THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: Galatsi Olympic HallWhen: 15 February – 8 March 2020Why Go: Straight from London, see this iconic musical LIVE
The Phantom of the Opera comes to Athens for a strictly limited time. Now in its 34th year and winner of 70 major theatre awards, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical brings together an all-star cast from London’s West End to Athens in a monumental theatre production to be held at the Galatsi Olympic Hall. With…
APOKRIES CARNIVAL IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: 15 February - 2 March 2020Why Go: A vibrant festival of food, music & celebration
In the lead up to Greek Orthodox Easter, the national carnival known as Apokries (translates to “a leave from meat”) is celebrated in Athens over two weeks. It comes before the period of lent commences and where Greeks feast on meat, alongside street parties filled with music, dance, theatre and masquerades. The peak days of…
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 winter 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…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: February & March 2020Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums
The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June 2019 and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during its first decade. Visitors can expect a full programme of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, musical interludes and the opening of the excavation area beneath the museum that was once an ancient Athenian neighbourhood. Skip…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: February & March 2020Why 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.
OLYMPIC FLAME LIGHTING CEREMONY – Ancient OlympiaWhere: Ancient OlympiaWhen: 12 March 2020 - 11:30am Greek timeWhy Go: Witness the start of the Olympic torch relay
The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place on 12 March 2020 at 11:30am in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, in an event open to the public and televised live around the world. At the ancient Temple of Hera, up to 30 priestesses or ‘Caryatids Kores’…
BILL BAILEY LIVEWhere: Gazi Live TheatreWhen: 16 March 2020Why Go: See this multi-talented comedian LIVE
British comedian, actor, musician and presenter Bill Bailey comes to Athens for one night only as part of his “Larks in Transit” world tour. The versatile comedian has become widely known for his unrivaled talent not only in stand up but also on television in the hit shows “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”, “QI” and “Have…
OLYMPIC FLAME HANDOVER CEREMONY – Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 19 March 2020 - 11:00amWhy Go: To witness that start of the Olympic flame handover
The ceremony for the official handover of the Olympic flame for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens and is open to the general public on Thursday 19th March at 11:00am. The Olympic flame will be first lit at Ancient Olympia on the 12th March in the ancient…
DON QUIXOTE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 20, 21, 26, 29 March & 5, 26 April & 16 May 2020Why Go: Relive this classic love story
The Greek National Opera’s ballet ensemble presents Marius Petipa’s classical choreography for Don Quixote at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. First presented in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the story of the ballet draws mainly upon the second volume of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and focuses on the love between Quiteria (Kitri in the…
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY in AthensWhere: Syntagma Square & PanepistimiouWhen: 25 March 2020Why Go: To see the cultural and military parades
Each year on the 25th March, Athens comes to a standstill for Greek Independence Day, which commemorates the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. It is also the religious holiday of The Annunciation that is observed on this day by Eastern Orthodoxy. This grand military parade commences from 11:00am sharp and makes its…
Greek Orthodox Easter in AthensWhere: Throughout AthensWhen: Good Friday 17 April - Easter Monday 20 April 2020Why Go: To experience a Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens
While the islands and villages of Greece are known for their religious festivals during the period of resurrection, spending Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens is as memorable as it is spiritual. Athens is home to some of the most beautiful and historical churches in Greece and the city has its finest moments under candlelight for…
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.