Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum
The portrait bust of Hadrian in an imaginary conversation with philosophers and nobleman of the time. Photograph: Why Athens

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.

  • Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now until 30 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…

  • FOUR FREQUENCIES Megaron Athens Lia Vissi

    FOUR FREQUENCIES – a night of world music at the Megaron

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 15 November 2018
    Why Go: For a night of world music

    Three musicians and one powerful voice come together for a night of world music at the Megaron. From, rebetiko, the traditional sounds of Cyprus, to rock and jazz, Lia Vissi performs, accompanied by, Pantelis Benetatos on his dynamic piano, Yiotis Kiourtsoglou on bass and Dimitris Tsakas with the liberating breath of his saxophone who together…

  • Swan Lake Athens Greek National Opera

    SWAN LAKE by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 16, 17, 18 Nov & 20, 22, 28, 29 Dec 2018
    Why Go: See a new choreography of this classic tale

    Swan Lake comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in Athens with a modern choreography from the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) newly appointed artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos. 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 he transfers the action…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Gallery Slopes Athens

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31 December 2018
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm…

  • Yiannis Parios Concert Athens Greek Singers

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: November & December 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.

  • Athens Biennale Anti Eyes

    ATHENS BIENNALE 2018 – ANTI

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: On now – 9 Dec 2018
    Why Go: See art take an oppositional stance

    The Athens Biennale, one of the largest contemporary art presentations held every two years in Athens, returns for its sixth instalment with the theme “ANTI” – the oppositional stance found across many arenas today, from politics to web culture, videogames to Netflix. Both Greek and foreign artists will present works that inhabit significant spaces around…

  • Piano Festival Athens Greek National Opera

    PIANO FESTIVAL at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 20, 21, 24, 25 November 2018
    Why 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 second year at the Stavros Niarchos Centre with the theme, ‘Piano and Jazz’. The festival’s programme will include five recitals by outstanding Greek soloists along with two major concerts dedicated to the top jazz composer, George…

  • Tomb of Christ Byzantine Museum Athens Sepulchre V

    UNVEILING THE TOMB OF CHRIST at the Byzantine Museum

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 31 January 2019
    Why Go: A look inside the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

    Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of what many believe is the Tomb of Christ inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience. This new interactive exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum presents the conservation and renovation done by scientists from the National Technical University of Athens…

  • NISSIM LEVIS photography Exhibition Jewish Museum

    NISSIM LEVIS photography exhibition at the Jewish Museum

    Where: Jewish Museum of Greece
    When: On now – 7 January 2019
    Why Go: Visual insights into life pre-WWII Greece

    Photographs taken by Dr Nissim Levis taken during the final years of Ottoman rule in Greece (1898-1913) to 1930 is the focus of the latest exhibition, “Through the Lens of Nissim Levis: A Family, an Era,” at the Jewish Museum of Greece, in Athens. The exhibition allows the visitor a glimpse into the life of…

  • Acropolis Museum Forbidden City Qianlong

    Acropolis Museum – From the Forbidden City Exhibition

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now until 14 February 2019
    Why Go: See Chinese objects from the Qing Dynasty

    A rare exhibition, ‘From the Forbidden City: Imperial Apartments of Qianlong’, that explores China’s Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) is on display at the Acropolis Museum. Remarkable artefacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture from the 18th century, is presented to the public for the first time. One of the most renowned emperors in Chinese history,…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now – May 2019
    Why 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,…

  • Jim Gaffigan Athens Greece

    JIM GAFFIGAN LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Parnassos Hall
    When: 22 November 2018 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: See one of America’s funniest stand-up comedians

    American stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan comes to Athens for one night only as part of ‘The Fixer Upper Tour’. Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of…

  • Pavlos Pavlides Athens Greek Singers

    PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 23 Nov 2018
    Why 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…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 24 November & 22 December
    Why 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…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: Throughout November & December 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,…

  • TERENCE BLANCHARD GAZARTE ATHENS

    TERENCE BLANCHARD live in Athens

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 24 November 2018
    Why Go: See one of the world’s best brass performers LIVE

    American jazz composer and musician, Terence Blanchard comes to light up Gazarte’s stage with his fiery trumpet, for one night only in Athens. With 5 Grammy Awards, Blanchard is one of the most prominent brass players and recording artists of his generation, composing and performing countless film soundtracks including, Malcom X, Inside man and Spike…

  • CHRISTMAS BALLET GALA

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 24 & 25 November 2018
    Why Go: See some of the world’s best ballet dancers on one stage

