ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2020Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: September & October 2020Why Go: For live music & theatre
The autumn season is in full swing in Athens with a rich cultural agenda of events throughout September and October. The city’s fabulous open-air theatres take centre stage with world-class music and drama. After successfully hosting dozens of major events over the summer, the covid-safe regulations continue to apply for outdoor venues in Athens. You…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now until 31 December 2020Why 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…
Discover the delights of Athens & AtticaWhere: Around Athens and Attica regionWhen: Throughout Summer/Autumn 2020Why Go: For time well spent in Athens
It’s time to book your 2020 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…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now to 30 September 2020Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums
The Acropolis Museum turned 11 years old in June 2020 and has counted more than 15 million people through its doors since opening. Visitors can expect a full programme of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, musical interludes and the opening of the excavation area beneath the museum that was once an ancient Athenian neighbourhood. The Acropolis Museum…
MADAMA BUTTERFLYWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural CenterWhen: 10 Oct 2020 to 15 Nov 2020Why Go: To see Puccini's famous aria live in Athens
The Greek National Opera presents Madama Butterfly throughout October and November in Athens at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s main stage. 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 which…
SHAOLIN WARRIORS come to AthensWhere: Galatsi Indoor Olympic StadiumWhen: 14 November 2020Why Go: See the masters in Kung-Fu direct from China
Direct from China’s legendary Shaolin Temple, this fully choreographed theatrical production, Shaolin Warriors: Legends of Kung-Fu, brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular imagery of Kung-Fu to Athens. Shaolin Warriors: Legends of Kung-Fu is a unique artistic performance, displaying disciplined spiritualism, stunning movement and deadly martial-arts prowess. The Shaolin monks train in martial arts…
DON QUIXOTE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 21 November to 31 December 2020Why Go: Relive this classic love story
The Greek National Opera’s ballet ensemble presents Thiago Bordin’s revival of Marius Petipa’s classical choreography of Don Quixote at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. First presented in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the story of the ballet draws mainly upon the second volume of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and focuses on the love…
MALUMA LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 22 June 2021Why Go: See this magnetic performer LIVE
Colombian superstar Maluma will perform in Athens for the first time, as part of his world tour. With his charismatic voice and explosive stage presence, Maluma has cemented himself in the heart of the world music scene, with countless sold-out concerts and collaborations with some of the music industry’s biggest names including, Madonna, Ricky Martin,…
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.