EJEKT FESTIVAL ATHENS featuring Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsWhere: Plateia NerouWhen: 23 June 2018Why Go: For the best in alternative and electronic music
The Ejekt Festival returns for its 13th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the best in alternative and electronic based music. This year will see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wolf Alice and the Editors perform on Day 1 of the festival on 23rd June. DAY ONE PASS ON SALE…
STING LIVE AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 22 & 23 June 2018 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT)Why Go: Don’t miss the concert of the year in Athens
Sting will perform two concerts as part the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival in what will be one of the most memorable concerts held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an iconic venue more than 1800 years old, that lies beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. THIS CONCERT HAS NOW SOLD OUT – Find Out…
LEFTERIS PAPADOPOULOS tribute concert at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 25 June 2018 (SOLD-OUT!)Why Go: Hear popular Greek music at an iconic venue
For over half a century, the lyrics of Lefteris Papadopoulos have featured in popular Greek songs and embraced by leading Greek composers. His songs have been performed by top Greek singers, such as Grigoris Bithikotsis, Vicky Moscholiou, Stelios Kazantzidis, George Dalaras, and Charis Alexiou. Papadopoulos was a poet, writer, journalist and lyricist who was an…
TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA live at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 26 & 27 June 2018Why Go: Hear one of the leading orchestras in the world performs at an iconic venue
The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be conducted by the award-winning conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev as they play the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Having collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and companies in the world (chief conductor of Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra between 1997-2006, La Scala, Opernhaus Zürich), Fedoseyev is the heart and soul…
JOSEPH CALLEJA – WORKS BY VERDI & MASSENET at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 29 June 2018Why Go: An enchanting evening of opera beneath the glow of the Acropolis
Joseph Calleja and Ramón Tebar, two young opera artists with an international following join forces with Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra to perform works by Verdi and Massenet at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Calleja, one of the most popular tenors…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: June & July 2018Why 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.
EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout June 2018Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen in the last ten years. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most…
LONDON PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 2 July 2018Why Go: Hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras perform
London based Philharmonia Orchestra returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3, along with excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung led by award winning Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen and joined by American soprano Michelle DeYoung. ABOUT Founded in 1945, the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras, thanks to its…
CALEXICO live at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 3 & 4 July 2018Why Go: See this Tex-Mex, indie rock band perform LIVE
Calexico have gathered fans from all over the world. This hugely popular band will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the very first time, presenting some of their biggest hits (“Stray,” “Falling from the sky,” “Crystal Frontier,” “Missing,” “Splitter”), along with songs from their newest, album, “The Threat that Keeps Us”, that was released…
THE MUSIC OF VASSILIS TSITSANIS – Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 4 July 2018Why Go: A night of Greek folk music at an iconic venue
The Panathenaic Stadium will be filled with Greek music including songs from Greek composer Vassilis Tsitsanis, renowned for changing Greek folk music forever. Prominent singer George Dalaras will perform along with other big voices in Greek song including, Glykeria, Yiannis Kotsiras, Christos Nikolopoulos among others. This is one of the few concerts held at the Panathenaic Stadium and…
NANA MOUSKOURI live at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 5 July 2018Why Go: See this legendary artist LIVE beneath the Acropolis
Nana Mouskouri began her singing career in Greece over 60 years ago and went on to become a world-famous star. The artist has given over 10,000 performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and Teatro Monumental in Chile. This…
MUSICAL EVENTS AT THE ATHENS CONSERVATOIREWhere: Athens ConservatoireWhen: 3-6 & 10-12 July 2018Why Go: For classical + jazz concerts
As part of a new collaboration between the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the newly re-opened Athens Conservatoire, two concerts will be performed in July to promote emerging musical talent in Greece. 3 – 6 July | Aris Garoufalis Hall 9:00pm Young Greek Classics, A Tribute to Debussy Three young and talented Greek soloists will…
MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron in AthensWhere: Megaron gardensWhen: June & July 2018Why Go: To enjoy great music outdoors
Enjoy music outdoors by moonlight, in true Athenian style at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall as it upholds its summer tradition of transforming its surrounding gardens into an outdoor concert venue. Expect classical music from young orchestras, jazz and world music by prominent performers along with Greek and foreign pop. Tickets at the door or…
SCORPIONS live at the Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 16 July 2018Why Go: For a night of rock at an iconic venue
Legendary German rock band, Scorpions will perform at the Panathenaic Stadium, the iconic birthplace of the modern Olympic games. Their concert, “Once in a Lifetime” will be opened by the Athens State Orchestra, adding a symphonic dimension to the band’s sound. Scorpions are one of the longest lasting and commercially successful ensembles of rock music….
NIGEL KENNEDY – ‘Bach Meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’Where: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 17 July 2018Why Go: See this legendary violinist LIVE at the Acropolis
Nigel Kennedy, one of the top violinists in the world and the best-selling violinist in the history of music presents his concert, ‘Bach meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s…
ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL 2018Where: Terra Vibe ParkWhen: 6, 19, 20 July 2018Why Go: Experience Greece’s famous summer rock festival
Rockwave Festival is held every year at Terra Vibe Park in Malakasa, situated on the northern edge of the Parnitha mountain range, around 30km (19 miles) north of Athens. Celebrating its 22nd year, it has become one of the most famous rock festivals in Greece, establishing itself as the annual live music event for contemporary pop…
STEVEN WILSON live in AthensWhere: Athens TechnopolisWhen: 25 July 2018Why Go: For lovers of progressive rock
Based on his current album ‘To the Bone’, English musician Steven Wilson will perform in Athens as part of his world tour. One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, returns to Greece for one night only at Technopolis. Featuring songs from his latest album, Wilson will also perform favourites from previous…
GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 29 June + 27 July 2018Why Go: To hear Gypsy Jazz music in Greek
Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear once again on Gazarte’s rooftop stage. Combining the musical genius of the legendary guitarist of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt with the sounds of the Greek music…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 18 August 2018Why 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…
ZORBA THE BALLET at the Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 16 September 2018Why Go: Re-live the story of Zorba through music & dance
Zorba the ballet performed by the Sofia Opera and Ballet comes to the iconic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, for one night only in September. Based on the supreme novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, with music by Mikis Theodorakis. Staged over two acts, with choreography and libretto by Lorca Massine, the world premier season in 1988 and…
TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCINGWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: 23rd May – 23rd September 2018Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance
Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 800 seat open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes over 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers with an authentic collection of over 2,000 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…
ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athenians return from their summer vacations. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during September and October. Shows for this period…
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.