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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.

  • Athens Tours Day Trips Wine Tour

    Discover the delights of Athens & Attica this summer

    Where: Around Athens and Attica region
    When: Throughout Summer 2019
    Why Go: For time well spent in Athens

    It’s time to book your summer 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…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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

  • Athens Open Air Film Festival

    ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 23 to 28 August 2019
    Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian sites & landmarks

    The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns for its 9th year, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas, screening some of the greatest movies in film history. This year, the festival program includes masterpieces from legendary world cinema directors such as Federico Fellini, David Leeds, Michelangelo Antonioni, Louise Buonuel, Akira…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: August & September 2019
    Why Go: Celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June this year and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during this 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…

  • Thread Modern Dance Athens

    THE THREAD – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 24 August 2019
    Why Go: For a night of music and dance

    An innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, The Thread comes to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus for one mid-summer evening. 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…

  • National Observatory of Athens Why Athens City Guide

    ASTRONOMY TOURS at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: 28, 30, 31 August 2019
    Why Go: Take in the wonders of the Athenian sky by night with the Doridis telescope

    The visitors centre of the National Observatory of Athens will be conducting evening tours in English offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope and enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis. The Doridis refracting telescope was built by the French…

  • Prometheus Bound Athens Epidaurus Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 30 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, was first presented as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity. Hephaestus is tasked with chaining Prometheus on steep mountain rocks. Cratus and Bia keep watch the reluctant Hephaestus. Oceanus’ daughters, the…

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…

  • Glykeria Aslanidou Greek Singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: September 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.

  • Suppliants Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5 September 2019
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides

    This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, was first presented as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout September 2019
    Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building

    Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, July and September, providing fascinating insights into the history of the building. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the grand rooms such as the Assembly Hall and the debating chamber and learn more about Greece’s modern history. Take a sneak peak here of what’s…

  • Clouds Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 6 September 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was part of this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme. Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is in…

  • Queen Symphonic Odeon Athens

    QUEEN SYMPHONIC at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 7 September 2019
    Why Go: A music spectacular at an iconic venue

    Queen Symphonic, the spectacular two-hour show celebrating one of the biggest bands of all time comes to Athens to perform a singular concert at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Since its premiere in 2000, Queen: A Symphonic Rock Spectacular has been seen by hundreds of thousands of Queen…

  • Andrea Bocelli Athens Odeon Herodes

    ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 11 September 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: Hear the iconic tenor LIVE

    Experience the breath-taking voice of Andrea Bocelli who returns to Athens to perform on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for an unforgettable evening beneath the glow of the Acropolis. As the world’s most loved tenor, Bocelli is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music, having sold more than…

  • Bejart Ballet Odeon Herodes Athens

    BEJART BALLET at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 15 & 16 September 2019
    Why Go: See ballet beneath the glow of the Acropolis

    The Béjart Ballet Lausanne returns to the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for two unmissable evenings of dance. Based on the iconic choreography of the late dance pioneer, Maurice Béjart, his two ballets will be performed including, ‘7 danses grecques’ (7 Greek Dances) and ‘Boléro’. In 7 Greek Dances, genuine…

  • Classic Rock Odeon Herodes Athens

    CLASSIC ROCK at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 18 September 2019
    Why Go: An unforgettable evening of legendary rock music

    Classic Rock returns for a third instalment at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this September. The Athens State Orchestra together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague will perform songs by Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica and more. Special guests include German guitarist and former lead guitarist of Scorpions, Uli…

  • Stomp Athens

    STOMP in Athens

    Where: Melina Mercouri Theatre
    When: 17 & 18 September 2019
    Why Go: Get into the rhythm of Stomp LIVE

    Hailing from the United Kingdom, popular percussion group STOMP returns to Athens for two nights in September. For almost three decades STOMP has been wowing audiences all around the world with its unique blend of rhythm, movement, comedy and dance. A theatrical experience like no other, STOMP is the event that has shown the globe…

  • John Cleese Live Acropolis Athens

    JOHN CLEESE LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 20 September 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest comedic actors

    British actor and comedian John Cleese, is set to perform on the grand stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus this September in Athens. Cleese, who describes himself as “writer, actor and tall person” has been touring the US and Europe to sell-out audiences with his self-titled show ‘Last Time to See Me Before I…

  • Florence Machine Athens Odeon Herodes

    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall, ATHENS
    When: 19, 21 & 22 Sept 2019 (SOLD OUT)
    Why Go: See one of the great indie bands of our time

    English indie rock band, Florence and the Machine will perform a third show in Athens at the Galatsi Olympic Hall. After selling out their first two shows at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a third and final show was announced for Saturday 21st September and will go on-sale at 11:00am EET (Greek time) on Monday…

  • Nigel Kennedy Odeon Herodes Athens Epidaurus

    NIGEL KENNEDY LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 7 October 2019
    Why Go: See this legendary violinist LIVE at the Acropolis

    Nigel Kennedy, one of the top violinists in the world and the best-selling violinist in the history of music, presents his concert ‘Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alone has sold over…

  • Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium

    ATHENS MARATHON – The authentic and original race

    Where: From Marathon to Athens
    When: 10 November 2019
    Why Go: Cheer on marathon runners from various vantage points

    The Athens Marathon celebrates its 37th year in 2019 on Sunday 10th November with the annual race from the town of Marathon to Athens covering 42.195km’s. The finish line for the marathon will be held once again at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium with more than 50,000 runners expected from around the world to participate across…

  • Jose Carreras Athens Oaka

    JOSÉ CARRERAS LIVE – farewell tour

    Where: OACA - Olympic Indoor Hall
    When: 24 November 2019
    Why Go: See the legendary tenor LIVE

    After a historic career spanning decades, with millions of records sold and countless performances around the world, Spanish tenor José Carreras will perform in Athens as part of his farewell tour – celebrating and saluting a remarkable career. The famous tenor will showcase some of his favourite pieces accompanied by the ERT Symphony Orchestra of…