Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Photo: Athens Festival/Stefanos

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 Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June this year and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during this decade. 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. Skip…

  • John Cleese Live Acropolis Athens

    JOHN CLEESE LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 20 September 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest comedic actors

    British actor and comedian John Cleese, is set to perform on the grand stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus this September in Athens. Cleese, who describes himself as “writer, actor and tall person” has been touring the US and Europe to sell-out audiences with his self-titled show ‘Last Time to See Me Before I…

  • Picasso Cycladic Museum Athens Bull

    PICASSO & ANTIQUITY – Museum of Cycladic Art

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: On now until 20 October 2019
    Why Go: See how ancient Greece influenced the work of Picasso

    The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents its major exhibition, Picasso and Antiquity – Line and Clay. Rare works by Picasso depict marine creatures, animals, human figures, mythological scenes inspired by ancient tragedy and comedy, all conversing with prehistoric artefacts as part of the museum’s “Divine Dialogues” series, where ceramics and designs of Picasso…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: On now to 22 September 2019
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 800 seat open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes over 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers with an authentic collection of over 2,000 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…

  • Women of Passion Why Athens

    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Saturday's to 2 November 2019
    Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece

    Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a fourth season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….

  • Pavlos Pavlides Athens Greek Singers

    PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 21 September 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy modern Greek music LIVE

    Singer and songwriter Pavlos Pavlidis will appear at Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens for an acoustic set with Orestis Benekas on keys and Alekos Voulgarakis on electric guitar. Pavlidis is a famous Greek artist who became known during the 90’s with his band ‘Xylina Spathia’ (Wooden Swords). His music is considered Greek “entehna” and his…

  • Florence Machine Athens Odeon Herodes

    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall, ATHENS
    When: 19, 21 & 22 Sept 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: See one of the great indie bands of our time

    English indie rock band, Florence and the Machine will perform a third show in Athens at the Galatsi Olympic Hall. After selling out their first two shows at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a third and final show was announced for Saturday 21st September and will go on-sale at 11:00am EET (Greek time) on Monday…

  • Robert McCabe Exhibition Olympian Zeus

    CHRONOGRAPHY – ROBERT MCCABE photographs of Greece

    Where: Archaeological Society of Athens
    When: On now – 31 October 2019
    Why Go: Historical insights of Greece in the 1950s through the lens of a great philhellene

    An exhibition of photographs by American photographer and philhellene Robert McCabe marks the 180th anniversary of the Archaeological Society of Athens. The presentation, “Chronography – An Exhibition for the 180th Anniversary (1837-2017) of the Archaeological Society” includes 53 black and white photographs taken between 1954-55 in regions of Greece of archaeological significance including, the Acropolis,…

  • Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now until 30 Nov 2019
    Why 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…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now to 31 December 2019
    Why Go: Discover objects of beauty from antiquity

    The National Archaeological Museum in Athens presents ‘Countless Aspects of Beauty’, the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy that showcases the institution’s impressive collections, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. More than 300 artefacts, digital media and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects,…

  • Athens Tours Day Trips Wine Tour

    Discover the delights of Athens & Attica

    Where: Around Athens and Attica region
    When: On now
    Why Go: For time well spent in Athens

    It’s time to book your autumn 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…

  • Oedipus Rex Fimonoi Theater

    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: Each Thursday until 24 October 2019
    Why Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy

    The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles will be performed in Athens 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 short list of exceptionally and undeniably great world literary masterpieces and…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout September 2019
    Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building

    Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, July and September, 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 of what’s…

  • Eros Ramazzotti Athens Concert

    EROS RAMAZZOTTI live in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the Italian superstar LIVE

    Italian popstar, Eros Ramazzotti comes to Athens as part of his 2019 world tour, “Vita Ce N’è”. The tour coincides with the release of his new album later this year. Born in Rome, Ramazzotti has released 11 albums over his 30 year career, selling over 60 million copies. He has recorded duets with leading artists…

  • Eric Burdon Athens Odeon

    ERIC BURDON at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the legend of rock LIVE

    The legend of rock, Eric Burdon comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to share the rock stories of his life beneath the shadows of the Acropolis. The voice of “House of the Rising Sun” and “Spill the Wine”, was the creative force behind The Animals and War. Highly prolific, Burdon has released…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: Discover contributions made to technology by the ancient Greeks

