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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 platias and 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, Badminton Theatre and Greek National Theatre are three 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 the festival’s website for special KTEL buses to these venues.

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.

Rockwave Festival

An annual international rock show held every June at Terra Vibe, a parkland venue on the outskirts of Athens in Malakassa. Special buses from town are available. Stay tuned to our events listings for further information.

  • Chroma Petros Lampanis

    “CHROMA” by Petros Klampanis

    Where: Athens old stock exchange
    When: 4th May, 2017
    Why Go: To hear from Greece’s rising Jazz star

    Famous Greek jazz musician Petros Klampanis will appear at the Athens old stock exchange to perform from his third solo album “chroma” (colour) together with his New York jazz group and classical string octet. Klampanis explores the colours of human nature and deals with a range of sounds to paint an introspective and emotionally challenging…

  • Liquid Antiquity Benaki museum

    LIQUID ANTIQUITY at Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: On now – 17th September, 2017
    Why Go: See an artistic portrayal of antiquity and contemporary art

    The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Liquid Antiquity at the Benaki Museum, a project that explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art. Conceived by Brooke Holmes, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University, in collaboration with…

  • Landscapes ballet Greek National Opera

    LANDSCAPES BALLET “Topia” by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 5,6,10th May, 2017
    Why Go: To see neoclassical ballet by leading choreographers

    The new ballet director of the Greek National Opera (GNO), Andonis Foniadakis, has invited leading choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Douglas Lee to participate in a 3-part work entitled Landscapes (“Topia”) which marks a new turn in the artistic identity of the Greek National Opera’s ballet and brings different styles of neoclassical ballet together in a creative dialogue. Benjamin Millepied, until recently director…

  • Art Nouveau Benaki Museum

    ART NOUVEAU at the Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: On now- 21st May, 2017
    Why Go: To see an extensive collection in the Art Nouveau style

    Displaying significant pieces from the Art Nouveau collection of the Badishches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, the Benaki Museum presents significant pieces from France, Germany, Austria, England and Belgium. Textiles, jewellery, tableware, decorative objects, furniture, prints, ceramics, reliefs and sculptures, designed by famous artists and designers including, Αlfons Mucha, Hector Guimard, Daum Frères, Emile Gallé, Peter Behrens,…

  • Rhea Greek National Opera

    RHEA by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Olympia Theatre
    When: 19th May, 2017
    Why Go: To see a tragic Greek opera story

    As a symbolic tribute, the Greek National Opera honours its past by presenting Spyridon-Filiskos Samaras’ opera, Rhea, marking its first production at Olympia Theatre in 1944. It comes full circle again in May before relocating permanently to its new stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. This tragic opera tells the tale of the illicit…

  • Rosy fingered Dawn Gagosian Athens

    ROSY FINGERED DAWN by Douglass Gordan & Lawrence Weiner

    Where: Gagosian Athens
    When: On now - 20th May 2017
    Why Go: Two artists examine modern art today

    Gagosian Athens is pleased to present “Rosy-Fingered Dawn,” a correspondence between Douglas Gordon and Lawrence Weiner. For both artists, the written word is a formal foundation and a conceptual conduit. Exploring processes of human consciousness and perception, Gordon reveals the dual nature of the self, while Weiner exposes the sculptural dimensions of language. “Rosy Fingered…

  • Documenta 14 Athens

    DOCUMENTA 14 ‘Learning from Athens’

    Where: Various locations throughout Athens
    When: On now - 16th July 2017
    Why Go: See international artists at the forefront of contemporary art

    About Documenta 14 Documenta, one of Europe’s most important modern art exhibitions, will be shown for the first time in its 62-year history outside the German city of Kassel. With its working title “Learning from Athens”, the exhibition aims to examine the European perspective from the vantage point of Greece. Artistic director of documenta 14,…

  • Maria Callas Exhibition Athens

    MARIA CALLAS, a tribute exhibition

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 10 May – 30th September 2017
    Why Go: A personal perspective to the woman behind the legend

    Maria Callas, one of the world’s greatest opera divas of the twentieth century will be honoured in a rare exhibition titled ‘The Myth Lives On’, presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. More than 200 personal affects belonging to Callas will be on display including theatre costumes, furs, jewellery, dresses and furniture. Handwritten letters…

