Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation
The underfloor archaeological site at the Acropolis Museum. Photograph: Giorgos Vatsoropoulos

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.

  • Acropolis Museum Events Underground Excavation


    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now to 31 October 2020
    Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums

    The Acropolis Museum turned 11 years old in June 2020 and has counted more than 15 million people through its doors since opening. 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. The Acropolis Museum…

  • Madama Butterfly Athens Festival Odeon Herodes


    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
    When: 10 Oct 2020 to 15 Nov 2020
    Why Go: To see Puccini's famous aria live in Athens

    The Greek National Opera presents Madama Butterfly throughout October and November in Athens at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s main stage. An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly is set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. A young geisha girl falls in love with an American Lieutenant which…

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    Oxi Day in Athens

    Where: Throughout Athens
    When: 28th October annually
    Why Go: To see a grand parade in the city

    Oxi Day is a national public holiday and commemorated on the 28th October every year in Greece, Cyprus and by Greeks around the world. On this day, the Prime Minister of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas denied Benito Mussolini’s request to allow Italian troops to cross the border into Greece and was at this time it became allied with Great Britain.

  • Don Quixote Greek National Opera

    DON QUIXOTE by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 21 November to 31 December 2020
    Why Go: Relive this classic love story

    The Greek National Opera’s ballet ensemble presents Thiago Bordin’s revival of Marius Petipa’s classical choreography of Don Quixote at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. First presented in 1869 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the story of the ballet draws mainly upon the second volume of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and focuses on the love…

  • SHAOLIN Warriors Athens

    SHAOLIN WARRIORS come to Athens

    Where: Galatsi Indoor Olympic Stadium
    When: 30 January 2021
    Why Go: See the masters in Kung-Fu direct from China

    Direct from China’s legendary Shaolin Temple, this fully choreographed theatrical production, Shaolin Warriors: Legends of Kung-Fu, brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular imagery of Kung-Fu to Athens. Shaolin Warriors: Legends of Kung-Fu is a unique artistic performance, displaying disciplined spiritualism, stunning movement and deadly martial-arts prowess. The Shaolin monks train in martial arts…