Costas Varotsos Exhibition Theocharakis Foundation Athens
The work of Costas Varotsos. Photograph: courtesy of THF

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.

  • Costas Varotsos Exhibition Theocharakis Foundation Athens

    COSTAS VAROTSOS latest works

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: On now – 21 October 2018
    Why 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 skill in working with the fragility of glass. His large glass sculpture of a running man (Dromeas) opposite the Hilton Hotel in Athens, has become a modern icon of…

  • Hadrian Athens National Archaeological Museum

    HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now through Nov 2018
    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: Throughout October 2018
    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,…

  • Aspects of Beauty National Archaeological Museum Athens

    COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY, National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now – May 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,…

  • YIANNIS MORALIS Benaki Museum Athens

    YIANNIS MORALIS RETROSPECTIVE at the Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum – Pireos Street Annexe
    When: On now to 5 January 2019
    Why Go: See works by one of Greece’s leading C20th artists

    The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street Annex in Athens presents a retrospective exhibition of works by Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009), one of Greece’s leading 20th-century artists. Moralis was a pioneering painter, talented print-maker, gifted set designer and inspiring academic teacher. Through his paintings, sculptures, architectural commissions, record covers and book illustrations, the exhibition aims to shed light…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Gallery Slopes Athens

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 30 November 2018
    Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

    The Acropolis Museum holds 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 TOUR AND GALLERY TALK OF THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm…

  • Acropolis Museum Forbidden City Qianlong

    Acropolis Museum – From the Forbidden City Exhibition

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now until 14 February 2019
    Why Go: See ancient Chinese objects from the Qing Dynasty

    A rare exhibition, ‘From the Forbidden City: Imperial Apartments of Qianlong’, that explores China’s Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) is on display at the Acropolis Museum. Remarkable artefacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture from the 18th century, is presented to the public for the first time. One of the most renowned emperors in Chinese history,…

  • Joan Leigh Fermor Photographs Benaki Museum

    JOAN LEIGH FERMOR – ‘Artist and Lover’ | Benaki Museum

    Where: Benaki Museum
    When: On now – 21 October 2018
    Why 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…

  • NISSIM LEVIS photography Exhibition Jewish Museum

    NISSIM LEVIS photography exhibition at the Jewish Museum

    Where: Jewish Museum of Greece
    When: On now – 7 January 2019
    Why Go: Visual insights into life pre-WWII Greece

    Photographs taken by Dr Nissim Levis taken during the final years of Ottoman rule in Greece (1898-1913) to 1930 is the focus of the latest exhibition, “Through the Lens of Nissim Levis: A Family, an Era,” at the Jewish Museum of Greece, in Athens. The exhibition allows the visitor a glimpse into the life of…

  • Leonardo Da Vinci Athens 500 years

    LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of Genius

    Where: Old ‘OSY’ depot, Gazi
    When: 30 November 2018 – 30 March 2019
    Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time

    A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…