TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou TheatreWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: 21 August to 22 September 2019Why 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…
THE THREAD – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 24 August 2019Why Go: For a night of music and dance
An innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, The Thread comes to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus for one mid-summer evening. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant forges the past with the present, combining contemporary dance with that of the Greek folk tradition. Eighteen Greek dancers, six trained in folk dancing, the rest in ballet…
ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: September & October 2019Why 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…
BEJART BALLET at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 15 & 16 September 2019Why Go: See ballet beneath the glow of the Acropolis
The Béjart Ballet Lausanne returns to the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for two unmissable evenings of dance. Based on the iconic choreography of the late dance pioneer, Maurice Béjart, his two ballets will be performed including, ‘7 danses grecques’ (7 Greek Dances) and ‘Boléro’. In 7 Greek Dances, genuine…
STOMP in AthensWhere: Melina Mercouri TheatreWhen: 17 & 18 September 2019Why Go: Get into the rhythm of Stomp LIVE
Hailing from the United Kingdom, popular percussion group STOMP returns to Athens for two nights in September. For almost three decades STOMP has been wowing audiences all around the world with its unique blend of rhythm, movement, comedy and dance. A theatrical experience like no other, STOMP is the event that has shown the globe…
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.