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The Sina building at the National Observatory of Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

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.

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    ASTRONOMY at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: Throughout September & October 2017
    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 or Greek throughout September and October, offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope, to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis. The Doridis refracting…

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    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: Throughout October 2017
    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 in the last ten years. 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 most…

  • Rigoletto Greek National Opera Athens

    RIGOLETTO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 25, 27, 29 Oct & 1 Nov 2017
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    Guiseppi Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, returns to the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens for four performances, under the baton of acclaimed conductor, Εlias Voudouris. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto brings the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias to the Stavros Niarchos Hall in a role he has masterfully performed…

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    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31st December 2017
    Why 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. Until 29th September. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per…

  • Sleeping Beauty Greek National Opera Niarchos

    SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 22, 24 - 26 Nov, 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2017
    Why Go: To see the dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale

    The dance version of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty that was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was first staged in 1890 and since then has remained exceptionally popular worldwide. The Greek National Opera, which has previously presented classical choreographies of the work, now stages an impressive new version from two acclaimed artists at the…

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    ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological Museum

    Where: National Archaeological Museum
    When: On now - 25th March 2018
    Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time

    Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.