Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum
The portrait bust of Hadrian in an imaginary conversation with philosophers and nobleman of the time. Photograph: Why Athens

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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Acropolis Redux American School Athens

    ACROPOLIS REDUX: Caryatid & Frieze at ASCSA

    Where: American School of Classical Studies Athens
    When: On now 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…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underfloor Exhibition


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: June & July 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 in June 2019 and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during this 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. Skip the line e-tickets…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens


    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: June & 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 28 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 Photo World


    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Now until 30 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…

  • Whats on in Athens


    What & Where: The best of Athens for this month
    When: Throughout July 2019
    Why Go: See the best of what’s on this month

    With summer well and truly in the air in Athens, music, theatre and film move outdoors in glorious and iconic venues around the city. Here’s our monthly round-up of the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in July. WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY SUMMER FESTIVALS Throughout July: Athens &…

  • 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,…

  • Athens Photo Festival 2019


    Where: Benaki Museum – Pireos Street Annexe
    When: On now to 28 July 2019
    Why Go: See work by emerging photographers from around the world

    The Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and visual culture in South-East Europe, and one of the five oldest of its kind in the world. The festival seeks to bring together emerging and established artists and photographers from around the world with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography and visual…

  • Picasso Cycladic Museum Athens Bull

    PICASSO & ANTIQUITY – Museum of Cycladic Art

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 20 June to 20 October 2019
    Why Go: See how ancient Greece influenced the work of Picasso

    The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents its major exhibition, Picasso and Antiquity – Line and Clay. Rare works by Picasso depict marine creatures, animals, human figures, mythological scenes inspired by ancient tragedy and comedy, all conversing with prehistoric artefacts as part of the museum’s “Divine Dialogues” series, where ceramics and designs of Picasso…

  • Avigdor Arikha Benaki Museum

    AVIGDOR ARIKHA – ‘One Breath’

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: On now – 1 September 2019
    Why Go: See works of this significant C20th artist

    The Benaki Museum of Hellenic Culture in Athens presents works by the internationally acclaimed contemporary painter Avigdor Arikha in the latest exhibition ‘One Breath’, presented for the first time in Greece. “Art is breath. It comes through breath. It dwells in breath” – Avigdor Arikha More than fifty important works and drawings will be presented…

  • Robert McCabe Exhibition Olympian Zeus

    CHRONOGRAPHY – ROBERT MCCABE photographs of Greece

    Where: Archaeological Society of Athens
    When: On now – 31 October 2019
    Why Go: Historical insights of Greece in the 1950s through the lens of a great philhellene

    An exhibition of photographs by American photographer and philhellene Robert McCabe marks the 180th anniversary of the Archaeological Society of Athens. The presentation, “Chronography – An Exhibition for the 180th Anniversary (1837-2017) of the Archaeological Society” includes 53 black and white photographs taken between 1954-55 in regions of Greece of archaeological significance including, the Acropolis,…