Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center canal with its Ice Skating Rink. Photograph: Nikos Karonikolas

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 Christmas Ice Skating

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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

  • Johann Strauss Ensemble

    JOHANN STRAUSS ENSEMBLE

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 7 & 8 December 2019
    Why Go: To hear famous Viennese waltzes performed by the world’s best

    The famous Johann Strauss Ensemble, led by conductor-violinist Russell McGregor, will perform two concerts in Athens, taking audiences on a journey to Vienna with their Viennese waltzes, melodic arias and popular polkas from the Strauss family of composers, Lehar, Lanner and more. Accompanied by Greek National Opera singers Vassiliki Karagianni (soprano) and Yiannis Christopoulos (tenor)…

  • Greek Singers Athens Melina Hotel Ermou

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: November/December 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.

  • Max Cooper Athens

    ‘YEARNING FOR THE INFINITE’ with Max Cooper

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 9 December 2019
    Why Go: See a remarkable exploration of human nature

    Innovative techno producer Max Cooper comes to Athens for a dazzling audiovisual show inside the opera wing of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). Cooper will present his LP ‘Yearning for the Infinite’ in an audio and visual rendering to explore the notion of obsession with the unobtainable. Using vast new visualisations of the…

  • Goran Bregovic Athens

    GORAN BREGOVIC live in Athens

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 10 & 11 December 2019
    Why Go: See the multi-talented composer & musician LIVE

    Goran Bregovic returns to Athens to take audiences on a musical journey through the Balkans. In addition to performing his favourite and popular songs, Bregovic will present new work titled “Three Letters from Sarajevo” that includes a hymn to his hometown that was once a mosaic of Christians, Jews and Muslims living together before the war…

  • Lara Fabian Athens Concert Faliro

    LARA FABIAN LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 12 December 2019
    Why 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 50th birthday celebration tour at the Olympic Indoor Hall. With a career spanning 30 years, the Canadian-Belgian singer has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. She is heralded for…

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Megaron Athens

    SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 14 December 2019, 17 February & 11 March 2020
    Why Go: See one of the most celebrated pianists of our time

    A selection of Schubert’s sonatas will be performed by the grande 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…

  • Greek Singers in Athens Natassa Bofiliou

    NATASSA BOFILIOU LIVE

    Where: Piraeus 117 Academy
    When: 19 Dec 2019 & 23 Jan, 20 Feb 2020
    Why Go: To experience the best in Greek pop music

    The most dynamic trio in modern Greek music, Natassa Bofiliou, Gerasimos Evaggelatos and Themis Karamouratidis come together again to perform old and new songs from their much-loved albums including “En Lefko” and “Babel”. Their unique orchestral and rhythmic sounds are full of depth and emotion, fusing together popular music from Greece, the Balkans with elements…

  • George Petrou Christmas Megaron Athens

    CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 21 December 2019
    Why Go: Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas

    The Athens State Orchestra comes to the Megaron Athens Concert Hall this festive season to present one of Johann Bach’s most popular works, the Christmas Oratorio. An introvertive work heightened with moments of majestic grandeur that renders the eternally joyful message of Christmas. World-class Greek and foreign singers Krystian Adam (tenor), Myrsini Margariti (soprano) and…

  • 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. The impressive audio-visual production ‘Edith Piaf the Show’ reveals Piaf’s stormy life, from a poverty stricken neighbourhood of…

  • MARIO FRANGOULIS Athens Greek Singers

    CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS with Mario Frangoulis

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 27 & 28 December 2019
    Why Go: A unique musical encounter this Christmas

    After several sold out appearances in Athens this year, classical crossover artist and tenor Mario Frangoulis will bring the essence of Christmas to the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. Audiences can expect songs from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole and more for two enchanting evenings in December. Born in Africa and…

  • Megaron Opera Gala Athens

    OPERA GALA at the Megaron

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 30 December 2019
    Why Go: Be part of Athens’ annual festive gala

    The annual festive season opera gala takes place once again at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall this December. Greek tenor Dimitris Paksoglou along with soprano, Vassiliki Karagianni and mezzo-soprano, Irene Karagianni meet on stage to perform popular arias and duets from operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Cilea among others, accompanied by the Athens…

  • Athens Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why Go: The ultimate 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…