    The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the newest museum opening in Athens, founded by Kostas Kotsanas, that represents cutting edge technology from ancient Greece. This permanent exhibition space features hundreds of objects and fully-functioning replicas made by Kotsanas, using the same methods and materials as the originals. Housed in a historic Art Nouveau building,…

  • Ara Malikian Athens Pallas

    ARA MALIKIAN at the Pallas Theatre

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 27 & 28 September 2019
    Why Go: See this talented musician LIVE

    For the first time in Greece, violinist Ara Malikian and his band of seven musicians, the Royal Garage, offer an eclectic evening of classical and contemporary music at the Pallas Theatre in Athens. As part of his world tour, his performance in Athens will take audiences on a journey through diverse musical styles, from Bowie to…

  • Mario Biondi Odeon Athens HS

    MARIO BIONDI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 September 2019
    Why Go: For a magnetising night of music

    Italian soul and jazz singer Mario Biondi returns to Athens to perform his most popular songs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. With his deep and sentimental voice, Biondi will travel to the era of the great music halls, while preserving his modern Italian temperament.  Whether singing jazz or soul, his rich orchestrations and melodies, as…

  • Glykeria Aslanidou Greek Singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: September 2019
    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.

  • George Dalaras Greek Singers Athens

    GEORGE DALARAS – DUETS AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 September 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Greek music

    A breathtaking concert to honour the 50-year musical career of George Dalaras at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Dalaras, an iconic performer and talented musician has become the timeless face of Greek song. He will be joined by other talented performers, colleagues and friends performing unforgettable duets. THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT Duet Performers: Eleni…

  • STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS Odeon Herodes Athens

    STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 1 October 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy the music of Spanoudakis

    Legendary classical composer Stamatis Spanoudakis will perform and lead a string orchestra and choir in a singular concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Throughout his career, Spanoudakis has recorded more than 60 albums and written numerous hit songs for film and major Greek singers. His music often fuses together rock, classical and Byzantine styles….

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 4 October 2019
    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…

  • Nigel Kennedy Odeon Herodes Athens Epidaurus

    NIGEL KENNEDY LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 7 October 2019
    Why Go: See this legendary violinist LIVE at the Acropolis

    Nigel Kennedy, one of the top violinists in the world and the best-selling violinist in the history of music, presents his concert ‘Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alone has sold over…

  • Queen Symphonic Odeon Athens

    QUEEN SYMPHONIC at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 8 October 2019
    Why Go: A music spectacular at an iconic venue

    Queen Symphonic, the spectacular two-hour show celebrating one of the biggest bands of all time comes to Athens to perform at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. The first concert on 7th September is already sold-out and a second date on 8th October is now on-sale. Since its premiere…

  • Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium

    ATHENS MARATHON – The authentic and original race

    Where: From Marathon to Athens
    When: 10 November 2019
    Why Go: Cheer on marathon runners from various vantage points

    The Athens Marathon celebrates its 37th year in 2019 on Sunday 10th November with the annual race from the town of Marathon to Athens covering 42.195km’s. The finish line for the marathon will be held once again at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium with more than 50,000 runners expected from around the world to participate across…

  • Jose Carreras Athens Oaka

    JOSÉ CARRERAS LIVE – farewell tour

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 24 November 2019
    Why Go: See the legendary tenor LIVE

    After a historic career spanning decades, with millions of records sold and countless performances around the world, Spanish tenor José Carreras will perform in Athens as part of his farewell tour – celebrating and saluting a remarkable career. The famous tenor will showcase some of his favourite pieces accompanied by the ERT Symphony Orchestra of…

  • Lara Fabian Athens Concert Faliro

    LARA FABIAN LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 12 December 2019
    Why Go: Hear one of the great female voices of our time

    The contemporary diva of French song, Lara Fabian, comes to Athens as part of her 50th birthday celebration tour at the Olympic Indoor Hall. With a career spanning 30 years, the Canadian-Belgian singer has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. She is heralded for…

  • EDITH PIAF Jil Aigrot Gazarte Athens

    EDITH PIAF THE SHOW with Jil Aigrot

    Where: Gazarte at Gazi
    When: 21 & 22 December 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the music of Edith Piaf

    Jil Aigrot, the voice of Edith Piaf in the Oscar winning film ‘La Vie en Rose’, returns to Gazarte in Athens to present her unique interpretation of the passionate love songs of the legendary French vocal artist. The impressive audio-visual production ‘Edith Piaf the Show’ reveals Piaf’s stormy life, from a poverty stricken neighbourhood of…