Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Photograph: SNF - Yiorgis Yerolymbos

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.

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout October 2018
    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 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…

  • JENUFA Greek National Opera Athens Janáček

    JENUFA by Leoš Janáček at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Center (SNFCC)
    When: 14, 19, 21, 24, 27 Oct | 2 Nov 2018
    Why Go: See a profoundly moving opera

    The Greek National Opera presents Jenufa by Czech composer Leoš Janáček at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens this October. Considered one of the most important lyric works of the 20th century, Janáček’s Jenůfa tells the grim story of an infanticide in the Moravian country during the 19th century, where a stepmother kills the newborn…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 20 October 2018
    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…

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Megaron Athens

    SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 20 Oct & 29 Nov 2018 & 27 March 2019
    Why Go: See one of the most celebrated pianists of our time

    A selection of Schubert’s sonatas will be performed by the grand dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja for three separate recitals at the Megaron concert hall in Athens. Elisabeth Leonskaja reveals the magic of Franz Schubert, the great Austrian musical genius. Her unparalleled interpretive sensitivity would surely have found a fan in Schubert, who would…

  • Corey Harris Acoustic Trio Athens

    COREY HARRIS ACOUSTIC TRIO Live in Athens

    Where: Half Note Jazz Club
    When: 19 - 22 October 2018
    Why Go: Hear this legendary bluesman LIVE

    American blues and reggae musician, Corey Harris will perform in Athens for the first time at the Half Note Jazz Club. Since the mid 1990s, Harris has paved the way for acoustic guitar blues along with others of his peers, Keb’Mo’ and Alvin Youngblood Hart. He is known for his solo acoustic work and the…

  • Pavlos Pavlides Athens Greek Singers

    PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 27 Oct & 23 Nov 2018
    Why Go: Enjoy modern Greek music LIVE

    Singer and songwriter Pavlos Pavlidis will appear at Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens for an acoustic set with Orestis Benekas on keys and Alekos Voulgarakis on electric guitar. Pavlidis is a famous Greek artist who became known during the 90’s with his band ‘Xylina Spathia’ (Wooden Swords). His music is considered Greek “entehna” and his…

  • Manos Eleftheriou Tribute Athens Megaron

    A TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR MANOS ELEFTHERIOU

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 26, 27, 29 October 2018
    Why Go: Music from the great Greek poet and lyricist

    A tribute concert for the great Greek poet and lyricist, Manos Eleftheriou who passed away earlier this year will play at the Megaron Music Hall in Athens across three nights in October. Eleftheriou wrote more than 400 songs and worked with many significant composers over the years including Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hatzidakis. The concert will honour his…

  • STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS Odeon Herodes Athens

    STAMATIS SPANOUDAKIS at the Pallas Theatre

    Where: Pallas Theatre
    When: 29 & 30 October 2018
    Why Go: Enjoy the music of Spanoudakis

    Legendary classical composer Stamatis Spanoudakis plays two nights at the Pallas Theatre in central Athens, accompanied by a string orchestra and choir. The previous concert which was on at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for October 9 has been changed to October 29 at the Pallas Theatre due to adverse weather predictions. If you had…

  • Madeleine Peyroux Athens Xmas

    MADELEINE PEYROUX returns to Athens

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 6 December 2018
    Why Go: To hear a spirited live jazz performance

    French – American jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux returns to Athens to perform soulful tracks from her latest album ‘Anthem’, where she collaborated with top musicians: Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald. ABOUT MADELEINE PEYROUX Madeleine Peyroux began her career at the age of 15 in Paris and has gone on to record…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – DECEMBER 2018

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout December 2018
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during December. Shows for…

  • 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…