    Twelve of Russia’s best ballet dancers, from two famous dance companies, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre (formerly Kirov) come to Athens to perform on one stage as part of a glittering Christmas ballet gala. Six magical couples will perform famous pas de deux(ballet duets in harmony) choreographies from the much-loved productions…

  • DALIAN ACROBATIC TROUPE Athens

    DALIAN ACROBATIC TROUPE direct from China

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium
    When: 23-25 November 2018
    Why Go: Acrobatics at their best

    One of China’s national treasures, The Dalian Acrobatic Troupe, comes to the Tae Kwon Do Stadium in Athens. Established more than 65 years ago as a small group of acrobats, the troupe now includes more than 200 members and ranks among the top acrobatic ensembles in the world. 53 acrobats and dancers will effortlessly combine…

  • NEOHELLENIC PAINTING Theocharakis Foundation Athens

    WOMEN IN NEOHELLENIC PAINTING

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: On now – 3 February 2019
    Why Go: Perception of women through art

    See how Greek society’s view of women altered from the second half of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th in the latest exhibition, Women in Neohellenic Painting, presented by the B&M Theocharakis Foundation. The majority of works come from the collections of the National Technical University of Athens and depicted by Greek…

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Megaron Athens

    SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 29 Nov 2018 & 27 March 2019
    Why Go: See one of the most celebrated pianists of our time

    A selection of Schubert’s sonatas will be performed by the grand dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja for three separate recitals at the Megaron concert hall in Athens. Elisabeth Leonskaja reveals the magic of Franz Schubert, the great Austrian musical genius. Her unparalleled interpretive sensitivity would surely have found a fan in Schubert, who would…

  • IRISH STAND-UP COMEDY ATHENS Comedians

    IRISH STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT

    Where: Ora, all day bar restaurant
    When: 29 November 2018
    Why Go: To laugh your socks off

    The Greek Irish Society in Athens in association with The Embassy of Ireland present a night of top-notch stand-up comedy from the Land of Saints, Scholars, Leprechauns, Bono, Guinness, Daniel Day Lewis, Conor McGregor and Kerrygold Regato. An evening of entertainment not to be missed, Ireland’s finest London-based comedians Niamh Marron and Colin Chadwick will be coming to…

  • Jackie Chan Athens Kung Fu Warriors

    JACKIE CHAN’S KUNG FU WARRIORS come to Athens

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018
    Why Go: See Jackie Chan’s handpicked Kung Fu warriors

    Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing comes to Athens for an evening of heart-stopping artistry and athleticism. The 11 members of the Long Yun Troupe were hand-picked by the internationally renowned martial artist, actor, and film director Jackie Chan . The troupe effortlessly meld elements of kung fu and traditional Chinese dance to create…

  • THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY returns to Athens

    Where: Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 30 November to 6 January 2019
    Why 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. An ice-skating rink and…

  • Madeleine Peyroux Athens Xmas

    MADELEINE PEYROUX returns to Athens

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 6 December 2018
    Why Go: To hear a spirited live jazz performance

    French – American jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux returns to Athens to perform soulful tracks from her latest album ‘Anthem’, where she collaborated with top musicians: Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald. ABOUT MADELEINE PEYROUX Madeleine Peyroux began her career at the age of 15 in Paris and has gone on to record…

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Athens 500 years

    LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of Genius

    Where: Old ‘OSY’ depot, Gazi
    When: 30 November 2018 – 30 March 2019
    Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time

    A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – DECEMBER 2018

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

    As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during December. Shows for…

  • Nutcracker Athens Ballet Xmas

    THE NUTCRACKER by the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall, Athens
    When: 19 – 30 Dec 2018
    Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas direct from Russia

    The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. Soloists from both the St Petersburg Ballet and the Mariinsky Theatre will lead the performance over two acts, accompanied by a 60-member Symphony Orchestra at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in northern Athens. The…

  • Manu Dibango Gazarte Athens

    MANU DIBANGO live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 February 2019
    Why Go: Hear a legendary saxophonist LIVE

    Cameroonian musician and song-writer Manu Dibango will return to Gazarte’s stage in Athens for a night of acoustic groove and soul. Throughout his career, Dibango, who plays saxophone and vibraphone, successfully combined African, American, European and even techno sounds into his songs, putting his own stamp on jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. After performing…

  • Eros Ramazzotti Athens Concert

    EROS RAMAZZOTTI live in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why 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…