EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout December 2019Why 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…
THE CHRISTMAS FACTORYWhere: Technopolis, GaziWhen: 30 Nov 2019 – 5 January 2020Why Go: To get the family into the Christmas spirit
The Christmas Factory returns to Technopolis in Gazi making it the most festive place to be in the centre of Athens. Kids will get to meet Santa in his house as well explore the sweet and toy factory. A Christmas park wouldn’t be complete without the Ferris wheel and carousel rides. Additional entertainment will include…
THE THREADWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 3 to 8 Dec 2019Why Go: For a night of music and dance
The Thread is an innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, performing at the Megaron in Athens. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant forges the past with the present, combining contemporary dance with that of the Greek folk tradition. Eighteen Greek dancers, six trained in folk dancing, the rest in ballet and contemporary dance, portray…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: November/December 2019Why 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.
Discover the delights of Athens & AtticaWhere: Around Athens and Attica regionWhen: On nowWhy Go: For time well spent in Athens
It’s time to book your autumn activities and delve into the many delights Athens has to offer. As your insiders on the ground, we’ve personally selected tours, experiences and day trips that we believe best convey the history and topography of Athens and the greater region of Attica. From day trips to the ancient sites…
NATASSA BOFILIOU LIVEWhere: Piraeus 117 AcademyWhen: 19 Dec 2019 & 23 Jan, 20 Feb 2020Why 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…
NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINAWhere: Galatsi Olympic HallWhen: 18-22 December 2019Why Go: See one of the world’s best acrobatic troupes
Straight from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China comes to Athens for an evening of high-flying acrobatic entertainment. With glamorous costumes and exotic disguises, this talented acrobatic ensemble will mesmerise audiences with their natural grace, and artistic skill. Over two breathtaking hours, live the energy, power and magic in this ground-breaking…
OPERA GALA at the MegaronWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 30 December 2019Why 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 AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 4 June to 15 August 2020Why 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…
RIGOLETTO at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 4, 6, 9, 11 June 2020Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto is brought to life by the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, the role he has masterfully performed in London,…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: June to August 2020Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…
TOSCA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 26, 28, 29, 31 July 2020Why Go: See a modern rendition of this famous work
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, beneath the glow of the Acropolis as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally directed by Nikos Petropoulos a decade ago and now returns to the GNO programme, under…
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.