Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Photo: Athens Festival/Stefanos

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.

  • Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens Epidaurus Festival Crowds

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 1st June – 18 August 2018
    Why 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 Tickets

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 29 June - 18 August 2018
    Why 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 in Athens Arvanitaki

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: April to July 2018
    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.

  • Acropolis Museum Events Athens Eleusis

    EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    Where: Acropolis Museum
    When: On now - 31 May 2018
    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. 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 CONCERT

    Where: Olympic Athletic Centre, Athens (OACA)
    When: 10 May 2018
    Why 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 festival

    ATHENS STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

    Where: Gazi
    When: 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 May 2018
    Why 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 Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

    NABUCCO by the Greek National Opera

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 1, 3, 6, 8 June 2018
    Why 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…

  • Arvanitaki Athens Festival Odeon Herodes

    ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI live at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 14 June 2018
    Why 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…

  • Perouze Athens Philharmonia Odeon Herodes

    PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 16 - 17 June 2018
    Why 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…

  • Jan Vogler Bill Murray Athens Epidaurus Festival

    NEW WORLDS with Bill Murray & Jan Vogler at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 19 June 2018
    Where: 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 Acropolis Odeon Herodes Athens

    STING LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 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 Niarchos Center Athens

    SUMMER NOSTOS FESTIVAL at the Stavros Niarchos Center

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
    When: 17 - 24 June 2018
    Why 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 Odeon Athens Festival

    TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27 June 2018
    Why 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…

  • tours of hellenic parliament athens

    GUIDED TOURS INSIDE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT

    Where: Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma
    When: June, July & September 2018
    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 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 Odeon Herodes Athens

    LONDON PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA perform Beethoven’s Symphony no.3 at the Odeon

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 2 July 2018
    Why 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 Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 3 July 2018
    Why 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…

  • Vassilis Tsitsanis Panathenaic Stadium Greek Singers

    THE MUSIC OF VASSILIS TSITSANIS – Panathenaic Stadium

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 4 July 2018
    Why 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 Athens Epidaurus Festival Odeon

    NANA MOUSKOURI live at the Odeon Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 5 July 2018
    Why 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 Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim | Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 8 & 9 July 2018
    Why 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 Odeon Herodes Atticus Athens

    ANTIGONE at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    Where: 11 July 2018
    Where: 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 Odeon Herodes Athens Festival

    DAPHNIS & CHLOE by Orestis Laskos | Screening at the Odeon Herodes

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 14 July 2018
    Why 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 Athens Panathenaic Stadium

    SCORPIONS live at the Panathenaic Stadium

    Where: Panathenaic Stadium
    When: 16 July 2018
    Why 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 Odeon Herodes Athens Epidaurus

    NIGEL KENNEDY – ‘Bach Meets Kennedy meets Gershwin’

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 17 July 2018
    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, ‘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 Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 29, 31 July 2018
    Why 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…

  • Parios Athens Events Whats on Greece

    ATHENS EVENTS – SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: Throughout Sept & Oct 2018
    Why 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…