Athens WWII Photographs Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora during the German occupation in World War II.

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.

  • Athens WWII Photographs Hephaestus

    OCCUPIED ATHENS DURING WWII – Photography exhibition

    Where: Fethiye Mosque Roman Agora
    When: On now – 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Fascinating visual insights into Athens during WWII

    A collection of photographs taken by a German photographer during the wartime occupation in Greece in World War II (1941 – 1944) are on display in the historical heart of Athens. Presented by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition sheds light on Nazi propaganda at the time, as captured by a German soldier stationed in…

  • Add Festival Athens

    ADD FESTIVAL ATHENS

    Where: Old Athens Airport, Hellinikon
    When: 25 May 2019
    Why Go: Experience Athens’ electronic music scene

    Dance from dusk till dawn at the ADD Festival Athens, the city’s biggest celebration of contemporary electronic music. Six d.o.g.s and Onassis STEGI unite to reactivate spaces of the building complex of the old airport at Hellinikon, creating an urban music environment. This creative partnership will curate a programme of electronic music legends including Deep…

  • Acropolis Redux American School Athens

    ACROPOLIS REDUX: Caryatid & Frieze at ASCSA

    Where: American School of Classical Studies Athens
    When: 18 May to 14 July 2019
    Why Go: An emblematic photo exhibition

    The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) presents Acropolis Redux – an exhibition of two groups of photographs which share a common theme – how the sculptures which adorned the temples on the Acropolis in the 5th century BC were disseminated in the modern world and became models for western art. Caryatid focuses…

  • Athens Street Food Festival-2

    ATHENS STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

    Where: Gazi
    When: 24,25 & 26 May 2019
    Why Go: Discover the dynamic street food scene in Athens

    Returning for its fourth year, the Athens Street Food festival brings out the flavours of urban Athens in the hip suburb of Gazi. The festival brings together a global community of street food from all corners of the globe including Asia, Africa, Northern Europe, Latin America and of course, Greece. Over three consecutive weekends in May,…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout May 2019
    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 since it hosted the Olympic Games. 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…

  • Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo Athens

    THE MAN WHO LAUGHS by Victor Hugo

    Where: National Theatre of Greece
    When: On now until 26 May 2019
    Why Go: A night of theatrical storytelling

    The National Theatre of Greece presents The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, a political work and love story that becomes an examination of the excesses of power. The work is presented as a piece of musical theatre with original music by Thodoris Abazis (deputy artistic director) for a night of theatrical storytelling. ABOUT THE…

  • Misanthrope Moliere National Theatre Greece

    THE MISANTHROPE by Molière

    Where: National Theatre of Greece
    When: On now until 26 May 2019
    Why Go: A dynamic version of Molière masterful work

    The National Theatre of Greece in Athens presents The Misanthrope by Molière, a production by the former artistic director of the Greek National Theatre, Yannis Houvardas, who gives us a version where anything can happen, and in Chrysa Prokopaki’s excellent new translation, words become lethal weapons in the mouths of the protagonists. The Misanthrope is one…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: June to July 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,…

  • Broken History Byzantine Museum Samios Athens

    BROKEN HISTORY – an exhibition by Pavlos Samios

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now to 15 June 2019
    Why Go: Street art meets ancient art

    Broken History is a series of works by Greek painter and Athens School of Fine Arts professor Pavlos Samios presented at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. The exhibition examines Greek history and ancient myths with 66 large scale works on cardboard that contrast between ancient art and street art representing the past and…

  • Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival Stage

    ATHENS TECHNOPOLIS JAZZ FESTIVAL

    Where: Technopolis in Gazi
    When: 27 May – 2 June 2019
    Why Go: For the best line up in the int’l jazz scene

    One of the oldest and most loved Jazz event of the city returns for its 19th year. The Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival will once again present the best line up of jazz music and trends from around the world over seven days. Visitors can expect 21 musical formats from 19 countries, with a series of…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Parthenon Gallery Acropolis Museum Events

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: May, June and July 2019
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. Skip the line e-tickets are available to purchase here in advance FREE GUIDED TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF…

  • Pavlos Pavlides Athens Greek Singers

    PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 31 May 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…

  • Oedipus Rex Fimonoi Theater

    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: Thursdays | 30 May to 26 September 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…

  • Women of Passion Why Athens

    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Saturday's - 1 June 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 third 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….

