Greek Singers Athens Alexiou Xarhakos

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.

  • Greek Singers Athens Alexiou Xarhakos


    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: February & March 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.

  • Olympia Theatre Athens Concert


    Where: Olympia Theatre
    When: February & March 2019
    Why Go: Hear music at an iconic venue

    The citizens of Athens have a newly revamped venue to call their own with the reopening of the Olympia Theatre, officially known as Olympia Municipal Music Theatre, Maria Callas. Housed inside the historic Olympia building that sits on Akadimias Street, it was home to the Greek National Opera (GNO) for more than 50 years. Left…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout February 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…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Gazarte Athens Greek Singers

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Athens
    When: On now until 18 March 2019
    Why Go: An evening of Greek music at its best

    A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti on the main stage at Gazarte in Athens on Monday and Friday night’s for February and March. Her five piece orchestra will accompany, along with up and coming supporting artist Yiannis Mathes. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 24 February 2019
    Why 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…

  • Swingin Cats Athens Gazarte

    THE SWINGIN’ CATS at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 March 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…

  • Bill Laurance Athens Gazarte

    BILL LAURANCE live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 March 2019
    Why Go: Hear one of the great jazz artists of our time - LIVE

    The charismatic Bill Laurance presents tracks from his new album at Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens. Despite already holding three Grammy Awards, Bill Laurance seems determined to set his goals even higher. A founding member of the world renowned Snarky Puppy band, composer, orchestral organiser, producer and multi-instrumentalist, the 38 year old British artist blends…

  • Eddi Reader Gazarte Athens

    EDDI READER live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 22 March 2019
    Why Go: this acclaimed pop – folk - jazz artist LIVE

    The extraordinary Scottish singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader performs in Athens for the first time, taking over the central stage at Gazarte. Known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, Reader proved early on that she can comfortably combine musical genres, whilst maintaining a completely personal style. With her strong stage…


    THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 23, 27, 29, 31 March & 12, 14, 17, 29 April 2019
    Why Go: See a modern reworking of this opera buffa (comic opera)

    The Marriage of Figaro, the first of Mozart’s three operas to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, returns to the Greek National Opera in Athens. Based on Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s comedy La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro, the work was first presented in Vienna in 1786, a few years before the French Revolution….

  • Simon Garfunkel Athens Gazarte


    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 29 & 30 March 2019
    Why Go: See the leading theatre show about the world’s most successful music duo of all time

    The Simon and Garfunkel Story comes to Gazarte in Athens for two nights in March. Seen by more than 250 million people around the world, including sell out performances in London’s West End, ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York, who went on to become…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – April & May 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout April & May 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    As winter draws to a close and spring is in the air, Athens is readying itself for its national day celebrations and the traditional orthodox Easter celebrations. A cultural agenda of events starts to move back outdoors towards April at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. We’ll keep you up to…

  • Gogo Penguin Athens Gazarte

    GOGO PENGUIN live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 12 April 2019
    Why Go: Hear this emerging jazz band from Manchester

    British band GoGo Penguin comes to Gazarte in Athens, with sounds of classical, jazz, electronica, trip-hop and rock. GoGo Penguin is an emerging band from Manchester which grabbed the attention of the public with its first album ‘Fanfares’ in 2012. Band members include pianist Chris Illingworth, bass player Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Their…

  • Bebel Gilberto Gazarte Athens

    BEBEL GILBERTO live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 13 April 2019
    Why Go: Hear the rising star of Bossa Nova, LIVE

    Bebel Gilberto performs at Gazarte in Athens, taking audiences on a musical journey, propelled by her sensual voice. Hailing from an esteemed musical family, as the daughter of famous composer and performer Joao Gilberto and Brazilian singer Miucha, Bebel recorded her first LP in Brazil at the age of 20 before being dubbed the “Bossa…

  • Dimitri Platanias Recital Greek National Opera

    DIMITRIS PLATANIAS RECITAL at Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 18 April 2019
    Why Go: Hear this acclaimed Greek baritone LIVE

    Greek Baritone, Dimitris Platanias will perform the great arias of Rossini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Giordanno and more in a recital at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera in Athens. Platanias who studied singing in Italy on an Alexandra Trianti Scholarship, made his Greek debut as Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and his Italian debut as…


    LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 May 2019
    Why Go: See one of the most controversial operas from C20th Russia

    One of the most famous operas of the 20th century returns to the Greek National Opera after almost a quarter of a century. Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk addresses the subject of a woman’s position in provincial society. The work became famous worldwide…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus


    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 5 June – 10 August 2019
    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 the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are highlights…

  • IGGY POP Athens Release Festival

    IGGY POP live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 8 June 2019
    Why Go: See the real wild child of rock’n’roll

    Iggy Pop, the American performer also known as James Newell Osterberg Jr will perform live in Athens at day one of the Release Festival on the Faliro seafront in Athens in June. Iggy Pop has had an extensive career spanning more than five decades with his music crossing generations of rock lovers. He is known…

  • Release Athens Festival Nerou

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Iggy Pop – New Order – Alice In Chains – Disturbed – Clutch – Manowar

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 June, Clutch 19 June, Alice In Chains 24 June, 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…

  • Norma Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5, 7, 9, 11 June 2019
    Why Go: See this tragic and powerful opera on an iconic stage

    Norma, returns to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This opera, by Vincenzo Bellini, was one of the first to be presented in Athens as a newly formed state in 1837. In the GNO’s long…

  • New Order Athens Release Festival

    NEW ORDER live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 16 June 2019
    Why Go: To hear Blue Monday and more

    English rock band, New Order will headline day three of the Release Festival in Athens in June. Mixing their unique sound of post-punk rock with electronic and dance music, fans can expect all their favourite tracks including “Blue Monday” “The Perfect Kiss” and more. Current band members include Gillian Gilbert, Tom Chapman, Stephen Morris, Bernard…

  • Alice in Chains Athens Release Festival

    ALICE IN CHAINS live in Athens

    Where: Plateia Nerou, Athens
    When: 24 June 2019
    Why Go: See one of the great vocalists of our time

    American rock band, Alice in Chains joins day five of the Release Festival in Athens this June. Formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, the band fuses grunge with heavy metal music. Cantrell, one of the greatest living vocalists and guitarists, continues to vigorously declare his presence on record and on…

  • 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…

  • 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”…

  • 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…

  • Cure Ejekt Festival Athens


    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 Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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. Note the date for this show has changed from February 2019 to December 2019 The impressive audio-visual production…