Athens Open Air Film Festival
Open air film at the Temple of Olympian Zeus at a previous year's festival. Photograph: courtesy of AOAFF

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 Open Air Film Festival

    ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 23 to 28 August 2019
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian sites & landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns for its 9th year, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas, screening some of the greatest movies in film history. This year, the festival program includes masterpieces from legendary world cinema directors such as Federico Fellini, David Leeds, Michelangelo Antonioni, Louise Buonuel, Akira…

  • Prometheus Bound Athens Epidaurus Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, was first presented as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity. Hephaestus is tasked with chaining Prometheus on steep mountain rocks. Cratus and Bia keep watch the reluctant Hephaestus. Oceanus’ daughters, the…

  • Clouds Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 6 September 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was part of this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme. Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is in…

  • John Cleese Live Acropolis Athens

    JOHN CLEESE LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 20 September 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest comedic actors

    British actor and comedian John Cleese, is set to perform on the grand stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus this September in Athens. Cleese, who describes himself as “writer, actor and tall person” has been touring the US and Europe to sell-out audiences with his self-titled show ‘Last Time to See Me Before I…