St Pauls Sessions Athens
St Paul's Sessions. Photograph: Courtesy of St Paul's/Vangelis Patsialos

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.

  • St Pauls Sessions Athens

    ST PAUL’S SESSIONS in Athens

    Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church
    When: On now – 16 Dec 2017
    Why Go: To hear live music with exceptional acoustics

    St Paul`s Sessions are an innovative series of live events showcasing some of the most important ambient, experimental and modern classical musicians from all over the world in the beautiful setting of St Paul`s Anglican Church, a place of exceptional acoustics that creates a unique connection between the performers and audience. Prestigious artists like Tim…

  • PILOBOLUS Shadowland Athens

    SHADOWLAND BY PILOBOLUS in Athens

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 13 – 17 December 2017
    Why Go: For an extraordinary dance performance

    The show that has captivated more than 800,000 viewers around the world arrives at the Megaron in Athens this December. New York dance ensemble Pilobolus presents Shadowland, the innovative stage show that uses complex lighting, moving screens with poetic choreography. Mixed media is used to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Gazarte Athens Harhakos

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Athens
    When: 5 - 27 Nov, 3 - 18 Dec 2017
    Why Go: An evening of Greek music at its best

    A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti on the main stage at Gazarte in Athens. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of…

  • Charlie Chaplin Athens Acropol Theatre

    CHARLIE CHAPLIN on stage

    Where: Acropol Theatre
    When: On now – 19 December 2017
    Why Go: See the remarkable life story of Chaplin brought to life on stage

    The award-winning film “Charlie Chaplin” by French director Daniel Colas comes to the Acropol Theatre in Athens. This stage adaptation keeps the stunning cinematic rhythm throughout as it explores the life story of this legendary comic actor and filmmaker that was full of contrasts, twists and turns, unfolding over two hours and moving between comedy…

  • Russian Circus on Ice Athens

    RUSSIAN CIRCUS ON ICE in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Centre - Palaio Faliro
    When: 15 – 23 December 2017
    Why Go: A spectacular arena performance for the festive season

    The renowned Russian Circus on Ice visits Athens for the first time to perform Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. A cast of 40 dancers and acrobats will perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking acrobatics against the backdrop of magical sets. Immerse yourself in the snow-covered winter forest of the far north this festive…

  • Nutcracker Megaron Athens Grigorovich Ballet

    THE NUTCRACKER by the Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 20-30 December 2017
    Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas

    The Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season to the Megaron in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. A Christmas story full of love and fantasy by German author E.T.A Hoffman, the Nutcracker will enchant the whole family, with its magical sets and costumes. This is a musical and…

  • Greek Singers Athens Yiannis Ploutarchos

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: Throughout December 2017
    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.

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Christmas

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout December 2017
    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…

  • Sleeping Beauty Greek National Opera Niarchos

    SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 26 November & 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2017
    Why Go: To see the dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    The dance version of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty that was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was first staged in 1890 and since then has remained exceptionally popular worldwide. The Greek National Opera, which has previously presented classical choreographies of the work, now stages an impressive new version from two acclaimed artists at the…

  • La Boheme Greek National Opera

    LA BOHEME at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 7 Dec 2017 – 5 Jan 2018
    Why Go: See this classic opera set in modern day Athens

    In 2007, renowned British opera director Graham Vick created a version of La Bohème for the Greek National Opera that was set in modern day Athens, transporting Puccini’s beloved opera from 19th century Paris to 21st century Exarchia. The faces of the four ambitious young artists and their camaraderie are known to all. Their problems, concerns, jokes…

  • Christmas Factory Athens

    THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY returns to Athens

    Where: Technopolis, Gazi
    When: On now – 7th January 2018
    Why Go: To get the family into the Christmas spirit

    The Christmas Factory returns 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 a Magic School are…

  • Science Fiction Onassis Cultural Centre Athens Exhibition

    Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown | Onassis Cultural Center

    Where: Onassis Cultural Center
    When: On now – 14 January 2018
    Why Go: Explores science fiction's influence on contemporary culture

