues, as well as our relationship to nature. Gregers returns to his hometown after years away, having developed in the interim his philosophy of life, which can be summarized as: struggle to achieve truth, no matter what it takes. When he returns, he reunites with…

  • Nabucco Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    NABUCCO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 1, 3, 6, 8 June 2018
    Why Go: see Verdi's classic opera beneath the Acropolis

    One of Verdi’s most popular operas, Nabucco will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A watershed moment in Verdi’s career, Nabucco put an end to a string of failures for the composer and marked the end of a period of great sadness in his life….

  • Jazz Panorama Onassis Cultural Centre Athens

    GREEK JAZZ PANORAMA at the Onassis Cultural Centre

    Where: Onassis Cultural Centre
    When: 7 – 9 June 2018
    Why Go: To hear the emerging sounds from the Greek Jazz scene

      The younger generation of the Greek jazz scene show their fiery talent at the fifth Greek Jazz Panorama, ‘New Generation’ at the Onassis Cultural Centre’s rooftop terrace. Three new ensembles, led by musicians under 30 will present their remarkable compositions. Important jazz veterans will also accompany over three evenings featuring, Panagiotis Kostopoulos Quintet, Arionas…

  • Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival Gazi 2018

    ATHENS TECHNOPOLIS JAZZ FESTIVAL

    Where: Technopolis in Gazi
    When: 4-10 June 2018
    Why Go: For the best line up in the int’l jazz scene

    One of the oldest and most loved Jazz events of the city returns in June. Celebrating its 18th year, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival will once again present the best line up of jazz music and trends from around the world over seven days. Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival Programme Highlights DAY 1 | Monday June…

  • Leon of Athens Pireos 260 Athens Festival

    MUSIC BY NIGHT AT PIREOS 260

    Where: Pireos 260
    When: 2, 4, 6, 9-12 June 2018
    Why Go: Experience music by night at the Athens Festival

    The Athens & Epidaurus Festival has been producing events at the Pireos 260 theatres since 2006. The former industrial buildings are now an integral part of the festival’s music, dance and theatre programme throughout the summer months. This year’s highlights include: 2 June | 11:00pm six d.o.g.s ADD 2018 The Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018…

  • Arvanitaki Athens Festival Odeon Herodes

    ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 14 June 2018
    Why Go: See world-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki LIVE

    World-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki joins forces with TAKIM, one of the most popular bands in Greece, to perform Greek folk music with a twist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The band will cover several of Arvanitaki’s songs, drawing on her rich, 30-year-long body of work. Megaro…

  • Christina Maxouri PostWar Songs Athens Festival

    POSTWAR SONGS with Christina Maxouri

    Where: Courtyard of the National Bank Greece, Cultural Fdn
    When: 12-16 June 2018
    Why Go: Hear postwar songs in Baroque style

    The Athens and Epidaurus Festival presents a vividly theatrical concert with acclaimed Greek actress Christina Maxouri, featuring postwar Greek songs that have been reinterpreted in the Baroque style. Maxouri has been nominated twice for the Melina Mercouri acting award and the Eleftheria Sapountzi award. She will perform at the beautiful courtyard of the National Bank…

  • Rag Bone Man Release Festival Athens

    RELEASE ATHENS 2018 | featuring Jamiroquai & London Grammar

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 31 May, 1 & 17 June 2018
    Why Go: For a great line up of world music

    Release Athens will return for its third year with London Grammar, Kid Moxie and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man performing on day 1 (31 May) of the festival, along with Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of alternative rock band The Verve. On day 2, (1 June) Thievery corporation, UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Angelika Dusk, Astro, Mickey and…

  • Perouze Athens Philharmonia Odeon Herodes

    PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 16 - 17 June 2018
    Why Go: Greek opera under the stars

    Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ masterwork Perouzé will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It originally premiered on 9 August 1911 at the Olympia Theatre. A smashing success, it ran for two seasons and was performed throughout Greece. Perouzé was last presented in 1950 at the Greek National Opera. The opera’s…

  • DUO AURA ATHENS FESTIVAL

    DUO AURA – Classic Without Frontiers

    Where: Courtyard of the National Bank Greece, Cultural Fdn
    When: 17-18 June 2018
    Why Go: See the musical duo transcending cultural barriers

    Pianist Agapi Triantafyllidi from Greece and cellist Nil Kocamangil from Turkey are internationally established soloists, famous for their artistic collaboration as Duo Aura. The duo will perform works by Brahms, R. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, and Skalkottas at this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival. These two young performers are acclaimed all around Europe and have been widely praised…

