Summer Nostos Niarchos Center Athens I
Outdoor music at the Stavros Niarchos Centre in Athens. Photograph: Courtesy of SNFCC

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.

  • Summer Nostos Niarchos Center Athens I

    SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 23 - 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Packed program ideal for the whole family

    The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) returns in June for a week of music and dance to celebrate the beginning of summer. Modern pioneers, internationally acclaimed performers and leading Greek artists from every field make up the programme of this year’s festival. HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL 2019 ADMISSION TO ALL…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout June 2019
    Why 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 since it hosted the Olympic Games. 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…

  • Music Outdoors Megaron Athens Concert

    MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron in Athens

    Where: Megaron gardens
    When: 5 June to 12 July 2019
    Why Go: To enjoy great music outdoors

    Enjoy music outdoors by moonlight in true Athenian style at the Megaron 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 online pre-sale available….

  • Beth Hart Athens

    BETH HART live in Athens

    Where: Vrachon Theatre
    When: 27 June 2019
    Why Go: Hear this raw dynamic talent LIVE

    Beth Hart, the outstanding American singer/songwriter returns to Greece, after a four year absence, for a unique appearance at the Vrachon Theatre in Athens. With her distinctive husky voice and her dynamic stage presence, Beth Hart has won over international audiences with her signature compositions and her unique interpretations that carry her inimitable stamp on…

  • 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…

  • Plissken Festival Athens

    PLISSKËN FESTIVAL ATHENS

    Where: Athens Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 26 & 27 June 2019
    Why Go: For the best line up in indie music scene

    From indie and funk, to electronic and synth-pop, the Plisskën Festival returns to Athens for its ninth year. Some of the freshest and biggest names in the independent music scene will perform across 3 stages. Headline acts include, Giorgio Moroder, legendary disco and electronic music pioneer Tinariwen, the masterful Tuareg musicians from Sahara Desert and…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Greek Singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: June & July 2019
    Why 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.

  • 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…

  • Thanos Mikroutsikos Odeon Athens Festival

    THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS – MUSIC & POETRY

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 29 June 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy music & poetry at an iconic venue

    Greek composer and former politician Thanos Mikroutsikos presents this musical performance with poetry by Nikos Kavvadias at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Kavvadias’ 20th century poetry was greatly popularized in Greece largely due to two albums – Southern Cross (1979) and Horizons Lines (1991), that were released by Mikroutsikos. Southern Cross is considered one of…

  • Release Athens Festival Nerou

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Hozier – Alice In Chains – Disturbed

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: 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…

  • 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),…

  • Whats on in Athens

    WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY

    What & Where: The best of Athens for this month
    When: Throughout July 2019
    Why Go: See the best of what’s on this month

    With summer well and truly in the air in Athens, music, theatre and film move outdoors in glorious and iconic venues around the city. Here’s our monthly round-up of the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in July. WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY SUMMER FESTIVALS Throughout July: Athens &…

  • 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…

  • Dora Stratou Traditional Greek dancing

    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou Theatre

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 5 June to 22 September 2019
    Why 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…

  • Dead Can Dance Odeon Athens

    DEAD CAN DANCE live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 3 July 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    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…

  • Tribute to Cello Athens Conservatoire

    A TRIBUTE TO CELLO

    Where: Athens Conservatoire
    When: 1, 3 & 4 July 2019
    Why Go: For lovers of classical music

    As part of a collaboration between the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the newly re-opened Athens Conservatoire, three concerts will be performed in July to promote emerging musical talent in Greece with a tribute to cello. Inspired by the internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma who will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on 30…

  • Alcina Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    ALCINA by George Frideric Handel

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6 & 12 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…

  • Giannis Parios Athens Greek Singers

    YIANNIS PARIOS IN CONCERT

    Where: Veakio Theatre, Piraeus
    When: 8 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Greece’s most famous singers

    One of Greece’s most famous and loved singers, Yiannis Parios will be performing at two magnificent open-air theatres in Athens for one night only in July as part of his summer tour. A regular highlight of the summer calendar, visitors to Athens will have the chance to see Parios at the Veakio Theatre in Piraeus….

  • 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…

  • UB40 Antonis Remos Athens

    UB40 & ANTONIS REMOS live in Athens

    Where: Theatro Petras, Petropouli
    When: 10 July 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable concert under the stars

    Legendary reggae band UB40 and multi-platinum selling Greek singer Antonis Remos will perform together at Theatro Petras in Petropouli in Athens, marking the bands 40th anniversary tour. UB40, who have received 4 Grammy Award nominations and sold more than 70 million records worldwide, will perform their greatest hits including, “Red Red Wine”, “Here I Am”…

  • Maria Farantouri Odeon Athens Festival

    MARIA FARANTOURI live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 10 July 2019
    Why Go: For an enchanting evening of music by an iconic songstress

    Legendary Greek singer Maria Farantouri performs classic songs of Greek and world cinema at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival in July. The repertoire of songs to be performed acquired an independent life beyond their film life. Farantouri will be joined by two emerging singers, Thodoris Voutsikakis and Korina…

  • 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…

  • Swingin Cats Athens Gazarte

    THE SWINGIN’ CATS at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 12 July 2019
    Why Go: A night of swing and rock n 'roll music

    Greek retro swing band, The Swingin’ Cats return to Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens to perform a repertoire of swing and rock n ‘roll melodies. Panos Mouzourakis, Giannis Zouganelis, Sakis Boulas, Marietta Fafouti make up this ensemble who have spent nearly 10 years in the Greek music scene, with hundreds of appearances at venues and…

