NELLIE TIGER TRAVIS Athens Half note
Nellie "Tiger" Travis in concert. Photograph: Leo Gabriels

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.

  • NELLIE TIGER TRAVIS Athens Half note

    NELLIE “TIGER” TRAVIS & BLUES CARGO

    Where: Half Note Jazz Club
    When: 7 – 10 December 2018
    Why Go: Hear the authentic sounds of contemporary blues

    The fiery Nellie “Tiger” Travis comes to the Half Jazz Note Club in Athens for four nights of contemporary blues and Southern soul. Travis has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and performed at numerous festivals and clubs around the world including Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil, as well as her hometown of Mississippi. She has…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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

  • Takim Athens Gazarte

    TAKIM live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: Every Wed in December 2018
    Why Go: Hear the unique sounds of this Greek ethnic band LIVE

    The much-loved folk ethnic band from Athens, TAKIM will perform every Wednesday evening throughout December at Gazarte in Gazi. Established in 2001, their repertoire includes elements of common music traditions from Greece, East Mediterranean and the Balkans. Their sounds have been focused on recreating the musical line up from the old Ottoman cities of Smyrna, Ioannina,…

  • Olympia Theatre Athens Maria Callas

    EVENTS AT THE OLYMPIA THEATRE

    Where: Olympia Theatre
    When: Throughout December & January
    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 (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 vacant after the…

  • Greek Singers Athens Alexiou Xarhakos

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: December 2018 & January 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.

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Gazarte Athens Greek Singers

    ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Athens
    When: 7 December 2018 - 18 January 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 December and January. Her five piece orchestra will accompany, along with up and coming supporting artist Yiannis Mathes. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful…

  • Harlem Gospel Choir Athens Gazarte

    HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR IN ATHENS

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 20 December 2018
    Why Go: Feel the joyful spirit of Christmas in your soul

    The legendary Harlem Gospel Choir will fill Gazarte’s rooftop stage in Athens, with the true spirit of Christmas. As one of America’s leading choirs, Harlem Gospel blends contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues. Every year the internationally acclaimed choir selects a distinct theme for its world tours, with this year being the…

  • Gadjo Dilo Gazarte Why Athens City Guide

    GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 22 December
    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…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – January & February 2019

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

    The new year and the new winter brings a full cultural agenda with events moving indoors at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. Athens is in full swing in the early new year as the locals make the most of the period leading up to the traditional Easter fast. From touring…

  • Simon Boccanegra Greek National Opera

    SIMON BOCCANEGRA at the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 January 2019
    Why Go: See Verdi’s powerful & tragic opera

    The Greek National Opera presents Simon Boccanegra in a Royal Opera House production in Athens, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. The opera was written in…

  • Manu Dibango Gazarte Athens

    MANU DIBANGO live at Gazarte

    Where: Gazarte in Gazi
    When: 1 February 2019
    Why Go: Hear a legendary saxophonist LIVE

    Cameroonian musician and song-writer Manu Dibango will return to Gazarte’s stage in Athens for a night of acoustic groove and soul. Throughout his career, Dibango, who plays saxophone and vibraphone, successfully combined African, American, European and even techno sounds into his songs, putting his own stamp on jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. After performing…

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Megaron Athens

    SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 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…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4th 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…

  • Norma Odeon Herodes Athens Festival National Opera

    NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 4, 5, 7, 8 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…

  • IGGY POP Athens Release Festival

    RELEASE ATHENS 2019 | Iggy Pop – Manowar – New Order – Disturbed

    Where: Faliro Seafront
    When: Iggy Pop 8 June, Manowar 14 June, New Order 16 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) and American hard rockers Disturbed on day 4 (30 June) of the festival. IGGY POP – RELEASE FESTIVAL DAY ONE |…

  • 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 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…