LA BOHEME at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 9, 12, 17, 27, 29, 31 Dec 2023 & 2 Jan 2024Why Go: See this classic opera set in modern day Athens
Seven years after the last performance of La bohème at the Greek National Opera in Athens, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless, much-loved masterpiece is making its return in an iconic production directed by the late British opera director, Graham Vick. In 2007, Vick created a version of La Bohème for the Greek National Opera that was set in modern day Athens,…
THE NUTCRACKER by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 23, 24, 28, 30 Dec 2023 & 3 - 5 Jan 2024Why Go: See a magical ballet for Christmas
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker this festive season in Athens. This musical and theatrical masterpiece will be performed by the talented soloists, demi-soloists, Corps de ballet, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of the GNO. Ballet Director Konstantinos Rigos views the work from the perspective of children who find…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2024Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: June 2024 to August 2024Why 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…
TURANDOT at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 2, 5, 8, 11 June 2024Why Go: See Puccini’s last opera performed on an iconic stage
The Greek National Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2024 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. To mark the centennial anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s death, Turandot will be staged by internationally acclaimed director, Andrei Șerban. The plot unfolds in another era, in far-flung, unfamiliar China, where…
LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2024Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata will perform on the iconic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2024 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…
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.