WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN 2023Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Spring - Summer 2023Why Go: See the best of what’s on this season
Spring is in the air and Athens is getting ready to celebrate and commemorate. From traditional Easter events to the start of the festival season, spending Spring/Summer in Athens this year will be a special time. Here’s some of what’s on. A CULTURAL GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS SPRING/SUMMER 2023 GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE…
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY in AthensWhere: Syntagma Square & PanepistimiouWhen: 25 March 2023Why 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…
Greek Orthodox Easter in AthensWhere: Throughout AthensWhen: Good Friday 14 April - Easter Monday 17 April 2023Why 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 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 for…
MADAMA BUTTERFLYWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 1, 4, 7, 10 June 2023Why Go: To see Puccini’s famous aria LIVE beneath the glow of the Acropolis
The Greek National Opera presents Madama Butterfly at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly is set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. A young geisha girl falls in love with an American Lieutenant who ultimately leads to her…
NABUCCO by the Greek National OperaWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 26, 27, 29, 30 July 2023Why 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….
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 7 July – 26 August 2023Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the ancient stage of Epidaurus comes alive with the works from 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…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2023Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: June to August 2023Why 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…
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.