JENUFA by Leoš Janáček at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Center (SNFCC)When: 14, 19, 21, 24, 27 Oct | 2 Nov 2018Why Go: See a profoundly moving opera
The Greek National Opera presents Jenufa by Czech composer Leoš Janáček at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens this October. Considered one of the most important lyric works of the 20th century, Janáček’s Jenůfa tells the grim story of an infanticide in the Moravian country during the 19th century, where a stepmother kills the newborn…
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI – LINK LINK CIRCUS at the MegaronWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 20 October 2018Why Go: For a unique and comical look at the animal world
The one woman show, ‘Link Link Circus’ comes to Athens as part of its world tour. Starring acclaimed Italian actress, Isabella Rosellini who explores the animal kingdom based on scientific research and through the lens of comedy. Rossellini portrays Aristotle, René Descartes, Charles Darwin among other characters, to explore what distinguishes animals from humans. This…
JACKIE CHAN’S KUNG FU WARRIORS come to AthensWhere: Galatsi Olympic HallWhen: 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018Why Go: See Jackie Chan’s handpicked Kung Fu warriors
Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe from Beijing comes to Athens for an evening of heart-stopping artistry and athleticism. The 11 members of the Long Yun Troupe were hand-picked by the internationally renowned martial artist, actor, and film director Jackie Chan . The troupe effortlessly meld elements of kung fu and traditional Chinese dance to create…
ATHENS EVENTS – DECEMBER 2018Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout December 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during December. Shows for…
THE NUTCRACKER by the St Petersburg Ballet TheatreWhere: Galatsi Olympic Hall, AthensWhen: 19 – 30 Dec 2018Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas direct from Russia
The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. Soloists from both the St Petersburg Ballet and the Mariinsky Theatre will lead the performance over two acts, accompanied by a 60-member Symphony Orchestra at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in northern Athens. The…
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.