ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 15 July to 15 August 2020Why 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…
GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: Thursday's 9 July to 6 August 2020Why Go: To hear Gypsy Jazz music in Greek
Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear once again on Gazarte’s rooftop stage. Combining the musical genius of the legendary guitarist of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt with the sounds of the Greek music…
THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS – A TRIBUTE CONCERTWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 15 & 16 July 2020Why Go: Enjoy music & poetry at an iconic venue
This year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme opens with a tribute concert dedicated to the late Greek composer and former politician Thanos Mikroutsikos at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. An emotional musical journey through songs, choral parts, compositions for musicals and revues, all of which were beloved by audiences and went on to enjoy a…
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 17 July 2020Why Go: See this Greek maestro perform LIVE
Internationally acclaimed violinist Leonidas Kavakos will perform a solo repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus as part of a special event to mark the 65 years of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1720) is considered one of the canonical works of the violin repertoire. Bach…
BEETHOVEN GALA by the ERT National Symphony OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 18 July 2020Why Go: For lovers of classical music performed on an iconic stage
Celebrating the 250th anniversary since Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra presents a gala dedicated to the music of the legendary German composer at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The orchestra will present Beethoven’s brilliant and uplifting Symphony No. 1, the great composer’s sole aria…
MONIKA live at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 20 & 21 July 2020Why Go: Enjoy this emerging voice in Greek music
Greek singer and songwriter Monika will premiere her new Greek-language album at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The stage will be transformed with colours of a Greek garden for this unique album release concert, that has been in the making for more than 10 years. Accompanied…
THE SWINGIN’ CATS at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: Tuesday's 14 July to 4 August 2020Why Go: A night of swing and rock n 'roll music
Greek retro swing band, The Swingin’ Cats return to Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens to perform a repertoire of swing and rock n ‘roll melodies. Panos Mouzourakis, Giannis Zouganelis, Sakis Boulas, Marietta Fafouti make up this ensemble who have spent nearly 10 years in the Greek music scene, with hundreds of appearances at venues and…
BARTÓK & VIVALDI – Thessaloniki State Symphony OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 23 July 2020Why Go: For an enchanting evening of music
The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and its famous string instrument ensemble will present two remarkable works by Bartók and Vivaldi at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Rich in contrasts, Béla Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra will kick off the evening programme, combining neoclassical style with avant-garde…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 17 July to 9 August 2020Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year and are generally spread across eight weekends in summer. Experiencing a midsummer production at Epidaurus is an…
THE PERSIANS by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 24, 25 & 26 July 2020Why Go: See one of the oldest ancient Greek tragedies
This presentation of The Persians by Aeschylus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Persians (472 BC) is both the oldest extant ancient drama and a historical document about the most significant armed conflict during the second Persian invasion of…
OPERA GALA by the Greek National OperaWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 26 & 28 July 2020Why Go: For a night of opera on an iconic stage
The Greek National Opera presents world-class opera stars over two nights performing famous arias and duets in an unforgettable opera gala at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Opera Gala 1 – 26 July In the first gala, internationally acclaimed soloists such as Riccardo Massi and Dimitri Platanias will…
OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater GroupWhere: Athinais Theatre AthensWhen: TBAWhy Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy
The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is in its second season in Athens performed by the Fimonoi Theater Group. Long considered the greatest of Greek tragedies, it has a sympathetic protagonist, a crushing climax, inspirational poetry and a wealth of meaningful themes. The play remains on the shortlist of exceptionally and undeniably great world…
GIANNIS AGGELAKAS & NIKOS VELIOTIS live at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 30 & 31 July 2020Why Go: An unlikely duo together on stage
Greek singer Giannis Aggelakas and cellist Nikos Veliotis will perform songs at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival from their latest album for the first time at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The duo will revisit landmark Greek songs of the last several decades, from Hadjidakis to Tsitsanis to Theodorakis, Xarchakos, Akis Panou among others….
LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 31 July, 1 & 2 August 2020Why Go: See this ancient Greek comedy LIVE
This presentation of Lysistrata by Aristophanes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Popular actor Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos makes his directorial debut with Lysistrata. This ancient Greek comedy was originally performed in classical Athens in 411BC. The story revolves around Lysistrata’s resolve to…
MONTEVERDI’S Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patriaWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 4 & 5 August 2020Why Go: Enjoy an operatic masterpiece at an iconic venue
Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra return to the Athens and Epidaurus Festival with a new production of Claudio Monteverdi’s operatic masterpiece Il ritorno d’ulisse in patria live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This two-act opera will feature eleven renowned Greek soloists, led by baritone Tassis Christoyannis and mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi, both…
BEETHOVEN 250 YEARS by the Athens State OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 8 August 2020Why Go: Celebrating one of the world’s best composers
The Athens State Orchestra, under the baton of its artistic director, distinguished conductor Stefanos Tsialis, will celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, presenting two masterworks of the great German classical composer at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The short but very dynamic overture of the ballet, The…
THE BIRDS by Aristophanes– Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 7, 8 & 9 August 2020Why Go: See one of the best surviving ancient Greek comedies
This presentation of The Birds by Aristophanes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Birds is an ancient Greek comedy that follows the story of Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, two Athenian citizens that decide to search for a new city…
BILL BAILEY LIVEWhere: Gazi Live TheatreWhen: 2 September 2020Why Go: See this multi-talented comedian LIVE
British comedian, actor, musician and presenter Bill Bailey comes to Athens for one night only as part of his “Larks in Transit” world tour. The versatile comedian has become widely known for his unrivalled talent not only in stand up but also on television in the hit shows “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”, “QI” and “Have…
JETHRO TULL live in AthensWhere: Technopolis of AthensWhen: 12 September 2020Why Go: See these musical legends LIVE
British rock band, Jethro Tull return to Athens, performing from their legacy of 50 years of music once again, making them one of the few international acts of this size allowed to perform this summer. Led by lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull have influenced generations of rockers throughout their long and…
MALUMA LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 26 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.