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…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: Thursday's 9 July to 6 August 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…

  • Thanos Mikroutsikos Odeon Athens Festival

    THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS – A TRIBUTE CONCERT

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 15 & 16 July 2020
    Why 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 Odeon Athens Festival

    LEONIDAS KAVAKOS – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 17 July 2020
    Why 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 ERT National Symphony Athens

    BEETHOVEN GALA by the ERT National Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 18 July 2020
    Why 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 Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 20 & 21 July 2020
    Why 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…

  • Swingin Cats Athens Gazarte

    THE SWINGIN’ CATS at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: Tuesday's 14 July to 4 August 2020
    Why 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…

  • Bartok Vivaldi Thessaloniki State Tsokanou

    BARTÓK & VIVALDI – Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 23 July 2020
    Why 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 Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 17 July to 9 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 and are generally spread across eight weekends in summer. Experiencing a midsummer production at Epidaurus is an…

  • Persians Athens Festival

    THE PERSIANS by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 24, 25 & 26 July 2020
    Why 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…

  • Greek National Opera Gala Athens

    OPERA GALA by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 26 & 28 July 2020
    Why 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 Fimonoi Athens

    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: TBA
    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…

  • Aggelakas Veliotis Athens

    GIANNIS AGGELAKAS & NIKOS VELIOTIS live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 & 31 July 2020
    Why 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 Aristophanes Athens Festival

    LYSISTRATA by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 31 July, 1 & 2 August 2020
    Why 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…

  • Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    MONTEVERDI’S Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 4 & 5 August 2020
    Why 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 Athens State Orchestra

    BEETHOVEN 250 YEARS by the Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 8 August 2020
    Why 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…

  • Birds Aristophanes Athens Festival

    THE BIRDS by Aristophanes– Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 7, 8 & 9 August 2020
    Why 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 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…

  • 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,…