SWAN LAKE ON WATERWhere: Tae Kwon Do StadiumWhen: 7 – 10 December 2023Why Go: See this timeless ballet performed on water
The Grand Ballet Ukraine presents ‘Swan Lake on Water’, in an enthralling spectacle of classical ballet performed on water over four nights at the Tae Kwon Do Stadium in Athens. Through years of training and continuous testing, choreographer Johan Nus maintains the classical foundations of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev’s choreography, specially training the dancers…
GEORGE DALARAS + ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI LIVEWhere: Pallas TheatreWhen: 14 November – 19 December 2023Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Greek music
Iconic performer and talented musician George Dalaras and acclaimed Greek songstress, Alkistis Protopsalti will perform together over several weeks at the Pallas Theatre in central Athens. In a concert called ‘Two Voices with One Heart’ these two leading performers in Greek song will captivate audiences with their music, singing songs from their huge discography, in…
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY in AthensWhere: Syntagma Square & PanepistimiouWhen: 25 March 2024Why 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…
BILL BAILEY Live in AthensWhere: Pallas TheatreWhen: 8th April 2024Why Go: See this multi-talented comedian LIVE
British comedian, actor, musician and presenter Bill Bailey returns to Athens for one night only with his new show “Thoughtifier”. At a point in our evolution when it seems as if we’re sleepwalking into a world where humans might be redundant and much of what we do can be done better and more efficiently by…
OLYMPIC FLAME LIGHTING CEREMONY – Ancient OlympiaWhere: Ancient OlympiaWhen: 16 April 2024Why Go: Witness the start of the Olympic torch relay
The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Paris Games will take place on 16 April 2024 in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, in an event open to the public and televised live around the world. The start time will be announced closer to the date. At the ancient Temple of…
Greek Orthodox Easter in AthensWhere: Throughout AthensWhen: Good Friday 3 May - Easter Monday 6 May 2024Why 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 the 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…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2024Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: June 2024 to August 2024Why 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…
COLDPLAY Live in AthensWhere: Olympic Stadium O.A.K.AWhen: 8 & 9 June 2024Why Go: See this iconic band LIVE in 2024!
The incredible Coldplay will be bringing their electrifying energy to Athens in 2024 for an unforgettable concert experience at the Olympic Stadium for two nights only. Following the huge success of their sold out 2023 summer tour, Coldplay have announced a third run of European dates as part of their record breaking Music Of The Spheres World Tour . Formed in London in 1996,…
TURANDOT at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 2, 5, 8, 11 June 2024Why Go: See Puccini’s last opera performed on an iconic stage
The Greek National Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2024 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. To mark the centennial anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s death, Turandot will be staged by internationally acclaimed director, Andrei Șerban. The plot unfolds in another era, in far-flung, unfamiliar China, where…
LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2024Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata will perform on the iconic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2024 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This tragic love story, with its much-loved arias and duets, will be directed by the GNO’s choreographer and artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos…
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.