Athens Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis
A history of Greek music will be performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Photograph: courtesy Athens Festival.

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.

  • Athens Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis


    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why Go: The ultimate line up of music, theatre & dance

    The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and a highlight of the Greek summer calendar. With a legacy that spans more than sixty years’, today it incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Performances at the two ancient theatres of the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are…

  • Massive Attack Athens


    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 20 June 2020
    Why Go: Enjoy some of best trip-hop sounds LIVE

    UK ‘trip-hop’ pioneers Massive Attack return to the Release Festival in Athens as part of their environmentally friendly European tour. Fans can expect their hypnotic fusion of hazy beats and soulful melodies with founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grant Marshall (Daddy G). ABOUT MASSIVE ATTACK Formed in 1988 in Bristol, Massive Attack has…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival


    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: June to August 2020
    Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

    As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • Black Eyed Peas Athens


    Where: Lalibela beach festival, Akti Vouliagmenis
    When: 3 & 4 July 2020
    Why Go: Soak up the sun, sea and music

    International pop icons Black Eyed Peas will perform on day one of the Lalibela beach festival in Athens, followed by global sensation LP appearing on day two. Day one – Black Eyed Peas 3 July The multi-award-winning Black Eyed Peas are one of the world’s most popular groups, conquering the world with monster hits such…

  • Judas Priest Athens


    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 17 July 2020
    Why Go: Celebrate 50 years of Judas Priest

    British heavy metal band Judas Priest comes to Athens as part of the annual Release Festival. Joining them will be extreme metal band Cradle of Filth and supergroup Dead Daisies, fronted by Glenn Hughes. Fans can expect Judas Priest’s world-famous anthems in a spectacular show that pays tribute to their 50 years of heavy metal….