  • DESTE prize

    DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 6th April – 17th September, 2017
    Why Go: To see emerging Greek contemporary art

    To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the DESTE Prize, the DESTE Foundation is organising an exhibition of works by the nine recipients of the award from 1999 to 2015. Entitled DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition 1999–2015, the collection offers a survey of contemporary art over these years. Exhibiting for the first time together are; Loukia…

  • Rufus Wainwright returns to Athens

    RUFUS WAINWRIGHT returns to Athens

    Where: Gazarte
    When: 2-3 June 2017
    Why Go: To hear one of the greats in baroque pop LIVE

    The King of ‘baroque pop’, Rufus Wainwright returns to Athens in June for two nights only, filling the intimate Gazarte stage with the sounds of rock, pop, jazz, opera and cabaret. Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York born, Montreal raised singer and…

  • DEPECHE MODE live in Athens

    Where: Terra Vibe Park, Athens
    When: 17th May 2017
    Why Go: To see their 'Spirit' world tour

    As part of their ‘Spirit’ world tour, Depeche Mode return to Athens’ largest open air venue, Terra Vibe Park. Interviewed recently by Rolling Stone Magazine, front man Dave Gahan described many of the songs from their latest album Spirit as, “a devolution in civility” that he’s seen around the world in recent years but said…

  • IL Trovatore Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    IL TROVATORE at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 21,23,25,27 July 2017
    Why Go: To see Verdi's classic opera on Athens' most majestic stage

    As part of the Athens and Epiduarus Festival 2017, the Greek National Opera closes its summer artistic period with Verdi’s Il Trovatore, with four performances at the 2,000 year old Odeon of Herodes Atticus outdoor theatre. An opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore is a romantic melodrama set in Spain during the…

  • Macbeth Athens Greek National Opera

    MACBETH at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 23,25,27,29 April & 3 May 2017
    Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s most thrilling operas

    As part of the opening season at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, the Greek National Opera presents one of Verdi’s most thrilling operas, Macbeth. Based on William Shakespeare’s play, it is considered to be one of the most important operas of Verdi’s youth. The opera offers a rare insight into the…

  • Madama Butterfly Athens Festival Odeon Herodes

    MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 31 May, 2,3,4,7 June 2017
    Why Go: To see Puccini's aria at Athens' most majestic stage

    As part of the Athens and Epiduarus Festival 2017, the Greek National Opera will present Madama Butterfly for five performances at the 2,000 year old ancient Greek outdoor theatre Odeon of Herodes Atticus. An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly is set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. A young geisha…

  • LP in Athens why athens

    LP (Laura Pergolizzi) in Athens

    Where: Technopolis of Athens
    When: 12th July 2017
    Why Go: To see the hottest artist of the decade LIVE

    Following her sell out performance in Athens last year, LP (a.k.a Laura Pergolizzi) returns to Technopolis in Athens for the second time. The American pop-rock singer has recently dominated radio stations and topped international music charts with her hit singles “Lost on You” and “Other People”. This multi-dimensional artist wrote songs in the early 2000’s…

  • release Athens

    RELEASE ATHENS, featuring Jamiroquai

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 2,16, 17 June 2017
    Why Go: For the best line up of world music

    Following its inaugural debut last year, the Release Athens music festival returns to Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, presenting major international musicians over three days in June. Highlights of the festival includes Jamiroquai, who became pioneers in funk and acid jazz almost 25 years ago. With several Grammy awards and more than 30 million…

  • Athens Street Food festival

    ATHENS STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

    Where: Gazi
    When: 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 May 2017
    Why Go: To discover the tasty & vibrant street food scene in Athens

    Explore local and international flavours at the Athens Street Food festival returning for its second year. Kicking off in the hip suburb of Gazi close to central Athens, the festival will bring together a global community of street food from all corners of the globe including Asia, Africa, Northern Europe, Latin America and of course,…

  • Ejekt Festival Athens

    EJEKT FESTIVAL, featuring The Killers & Kasabian

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 24th June, 14th July 2017
    Why Go: One of the best rated music festivals in Greece

    The Ejekt Festival returns for it’s 12th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the best in alternative and electronic music. This year will see The Killers perform, who have established themselves as one of the most important bands of America and the world. The distinctive voice of Brandon Flowers and the addictive…

  • Odysseys National Archaeological Museum

    ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now - 30th September 2017
    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.