The 7th Athens Open Air Film Festival 2017Where: Various locations around AthensWhen: June - 1st September 2017Why 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 and screening some of the greatest movies in film history. The festival has become an anticipated part of the Athens summer calendar. Free entry to all movies. PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE – AUGUST JUNE The Adventures…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2017Where: Various venues around AthensWhen: 22nd May – 14 September, 2017Why 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 that takes place at various venues around the city, including the former industrial buildings…
DOCUMENTA 14 ‘Learning from Athens’Where: Various locations throughout AthensWhen: On now - 16th July 2017Why Go: See international artists at the forefront of contemporary art
About Documenta 14 Documenta, one of Europe’s most important modern art exhibitions, will be shown for the first time in its 62-year history outside the German city of Kassel. With its working title “Learning from Athens”, the exhibition aims to examine the European perspective from the vantage point of Greece. Artistic director of documenta 14,…
EJEKT FESTIVAL, featuring The Killers & KasabianWhere: Plateia NerouWhen: 24th June, 14th July 2017Why Go: One of the best rated music festivals in Greece
The Ejekt Festival returns for it’s 12th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the best in alternative and electronic music. This year will see The Killers perform, who have established themselves as one of the most important bands of America and the world. The distinctive voice of Brandon Flowers and the addictive…
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.