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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.

  • Wallace Roney Athens Half Note Jazz

    WALLACE RONEY QUINTET at the Half Note Jazz Club

    Where: Half Note Jazz Club
    When: 20 -23 October 2017
    Why Go: Hear a legendary trumpeter and jazz composer LIVE

    Legendary jazzman, Wallace Roney is in perfect harmony with modern and traditional jazz sounds. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he returns to the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens to perform his unique and expressive sets of ‘jazz funk’, ‘post-bob’ and mainstream ballads. Roney says, “My goal is to make the best…

  • Carla Bruni Athens Concert Pallas

    CARLA BRUNI ‘French Touch’ concert in Athens

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 23 & 24 October 2017
    Why Go: Experience the music of Bruni LIVE

    The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni begins her world music tour in Athens, giving two performances at the iconic Pallas Theatre in Syntagma. “French Touch” is the title of Bruni’s new album (to be released in October) and contains a collection of adaptations of well-known songs in English produced by the legendary producer, composer…

  • Maria Callas Exhibition Athens

    MARIA CALLAS, a tribute exhibition

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 15 May – 29th October 2017
    Why Go: A personal perspective of the woman behind the legend

    Maria Callas, one of the world’s greatest opera divas of the twentieth century will be honoured in a rare exhibition titled ‘The Myth Lives On’, presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. More than 200 personal affects belonging to Callas will be on display including theatre costumes, furs, jewellery, dresses and furniture. Handwritten letters…

  • 100 YEARS OF OMADA TECHNI “ART GROUP” in Athens

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 29 October 2017
    Why Go: A closer look at Athens’ art scene of the 20th century

    2017 marks the 100th anniversary since the creation of the famous “Omada Techni” or “Art Group” which represents the birth of modernism in Greece. This latest exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum aims to re-examine this group’s importance to the art scene in Athens during the 20th century. Omada Techni was created by Nikolaos…

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    ASTRONOMY at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: Throughout September & October 2017
    Why Go: Take in the wonders of the Athenian sky by night with the Doridis telescope

    The visitors centre of the National Observatory of Athens will be conducting evening tours in English or Greek throughout September and October, offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope, to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis. The Doridis refracting…

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    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout October 2017
    Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen in the last ten years. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most…

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    ELEKTRA by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 15, 18, 22, 26, 31 October 2017
    Why Go: To see a 20th century operatic masterpiece

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) begins its season at its new facilities at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, opening with Richard Strauss’ Elektra that is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Elektra has been dubbed one of the most important and most demanding operas of the 20th century where Strauss pushed musical boundaries that require…

  • Rigoletto Greek National Opera Athens

    RIGOLETTO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 25, 27, 29 Oct & 1 Nov 2017
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    Guiseppi Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, returns to the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens for four performances, under the baton of acclaimed conductor, Εlias Voudouris. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto brings the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in a role he has masterfully performed…

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    SWEENEY TODD at the Megaron in Athens

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 27, 29 October, 2 November 2017
    Why Go: To see an acclaimed musical thriller

    The Friends of Music Orchestra and George Petrou will once again impress audiences with the acclaimed musical thriller Sweeney Todd playing at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall. This impressive production will feature a cast of 26, including popular actors and opera singers, along with a symphonic orchestra ensemble of 35. The play which is set…

  • HATZIDAKIS GREEK NATIONAL OPERA NIARCHOS CENTRE

    MUSIC OF MANOS HATZIDAKIS, ‘The Era of Melissanthi’

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 4 & 5 November 2017
    Why Go: Enjoy the music & poetry of Manos Hatzidakis

    In partnership with the composer’s son, Giorgos Hatzidakis and the Manos Hatzidakis Archive, the Greek National Opera presents ‘The Era of Melissanthi’, a musical autobiography based on the poems which Manos Hatzidakis dedicated to his mother’s memory. It is a cantata for a mature female voice, two young male voices, a mixed children’s chorus, chamber orchestra…

  • Alfredo Romano Byzantine Museum Athens

    ALFREDO ROMANO at the Byzantine Museum

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 12 November 2017
    Why Go: See the acclaimed installations by contemporary artist Alfredo Romano

    The Galleria Giorgio Persano-Torino presents an exhibition by Italian artist Alfredo Romano, “Angelis suis mandavit de te”, at the Byzantine and Christian Museum. The exhibition includes works from the late 1980’s to the present day, together with works and installations made specifically for this exhibition in order to establish a specific and complex dialogue with…

