Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus
A theatre performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Photograph: Stefanos, courtesy of Athens and Epidaurus 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 and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 5 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

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 21 June - 10 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…

  • OEDIPUS Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE LIFE & TIMES OF OEDIPUS – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 21 and 22 June 2019
    Why Go: Discover Oedipus, the mythical Greek king of Thebes

    This production of Oedipus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. The iconic story of Oedipus comes alive in Robert Wilson’s series of breathtakingly, distinctive tableau vivant. The celebrated American director follows Oedipus’ story chronologically, without faithfully adapting Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. From the moment of…

  • 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…

  • Oresteia Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ORESTEIA by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 28 & 29 June 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ trilogy at an iconic venue

    This production of Oresteia by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut, with a…

  • Suppliants Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 5 & 6 July 2019
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides

    This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith and…

  • Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 12 & 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece

    This production of Oedipus Rex at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle…

  • Slayer Athens Rocks Festival

    SLAYER live in Athens – FINAL WORLD TOUR

    Where: Apostolos Leoforos Alexandras Stadium
    When: 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See the band one last time

    American thrash metal band Slayer will perform the closing show to the inaugural Athens Rocks Festival in July 2019 as part of their final world tour. Slayer’s fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding “big four” bands of the thrash metal genre alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. It’s current members include Kerry…

  • Cure Ejekt Festival Athens

    EJEKT FESTIVAL ATHENS featuring THE CURE

    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…

  • Iphigenia Aulis Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 19 & 20 July 2019
    Why Go: A play full of twists & dilemmas

    This production of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. One of Euripides’ late plays, written between 408 and 406 BC and presented posthumously at the Great Dionysia, where it won first prize. The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision…

  • Electra Orestes Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 26 & 27 July 2019
    Why Go: See two of Euripides’ plays brought together at once

    This production of Electra & Orestes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove brings together two of Euripides plays, telling the story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to…

  • Clouds Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 2 & 3 August 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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…

  • Prometheus Bound Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 9 & 10 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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…

  • 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…