Tangolovers Festival Athens Tango
Photograph: courtesy of TangoLovers 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.

  • Tangolovers Festival Athens Tango

    TANGOLOVERS Festival Athens

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: 31 January – 4 February 2019
    Why Go: To experience the magic and passion of tango

    The 5th TangoLovers Festival returns to Athens bringing leading dancers from the international tango circuit together, as they share the magic and passion of tango with the melodies of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Visitors can expect five days of dancing, theatre and workshops led by leading maestros from Argentina and Turkey. The festival ends with “Tango in Love……

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus


    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4th June – 10 August 2019
    Why Go: For an extensive 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 highlights…

  • IGGY POP Athens Release Festival

    IGGY POP live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 8 June 2019
    Why Go: See the real wild child of rock’n’roll

    Iggy Pop, the American performer also known as James Newell Osterberg Jr will perform live in Athens at day one of the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in Athens in June. Iggy Pop has had an extensive career spanning more than five decades with his music crossing generations of rock lovers. He is known…

  • Release Athens Festival Nerou

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Iggy Pop – New Order – Alice In Chains – Disturbed – Clutch – Manowar

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 June, Clutch 19 June, Alice In Chains 24 June, Disturbed 30 June 2019
    Why Go: For a great line up of world music

    Release Athens will return for its fourth year, with Iggy Pop, the “Godfather of Punk” to headline day 1 (8 June), heavy metal band Manowar day 2 (14 June), British rock band New Order day 3 (16 June), US rock pioneers Clutch on day 4 (19 June), rock royalty Alice In Chains on day 5 (24 June) and…

  • New Order Athens Release Festival

    NEW ORDER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 16 June 2019
    Why Go: To hear Blue Monday and more

    English rock band, New Order will headline day three of the Release Festival in Athens in June. Mixing their unique sound of post-punk rock with electronic and dance music, fans can expect all their favourite tracks including “Blue Monday” “The Perfect Kiss” and more. Current band members include Gillian Gilbert, Tom Chapman, Stephen Morris, Bernard…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival


    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 21 June - 20 August 2019
    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 three ancient sites welcomed more than 90,000 theatre-goers last year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • Alice in Chains Athens Release Festival

    ALICE IN CHAINS live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: See one of the great vocalists of our time

    American rock band, Alice in Chains joins day five of the Release Festival in Athens this June. Formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, the band fuses grunge with heavy metal music. Cantrell, one of the greatest living vocalists and guitarists, continues to vigorously declare his presence on record and on…

  • Cure Ejekt Festival Athens


    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 17 July 2019
    Why Go: For the best in alternative and electronic music

    The Ejekt Festival returns for its 15th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the world’s best in alternative and electronic based music. 2019 is promising to be one of the biggest ever with British rock band The Cure headlining Day 1 of the festival on 17th July. The two day festival…