  • Jan Vogler Bill Murray Athens Epidaurus Festival

    NEW WORLDS with Bill Murray & Jan Vogler at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 19 June 2018
    Where: Bill Murray like you’ve never seen him before

    Actor Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two immediately struck a friendship. Being interested in each other’s artistic work, they came up with a joint project. New Worlds is a performance bridging the artistic legacy of America and Europe, highlighting the fundamental values of American literature and music. A fascinating…

  • Ejekt Festival Athens Nick Cave

    EJEKT FESTIVAL ATHENS featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 23 June 2018
    Why Go: For the best in alternative and electronic music

    The Ejekt Festival returns for its 13th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the best in alternative and electronic based music. This year will see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wolf Alice and the Editors perform on Day 1 of the festival on 23rd June. DAY ONE PASS ON SALE…

  • Sting Acropolis Odeon Herodes Athens

    STING LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 22 & 23 June 2018 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: Don’t miss the concert of the year in Athens

    Sting will perform two concerts as part the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival in what will be one of the most memorable concerts held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an iconic venue more than 1800 years old, that lies beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. THIS CONCERT HAS NOW SOLD OUT – Find Out…

  • Summer Nostos Niarchos Center Athens

    SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 17 - 24 June 2018
    Why Go: For a packed program ideal for the whole family

    The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), is an arts, sports and education festival that is open to the public free of charge. Music, dance, sports, arts and architecture discussions, screenings and programs for children and families are combined for an entire week in June as part of a multi-faceted…

  • Lefteris Papadopoulos Tribute Concert Athens

    LEFTERIS PAPADOPOULOS tribute concert at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 25 June 2018
    Where: Hear popular Greek music at an iconic venue

    For over half a century, the lyrics of Lefteris Papadopoulos have featured in popular Greek songs and embraced by leading Greek composers. His songs have been performed by top Greek singers, such as Grigoris Bithikotsis, Vicky Moscholiou, Stelios Kazantzidis, George Dalaras, and Charis Alexiou. Papadopoulos was a poet, writer, journalist and lyricist who was an…

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Odeon Athens Festival

    TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 June 2018
    Why Go: Hear one of the leading orchestras in the world performs at an iconic venue

    The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be conducted by the award-winning conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev as they play the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Having collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and companies in the world (chief conductor of Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra between 1997-2006, La Scala, Opernhaus Zürich), Fedoseyev is the heart and soul…

  • Armonia Atenea Joseph Calleja Odeon Herodes Athens

    JOSEPH CALLEJA – WORKS BY VERDI & MASSENET at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 29 June 2018
    Why Go: An enchanting evening of opera beneath the glow of the Acropolis

    Joseph Calleja and Ramón Tebar, two young opera artists with an international following join forces with Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra to perform works by Verdi and Massenet at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Calleja, one of the most popular tenors…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout June 2018
    Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building

    Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, 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 inside the Hellenic…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: Throughout May and June 2018
    Why 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,…

  • ACHARNIANS Epidaurus Festival Athens

    THE ACHARNIANS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 29 & 30 June 2018
    Why Go: See an ancient Greek work that is still relevant today

    This presentation of The Acharnians forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. It was first presented at the Lenaia festival, in the sixth year of the Peloponnesian War (425BC), earning the then-19-year-old Aristophanes, the first prize. Aristophanes sets out to ridicule war and warmongers, expressing people’s longing for peace. The comedy…

  • Islamic Calligrapy Benaki Museum

    ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY, the art of Iranian writing

    Where: Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
    When: On now – 1 July 2018
    Why Go: Discover contemporary Iranian calligraphy

    The art of writing is a highly esteemed artistic expression within the world of the Middle East that has been admired from the 7th century until today. Islamic Calligraphy is considered a fundamental characteristic of Islamic art and aesthetics. This exhibition at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art in Athens, aims to familiarise visitors with…

  • London Philharmonia Orchestra Odeon Herodes Athens

    LONDON PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 2 July 2018
    Why Go: Hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras perform

    London based Philharmonia Orchestra returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3, along with excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung led by award winning Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen and joined by American soprano Michelle DeYoung. ABOUT Founded in 1945, the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras, thanks to its…

  • CALEXICO live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 3 & 4 July 2018
    Why Go: See this Tex-Mex, indie rock band perform LIVE

