Il Trovatore Odeon
Photograph by: Charis Akriviadis, courtesy of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival

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.

  • Il Trovatore Odeon

    ENTER TO WIN! TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT, Il Trovatore at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 21st July, 2017
    Why Go: For a world class operatic performance in a magical setting

    Take in the operatic performance of Il Trovatore at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis, for a truly magical experience of Athens. WIN two tickets to OPENING NIGHT on 21st July 2017 at 9pm. Winners will be seated in the lower tier section of the outdoor theatre. Entries close 13th July,…

  • Music Outdoors Megaron Athens

    MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron – Summer 2017

    Where: Megaron gardens
    When: Throughout July 2017
    Why Go: To enjoy music outdoors

    Enjoy music outdoors in true Athenian style at the Megaron as it upholds its summer tradition of transforming its surrounding gardens into an outdoor concert venue. Expect strong doses of Jazz from renowned artists such as Petros Klampanis, After 8 Sextet and more. Concerts will feature throughout July with additional concerts for September expected to…

  • Epidaurus Tickets


    Where: Ancient theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 21-22, 28-29 July 2017
    Why Go: Tix & transfer packages to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus

    The National Theatre of Greece will provide tickets to see a show at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, packaged with transfers from central Athens to Epidaurus before returning back to Athens. The packages are for two scheduled performances presented by the theatre organisation. 1000 tickets will be offered at 16 euros for upper tier seats and…

  • World Congress Dance Athens

    50TH WORLD CONGRESS OF DANCE comes to Athens

    Where: Dora Stratou Outdoor Theatre
    When: 5-9 July, 2017
    Why Go: A unique 5 day event encompassing all forms of dance from around the world

    The 50th World Congress of Dance Research is to be held in Athens, with the organisation celebrating it 30th anniversary and 50 conferences this year. Around 400 delegates from 30 countries and five continents will attend the events taking place over five days. This unique event will encompass all forms of dance from ballet, folk,…

  • Athens Open Air Film Festival

    The 7th Athens Open Air Film Festival 2017

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: June - 1st September 2017
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas and screening some of the greatest movies in film history. The festival has become an anticipated part of the Athens summer calendar. Free entry to all movies.   PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE – AUGUST JUNE The Adventures…

  • National Observatory of Athens Why Athens City Guide

    Astronomy at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: Throughout June 2017
    Why Go: Take in the wonders of the Athenian sky by night with the Doridis telescope

    The visitors centre of the National Observatory of Athens will be conducting evening tours in English or Greek throughout June, offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope, to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis. The Doridis refracting telescope was…

  • Ghika Craxton Fermor exhibition

    GHIKA, CRAXTON, FERMOR, exhibition

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: 7th June – 10th September 2017
    Why Go: For a better understanding of the friendship between Ghika, Craxton & Fermor

    The Benaki Museum presents the exhibition ‘Charmed lives in Greece’, examining the friendship of Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994) John Craxton (1922-2009) and writer, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), from the early years of their acquaintance, in the mid-1940s, to the end of their lives.Through works of art, extracts from texts, photographs, letters, manuscripts and publications, visitors will be…

  • Goran Bregovic Athens

    GORAN BREGOVIC in Athens

    Where: Melina Mercouri Open Air Theatre
    When: 14th July 2017
    Why Go: See the multi-talented composer/musician LIVE

    Goran Bregovic is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He has composed music for artists such as Iggy Pop and Cesária Evora and is also renowned for his Wedding & Funeral Band. Bregovic returns to Athens to take audiences on a musical journey through the Balkans. Opening act by…

  • Greek singers Athens


    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: Throughout June, July & September 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.

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus


    Where: Various venues around Athens
    When: 22nd May – 14 September, 2017
    Why Go: For an extensive 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 that takes place at various venues around the city, including the former industrial buildings…

  • events acropolis museum


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31st August 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. From musical interludes to free guided tours, it’s worth noting what’s on to get the most out of your visit. Dinner and jazz at the Acropolis Museum restaurant Until 30 June Some of the city’s best jazz musicians will perform at the Acropolis Museum…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens


    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: From 4th June - 31st July 2017
    Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building

    Guided tours of Hellenic Parliament will commence from the 4th June until 31st July, providing fascinating insights into the history of the building. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the grand rooms such as the Assembly Hall and the debating chamber and learn more about Greece’s modern history. Take a sneak peak here. Tours…

  • Divine Dialogues Cy Twombly Athens

    DIVINE DIALOGUES featuring work by Cy Twombly

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 25th May – 3rd September 2017
    Why Go: A rare look at Twombly’s work side by side with that which inspired it

    For the first time, 30 works by Cy Twombly inspired by Greek mythology and the artist’s close ties with Greece will be presented alongside 12 ancient artworks in an exhibition entitled Divine Dialogues at the Museum of Cycladic Art . Revealing a unique and original dialogue between ancient Greek and contemporary art, the exhibition includes…

  • Traditional Greek dancing why athens events


    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 25th May – 24th September 2017
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…

  • 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…

  • 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: 15 May – 30th September 2017
    Why Go: A personal perspective of 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…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Il Trovatore Odeon herodes

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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.