Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation
The underfloor archaeological site at the Acropolis Museum. Photograph: Giorgos Vatsoropoulos

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.

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: May 2020 - CLOSED UNTIL 11 APRIL 2020
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June 2019 and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during its first decade. Visitors can expect a full programme of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, musical interludes and the opening of the excavation area beneath the museum that was once an ancient Athenian neighbourhood. **…

  • Yiannis Pappas Benaki Museum

    YIANNIS PAPPAS exhibition

    Where: Yiannis Pappas Studio, Zografou
    When: 13 April until 31 May 2020
    Why Go: For an intimate look inside this artist’s work studio

    The Benaki Museum presents the work of talented Greek artist Yiannis Pappas (1913-2005), displayed in his original work space in Zografou. The exhibition ‘Yiannis Pappas: The German Occupation’ reflects the artist’s return to Athens from the war front and throughout the German occupation. Pappas was confronted with general wretchedness and personal loss, he dedicated himself…

  • Theocharakis Human Form


    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 13 April until 26 April 2020
    Why Go: A fascinating look at C20th Greek artworks

    The B&M Theocharakis Foundation in Athens presents an exhibition of Greek masterpieces from the museum’s vast collections, focusing on the human form. Visitors will be able to observe the various transformations in 20th-century Greek painting. Featured artists include Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Yiannis Moralis, Yannis Tsarouchis, Dico Byzantios, Thalia Flora-Karavia, Dimitris Mytaras, among others. Curated by Lambrini…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens


    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: From 1 May throughout 2020
    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,…