    Calexico have gathered fans from all over the world. This hugely popular band will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the very first time, presenting some of their biggest hits (“Stray,” “Falling from the sky,” “Crystal Frontier,” “Missing,” “Splitter”), along with songs from their newest, album, “The Threat that Keeps Us”, that was released…

  • Vassilis Tsitsanis Panathenaic Stadium Greek Singers

    THE MUSIC OF VASSILIS TSITSANIS – Panathenaic Stadium

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 4 July 2018
    Why Go: A night of Greek folk music at an iconic venue

    The Panathenaic Stadium will be filled with Greek music including songs from Greek composer Vassilis Tsitsanis, renowned for changing Greek folk music forever. Prominent singer George Dalaras will perform along with other big voices in Greek song including, Glykeria, Yiannis Kotsiras, Christos Nikolopoulos among others. This is one of the few concerts held at the Panathenaic Stadium and…

  • Nana Mouskouri Athens Epidaurus Festival Odeon

    NANA MOUSKOURI live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5 July 2018
    Why Go: See this legendary artist LIVE beneath the Acropolis

    Nana Mouskouri began her singing career in Greece over 60 years ago and went on to become a world-famous star. The artist has given over 10,000 performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and Teatro Monumental in Chile. This…

  • AGAMEMNON Epidaurus Festival Athens

    AGAMEMNON by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 6 & 7 July 2018
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ best work of Greek tragedy

    This presentation of Agamemnon by Aeschylus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the tragic characters are doomed to suffer and die, whereas the members of the chorus are doomed to suffer and live, revisiting their misfortunes and seeking a way out. This ancient Greek tragedy is widely considered to…

  • COMPANY Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim | Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 8 & 9 July 2018
    Why Go: See this Broadway smash hit at the iconic Odeon

    After a string of hit musicals, (Kiss me Kate, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd), Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra returns to the Athens and Epidaurus Festival with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, presented in Greece for the very first time. Company made its Broadway debut in 1970 and received six Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical,…

  • ANTIGONE Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    ANTIGONE at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 11 July 2018
    Where: See an ancient Greek tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    Co-directors Emilios Chilakis and Manolis Dounias delve into Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A play that has become emblematic of resistance to power, Antigone examines young Antigone’s fatal decision to bury her dead brother, Polynices, in violation of the king’s rules. The ten roles of…

  • MUSICAL EVENTS AT THE ATHENS CONSERVATOIRE

    Where: Athens Conservatoire
    When: 3-6 & 10-12 July 2018
    Why Go: For classical + jazz concerts

    As part of a new collaboration between the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the newly re-opened Athens Conservatoire, two concerts will be performed in July to promote emerging musical talent in Greece. 3 – 6 July | Aris Garoufalis Hall 9:00pm Young Greek Classics, A Tribute to Debussy Three young and talented Greek soloists will…

  • Daphnis Chloe Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    DAPHNIS & CHLOE by Orestis Laskos | Screening at the Odeon Herodes

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 14 July 2018
    Why Go: A rare opportunity to see this classic Greek film beneath the Acropolis

    A screening of the early Greek film Daphnis and Chloe (1931), restored by the Greek Film Archive, with original music by Filippos Tsalahouris, will appear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The plot revolves around a pastoral romance between Daphnis and Chloe. The original, silent version of the…

  • PLUTUS Epidaurus Festival Athens

    PLUTUS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 13 & 14 July 2018
    Why Go: An ancient Greek comedy for modern times

    This presentation of Plutus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. From Aristophanes’ time to now, Plutus (Greek for “wealth”) is invariably the most powerful deity on the face of the earth and the driving force behind everything. This ancient Greek comedy aims to point to today’s inequality of wealth distribution…

  • Scorpions Athens Panathenaic Stadium

    SCORPIONS live at the Panathenaic Stadium

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 16 July 2018
    Why Go: For a night of rock at an iconic venue

    Legendary German rock band, Scorpions will perform at the Panathenaic Stadium, the iconic birthplace of the modern Olympic games. Their concert, “Once in a Lifetime” will be opened by the Athens State Orchestra, adding a symphonic dimension to the band’s sound. Scorpions are one of the longest lasting and commercially successful ensembles of rock music….

