ART ATHINA – Athens contemporary art fairWhere: Athens ConservatoireWhen: 21 – 24 June 2018Why Go: Explore Athens’ dynamic art scene
One of the long-standing annual art fairs in Greece, Art Athina moves to the National Conservatory of Athens, in the heart of the city. Showcasing a curated selection of local and international galleries from Europe, America and the Oceania region, this 23rdedition will be presented in the landmark Bauhaus building. Programme highlights include thematic exhibitions, video…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now - 30 June 2018Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum
The Acropolis Museum hold 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. FREE GUIDED TOURS Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now through Nov 2018Why 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…
HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKSWhere: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyWhen: Throughout May and June 2018Why 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,…
UNVEILING THE TOMB OF CHRIST at the Byzantine MuseumWhere: Byzantine and Christian MuseumWhen: On now – 10 October 2018Why Go: A look inside the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of what many believe is the Tomb of Christ inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience. This new interactive exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum presents the conservation and renovation done by scientists from the National Technical University of Athens…
JOAN LEIGH FERMOR – ‘Artist and Lover’ | Benaki MuseumWhere: Benaki MuseumWhen: On now – 21 October 2018Why Go: See the photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor
The Benaki Museum presents a collection of 148 photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor, the equally talented wife of the celebrated Irish travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Joan and Paddy Leigh Fermor were united in a pact of liberty – sharing their lives, mostly in Greece, as lovers and friends. As photographer and writer, they were…
COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now – May 2019Why 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,…
ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY, the art of Iranian writingWhere: Benaki Museum of Islamic ArtWhen: On now – 1 July 2018Why Go: Discover contemporary Iranian calligraphy
The art of writing is a highly esteemed artistic expression within the world of the Middle East that has been admired from the 7th century until today. Islamic Calligraphy is considered a fundamental characteristic of Islamic art and aesthetics. This exhibition at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art in Athens, aims to familiarise visitors with…
BYZANTIUM in the first millenniumWhere: Byzantine and Christian MuseumWhen: On now – 10 October 2018Why Go: A closer look at Byzantium in the first millennium
The exhibition ‘BYZANTIUM in the first millennium’ at the Byzantine and Christian Museum emphasizes the role of the Byzantine Empire, between 300-1000 AD as an emblem of stability in a period of great uncertainty, conflicts and upheavals in the European world, as well as in the broader Mediterranean region. Through six thematic sections, visitors will…
GEORGE CONDO at the Museum of Cycladic ArtWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: 8 June – 14 October 2018Why Go: Condo’s first major solo exhibition in Greece
Within its contemporary art programme, the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) will hold the exhibition George Condo at Cycladic. This will be the first major solo museum exhibition of the American artist George Condo in Greece. The exhibition will include painting, sculptures and drawings spanning his 40-year career and a catalogue will be published on its occasion….
TWO EMBROIDERIES by Stefanos Rokos & Antiopi PantaziWhere: Mentis PassementerieWhen: On now – 28 July 2018Why Go: See famous paintings transformed into embroidered works
Two Embroideries is an artistic collaboration between Greek contemporary artist, Stefanos Rokos and architect Antiopi Pantazi, that interweaves tradition with modernism, craftmanship with creativity. The exhibition presents the work of these two artists culminating over three years (2013 – 2016). Two of Rokos’ paintings have been reworked by Pantazi in embroidery, to produce a multi-textured…
MAKRIYANNIS, ‘Vital Expression’ – American School of Classical StudiesWhere: American School of Classical Studies AthensWhen: On now – 29 September 2018Why Go: An emblematic exhibition
In conjunction with the inauguration of the new wing of the Gennadius Library, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA) presents ‘Ioannis Makriyannis: Vital Expression’ dedicated to the great fighter of Greece’s War of Independence who later became a politician and advocate of the Constitution under the first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias. Makriyannis…
ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athenians return from their summer vacations. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during September and October. Shows for this period…
COSTAS VAROTSOS, 2008-2018Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, SyntagmaWhen: 20 June – 21 October 2018Why Go: See the work of a cutting-edge Greek artist
Costas Varotsos has left his artistic stamp on urban spaces across Europe and the United States. As an established Greek sculptor, Varotsos is heralded for his masterful work with the fragility and translucency of glass. His large glass sculpture of a running man (Dromeas) opposite the Hilton Hotel in Athens has become a modern icon…
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.