Yiannis Pappas Benaki Museum
Artist Yiannis Pappas. Photograph: courtesy of the Benaki Museum Collection

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.

  • Yiannis Pappas Benaki Museum

    YIANNIS PAPPAS exhibition

    Where: Yiannis Pappas Studio, Zografou
    When: On now 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…

  • Lynda Benglis Cycladic Museum I

    LYNDA BENGLIS at the Cycladic Museum

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: On now until 15 March 2020
    Why 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…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now to 8 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,…

  • Max Cooper Athens

    ‘YEARNING FOR THE INFINITE’ with Max Cooper

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 9 December 2019
    Why Go: See a remarkable exploration of human nature

    Innovative techno producer Max Cooper comes to Athens for a dazzling audiovisual show inside the opera wing of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). Cooper will present his LP ‘Yearning for the Infinite’ in an audio and visual rendering to explore the notion of obsession with the unobtainable. Using vast new visualisations of the…

  • AEGEAN DESERT PRINCE NIKOLAOS Benaki

    AEGEAN DESERT by Prince Nikolaos

    Where: Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
    When: On now until 19 January 2020
    Why 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…

  • Weavings Exhibition Ghika Benaki Museum

    WEAVINGS: Painting and Tapestry

    Where: Benaki Museum - Pireos St Annexe
    When: On now until 16 February 2020
    Why Go: See tapestries of famous Greek art

    A parallel perspective of paintings and tapestries by Greek artists from the 1960’s to today will be presented at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos St Annex in Athens. The exhibition features paintings from the 1960s that were turned into tapestry by master weaver Ioannis Faitakis. Other textiles produced by Greek artists who worked in France and…

  • Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now until 31 December 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…

  • Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Athens

    HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS

    Where: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
    When: November and December 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,…

  • Athenians Face City Exhibition

    ATHENIANS – portrait exhibition

    Where: Benaki Museum - Pireos St Annexe
    When: On now until 2 February 2020
    Why Go: See a modern archive of a changing city

    The Benaki Museum in association with LiFO Magazine present a new exhibition, ‘Athenians: The Face of a City’ at the Pireos Street Annexe in Athens. With the maxim “Athenians are those who love Athens”, the exhibition brings together more than 150 photographic portraits of iconic figures, along with a diverse mix of Athenians that represent…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

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

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June this year 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…

  • CHRISTIAN ZERVOS Benaki Museum

    CHRISTIAN ZERVOS & cahiers d’art exhibition

    Where: Benaki Museum - Pireos St Annexe
    When: 12 December until 1 March 2020
    Why 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…

  • Acrobats China Athens

    NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 18-22 December 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world’s best acrobatic troupes

    Straight from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China comes to Athens for an evening of high-flying acrobatic entertainment. With glamorous costumes and exotic disguises, this talented acrobatic ensemble will mesmerise audiences with their natural grace, and artistic skill. Over two breathtaking hours, live the energy, power and magic in this ground-breaking…