Athens Open Air Film Festival
Open air film at the Temple of Olympian Zeus at a previous year's festival. Photograph: courtesy of AOAFF

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 Open Air Film Festival

    ATHENS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: 5 June to 26 July & 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…

  • Summer Nostos Niarchos Center Athens I

    SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 23 - 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Packed program ideal for the whole family

    The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) returns in June for a week of music and dance to celebrate the beginning of summer. Modern pioneers, internationally acclaimed performers and leading Greek artists from every field make up the programme of this year’s festival. HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL 2019 ADMISSION TO ALL…

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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

  • LOREENA MCKENNITT live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 27 June 2019
    Why Go: See the star of Celtic music

    Canadian musician and composer Loreena McKennitt comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. McKennitt will perform from her new album ‘Lost Souls’ along with tracks from her long career. Known for her dramatic soprano vocals, McKennitt has sold more than 14 million records worldwide. Her music employs…

  • Athens Tours Day Trips

    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…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 21 June - 10 August 2019
    Why 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 welcomed more than 90,000 theatre-goers last year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • Alkistis Protopsalti Greek Singers Athens

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: June & July 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.

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: Throughout June, July & 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…

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underfloor Exhibition

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

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

    The Acropolis Museum turned 10 in June 2019 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 the line e-tickets…

  • Yannis Markopoulos Odeon Athens Festival

    YANNIS MARKOPOULOS 80th birthday celebration at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 28 June 2019
    Why Go: Enjoy the music of a famed Greek composer

    Celebrating his 80th birthday, legendary Greek composer, Yannis Markopoulos comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to present a full repertoire for an enchanting evening of music as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With an active career spanning almost 60 years, Markopoulos created compositions for symphonic orchestras, film, theatre scores, operas and…

  • National Observatory of Athens Why Athens City Guide

    ASTRONOMY TOURS at the National Observatory of Athens

    Where: National Observatory of Athens
    When: WED, FRI & SAT - June & July 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…

  • Oresteia Athens Epidaurus Festival

    ORESTEIA by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 28 & 29 June 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ trilogy at an iconic venue

    This production of Oresteia by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut, with a…

  • Yo-Yo Ma Odeon Athens Festival

    YO-YO MA solo cellist at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 30 June 2019
    Why Go: Experience an unforgettable performance

    Widely considered as the greatest cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Having received more than 18 Grammy Awards and accolades including the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the United States National Medal of the Arts (2001),…

  • ROSAS dance group with Bach’s Six Cello Suites

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 2 July 2019
    Why Go: See Bach’s cello suites accompanied by world-class dancers

    The world famous Rosas dance group along with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, perform to Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello, for one night only at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Joining them on stage will be the great French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, acclaimed for his musical virtuosity. Critics have described…

  • Suppliants Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 5 & 6 July 2019
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides

    This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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 and…

  • Alcina Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    ALCINA by George Frideric Handel

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6 & 12 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Handel’s greatest works

    Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and accomplished conductor George Petrou return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With award-winning productions in theatres and festivals across Europe, Armonia Atenea embark on a journey to the magical world of Baroque…

  • Giannis Parios Athens Greek Singers

    YIANNIS PARIOS IN CONCERT

    Where: Veakio Theatre, Piraeus
    When: 8 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Greece’s most famous singers

    One of Greece’s most famous and loved singers, Yiannis Parios will be performing at two magnificent open-air theatres in Athens for one night only in July as part of his summer tour. A regular highlight of the summer calendar, visitors to Athens will have the chance to see Parios at the Veakio Theatre in Piraeus….

  • UB40 Antonis Remos Athens

    UB40 & ANTONIS REMOS live in Athens

    Where: Theatro Petras, Petropouli
    When: 10 July 2019
    Why Go: For an unforgettable concert under the stars

    Legendary reggae band UB40 and multi-platinum selling Greek singer Antonis Remos will perform together at Theatro Petras in Petropouli in Athens, marking the bands 40th anniversary tour. UB40, who have received 4 Grammy Award nominations and sold more than 70 million records worldwide, will perform their greatest hits including, “Red Red Wine”, “Here I Am”…

  • Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 12 & 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece

    This production of Oedipus Rex at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle…

  • MAXIM VENGEROV Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    MAXIM VENGEROV with the Athens State Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 16 July 2019
    Why Go: See this solo violinist perform on a majestic stage

    World famous violinist Maxim Vengerov together with the Athens State Orchestra will perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In this first collaboration, Vengerov will perform one of the greatest and most demanding concertos for violin of all time, Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major,…

  • Cirque Du Soleil Bazzar Athens

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ‘BAZZAR’

    Where: Athens old airport, Hellinikon
    When: 18 July to 4 August 2019
    Why Go: Step inside the big top to a whimsical universe

    World famous Cirque du Soleil brings the magic of circus to Athens with its latest original production “Bazzar” under its flagship big top tent. Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd production, Bazzar, was inspired by the colourful and chaotic grand Indian bazaar. With 31 artistes and 62 permanent people, Bazzar is like a small village – an…

  • Iphigenia Aulis Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 19 & 20 July 2019
    Why Go: A play full of twists & dilemmas

    This production of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. One of Euripides’ late plays, written between 408 and 406 BC and presented posthumously at the Great Dionysia, where it won first prize. The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision…

  • Electra Orestes Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 26 & 27 July 2019
    Why Go: See two of Euripides’ plays brought together at once

    This production of Electra & Orestes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove brings together two of Euripides plays, telling the story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to…

  • La Traviata Athens Festival Odeon

    LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019
    Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this July presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 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 who…

  • Clouds Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 2 & 3 August 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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…

  • Prometheus Bound Athens Epidaurus Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 9 & 10 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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…

  • 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…

  • Athens Events Odeon Herodes Florence

    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…

  • 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
    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…

  • 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…