  • Nigel Kennedy Odeon Herodes Athens Epidaurus

    NIGEL KENNEDY – ‘Bach Meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 17 July 2018
    Why 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, ‘Bach meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s…

  • Rockwave Festival Athens Arctic Monkeys

    ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL 2018

    Where: Terra Vibe Park
    When: 6, 19, 20 July 2018
    Why Go: Experience Greece’s famous summer rock festival

    Rockwave Festival is held every year at Terra Vibe Park in Malakasa, situated on the northern edge of the Parnitha mountain range, around 30km (19 miles) north of Athens. Celebrating its 22nd year, it has become one of the most famous rock festivals in Greece, establishing itself as the annual live music event for contemporary pop…

  • ELECTRA Epidaurus Festival Athens

    ELECTRA by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 20 & 21 July 2018
    Why Go: See Electra performed at an iconic ancient Greek theatre

    This presentation of Electra forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. Written in the shadow of the Peloponnesian War, Electra is one of Sophocles’ most brutal plays. From the very first scene, the return of matricide Orestes, to the final scene with the victorious battle cries of the chorus, the entire play is…

  • Steven Wilson Athens Concert Technopolis

    STEVEN WILSON live in Athens

    Where: Athens Technopolis
    When: 25 July 2018
    Why Go: For lovers of progressive rock

    Based on his current album ‘To the Bone’, English musician Steven Wilson will perform in Athens as part of his world tour. One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, returns to Greece for one night only at Technopolis. Featuring songs from his latest album, Wilson will also perform favourites from previous…

  • THESMOPHORIAZUSAE Epidaurus Festival Athens

    THESMOPHORIAZUSAE by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 27 & 28 July 2018
    Why Go: Power and politics come to life on this ancient stage

    This presentation of Thesmophoriazusae forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. Thesmophoriazusae is one of Aristophanes’ three female plays, written in 411 BC, at a time when democracy was overthrown and replaced by Oligarchy, women called for political stability. Nowadays, women are no longer in the same difficult position. They are no…

  • Two Embroideries Mentis Passementerie Athens

    TWO EMBROIDERIES by Stefanos Rokos & Antiopi Pantazi

    Where: Mentis Passementerie
    When: On now – 28 July 2018
    Why Go: See famous paintings transformed into embroidered works

    Two Embroideries is an artistic collaboration between Greek contemporary artist, Stefanos Rokos and architect Antiopi Pantazi, that interweaves tradition with modernism, craftmanship with creativity. The exhibition presents the work of these two artists culminating over three years (2013 – 2016). Two of Rokos’ paintings have been reworked by Pantazi in embroidery, to produce a multi-textured…

  • CARMEN at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 29, 31 July 2018
    Why Go: See a modernised version of this classic opera

    Symbolizing love and liberty, the most popular opera in the French repertoire, Carmen, is brought back to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Presented by the Greek National Opera, the four night season in July 2018 is directed by acclaimed British director, Steven Langridge who is currently artistic director of the…

  • ORESTES Epiduarus Festival Athens

    ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 3 & 4 August 2018
    Why Go: See Euripides’ ancient tragedy

    This presentation of Orestes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. To what extent can a society caught up in a vicious cycle of crime, find a way out? Three young people, Orestes, Electra, and Pylades are entangled in a spiral of blood and violence. Gods and humans have spun an…

  • FROGS Epidaurus Festival Athens

    THE FROGS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 10 & 11 August 2018
    Why Go: See this famous ancient Greek comedy live

    This presentation of The Frogs forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. Aristophanes attempts a phantasmagorical descent to the underworld. Much like Odysseus, he seeks a path to his utopian Ithaca. One can only fulfil one’s life by discovering the true meaning of death. The polis must come to terms with its…

  • OEDIPUS COLONUS Epidaurus Festival Athens

    OEDIPUS AT COLONUS by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 17 & 18 August 2018
    Why Go: See Sophocles’ last tragedy

    This presentation of Oedipus at Colonus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. As Sophocles’ final tragedy, this play is at once a meditation on human fate and a tribute to his favourite city, Athens. A tragedy about physical and metaphysical borders, about the mystery of human freedom in the face…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 23rd May – 23rd September 2018
    Why 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 village made costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athenians return from their summer vacations. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during September and October. Shows for this period…

  • George Condo Cycladic Museum Athens

    GEORGE CONDO at the Museum of Cycladic Art

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 8 June – 14 October 2018
    Why Go: Condo’s first major solo exhibition in Greece

    Within its contemporary art programme, the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) will hold the exhibition George Condo at Cycladic. This will be the first major solo museum exhibition of the American artist George Condo in Greece. The exhibition will include painting, sculptures and drawings spanning his 40-year career and a catalogue will be published on its occasion….

  • Emperor HADRIAN ATHENS National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now through Nov 2018
    Why 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…