EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout August 2018Why 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…
TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou TheatreWhere: 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 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…
MUSIC AT THE NUMISMATIC MUSEUMWhere: Courtyard, Numismatic MuseumWhen: 23, 26 & 30 August 2018Why Go: Summer nights of live jazz
The garden courtyard of the Numismatic Museum is moments away from Syntagma Square and offers the perfect setting for summer evenings taking in jazz and live music. The museum building was built between 1878-1880 and designed by prominent architect Ernst Ziller. In 1927 the building was acquired by the Greek state and used as a…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: August & September 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.
ATHENS UNDER THE AUGUST FULL MOONWhere: Various locations around the cityWhen: 26 August 2018Why Go: Take in the silver light of the midsummer full moon
The midsummer August full moon will see many museums around the city open their doors to the public free of charge with extended trading hours until midnight. The Ministry of Culture has announced the following musical events in Athens for the 7th August.
KAITI GARBI live in AthensWhere: Papagou Garden TheatreWhen: 27 August 2018Why Go: For Laika, pop & dance music LIVE
With her own repertoire and some of her favourite songs by other artists, Kaiti Garbi will perform at Papagou Gardens in August. With a string of hit songs, Kaiti Garbi is heralded for her powerful musical interpretations and performances. Her extensive career is marked by several multi-platinum releases. Find more events on in Athens.
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 29 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…
PAVLOS PAVLIDIS live at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 29 August 2018Why 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…
A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO MANOS ELEFTHERIOUWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 29 August 2018Why Go: Support those affected by the recent fires
The Athens and Epidaurus Festival will present a tribute concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the great Greek poet and lyricist, Manos Eleftheriou who passed away earlier this year. The Festival organisers are dedicating all proceeds from the show to the victims of the deadly wildfires that caused disaster in the Mati area on…
GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in GaziWhen: 1 September 2018Why 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…
BORIS BEREZOVSKY at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 4 September 2018Why Go: Hear one of the world’s best pianist and orchestras at an iconic venue
Enjoy masterpieces for piano and orchestra of the world’s most romantic repertoire in this unique symphony concert by Boris Berezovsky and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Warsaw, performing on the iconic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Piano soloist and legendary Russian virtuoso Boris Berezovsky leads the musical programme, focusing on the work of…
YIANNIS PARIOS IN CONCERTWhere: Katrakeio TheatreWhen: 8 September 2018Why Go: See one of Greece’s most famous singers
Yiannis Parios will be performing at the magnificent open-air theatre of Katrakeio in Athens for one night only, to perform new songs that are yet to be released and interpreted for the first time in this unique concert. Parios is one of Greece’s most famous singers and will be appearing with a 10-member orchestra led…
CHEMICAL BROTHERS LIVE in ATHENSWhere: Olympic Fencing CentreWhen: 8 September 2018Why Go: See the pioneers in electronic music LIVE
Manchester-based electronic pioneers, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, aka the Chemical Brothers, will perform in Athens with what they describe as a “mind-bending” new show. The duo who redefined electronic dance music bring their new live show, full of visual affects, strobe lights and lasers to create a transcendent audio-visual space. Songs like “Hey Boy…
PEGGY ZINA LIVE in ATHENSWhere: Veakio Theatre, PiraeusWhen: 10 September 2018Why Go: See a great songstress return to the stage
Popular Greek singer, Peggy Zina, will perform for one night only at the open air Veakio theatre in Piraeus on the coast of Athens. Considered to be an important contemporary singer of the “laiko” genre, Zina has released more than 10 studio albums with nine platinum and two gold records. Known for her deeply authentic…
BRYAN FERRY live at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 11 September 2018Why Go: See this legendary performer LIVE
Emblematic pop singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the southwest slope of the Acropolis for one magical night in September. Ferry has influenced generations with his music, sartorial style and stage performances. Beginning his solo career in 1973, he came to prominence as the lead vocalist and…
THREE COMPOSERS, THREE PIANOS at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 12 September 2018Why Go: A magical evening of music beneath the Acropolis
Three Greek composers, Mimis Plessas, George Hatzinasios and George Theofanous each with their own style, will meet on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, narrating and performing songs for piano in a combined evening of music. Other Greek musicians and singers will also accompany, including Melina Aslanidou, Christos Mastoras, Demy among others. Proceeds from…
MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron in AthensWhere: Megaron gardensWhen: September 2018Why Go: To enjoy great music outdoors
Enjoy music outdoors by moonlight, in true Athenian style at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall 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…
SARA BARAS – Flamenco at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14 September 2018Why Go: See the very best dancer of flamenco at an iconic venue
Considered one of the best flamenco dancers in the world, Sara Baras comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for the first time in September, together with her dancers and orchestra, led by prominent guitarist, Keko Baldomero. In her new show “Shadows”, Baras’ dance skills are combined with her fascinating choreographies, both traditional and modern with…
ZORBA THE BALLET at the Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 15 September 2018Why Go: Re-live the story of Zorba through music & dance
Zorba the ballet performed by the Sofia Opera and Ballet comes to the iconic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, for one night only in September. Based on the supreme novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, with music by Mikis Theodorakis. Staged over two acts, with choreography and libretto by Lorca Massine, the world premier season in 1988 and…
MELINA ASLANIDOU live in AthensWhere: Veakio Theatre, PiraeusWhen: 19 September 2018Why Go: See popular Greek singer Aslanidou Live in concert
Following successful concerts in Europe and Latin America, Melina Aslanidou finishes her summer tour with a performance at the Veakio Theatre in Piraeus. Known for her “entehna” music that combines orchestral elements with folk and pop sounds, Aslanidou will perform from her latest album “Ximeroni Kiriaki” (The dawning of Sunday) along with many of her…
LUZ CASAL at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 20 September 2018Why Go: A night capturing passion, love and life
Spanish pop singer Luz Casal will perform many of her greatest hits at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, for a magical evening beneath the shadow of the Acropolis. Accompanied by an orchestra of soloists, Casal will sing her popular songs including “Piensa en mi” and “Un ano de amor” from the famous film…
CLASSIC ROCK at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 22 September 2018Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary Rock music beneath the Acropolis
Following sold out performances last year, Classic Rock returns for a second instalment at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 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, Deep Purple and more. Special guests include John Lees’ English rock…
DIONYSIS SAVVOPOULOS live at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 23 September 2018Why Go: Hear the music of this prolific Greek songwriter
Legendary Greek singer and songwriter Dionysis Savvopoulos will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus alongside forty musicians and singers as part of a campaign against gynaecological cancer. Savvopoulos will be accompanied by Marina Satti and two emerging musical ensembles, Fonés and Chores and the Alkman Group. Find more events on in Athens.
TRIBUTE TO ARLETA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27 September 2018Why Go: Enjoy the music of Arleta
Greek and international performers will meet on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to pay tribute to the late Greek musician Arleta. Arleta, who was hugely influential in the Greek music scene, was linked with the ‘Greek New Wave’ movement of the 1960s. An unconventional personality and artist, she was blessed with a unique…
MICHEL LEGRAND at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 28 September 2018Why Go: For an evening of music beneath the Acropolis
Award winning French composer and conductor, Michel Legrand will be joined by Greek singer, George Perris and the ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra, for an enchanting evening of music at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis in Athens. Legrand will lead the ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra, accompanied by Greek singer and musician George Perris for a unique concert…
GEORGE DALARAS & IZMIR STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 29 September 2018Why Go: An iconic stage for an iconic performer
George Dalaras and the İzmir State Symphony Orchestra will give a breathtaking concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Repeating the concert that was originally presented at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Hall in İzmir, as part of a cultural collaboration between the cities of İzmir and Nea Smyrni, the old and the new…
HATZIDAKIS’ Gioconda’s Smile by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 28-30 September 2018Why Go: Hear music by an iconic Greek composer
Two emblematic works by celebrated Greek composer, Manos Hatzidakis will be presented by the Greek National Opera on the majestic stage of the Stavros Niarchos Hall. Gioconda’s Smile and Magnus Eroticus are two works released seven years apart and have defined not only Manos Hatzidakis’s, but also Greek culture. The album Gioconda’s Smile was recorded in 1965…
ATHENS EVENTS – OCTOBER & NOVEMBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Oct & November 2018Why 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 October and November….
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.