ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 24th September, 2017Why Go: A magical evening of Greek music beneath the Acropolis
A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus. About Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of the greatest…
TALES & MAGIC at Lake VouliagmeniWhere: Lake VouliagmeniWhen: 7th September 2017Why Go: Music against the natural beauty of Lake Vouliagmeni
A musical evening entitled Tales and Magic takes inspiration from the natural environment of Lake Vouliagmeni – a limestone cavern that wraps around a lake in the southern seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, approximately 25 minutes from the centre of Athens. The Thessaloniki State Orchestra will perform against this enchanting landscape, inspired by fairy tales and…
MARIA CALLAS OPERA GALA at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14th September 2017Why Go: A 40 year anniversary tribute to Callas
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents an opera gala on 14th September at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to honour the memory of the leading Greek soprano, Maria Callas, who died 40 years ago on 16th September, 1977. Callas graced the stage of the Odeon as a young woman singing the lead role in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Kalomoiris’ The Master Builder. GNO’s…
BEJART BALLET at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 17-18 September 2017Why Go: See ballet beneath the glow of the Acropolis
A magnificent tribute to the iconic choreography of the late pioneer in dance, Maurice Béjart. Fifty dancers of ballet will immerse viewers in an unforgettable show celebrating dance and Béjart’s career, on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Popular ballet sequences that were choreographed by Maurice Bejart…
HOPE FOR CHILDREN benefit concert at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 1st September 2017Why Go: A musical event at an iconic venue, for a good cause
A musical evening to benefit children with cancer, Hope For Children features music by two of Greece’s outstanding composers, Mikis Theodorakis and Stefanos Korkolis. Singers, Maria Farantouri and Sophia Manousaki perform, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Volos. Participating soloists: Themis Vagenas (Cello) Michalis Paouris (Bouzouki) Dimitris Papavomvolaakis (Guitar / Mandolin) Bella Lionaaki (Accordion) Vasilis…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: Throughout September 2017Why Go: Experience the latest in modern Greek music LIVE
Greek singers perform all around Greece throughout the year. For those wanting to experience the latest in the Greek music scene, there’s a legendary line up in store this month in Athens.
TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCINGWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: 25th May – 24th September 2017Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance
Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…
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.