EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: January 2020Why Go: Celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary
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. Skip…
CHRISTIAN ZERVOS & cahiers d’art exhibitionWhere: Benaki Museum - Pireos St AnnexeWhen: On now until 1 March 2020Why Go: See a private collection of masterpieces
A new exhibition ‘Christian Zervos and Cahiers d’art’ is presented at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos St Annexe in Athens. As one of the great unknown figures in art history, this presentation introduces the general public to Zervos’ multifaceted and consequential work as a critic. His work will be correlated with modern Greek intellectual life, defining…
YIANNIS PAPPAS exhibitionWhere: Yiannis Pappas Studio, ZografouWhen: On now until 31 May 2020Why 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…
AEGEAN DESERT by Prince NikolaosWhere: Benaki Museum of Islamic ArtWhen: On now until 19 January 2020Why Go: See the beauty in opposing landscapes
Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark presents pictures from the Qatari desert and photographs of the Aegean Sea, exhibited side by side at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art in Athens. These works underline the beauty and the individual character of variegated landscapes, while in some of them, their distinguishing features, sand and water, are…
LYNDA BENGLIS at the Cycladic MuseumWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: On now until 15 March 2020Why Go: A fascinating retrospective
Greek-American sculptor, Lynda Benglis presents her first solo show in Greece at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. “Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses” is a selection of works dating from 1969. This expansive exhibition, organized in cooperation with the NEON organization, includes sculptures of gold leaf, plaster and latex. Greece has…
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.