  • Athens Open Air Film Festival

    ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 5 June to 26 July & 23 to 28 August 2019
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian sites & landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns for its 9th year, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas, screening some of the greatest movies in film history. This year, the festival program includes masterpieces from legendary world cinema directors such as Federico Fellini, David Leeds, Michelangelo Antonioni, Louise Buonuel, Akira…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 5 June 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…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout June, July & 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…

  • Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Katrakeio Outdoor Theatre
    When: 7 June 2019
    Why Go: See this renowned Gypsy orchestra LIVE

    Hungary’s explosive Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra returns to Athens to perform for one night only at the outdoor Katrakeio theatre. The orchestra combines the spontaneity of gypsy music with the accuracy and synchronisation of a typical Viennese orchestra, performed by 100 masterful musicians (74 violins, 10 bass, 10 clarinets, 6 cymbals). Known around the world…

  • Music Outdoors Megaron Athens Concert

    MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron in Athens

    Where: Megaron gardens
    When: 5 June to 12 July 2019
    Why Go: To enjoy great music outdoors

    Enjoy music outdoors by moonlight in true Athenian style at the Megaron as it upholds its summer tradition of transforming its surrounding gardens into an outdoor concert venue. Expect classical music from young orchestras, jazz and world music by prominent performers along with Greek and foreign pop. Tickets at the door or online pre-sale available….

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 5 June – 10 August 2019
    Why Go: For an extensive 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 Epidaurus are highlights…

  • IGGY POP Athens Release Festival

    IGGY POP live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 8 June 2019
    Why Go: See the real wild child of rock’n’roll

    Iggy Pop, the American performer also known as James Newell Osterberg Jr will perform live in Athens at day one of the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in Athens in June. Iggy Pop has had an extensive career spanning more than five decades with his music crossing generations of rock lovers. He is known…

  • Athens Photo World

    ATHENS PHOTO WORLD

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 7 – 16 June 2019
    Why Go: See some of the best examples of photojournalism

    This year marks the first edition of Athens Photo World that will showcase the work of leading photojournalists from around the world and their contribution to shaping the image of our global community. This event hosted at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, presents the work of experienced photographers who have captured important moments of…

  • Release Athens Festival Nerou

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Iggy Pop – Hozier – New Order – Alice In Chains – Disturbed – Clutch

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 June, Clutch 19 June, Cypress Hill 21 June, Hozier 23 June, Alice In Chains 24 June, Disturbed 30 June 2019
    Why Go: For a great line up of world music

    Release Athens will return for its fourth year, with Iggy Pop, the “Godfather of Punk” to headline day 1 (8 June), heavy metal band Manowar day 2 (14 June), British rock band New Order day 3 (16 June), US rock pioneers Clutch on day 4 (19 June), rock royalty Alice In Chains on day 5 (24 June) and…

  • KOSTIS MARAVEYAS Athens

    KOSTIS MARAVEYAS in concert

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 9 June 2019
    Why Go: See one of the biggest concerts in Athens this summer

    Greek singer and pop sensation Kostis Maraveyas will perform for one night only at Plateia Nerou in Athens. Maraveyas is a talented singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who sings in Greek, English, Spanish and Italian. He began his musical career in Italy before returning to Greece in 2001. He released his solo debut album Radiopeiratis in…

  • Norma Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5, 7, 9, 11 June 2019
    Why Go: See this tragic and powerful opera on an iconic stage

    Norma, returns to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This opera, by Vincenzo Bellini, was one of the first to be presented in Athens as a newly formed state in 1837. In the GNO’s long…

  • ELENI KARAINDROU at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 14 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear music from this renowned Greek composer

    Acclaimed Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou will captivate audiences with her music for one night only at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Thirty-one years after her first iconic concert at the Odeon in 1988, Karaindrou will deliver a spellbinding concert in two parts for this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In the first, audiences will enjoy…