  • Athens 1917 Benaki Museum Ancient Agora

    ATHENS 1917 an exhibition at the Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum, Pireos St Annex
    When: On now – 12 November 2017
    Why Go: Insights into Athens 100 years ago

    The Benaki Museum presents rare visual material taken 100 years ago of Athens. Archives from the French School of Athens have been compiled and presented for the first time. Compelling imagery taken in 1917 depicts what daily life in Athens would have been like a century ago. Numerous still and moving images were captured by…

  • Toulouse Lautrec Benaki Museum Athens

    HOMMAGE TO TOULOUSE – LAUTREC, a poster exhibition

    Where: Benaki Museum, Pireos St Annex
    When: 28 September – 12 November 2017
    Why Go: A tribute to an iconic French artist

    The 100-year anniversary exhibition honouring the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 2001 was a celebrated event in Paris which later toured around the world. It has now arrived in Athens and presented at the contemporary annexure of the Benaki Museum in central Athens. The original exhibition ‘Le Nouveau Salon des Cent’ included the works…

  • Piandaemonium Stavros Niarchos Center Athens

    PIANDAEMONIUM a Greek piano ensemble

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 11 & 12 November 2017
    Why Go: See an orchestra of pianos on stage

    A special concert by Piandaemonium, a Greek piano ensemble that features six pianos and 12 pianists who will endeavour to redefine the traditional sound of piano at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens. Piandaemonium is one of the few in the world and founded in 1998 by the well-known pianist Domna Evnouchidou. During Piandaemonium’s almost 20-year…

  • CHINESE XIEYI Exhibition EMST Athens

    CHINESE ART at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)

    Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)
    When: On now until 14 November 2017
    Why Go: Explore Chinese culture and tradition

    The exhibition of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) CHINESE XIEYI: Masterpieces from the National Art Museum of China is presented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST), in the framework of the cultural exchange between Greece and China. The exhibition is grouped into three parts – freehand brushwork, imagery and artistic conception which provides…

  • Cesaria Evora Gazi Live Athens

    A TRIBUTE TO CESARIA EVORA with special guests Dulce Pontes

    Where: Gazi Live
    When: 18 November 2017
    Why Go: Hear the music from the legendary soul diva of Cape Verde

    A tribute to the life and music of the diva from Cape Verde, Cesária Évora, performed by the Cesaria Évora Orchestra at Gazi Live in Athens. A musical evening of soul will celebrate the 30th anniversary since the release of Évora’s first album in 1987. The orchestra will be accompanied by guest group Dulce Pontes, the…

  • Emotions exhibition Acropolis Museum

    EMOTIONS at the Acropolis Museum

    Where: The Acropolis Museum
    When: 18th July – 19th November, 2017
    Why Go: Insights into the ancient world and the emotions that ruled it

    Emotions, the exhibition from the Onassis Cultural Center New York arrives in Athens exploring the unseen world of emotions in the personal, social and political life of antiquity. An unusual archaeological exhibition that focuses on the portrayal of the ‘ethos of the soul’ in 129 ancient art-works. The exhibition will be displayed in a new…

  • St Pauls Sessions Athens

    ST PAUL’S SESSIONS in Athens

    Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church
    When: On now – 16 Dec 2017
    Why Go: To hear live music with exceptional acoustics

    St Paul`s Sessions are an innovative series of live events showcasing some of the most important ambient, experimental and modern classical musicians from all over the world in the beautiful setting of St Paul`s Anglican Church, a place of exceptional acoustics that creates a unique connection between the performers and audience. Prestigious artists like Tim…

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    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31st December 2017
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum hold events to enhance visitors experiences of the museum including complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the exhibits. Until 29th September. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per…

  • Sleeping Beauty Greek National Opera Niarchos

    SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 22, 24 - 26 Nov, 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2017
    Why Go: To see the dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    The dance version of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty that was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was first staged in 1890 and since then has remained exceptionally popular worldwide. The Greek National Opera, which has previously presented classical choreographies of the work, now stages an impressive new version from two acclaimed artists at the…

  • Poseidon Bronze Odysseys National Archaeological Museum Athens

    ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now - 25th March 2018
    Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time

    Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.

  • Money Exhibition Museum Cycladic Art Athens

    MONEY – Tangible symbols in Ancient Greece

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 2 November – 15 April 2018
    Why Go: A historical and artistic look at ancient Greek coinage

    The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection collaborate for the first time to present the exhibition; ‘MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece’ (ΧΡΗΜΑ. Σύμβολα απτά στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα). Extraordinary samples of ancient coinage from the Alpha Bank collection will be presented. The exhibition theme relates to the diverse references and readings of the symbols…