    The exhibition, which ran earlier this year in London, has now arrived at the Onassis Cultural Center (OCC) in Athens. Joining forces with London’s Barbican Centre, Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown explores science fiction’s long-standing influence on contemporary culture. From Jules Verne and Jonathan Swift to Star Wars and Ex Machina, visitors will embark on a journey…

  • Sally Mann Gagosian Athens

    ‘REMEMBERED LIGHT’ by Sally Mann at Gagosian Athens

    Where: Gagosian Gallery Athens
    When: On now – 20 January 2018
    Why Go: See the work of one of America’s best photographers

    Gagosian is pleased to present “Remembered Light,” Sally Mann’s first exhibition in Athens. Mann is known for her images of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting: children, landscape, family, and mortality. In previous projects, she explored relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, brother and sister, nature and history. In this…

  • George Seferis Tribute Exhibition Theocharakis Athens

    GEORGE SEFERIS a tribute exhibition

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: On now until 21 January 2018
    Why Go: Learn more about this legendary Greek poet

    Discover the work of Greek poet George Seferis through this latest exhibition ‘When the Light Dances I speak Freely’ presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. ‘WHEN THE LIGHT DANCES I SPEAK FREELY’ Through painting, photography and sculpture the exhibition includes the work of 40 notable Greek artists who were inspired by the poetry…

  • Face Forward EMST Athens

    FACE FORWARD at National Museum of Contemporary Art EMST

    Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)
    When: On now – 31 Jan 2018
    Why Go: Insights into the personal stories of refugees and asylum-seekers living in Athens

    Face Forward …into my home is an interactive art project focused on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece. It includes storytelling workshops inspired by a selection of contemporary artworks from the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST). Face Forward …into my home introduces the…

  • PEER GYNT by Henrik Isben

    Where: National Theatre of Greece
    When: On now – 4 February 2018
    Why Go: See Isben’s theatrical masterpiece

    Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt was inspired by Norwegian fairy-tales and legends and is a romantic work that manages at the same time to be absolutely modern, about a blind Odyssey of the West, about dreams and the path to their realisation. The National Theatre of Greece brings Ibsen’s masterpiece to stage in Athens through to…

  • MIKE KELLEY Museum of Cycladic Art Athens

    MIKE KELLEY: FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: On now – 25 February 2018
    Why Go: See the first monographic exhibition of Mike Kelley in Athens

    The work of American artist Mike Kelley (1954 – 2012) comes to the Museum of Cycladic Art for his first solo exhibition, ‘Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude’. In collaboration with NEON organisation, the exhibition brings together a range of key works from across the artist’s career in order to reflect on the uncanny condition of psychological…

  • VAN GOGH ALIVE ATHENS Megaron

    VAN GOGH ALIVE ATHENS – a multimedia exhibition

    Where: Megaron
    When: 7 November – 4 March 2018
    Why Go: For an immersive multimedia experience

    Van Gogh Alive comes to Athens, transporting visitors to another time and place, immersing them in the artist’s world. Adults and children alike, wander throughout the space, exploring nooks and crannies and engaging with the experience in a manner that transcends traditional installations. Explore the work and life experiences of this prolific artist during the…

  • Poseidon Bronze Odysseys National Archaeological Museum Athens

    ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now - 25th March 2018
    Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time

    Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.

  • Women of Passion Why Athens

    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Every Saturday evening to 31st March 2018
    Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece

    Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a third season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….

  • Money Exhibition Museum Cycladic Art Athens

    MONEY – Tangible symbols in Ancient Greece

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 2 November – 15 April 2018
    Why Go: A historical and artistic look at ancient Greek coinage

    The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection collaborate for the first time to present the exhibition; ‘MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece’ (ΧΡΗΜΑ. Σύμβολα απτά στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα). Extraordinary samples of ancient coinage from the Alpha Bank collection will be presented. The exhibition theme relates to the diverse references and readings of the symbols…

  • whats on in athens events acropolis museum

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31st December 2017
    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…

  • 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…