  • Jethro Tull Odeon Athens Festival

    JETHRO TULL live at the Acropolis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 15 June 2019
    Why Go: See these musical legends LIVE

    British rock band, Jethro Tull performs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, following their first gig at the ancient theatre in 2003. They return to Athens celebrating their 50 years of music as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Led by lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull have influenced…

  • New Order Athens Release Festival

    NEW ORDER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 16 June 2019
    Why Go: To hear Blue Monday and more

    English rock band, New Order will headline day three of the Release Festival in Athens in June. Mixing their unique sound of post-punk rock with electronic and dance music, fans can expect all their favourite tracks including “Blue Monday” “The Perfect Kiss” and more. Current band members include Gillian Gilbert, Tom Chapman, Stephen Morris, Bernard…

  • Yuja Wang Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    YUJA WANG & the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 17 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear this rising piano virtuoso LIVE at an iconic venue

    Acclaimed Chinese classical pianist, Yuja Wang will captivate audiences with her virtuosity and her riveting performing style for one night only during the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. A phenomenal pianist, Wang has astounded audiences in the greatest concert halls around the world since her 2008 graduation from the Curtis…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Greek Singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: June & July 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 Odeon Athens Festival

    GEORGE DALARAS & Izmir State Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 19 June 2019
    Why Go: An iconic stage for an iconic performer

    George Dalaras and the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra will give a breathtaking concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Repeating the concert that was originally presented at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Hall in İzmir, as part of a cultural collaboration between the cities of…

  • Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley Athens

    LORD OF THE DANCE in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium
    When: 19 June 2019
    Why Go: See this world famous stage show LIVE

    Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games continues its world tour throughout 2019 coming to Athens’ Tae Kwon Do Stadium in June. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original stage show, Michael Flatley’s, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a spectacular new staging of the much-loved traditional masterpiece, featuring new costumes and choreography,…

  • Thodoris Economou Breath Solo Piano

    BREATH – Solo piano by Thodoris Economou

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: 18 – 20 June 2019
    Why Go: Piano beneath the stars

    Greek pianist, theatre and film composer Thodoris Economou, invites us to an improvisation under the stars – a startling soundscape drawing on minimal music, classical music, jazz and traditional music. The composition seeks to bring out the ‘truth’ at the core of each and every moment and is structured as absolute freedom of movement. A…

  • SKALKOTTAS Tribute Odeon Athens Festival I

    A TRIBUTE TO NIKOS SKALKOTTAS – ERT National Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 21 June 2019
    Why Go: An evening of music beneath the stars

    Marking 70 years since the death of Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to his work at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Performing the ballet The Sea, a series of vivid images drawn from the marine world revolving around fantasy…

  • Cypress Hill Athens

    CYPRESS HILL live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 21 June 2019
    Why Go: See the U.S hip-hop veterans LIVE

    American hip-hop group Cypress Hill, will perform live in Athens at the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in June. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip-hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. In  2018, they released their ninth full-length album Elephants on Acid which saw the…

  • Rockwave Festival Athens LP

    ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Terra Vibe Park
    When: 22 June 2019
    Why Go: Experience Greece’s famous summer rock festival

    Rockwave Festival is held every year at Terra Vibe Park in Malakasa, situated on the northern edge of the Parnitha mountain range, around 30km (19 miles) north of Athens. Celebrating its 23rd year, it has become one of the most famous rock festivals in Greece, establishing itself as the annual live music event for contemporary pop…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 21 June - 10 August 2019
    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 three ancient sites welcomed more than 90,000 theatre-goers last year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • OEDIPUS Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE LIFE & TIMES OF OEDIPUS – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 21 and 22 June 2019
    Why Go: Discover Oedipus, the mythical Greek king of Thebes

    This production of Oedipus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. The iconic story of Oedipus comes alive in Robert Wilson’s series of breathtakingly, distinctive tableau vivant. The celebrated American director follows Oedipus’ story chronologically, without faithfully adapting Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. From the moment of…

