Odeon Herodes Athens Festival
The ERT National Orchestra at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Photograph: courtesy of AEF/Elli Poupoulidou

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.

  • Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 15 July to 15 August 2020
    Why 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…

  • Athens Open Air Film Festival

    ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 18 August 2020
    Why Go: See iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian sites & landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns for its 10th year, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas and screening some of the greatest movies in film history. This year, the festival program includes masterpieces from legendary world cinema directors including Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock among others. Screenings…

  • BILL BAILEY LIVE

    Where: Gazi Live Theatre
    When: 2 September 2020
    Why 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…

  • ALL OF GREECE, ONE CULTURE – Greek National Opera

    Where: Various archaeological sites
    When: September 2020
    Why Go: Enjoy LIVE music amid Greece’s ancient ruins

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) will present a series of events at some of Greece’s most breathtaking archaeological sites with an emphasis on Greek music – from the traditional to opera and classical repertoires. Performances around Athens and Attica: JULY 2020 18 July, 8:30pm Roman Agora – Anita Tachvelishvili in Recital 21 July, 12:30pm, 1:30pm,…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: Thursday's 3 to 24 September 2020
    Why 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…

  • Jethro Tull Athens

    JETHRO TULL live in Athens

    Where: Technopolis of Athens
    When: 12 September 2020
    Why 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 Athens Live

    MALUMA LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 26 June 2021
    Why 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,…