Music Outdoors Megaron Athens
Petros Klampanis. Photograph courtesy of Megaron

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.

  • Music Outdoors Megaron Athens

    MUSIC OUTDOORS at the Megaron – Summer 2017

    Where: Megaron gardens
    When: Throughout July 2017
    Why Go: To enjoy music outdoors

    Enjoy music outdoors in true Athenian style at the Megaron as it upholds its summer tradition of transforming its surrounding gardens into an outdoor concert venue. Expect strong doses of Jazz from renowned artists such as Petros Klampanis, After 8 Sextet and more. Concerts will feature throughout July with additional concerts for September expected to…

  • Goran Bregovic Athens

    GORAN BREGOVIC in Athens

    Where: Melina Mercouri Open Air Theatre
    When: 14th July 2017
    Why Go: See the multi-talented composer/musician LIVE

    Goran Bregovic is one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He has composed music for artists such as Iggy Pop and Cesária Evora and is also renowned for his Wedding & Funeral Band. Bregovic returns to Athens to take audiences on a musical journey through the Balkans. Opening act by…

  • Greek singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: Throughout June, July & September 2017
    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.

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2017

    Where: Various venues around Athens
    When: 22nd May – 14 September, 2017
    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 that takes place at various venues around the city, including the former industrial buildings…

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    TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING

    Where: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou Hill
    When: 25th May – 24th September 2017
    Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance

    Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…

  • Athens and Epidaurus Festival Il Trovatore Odeon herodes

    IL TROVATORE at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 21,23,25,27 July 2017
    Why Go: To see Verdi's classic opera on Athens' most majestic stage

    As part of the Athens and Epiduarus Festival 2017, the Greek National Opera closes its summer artistic period with Verdi’s Il Trovatore, with four performances at the 2,000 year old Odeon of Herodes Atticus outdoor theatre. An opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore is a romantic melodrama set in Spain during the…

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    LP (Laura Pergolizzi) in Athens

    Where: Technopolis of Athens
    When: 12th July 2017
    Why Go: To see the hottest artist of the decade LIVE

    Following her sell out performance in Athens last year, LP (a.k.a Laura Pergolizzi) returns to Technopolis in Athens for the second time. The American pop-rock singer has recently dominated radio stations and topped international music charts with her hit singles “Lost on You” and “Other People”. This multi-dimensional artist wrote songs in the early 2000’s…

  • Ejekt Festival Athens

    EJEKT FESTIVAL, featuring The Killers & Kasabian

    Where: Plateia Nerou
    When: 24th June, 14th July 2017
    Why Go: One of the best rated music festivals in Greece

    The Ejekt Festival returns for it’s 12th year at Athens’ Plateia Nerou by the sea, bringing together the best in alternative and electronic music. This year will see The Killers perform, who have established themselves as one of the most important bands of America and the world. The distinctive voice of Brandon Flowers and the addictive…