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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.

  • Add Festival Athens

    ADD FESTIVAL ATHENS

    Where: Old Athens Airport, Hellinikon
    When: 25 May 2019
    Why Go: Experience Athens’ electronic music scene

    Dance from dusk till dawn at the ADD Festival Athens, the city’s biggest celebration of contemporary electronic music. Six d.o.g.s and Onassis STEGI unite to reactivate spaces of the building complex of the old airport at Hellinikon, creating an urban music environment. This creative partnership will curate a programme of electronic music legends including Deep…

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    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 – Hozier – New Order – Alice In Chains – Disturbed – Clutch

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 June, Clutch 19 June, Hozier 23 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…

  • Jethro Tull Odeon Athens Festival

    JETHRO TULL live at the Acropolis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 15 June 2019
    Why Go: See these musical legends LIVE

    British rock band, Jethro Tull performs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, following their first gig at the ancient theatre in 2003. They return to Athens celebrating their 50 years of music as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Led by lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull have influenced…

  • 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…

  • Yuja Wang Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    YUJA WANG & the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 17 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear this rising piano virtuoso LIVE at an iconic venue

    Acclaimed Chinese classical pianist, Yuja Wang will captivate audiences with her virtuosity and her riveting performing style for one night only during the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. A phenomenal pianist, Wang has astounded audiences in the greatest concert halls around the world since her 2008 graduation from the Curtis…

  • SKALKOTTAS Tribute Odeon Athens Festival I

    A TRIBUTE TO NIKOS SKALKOTTAS – ERT National Symphony Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 21 June 2019
    Why Go: An evening of music beneath the stars

    Marking 70 years since the death of Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to his work at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Performing the ballet The Sea, a series of vivid images drawn from the marine world revolving around fantasy…

  • 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…

  • Hozier Athens Release Festival

    HOZIER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 23 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear the modern man of soul LIVE

    Irish musician, singer and songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne known professionally as Hozier, will perform live in Athens at the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in June. Hozier became famous with his debut album in 2014, “Take Me To Church”, which went to number one in Ireland and included in the top ten music charts around the…

  • 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…

  • Steven Spielberg Odeon Athens Festival

    A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FILMS BY STEVEN SPIELBERG

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: Relive special musical moments from Spielberg’s films

    The Athens State Orchestra will perform a musical tribute of selected films by Steven Spielberg at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Click Here to register and be the first to know when tickets go on-sale in 2019 Much of the success of Spielberg’s films…

  • MURRAY PERAHIA Odeon Athens Festival

    MURRAY PERAHIA & THE THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 26 June 2019
    Why Go: See the world’s greatest pianist perform at an iconic venue

    Murray Perahia, one of the greatest pianists in the world joins the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens Festival. The programme includes Beethoven’s fascinating Piano Concerto No. 4, Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Cretan Feast, orchestrated by Nikos Skalkottas, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights….

  • LOREENA MCKENNITT live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 27 June 2019
    Why Go: See the star of Celtic music

    Canadian musician and composer Loreena McKennitt comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. McKennitt will perform from her new album ‘Lost Souls’ along with tracks from her long career. Known for her dramatic soprano vocals, McKennitt has sold more than 14 million records worldwide. Her music employs…

  • Yannis Markopoulos Odeon Athens Festival

    YANNIS MARKOPOULOS 80th birthday celebration at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 June 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy the music of a famed Greek composer

    Celebrating his 80th birthday, legendary Greek composer, Yannis Markopoulos comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to present a full repertoire for an enchanting evening of music as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With an active career spanning almost 60 years, Markopoulos created compositions for symphonic orchestras, film, theatre scores, operas and…

  • 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…

  • Yo-Yo Ma Odeon Athens Festival

    YO-YO MA solo cellist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Experience an unforgettable performance

    Widely considered as the greatest cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Having received more than 18 Grammy Awards and accolades including the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the United States National Medal of the Arts (2001),…

  • ROSAS dance group with Bach’s Six Cello Suites

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 2 July 2019
    Why Go: See Bach’s cello suites accompanied by world-class dancers

    The world famous Rosas dance group along with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, perform to Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello, for one night only at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Joining them on stage will be the great French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, acclaimed for his musical virtuosity. Critics have described…

  • Dead Can Dance Odeon Athens

    DEAD CAN DANCE live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 3 July 2019
    Why Go: See this legendary duo LIVE

    British-Australian band Dead Can Dance comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus performing their extensive repertoire of mesmerising sounds as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Dead Can Dance has stood out for its avant-garde musical style drawing inspiration from nature and traditional music from around the world. Described as a fusion of…

  • 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…

  • Alcina Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    ALCINA by George Frideric Handel

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6-7 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Handel’s greatest works

    Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and accomplished conductor George Petrou return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With award-winning productions in theatres and festivals across Europe, Armonia Atenea embark on a journey to the magical world of Baroque…

  • Riccardo Muti Odeon Athens Festival

    BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY No.9 led by Riccardo Muti

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 9 July 2019
    Why Go: Hear one of the world’s greatest symphony’s on a magical stage

    The internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Muti returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus leading Italian and Greek musicians and choristers in Beethoven’s ever-popular Symphony No. 9 at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. After concerts in cities as diverse as Sarajevo, Beirut, Jerusalem, Cairo and Tehran, Muti’s musical project, ‘The Roads of Friendship’ has chosen Athens, as…

  • Dimitris Mystakidis Odeon Athens Festival

    DIMITRIS MYSTAKIDIS – HISTORY OF GREEK SONG

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 11 July 2019
    Why Go: Hear the songs that have defined Greek music

    An evening of Greek music is presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens by Melodia 99.2 radio station. As part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival, musician, researcher and teacher Dimitris Mystakidis performs his ‘mixtape’ dedicated to the history of Greek song. The compilation will emulate the most important songs that have best defined…

  • 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…

  • ROBERT LEPAGE’S KANATA

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 12 to 16 July 2019
    Why Go: See this controversial Canadian production, led by an acclaimed director

    Kanata — Episode 1 — The Controversy, comes to the Megaron theatre in Athens, led by acclaimed Canadian director Robert Lepage as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This latest production by French company Théâtre du Soleil aims to explore the problematic relationship between Canada’s Indigenous people and their colonizers. Click Here to…

  • 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…