ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 18 August 2018Why 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. Performances at the two ancient theatres of Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 29 June - 18 August 2018Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus festival, the Epidaurus theatre comes alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and more. It is a highlight of the festival to experience a midsummer production at this iconic venue. The famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus was constructed in the late…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: April to July 2018Why 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.
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now - 31 May 2018Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum
The Acropolis Museum hold events to enhance visitors experiences of the museum including complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the exhibits. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per session (first in best…
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS LIVE IN CONCERTWhere: Olympic Athletic Centre, Athens (OACA)When: 10 May 2018Why Go: For an unforgettable concert by a Euro superstar
The king of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias comes to light up the stage for his first concert in Athens in 8 years as part of his European tour. As a legendary performer, this Latino superstar has sung in sold out arenas around the world and will now visit Athens in his latest tour. His concerts…
ATHENS STREET FOOD FESTIVALWhere: GaziWhen: 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 May 2018Why Go: Discover the dynamic street food scene in Athens
Returning for its third year, the Athens Street Food festival brings out the flavours of urban Athens in the hip suburb of Gazi. The festival brings together a global community of street food from all corners of the globe including Asia, Africa, Northern Europe, Latin America and of course, Greece. Over three consecutive weekends in May,…
NABUCCO by the Greek National OperaWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 1, 3, 6, 8 June 2018Why Go: see Verdi's classic opera beneath the Acropolis
One of Verdi’s most popular operas, Nabucco will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A watershed in Verdi’s career, Nabucco put an end to a string of failures for the composer and marked the end of a period of great sadness in his life. The…
ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI live at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14 June 2018Why Go: See world-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki LIVE
World-renowned singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki joins forces with TAKIM, one of the most popular bands in Greece, to perform Greek folk music with a twist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The band will cover several of Arvanitaki’s songs, drawing on her rich, 30-year-long body of work. Megaro…
PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 16 - 17 June 2018Why Go: Greek opera under the stars
Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ masterwork Perouzé will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It originally premiered on 9 August 1911 at the Olympia Theatre. A smashing success, it ran for two seasons and was performed throughout Greece. Perouzé was last presented in 1950 at the Greek National Opera. The opera’s…
NEW WORLDS with Bill Murray & Jan Vogler at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: 19 June 2018Where: Bill Murray like you’ve never seen him before
Actor Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two immediately struck a friendship. Being interested in each other’s artistic work, they came up with a joint project. New Worlds is a performance bridging the artistic legacy of America and Europe, highlighting the fundamental values of American literature and music. A fascinating…
STING LIVE AT THE ACROPOLISWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 22 & 23 June 2018 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT)Why Go: Don’t miss the concert of the year in Athens
Sting will perform two concerts as part the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival in what will be one of the most memorable concerts held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an iconic venue more than 1800 years old, that lies beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. THIS CONCERT HAS NOW SOLD OUT – Find Out…
SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural CentreWhen: 17 - 24 June 2018Why Go: For a packed program ideal for the whole family
The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), is an arts, sports and education festival that is open to the public free of charge. Music, dance, sports, arts and architecture discussions, screenings and programs for children and families are combined for an entire week in June as part of a multi-faceted…
TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA live at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27 June 2018Why Go: Hear one of the leading orchestras in the world performs at an iconic venue
The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will be conducted by the award-winning conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev as they play the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Having collaborated with some of the greatest musicians and companies in the world (chief conductor of Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra between 1997-2006, La Scala, Opernhaus Zürich), Fedoseyev is the heart and soul…
GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENTWhere: Hellenic Parliament, SyntagmaWhen: June, July & September 2018Why Go: A look behind the walls of the Greek Parliament building
Complimentary guided tours of Hellenic Parliament take place in June, July and September each year in Athens, 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…
LONDON PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 2 July 2018Why Go: Hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras perform
London based Philharmonia Orchestra returns to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3, along with excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung led by award winning Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen and joined by American soprano Michelle DeYoung. ABOUT Founded in 1945, the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras, thanks to its…
CALEXICO live at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 3 July 2018Why Go: See this Tex-Mex, indie rock band perform LIVE
Calexico have gathered fans from all over the world. This hugely popular band will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the very first time, presenting some of their biggest hits (“Stray,” “Falling from the sky,” “Crystal Frontier,” “Missing,” “Splitter”), along with songs from their newest, album, “The Threat that Keeps Us”, that was released…
THE MUSIC OF VASSILIS TSITSANIS – Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 4 July 2018Why Go: A night of Greek folk music at an iconic venue
The Panathenaic Stadium will be filled with Greek music including songs from Greek composer Vassilis Tsitsanis, renowned for changing Greek folk music forever. Prominent singer George Dalaras will perform along with other big voices in Greek song (yet to be announced). This is one of the few concerts held at the Panathenaic Stadium and is a truly magical experience….
NANA MOUSKOURI live at the Odeon Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 5 July 2018Why Go: See this legendary artist LIVE beneath the Acropolis
Nana Mouskouri began her singing career in Greece over 60 years ago and went on to become a world-famous star. The artist has given over 10,000 performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and Teatro Monumental in Chile. This…
COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim | Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 8 & 9 July 2018Why Go: See this Broadway smash hit at the iconic Odeon
After a string of hit musicals, (Kiss me Kate, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd), Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra returns to the Athens and Epidaurus Festival with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, presented in Greece for the very first time. Company made its Broadway debut in 1970 and received six Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical,…
ANTIGONE at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: 11 July 2018Where: See an ancient Greek tragedy on an ancient Greek stage
Co-directors Emilios Chilakis and Manolis Dounias delve into Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A play that has become emblematic of resistance to power, Antigone examines young Antigone’s fatal decision to bury her dead brother, Polynices, in violation of the king’s rules. The ten roles of…
DAPHNIS & CHLOE by Orestis Laskos | Screening at the Odeon HerodesWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14 July 2018Why Go: A rare opportunity to see this classic Greek film beneath the Acropolis
A screening of the early Greek film Daphnis and Chloe (1931), restored by the Greek Film Archive, with original music by Filippos Tsalahouris, will appear at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The plot revolves around a pastoral romance between Daphnis and Chloe. The original, silent version of the…
SCORPIONS live at the Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 16 July 2018Why Go: For a night of rock at an iconic venue
Legendary German rock band, Scorpions will perform at the Panathenaic Stadium, the iconic birthplace of the modern Olympic games. Their concert, “Once in a Lifetime” will be opened by the Athens State Orchestra, adding a symphonic dimension to the band’s sound. Scorpions are one of the longest lasting and commercially successful ensembles of rock music….
NIGEL KENNEDY – ‘Bach Meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’Where: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 17 July 2018Why 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, ‘Bach meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’ live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Discovered by the great American-born violinist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin, his recording of Vivaldi’s…
CARMEN at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 29, 31 July 2018Why Go: See a modernised version of this classic opera
Symbolizing love and liberty, the most popular opera in the French repertoire, Carmen, is brought back to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Presented by the Greek National Opera, the four night season in July 2018 is directed by acclaimed British director, Steven Langridge who is currently artistic director of the…
ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athenians return from their summer vacations. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during September and October. Shows for this period…
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.