  • 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…

  • Tindersticks Athens Odeon Herodes

    TINDERSTICKS live at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 13 July 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable concert at an iconic venue

    British alternative rock band Tindersticks will make a single mid-summer appearance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Founded in Nottingham by Stuart Ashton Staples in 1991, the band was a refreshing new addition to the British music scene. With Staples’ soothing, refined, baritone voice, paired with…

  • OMARA PORTUONDO Athens

    OMARA PORTUONDO live in Athens

    Where: Technopolis
    When: 15 July 2019
    Why Go: See the queen of Buena Vista Social Club LIVE

    Cuban singer and dancer Omara Portuondo and her band of musicians will perform at the Technopolis cultural complex in Athens as part of her ‘Last Kiss’ tour. Portuondo has collaborated with many Cuban musicians throughout her career including Julio Gutiérrez and Chucho Valdés. She was a founding member of the popular vocal group Cuartero d’Aida….

  • MAXIM VENGEROV Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    MAXIM VENGEROV with the Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 16 July 2019
    Why Go: See this solo violinist perform on a majestic stage

    World famous violinist Maxim Vengerov together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In this first collaboration, Vengerov will perform one of the greatest and most demanding concertos for violin of all time, Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major,…

  • 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…

  • La Traviata Athens Festival Odeon

    LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019
    Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this July presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This tragic love story, with its much-loved arias and duets, will be directed by the GNO’s choreographer and artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos who…

  • prophets rage athens

    PROPHETS OF RAGE

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium
    When: 27 August 2019
    Why Go: See this supergroup LIVE

    American rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage continue their world tour throughout 2019, coming to Athens’ Tae Kwon Do Stadium in August. Formed in 2016 to tackle “America’s political crisis” the group consists of members from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. Following the release of their self-titled album and appearances…

  • Athens Events Odeon Herodes Florence

    ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…

  • Queen Symphonic Odeon Athens

    QUEEN SYMPHONIC at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 7 September 2019
    Why Go: A music spectacular at an iconic venue

    Queen Symphonic, the spectacular two-hour show celebrating one of the biggest bands of all time comes to Athens to perform a singular concert at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Since its premiere in 2000, Queen: A Symphonic Rock Spectacular has been seen by hundreds of thousands of Queen…

  • Andrea Bocelli Athens Odeon Herodes

    ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 11 September 2019
    Why Go: Hear the iconic tenor LIVE

    Experience the breath-taking voice of Andrea Bocelli who returns to Athens to perform on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for an unforgettable evening beneath the glow of the Acropolis. As the world’s most loved tenor, Bocelli is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music, having sold more than…

  • Archive Athens Odeon Herodes

    ARCHIVE at the Acropolis

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 13 September 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate 25 years of Archive

    London based group Archive celebrate their 25 years in a unique concert at the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus. Over their 25 year history, Archive have released 10 studio albums, with their music spanning across several genres from electronic, trip hop to progressive rock, always pushing to new limits. Don’t miss this special anniversary celebration beneath…

  • Classic Rock Odeon Herodes Athens

    CLASSIC ROCK at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 18 September 2019
    Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary rock music

    Classic Rock returns for a third instalment at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this September. The Athens State Orchestra together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague will perform songs by Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica and more. Special guests include German guitarist and former lead guitarist of Scorpions, Uli…

  • Eros Ramazzotti Athens Concert

    EROS RAMAZZOTTI live in Athens

    Where: Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the Italian superstar LIVE

    Italian popstar, Eros Ramazzotti comes to Athens as part of his 2019 world tour, “Vita Ce N’è”. The tour coincides with the release of his new album later this year. Born in Rome, Ramazzotti has released 11 albums over his 30 year career, selling over 60 million copies. He has recorded duets with leading artists…

  • Ara Malikian Athens Pallas

    ARA MALIKIAN at the Pallas Theatre

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See this talented musician LIVE

    For the first time in Greece, violinist Ara Malikian and his band of seven musicians, the Royal Garage, offer an eclectic evening of classical and contemporary music at the Pallas Theatre in Athens. As part of his world tour, his performance in Athens will take audiences on a journey through diverse musical styles, from Bowie to…

  • Eric Burdon Athens Odeon

    ERIC BURDON at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 September 2019
    Why Go: See the legend of rock LIVE

    The legend of rock, Eric Burdon comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to share the rock stories of his life beneath the shadows of the Acropolis. The voice of “House of the Rising Sun” and “Spill the Wine”, was the creative force behind The Animals and War. Highly prolific, Burdon has released…

  • Mario Biondi Odeon Athens HS

    MARIO BIONDI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 September 2019
    Why Go: For a magnetising night of music

    Italian soul and jazz singer Mario Biondi returns to Athens to perform his most popular songs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. With his deep and sentimental voice, Biondi will travel to the era of the great music halls, while preserving his modern Italian temperament.  Whether singing jazz or soul, his rich orchestrations and melodies, as…

  • EDITH PIAF Jil Aigrot Gazarte Athens

    EDITH PIAF THE SHOW with Jil Aigrot

    Where: Gazarte at Gazi
    When: 21 & 22 December 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the music of Edith Piaf

    Jil Aigrot, the voice of Edith Piaf in the Oscar winning film ‘La Vie en Rose’, returns to Gazarte in Athens to present her unique interpretation of the passionate love songs of the legendary French vocal artist. The impressive audio-visual production ‘Edith Piaf the Show’ reveals Piaf’s stormy life, from a poverty stricken neighbourhood of…