Art Athina Athens
An art lover admiring a work at Art Athina. 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.

  • Art Athina Athens

    ART ATHINA – Athens contemporary art fair

    Where: Athens Conservatoire
    When: 21 – 24 June 2018
    Why 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…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Athens Eleusis

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 30 June 2018
    Why 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 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 May and June 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,…

  • Tomb of Christ Byzantine Museum Athens Sepulchre V

    UNVEILING THE TOMB OF CHRIST at the Byzantine Museum

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 10 October 2018
    Why 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 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…

  • 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,…

  • Islamic Calligrapy Benaki Museum

    ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY, the art of Iranian writing

    Where: Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
    When: On now – 1 July 2018
    Why 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 First Millenium Byzantine Museum Athens HS

    BYZANTIUM in the first millennium

    Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum
    When: On now – 10 October 2018
    Why 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 Cycladic Museum Athens

    GEORGE CONDO at the Museum of Cycladic Art

    Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
    When: 8 June – 14 October 2018
    Why 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 Mentis Passementerie Athens

    TWO EMBROIDERIES by Stefanos Rokos & Antiopi Pantazi

    Where: Mentis Passementerie
    When: On now – 28 July 2018
    Why 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 American School Athens ASCSA

    MAKRIYANNIS, ‘Vital Expression’ – American School of Classical Studies

    Where: American School of Classical Studies Athens
    When: On now – 29 September 2018
    Why 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…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018
    Why 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 Exhibition Theocharakis Foundation Athens

    COSTAS VAROTSOS, 2008-2018

    Where: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Syntagma
    When: 20 June – 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 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…