  • LEONIDAS KAVAKOS Odeon Athens Festival

    LEONIDAS KAVAKOS with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 22 June 2019
    Why Go: See the Greek maestro LIVE

    Acclaimed violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos, accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will perform a repertoire of music at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Led by conductor Philippe Jordan, the programme will include German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for ViolinandOrchestra in E minor, Op. 64, Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 in D major KV 297(‘Paris’) and…

  • Giannis Parios Athens Greek Singers

    YIANNIS PARIOS IN CONCERT

    Where: Vrachon Theatre + Veakio Theatre
    When: 23 June & 8 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Greece’s most famous singers

    One of Greece’s most famous and loved singers, Yiannis Parios will be performing at two magnificent open-air theatres in Athens for one night only in June and July as part of his summer tour. A regular highlight of the summer calendar, visitors to Athens will have the chance to see Parios at the Melina Mercouri Theatre…

  • Hozier Athens Release Festival

    HOZIER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 23 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear the modern man of soul LIVE

    Irish musician, singer and songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne known professionally as Hozier, will perform live in Athens at the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in June. Hozier became famous with his debut album in 2014, “Take Me To Church”, which went to number one in Ireland and included in the top ten music charts around the…

  • Alice in Chains Athens Release Festival

    ALICE IN CHAINS live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: See one of the great vocalists of our time

    American rock band, Alice in Chains joins day five of the Release Festival in Athens this June. Formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, the band fuses grunge with heavy metal music. Cantrell, one of the greatest living vocalists and guitarists, continues to vigorously declare his presence on record and on…

  • Steven Spielberg Odeon Athens Festival

    A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FILMS BY STEVEN SPIELBERG

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: Relive special musical moments from Spielberg’s films

    The Athens State Orchestra will perform a musical tribute of selected films by Steven Spielberg at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Much of the success of Spielberg’s films have been compounded by their musical score, composed by some of the world’s greatest film composers…

  • MURRAY PERAHIA Odeon Athens Festival

    MURRAY PERAHIA & THE THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 26 June 2019
    Why Go: See the world’s greatest pianist perform at an iconic venue

    Murray Perahia, one of the greatest pianists in the world joins the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens Festival. The programme includes Beethoven’s fascinating Piano Concerto No. 4, Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Cretan Feast, orchestrated by Nikos Skalkottas, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights….

  • Beth Hart Athens

    BETH HART live in Athens

    Where: Vrachon Theatre
    When: 27 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear this raw dynamic talent LIVE

    Beth Hart, the outstanding American singer/songwriter returns to Greece, after a four year absence, for a unique appearance at the Vrachon Theatre in Athens. With her distinctive husky voice and her dynamic stage presence, Beth Hart has won over international audiences with her signature compositions and her unique interpretations that carry her inimitable stamp on…

  • LOREENA MCKENNITT live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 27 June 2019
    Why Go: See the star of Celtic music

    Canadian musician and composer Loreena McKennitt comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. McKennitt will perform from her new album ‘Lost Souls’ along with tracks from her long career. Known for her dramatic soprano vocals, McKennitt has sold more than 14 million records worldwide. Her music employs…

  • Plissken Festival Athens

    PLISSKËN FESTIVAL ATHENS

    Where: Athens Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 26 & 27 June 2019
    Why Go: For the best line up in indie music scene

    From indie and funk, to electronic and synth-pop, the Plisskën Festival returns to Athens for its ninth year. Some of the freshest and biggest names in the independent music scene will perform across 3 stages. Headline acts include, Giorgio Moroder, legendary disco and electronic music pioneer Tinariwen, the masterful Tuareg musicians from Sahara Desert and…

  • Yannis Markopoulos Odeon Athens Festival

    YANNIS MARKOPOULOS 80th birthday celebration at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 June 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy the music of a famed Greek composer

    Celebrating his 80th birthday, legendary Greek composer, Yannis Markopoulos comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to present a full repertoire for an enchanting evening of music as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With an active career spanning almost 60 years, Markopoulos created compositions for symphonic orchestras, film, theatre scores, operas and…

  • Oresteia Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ORESTEIA by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 28 & 29 June 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ trilogy at an iconic venue

