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 2018

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: On now - 29 August 2018
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns, 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 18 classic films, many of which are famous literary adaptations. The screenings will take place at museums, squares, gardens, pedestrian precincts…

  • August Full Moon Athens Why Athens City Guide

    ATHENS UNDER THE AUGUST FULL MOON

    Where: Various locations around the city
    When: 26 August 2018
    Why Go: Take in the silver light of the midsummer full moon

    The midsummer August full moon will see many museums around the city open their doors to the public free of charge with extended trading hours until midnight. The Ministry of Culture has announced the following musical events in Athens for the 7th August.

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 1st June – 29 August 2018
    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 Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…

  • Taste of Athens Niarchos Center

    TASTE OF ATHENS – Gastronomy festival at the Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 27 – 30 September 2018
    Why Go: A day spent sampling Greek food & drink

    Four days of eating and drinking, Taste of Athens brings together the finest restaurants, chefs and leading food & drink brands, set in the beautiful grounds of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. From celebrity chef cooking demonstrations to wine masterclasses and mixology showrooms, Taste of Athens offers its guests a full range of experiences…