SNOW WHITE ON ICEWhere: Tae Kwon Do StadiumWhen: 19 – 23 December 2018Why Go: Enjoy a dreamlike, spectacular adaptation of this classic tale
Snow White on Ice comes to Athens in a spectacular show featuring the renowned Russian Ice Stars at the Tae Kwon Do centre. The amusing seven dwarfs, the evil queen and the innocent Snow White all come to life in December, on a glittery ice arena with a 360-degree view of the action. Snow White…
CHRISTMAS WITH CINDERELLAWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Dec 2018Why Go: To see a modern day interpretation of a classic fairy tale
The famous Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo comes to the Megaron in Athens this Christmas, unravelling the story of Cinderella as we know it. The ballet company’s distinguished choreographer and artistic director, Jean Christophe Maillot, peels back the layers from the well-known fairy-tale of Cinderella and focuses on the emotional world of the main heroine. Freed…
SWAN LAKE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 20, 22, 27, 28, 29 Dec 2018Why Go: See a new choreography of this classic tale
Swan Lake comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in Athens with a modern choreography from the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) newly appointed artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos. The enchanting story of Prince Siegfried, the Swan Queen Odette, the evil wizard Rothbart and his daughter Odile, comes to life through Rigos’ eyes, as he transfers the action…
THE NUTCRACKER by the St Petersburg Ballet TheatreWhere: Galatsi Olympic Hall, AthensWhen: 19 – 30 Dec 2018Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas direct from Russia
The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. Soloists from both the St Petersburg Ballet and the Mariinsky Theatre will lead the performance over two acts, accompanied by a 60-member Symphony Orchestra at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in northern Athens. The…
ATHENS EVENTS – January & February 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Jan & Feb 2019Why Go: For live music & theatre
The new year and the new winter brings a full cultural agenda with events moving indoors at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. Athens is in full swing in the early new year as the locals make the most of the period leading up to the traditional Easter fast. From touring…
HERRUMBRE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 February 2019Why Go: See a modern choreography about the realities of war
The modern choreography, Herrumbre by Spanish choreographer, Nacho Duato comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in Athens, as the first collaboration with the Greek National Opera (GNO) ballet. Duato’s Herrumbre (which means “rust” in Spanish) expresses the “rust” of the soul caused by the brutality of war, in this unique choreography that is also a statement…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 4th June – 10 August 2019Why 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…
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.