    This production of Oresteia by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut, with a…

  • Summer Nostos Niarchos Center Athens I

    SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 23 - 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Packed program ideal for the whole family

    The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) returns in June for a week of music and dance to celebrate the beginning of summer. Modern pioneers, internationally acclaimed performers and leading Greek artists from every field make up the programme of this year’s festival. HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL 2019 ADMISSION TO ALL…

  • Yo-Yo Ma Odeon Athens Festival

    YO-YO MA solo cellist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Experience an unforgettable performance

    Widely considered as the greatest cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Having received more than 18 Grammy Awards and accolades including the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the United States National Medal of the Arts (2001),…

  • ROSAS dance group with Bach’s Six Cello Suites

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 2 July 2019
    Why Go: See Bach’s cello suites accompanied by world-class dancers

    The world famous Rosas dance group along with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, perform to Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello, for one night only at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Joining them on stage will be the great French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, acclaimed for his musical virtuosity. Critics have described…

  • Dead Can Dance Odeon Athens

    DEAD CAN DANCE live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 3 July 2019
    Why Go: See this legendary duo LIVE

    British-Australian band Dead Can Dance comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus performing their extensive repertoire of mesmerising sounds as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Dead Can Dance has stood out for its avant-garde musical style drawing inspiration from nature and traditional music from around the world. Described as a fusion of…

  • Tribute to Cello Athens Conservatoire

    A TRIBUTE TO CELLO

    Where: Athens Conservatoire
    When: 1, 3 & 4 July 2019
    Why Go: For lovers of classical music

    As part of a collaboration between the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the newly re-opened Athens Conservatoire, three concerts will be performed in July to promote emerging musical talent in Greece with a tribute to cello. Inspired by the internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma who will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on 30…

  • Suppliants Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 5 & 6 July 2019
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides

    This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith and…

  • World Outdoor Gymnastics Gala Athens

    WORLD OUTDOOR GYMNASTICS GALA

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 7 July 2019
    Why Go: See top level gymnasts at an iconic venue

    A new gymnastics competition, ‘The World Outdoor Gymnastics Gala’ (WOGG) will premier at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, hosting 20 Olympians from 20 countries. Top representatives from three Olympic sports; rhythmic, artistic and trampoline gymnastics, will display their highest levels of ability and skill. Greek Olympians such as Lefteris Petrounias, Vasiliki Miloussi, Vlasios Maras, Varvaro…

  • Alcina Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    ALCINA by George Frideric Handel

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6 & 7 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Handel’s greatest works

    Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and accomplished conductor George Petrou return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With award-winning productions in theatres and festivals across Europe, Armonia Atenea embark on a journey to the magical world of Baroque…

  • Riccardo Muti Odeon Athens Festival

    BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY No.9 led by Riccardo Muti

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 9 July 2019
    Why Go: Hear one of the world’s greatest symphony’s on a magical stage

    The internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Muti returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus leading Italian and Greek musicians and choristers in Beethoven’s ever-popular Symphony No. 9 at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. After concerts in cities as diverse as Sarajevo, Beirut, Jerusalem, Cairo and Tehran, Muti’s musical project, ‘The Roads of Friendship’ has chosen Athens, as…

  • UB40 Antonis Remos Athens

    UB40 & ANTONIS REMOS live in Athens

    Where: Theatro Petras, Petropouli
    When: 10 July 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable concert under the stars

    Legendary reggae band UB40 and multi-platinum selling Greek singer Antonis Remos will perform together at Theatro Petras in Petropouli in Athens, marking the bands 40th anniversary tour. UB40, who have received 4 Grammy Award nominations and sold more than 70 million records worldwide, will perform their greatest hits including, “Red Red Wine”, “Here I Am”…

  • Maria Farantouri Odeon Athens Festival

    MARIA FARANTOURI live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 10 July 2019
    Why Go: For an enchanting evening of music by an iconic songstress

    Legendary Greek singer Maria Farantouri performs classic songs of Greek and world cinema at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival in July. The repertoire of songs to be performed acquired an independent life beyond their film life. Farantouri will be joined by two emerging singers, Thodoris Voutsikakis and Korina…

