THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY returns to AthensWhere: Technopolis, GaziWhen: On now until 6 January 2019Why 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. An ice-skating rink and…
EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout December 2018Why 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…
LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 years of GeniusWhere: Old ‘OSY’ depot, GaziWhen: 30 November 2018 – 30 March 2019Why Go: For a unique journey in space and time
A new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’ comes to Athens, allowing visitors to explore the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. An emblematic building in central Athens will be transformed into the most complete presentation of Leonardo’s work. Masterpieces, inventions, codices,…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: December 2018 & January 2019Why 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.
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now - 31 December 2018Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum
The Acropolis Museum holds special events throughout the summer to enhance your experience of visiting the museum. Free guided tours, musical interludes and important archaeological artefacts on display on a temporary basis. See what’s on this month. CHRISTMAS MUSIC AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Sunday 23 December from 12 noon The Athens State Orchestra will…
THE GREAT GATSBY – CINEMA ALIVEWhere: Grand Hyatt AthensWhen: 21, 22, 28, 29 December 2018Why Go: For an immersive cinema experience into the roaring 1920’s
A screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby becomes an immersive experience at the Grand Hyatt in Athens with Cinema Alive. Cinema Alive will transport audiences back to 1920’s New York, surrounding the movie’s screening with live music, dancing and actors to provide a heightened experience of the film, allowing viewers to become part of…
SNOW WHITE ON ICEWhere: Tae Kwon Do StadiumWhen: 19 – 23 December 2018Why Go: Enjoy a dreamlike, spectacular adaptation of this classic tale
Snow White on Ice comes to Athens in a spectacular show featuring the renowned Russian Ice Stars at the Tae Kwon Do centre. The amusing seven dwarfs, the evil queen and the innocent Snow White all come to life in December, on a glittery ice arena with a 360-degree view of the action. Snow White…
ATHENS EVENTS – January & February 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Jan & Feb 2019Why Go: For live music & theatre
The new year and the new winter brings a full cultural agenda with events moving indoors at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. Athens is in full swing in the early new year as the locals make the most of the period leading up to the traditional Easter fast. From touring…
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY in AthensWhere: Syntagma Square & surrounding streetsWhen: 25th March 2019Why Go: To see the cultural and military parades
Each year on the 25th March, Athens comes to a standstill for Greek Independence Day, which commemorates the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. It is also the religious holiday of The Annunciation that is observed on this day by Eastern Orthodoxy. The festivities in Athens start one day prior on the 24th…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 4th June – 10 August 2019Why 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 the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are highlights…
NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 4, 5, 7, 8 June 2019Why Go: See this tragic and powerful opera on an iconic stage
Norma, returns to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This opera, by Vincenzo Bellini, was one of the first to be presented in Athens as a newly formed state in 1837. In the GNO’s long…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 21 June - 20 August 2019Why 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 three 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…
LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019Why 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…
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.