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…
THE MAGIC FLUTE by The Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 31 March, 1, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 April 2018Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Mozart at the opera
Mozart’s much loved opera, The Magic Flute, comes to the Greek National Opera in an impressive and innovative production that launched in Berlin in 2012, quickly becoming famous worldwide. Directed by Australian artistic director, Barrie Kosky of the Komische Oper Berlin, crowds have been awed by the production’s sheer imagination and the precision with which…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: April to 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.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS LIVE IN CONCERTWhere: Olympic Athletic Centre, Athens (OACA)When: 10 May 2018Why Go: For an unforgettable concert by a Euro superstar
The king of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias comes to light up the stage for his first concert in Athens in 8 years as part of his European tour. As a legendary performer, this Latino superstar has sung in sold out arenas around the world and will now visit Athens in his latest tour. His concerts…
LARA FABIAN LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: Tae Kwon Do Centre, FaliroWhen: 19 & 20 May 2018Why Go: Hear one of the great female voices of our time
The contemporary diva of French song, Lara Fabian, comes to Athens as part of her Camouflage World Tour to promote her latest album of the same name. With a career spanning more than 20 years, the Canadian-Belgian singer has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all…
GREEK JAZZ PANORAMA at the Onassis Cultural CentreWhere: Onassis Cultural CentreWhen: 7 – 9 June 2018Why Go: To hear the emerging sounds from the Greek Jazz scene
The younger generation of the Greek jazz scene show their fiery talent at the fifth Greek Jazz Panorama, ‘New Generation’ at the Onassis Cultural Centre’s rooftop terrace. Three new ensembles, led by musicians under 30 will present their remarkable compositions. Important jazz veterans will also accompany over three evenings featuring, Panagiotis Kostopoulos Quintet, Arionas…
MUSIC BY NIGHT AT PIREOS 260Where: Pireos 260When: 2, 4, 6, 9-12 June 2018Why Go: Experience music by night at the Athens Festival
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival has been producing events at the Pireos 260 theatres since 2006. The former industrial buildings are now an integral part of the festival’s music, dance and theatre programme throughout the summer months. This year’s highlights include: 2 June | 11:00pm six d.o.g.s ADD 2018 The Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018…
ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI live at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14 June 2018Why Go: See world-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki LIVE
World-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki joins forces with TAKIM, one of the most popular bands in Greece, to perform Greek folk music with a twist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The band will cover several of Arvanitaki’s songs, drawing on her rich, 30-year-long body of work. Megaro…
POSTWAR SONGS with Christina MaxouriWhere: Courtyard of the National Bank Greece, Cultural FdnWhen: 12-16 June 2018Why Go: Hear postwar songs in Baroque style
The Athens and Epidaurus Festival presents a vividly theatrical concert with acclaimed Greek actress Christina Maxouri, featuring postwar Greek songs that have been reinterpreted in the Baroque style. Maxouri has been nominated twice for the Melina Mercouri acting award and the Eleftheria Sapountzi award. She will perform at the beautiful courtyard of the National Bank…
RELEASE ATHENS 2018 | featuring Jamiroquai & London GrammarWhere: Plateia NerouWhen: 31 May, 1 & 17 June 2018Why Go: For a great line up of world music
Release Athens will return for its third year with London Grammar, Kid Moxie and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man among the first names to be announced, performing on day 1 (31 May) of the festival. On day 2, (1 June) Thievery corporation, UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Angelika Dusk, Astro, Mickey and Golan will perform. On day…
PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 16 - 17 June 2018Why Go: Greek opera under the stars
Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ masterwork Perouzé will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It originally premiered on 9 August 1911 at the Olympia Theatre. A smashing success, it ran for two seasons and was performed throughout Greece. Perouzé was last presented in 1950 at the Greek National Opera. The opera’s…
DUO AURA – Classic Without FrontiersWhere: Courtyard of the National Bank Greece, Cultural FdnWhen: 17-18 June 2018Why Go: See the musical duo transcending cultural barriers
Pianist Agapi Triantafyllidi from Greece and cellist Nil Kocamangil from Turkey are internationally established soloists, famous for their artistic collaboration as Duo Aura. The duo will perform works by Brahms, R. Strauss, Rachmaninoff, and Skalkottas at this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival. These two young performers are acclaimed all around Europe and have been widely praised…
NEW WORLDS with Bill Murray & Jan Vogler at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: 19 June 2018Where: Bill Murray like you’ve never seen him before
Actor Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two immediately struck a friendship. Being interested in each other’s artistic work, they came up with a joint project. New Worlds is a performance bridging the artistic legacy of America and Europe, highlighting the fundamental values of American literature and music. A fascinating…
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. More to be announced soon….
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…
TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA live at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 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…
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 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 (yet to be announced). This is one of the few concerts held at the Panathenaic Stadium and is a truly magical experience….
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…
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…
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…
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 village made costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing…
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.