HATZIDAKIS – Dance With My Own ShadowWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 16, 17, 24 November 2019Why Go: Ballet to music by Hatzidakis
As part of the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) ‘Manos Hatzidakis Cycle’, choreographer Konstantinos Rigos introduces the notion of the four cardinal points as a ballet journey through Hatzidakis’ work. The C.N.S. Cycle is the north, the abstract landscape of the “deserted beach”, death’s wasteland. Captain Michalis is the south, with the Mediterranean, dry landscape, the wind that romantically…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now until 29 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…
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – based on the short story by Charles DickensWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 15 November 2019 – 12 January 2020Why Go: See the magic of Xmas on stage
The magic of Christmas comes to the National Theatre of Greece in Athens in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young Greek director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas. Dickens’ most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: November/December 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.
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,…
A TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR MANOS ELEFTHERIOUWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 18 & 25 November 2019Why Go: For an eclectic evening of Greek music
Popular Greek singer Yiannis Kotsiras along with composer and pianist Theodoris Economou, pay tribute to the late Greek poet and lyricist Manos Eleftheriou who passed away last year. Eleftheriou wrote more than 400 songs and worked with many significant composers over the years including Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hatzidakis. The musical evening will honour his…
BRYAN ADAMS LIVE ‘Shine a Light’ tourWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 18 November 2019Why Go: See this legendary performer LIVE
Following the release of his latest album ‘Shine a Light’ earlier this year, Grammy-Award winning artist Bryan Adams comes to Athens to perform LIVE. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Adams is known for his timeless music with hits including, ‘Everything I do, ‘Straight from the Heart’ ‘All for Love’, among others. His…
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…
HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKSWhere: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyWhen: November and December 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,…
JOSE CURA live in AthensWhere: Galatsi Olympic HallWhen: 22 November 2019Why Go: Hear the beauty & prowess of this tenor’s voice LIVE
Spend an enchanting evening with Argentine tenor Jose Cura who will perform beautiful arias for one night only in Athens. Cura will present a Christmas Gala full of beloved arias from famous operas and classic songs we have come to love. The musical programme includes works by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and more. Cura will…
THE THREADWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 20-24 Nov & 3-4 Dec 2019Why Go: For a night of music and dance
The Thread is an innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, performing at the Megaron in Athens. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant forges the past with the present, combining contemporary dance with that of the Greek folk tradition. Eighteen Greek dancers, six trained in folk dancing, the rest in ballet and contemporary dance, portray…
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…
STATE ACADEMIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF RUSSIAWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 25 November 2019Why Go: Hear Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces performed LIVE
The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia comes to the Megaron in Athens to perform some of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces live. Since its formation in 1936, the Symphony Orchestra of the former USSR has been the ultimate representative of the Russian symphonic sound. The orchestra made history during its 35-year collaboration with legendary conductor Evgeny Svetlanov…
PIANO FESTIVAL at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 26 & 27 November & 4 December 2019Why Go: Hear some of the best pianists in Greece
The Greek National Opera (GNO) Alternative Stage Piano Festival, in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Piano Festival, returns for its third year at the Stavros Niarchos Centre in Athens. The festival’s programme will include five recitals by outstanding Greek soloists along with a free major concert on 14 November of popular concertos for piano of the…
ABBA MANIA IN ATHENSWhere: Galatsi Olympic HallWhen: 27 November 2019Why Go: Step back in time for this LIVE tribute concert
Straight from London’s West End, Abba Mania comes to Athens for one night only, filling the Galatsi Olympic Hall with the power and beauty of Abba’s music. This explosive tribute takes audiences back in time, to one of the world’s finest pop groups, for two hours filled with music, dance and lyrics to fall in…
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…
JIM JEFFERIES LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: Gazi LiveWhen: 19 December 2019Why Go: See the hilarious stand up comedian LIVE
Internationally acclaimed Australian comedian, Jim Jefferies comes to Athens as part of his “Night Talker Tour” this December. The hilarious comic who is now world-famous, after two successful stand-up specials on Netflix and launching his own show on Comedy Central. Jefferies did several years of stand-up in the UK before relocating to LA and was…
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…
SWAN LAKE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 December 2019Why Go: See a new choreography of this classic tale
Swan Lake returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall with a modern choreography from the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos after 10 sold-out performances during its previous season. The enchanting story of Prince Siegfried, the Swan Queen Odette, the evil wizard Rothbart and his daughter Odile, comes to life through Rigos’ eyes, as…
THE CHRISTMAS FACTORYWhere: Technopolis, GaziWhen: 30 Nov 2019 – 5 January 2020Why Go: To get the family into the Christmas spirit
The Christmas Factory returns to Technopolis in Gazi making it the most festive place to be in the centre of Athens. Kids will get to meet Santa in his house as well explore the sweet and toy factory. A Christmas park wouldn’t be complete without the Ferris wheel and carousel rides. Additional entertainment will include…
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.