  • Dimitris Mystakidis Odeon Athens Festival

    DIMITRIS MYSTAKIDIS – HISTORY OF GREEK SONG

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 11 July 2019
    Why Go: Hear the songs that have defined Greek music

    An evening of Greek music is presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens by Melodia 99.2 radio station. As part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival, musician, researcher and teacher Dimitris Mystakidis performs his ‘mixtape’ dedicated to the history of Greek song. The compilation will emulate the most important songs that have best defined…

  • Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 12 & 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece

    This production of Oedipus Rex at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle…

  • Slayer Athens Rocks Festival

    SLAYER live in Athens – FINAL WORLD TOUR

    Where: Apostolos Leoforos Alexandras Stadium
    When: 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See the band one last time

    American thrash metal band Slayer will perform the closing show to the inaugural Athens Rocks Festival in July 2019 as part of their final world tour. Slayer’s fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding “big four” bands of the thrash metal genre alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. It’s current members include Kerry…

  • Tindersticks Athens Odeon Herodes

    TINDERSTICKS live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 13 July 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable concert at an iconic venue

    British alternative rock band Tindersticks will make a single mid-summer appearance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Founded in Nottingham by Stuart Ashton Staples in 1991, the band was a refreshing new addition to the British music scene. With Staples’ soothing, refined, baritone voice, paired with…

  • KANATA Robert Le Page Athens Festival

    ROBERT LEPAGE’S KANATA

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 13 to 15 July 2019
    Why Go: See this controversial Canadian production, led by an acclaimed director

    Kanata — Episode 1 — The Controversy, comes to the Megaron theatre in Athens, led by acclaimed Canadian director Robert Lepage as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This latest production by French company Théâtre du Soleil aims to explore the problematic relationship between Canada’s Indigenous people and their colonizers. ‘Kanata’ is an…

  • OMARA PORTUONDO Athens

    OMARA PORTUONDO live in Athens

    Where: Technopolis
    When: 15 July 2019
    Why Go: See the queen of Buena Vista Social Club LIVE

    Cuban singer and dancer Omara Portuondo and her band of musicians will perform at the Technopolis cultural complex in Athens as part of her ‘Last Kiss’ tour. Portuondo has collaborated with many Cuban musicians throughout her career including Julio Gutiérrez and Chucho Valdés. She was a founding member of the popular vocal group Cuartero d’Aida….

  • MAXIM VENGEROV Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    MAXIM VENGEROV with the Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 16 July 2019
    Why Go: See this solo violinist perform on a majestic stage

    World famous violinist Maxim Vengerov together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In this first collaboration, Vengerov will perform one of the greatest and most demanding concertos for violin of all time, Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major,…

  • Cure Ejekt Festival Athens

    EJEKT FESTIVAL ATHENS featuring THE CURE

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 17 July 2019
    Why Go: For the best in alternative and electronic music

    The Ejekt Festival returns for its 15th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the world’s best in alternative and electronic based music. 2019 is promising to be one of the biggest ever with British rock band The Cure headlining Day 1 of the festival on 17th July. The two day festival…

  • Iphigenia Aulis Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 19 & 20 July 2019
    Why Go: A play full of twists & dilemmas

    This production of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. One of Euripides’ late plays, written between 408 and 406 BC and presented posthumously at the Great Dionysia, where it won first prize. The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision…

  • Electra Orestes Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 26 & 27 July 2019
    Why Go: See two of Euripides’ plays brought together at once

    This production of Electra & Orestes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove brings together two of Euripides plays, telling the story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to…

  • LA TRAVIATA Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019
    Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this July presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This tragic love story, with its much-loved arias and duets, will be directed by the GNO’s choreographer and artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos who…

  • Clouds Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 2 & 3 August 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – August & September 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout August & September 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…

  • Prometheus Bound Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 9 & 10 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity. Hephaestus is tasked with chaining Prometheus on steep mountain rocks. Cratus and Bia keep watch the reluctant Hephaestus. Oceanus’ daughters, the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…