Travel Advice Athens Plaka
Tourists in the streets of Plaka, Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

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.

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    When: April 2020

    In an effort to maintain public health and safety, The Greek government announced a national lockdown until at least 11 April 2020. All state-run museums and archaeological sites in Athens will be closed until at least 11 April due to special conditions created by the current health crisis around the world. Performances scheduled throughout April…

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    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: May 2020 - CLOSED UNTIL 11 APRIL 2020
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June 2019 and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during its first 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. **…

  • Yiannis Pappas Benaki Museum

    YIANNIS PAPPAS exhibition

    Where: Yiannis Pappas Studio, Zografou
    When: 13 April until 31 May 2020
    Why Go: For an intimate look inside this artist’s work studio

    The Benaki Museum presents the work of talented Greek artist Yiannis Pappas (1913-2005), displayed in his original work space in Zografou. The exhibition ‘Yiannis Pappas: The German Occupation’ reflects the artist’s return to Athens from the war front and throughout the German occupation. Pappas was confronted with general wretchedness and personal loss, he dedicated himself…

  • Theocharakis Human Form

    THE HUMAN FORM IN THE 20TH CENTURY

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 13 April until 26 April 2020
    Why Go: A fascinating look at C20th Greek artworks

    The B&M Theocharakis Foundation in Athens presents an exhibition of Greek masterpieces from the museum’s vast collections, focusing on the human form. Visitors will be able to observe the various transformations in 20th-century Greek painting. Featured artists include Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Yiannis Moralis, Yannis Tsarouchis, Dico Byzantios, Thalia Flora-Karavia, Dimitris Mytaras, among others. Curated by Lambrini…

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    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: Every Wednesday 15 April to 30 September 2020
    Why 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…

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    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: May 2020
    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.

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    Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

    Where: Throughout Athens
    When: Good Friday 17 April - Easter Monday 20 April 2020
    Why Go: To experience a Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

    While the islands and villages of Greece are known for their religious festivals during the period of resurrection, spending Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens is as memorable as it is spiritual. Athens is home to some of the most beautiful and historical churches in Greece and the city has its finest moments under candlelight for…

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    DON QUIXOTE by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 26 April & 16 May 2020
    Why Go: Relive this classic love story

    The Greek National Opera’s ballet ensemble presents Marius Petipa’s classical choreography for 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 between Quiteria (Kitri in the…

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    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: From 1 May throughout 2020
    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,…

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    Where: Around Athens and Attica region
    When: From May 2020 onwards
    Why Go: For time well spent in Athens

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    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Saturdays - 2 May to 8 August 2020
    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 fifth 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….

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    WHITE LIES LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Vrachon Theatre
    When: 30 May 2020
    Why Go: 10-year anniversary tour

    British post-punk band White Lies returns to the open-air stage at the Vrachon Theatre in Athens, to celebrate 10-years since the release of their first multi-award winning album, ‘To Lose My Life’, which debuted at number one of the UK music charts. White Lies (formerly Fear of Flying) will perform hit tracks from their debut…

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    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 27 May to 20 September 2020
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 860 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 island…

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    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why Go: The ultimate line up of music, theatre & dance

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    RIGOLETTO at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 4, 6, 9, 11 June 2020
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto is brought to life by the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, the role he has masterfully performed in London,…

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    GABRIEL “FLUFFY” IGLESIAS LIVE

    Where: Votanikos Club
    When: 11 June 2020
    Why Go: Be immersed in “Fluffy” Comedy

    Stand-up sensation Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias brings his latest set, “Beyond the Fluffy” to the Votanikos stage in Athens, as part of his world tour. Extremely talented, spontaneous and passionate on stage, Iglesias stands out for his unique, expressive and lively comedy style that includes narratives, parodies, characters and sound effects, filtered through his personal experiences….

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    MASSIVE ATTACK LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 20 June 2020
    Why Go: Enjoy some of best trip-hop sounds LIVE

    UK ‘trip-hop’ pioneers Massive Attack return to the Release Festival in Athens as part of their environmentally friendly European tour. Fans can expect their hypnotic fusion of hazy beats and soulful melodies with founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grant Marshall (Daddy G). ABOUT MASSIVE ATTACK Formed in 1988 in Bristol, Massive Attack has…

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    DIDO LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 22 June 2020
    Why Go: To hear Dido’s alluring voice

    Award-winning British singer-songwriter Dido will perform in Athens for the first time as part of her European Tour at the Technopolis in Gazi. With her radiant voice and poignant lyrics, Dido has continued to capture audiences worldwide for the past two decades with hits such as ‘Thank you’, ‘White Flag’ and her dynamic latest single…

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    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: June to August 2020
    Why 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, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

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    BLACK EYED PEAS & LP LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Lalibela beach festival, Akti Vouliagmenis
    When: 3 & 4 July 2020
    Why Go: Soak up the sun, sea and music

    International pop icons Black Eyed Peas will perform on day one of the Lalibela beach festival in Athens, followed by global sensation LP appearing on day two. Day one – Black Eyed Peas 3 July The multi-award-winning Black Eyed Peas are one of the world’s most popular groups, conquering the world with monster hits such…

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    THE SEVEN DEATHS OF MARIA CALLAS

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 8,9 & 10 July 2020
    Why Go: See a radical & conceptual work

    World-famous performance artist Marina Abramovic will portray Maria Callas in her new and ambitious operatic project, The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, to be staged at the Greek National Opera in Athens. The project will see Abramovic play her lifelong hero Callas – the prima donna assoluta of the 20th century, dying in seven operas including Madame Butterfly, who…

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    JUDAS PRIEST LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 17 July 2020
    Why Go: Celebrate 50 years of Judas Priest

    British heavy metal band Judas Priest comes to Athens as part of the annual Release Festival. Joining them will be extreme metal band Cradle of Filth and supergroup Dead Daisies, fronted by Glenn Hughes. Fans can expect Judas Priest’s world-famous anthems in a spectacular show that pays tribute to their 50 years of heavy metal….

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    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 26, 28, 29, 31 July 2020
    Why Go: See a modern rendition of this famous work

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, beneath the glow of the Acropolis as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally directed by Nikos Petropoulos a decade ago and now returns to the GNO programme, under…

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    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…

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    MALUMA LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 25 September 2020
    Why Go: See this magnetic performer LIVE

    Colombian superstar Maluma will perform in Athens for the first time, as part of his 2020 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…