Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center canal with its Ice Skating Rink. Photograph: Nikos Karonikolas

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.

  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating

    EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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

  • THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY

    Where: Technopolis, Gazi
    When: 30 Nov 2019 – 5 January 2020
    Why Go: To get the family into the Christmas spirit

    The Christmas Factory returns to Technopolis in Gazi making it the most festive place to be in the centre of Athens. Kids will get to meet Santa in his house as well explore the sweet and toy factory. A Christmas park wouldn’t be complete without the Ferris wheel and carousel rides.  Additional entertainment will include…

  • Thread Modern Dance Athens

    THE THREAD

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 3 to 8 Dec 2019
    Why Go: For a night of music and dance

    The Thread is an innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, performing at the Megaron in Athens. 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 and contemporary dance, portray…

  • Greek Singers Athens Melina Hotel Ermou

    GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENS

    Where: Various locations around Athens
    When: November/December 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.

  • Athens Tours Day Trips Wine Tour

    Discover the delights of Athens & Attica

    Where: Around Athens and Attica region
    When: On now
    Why Go: For time well spent in Athens

    It’s time to book your autumn 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…

  • Greek Singers in Athens Natassa Bofiliou

    NATASSA BOFILIOU LIVE

    Where: Piraeus 117 Academy
    When: 19 Dec 2019 & 23 Jan, 20 Feb 2020
    Why Go: To experience the best in Greek pop music

    The most dynamic trio in modern Greek music, Natassa Bofiliou, Gerasimos Evaggelatos and Themis Karamouratidis come together again to perform old and new songs from their much-loved albums including “En Lefko” and “Babel”. Their unique orchestral and rhythmic sounds are full of depth and emotion, fusing together popular music from Greece, the Balkans with elements…

  • Acrobats China Athens

    NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall
    When: 18-22 December 2019
    Why Go: See one of the world’s best acrobatic troupes

    Straight from Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China comes to Athens for an evening of high-flying acrobatic entertainment. With glamorous costumes and exotic disguises, this talented acrobatic ensemble will mesmerise audiences with their natural grace, and artistic skill. Over two breathtaking hours, live the energy, power and magic in this ground-breaking…

  • Megaron Opera Gala Athens

    OPERA GALA at the Megaron

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 30 December 2019
    Why Go: Be part of Athens’ annual festive gala

    The annual festive season opera gala takes place once again at the Megaron, Athens Concert Hall this December. Greek tenor Dimitris Paksoglou along with soprano, Vassiliki Karagianni and mezzo-soprano, Irene Karagianni meet on stage to perform popular arias and duets from operas by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Cilea among others, accompanied by the Athens…

  • Athens Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why Go: The ultimate 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 the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are…

  • Rigoletto Odeon Athens Festival

    RIGOLETTO at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 4, 6, 9, 11 June 2020
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto is brought to life by the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, the role he has masterfully performed in London,…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: June to August 2020
    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 welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • TOSCA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 26, 28, 29, 31 July 2020
    Why Go: See a modern rendition of this famous work

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, beneath the glow of the Acropolis as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally directed by Nikos Petropoulos a decade ago and now returns to the GNO programme, under…