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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.

  • Oedipus Rex Fimonoi Theater

    OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater Group

    Where: Athinais Theatre Athens
    When: Each Thursday until 26 September 2019
    Why Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy

    The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles will be performed in Athens by the Fimonoi Theater Group. Long considered the greatest of Greek tragedies, it has a sympathetic protagonist, a crushing climax, inspirational poetry and a wealth of meaningful themes. The play remains on the short list of exceptionally and undeniably great world literary masterpieces and…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: 21 June - 10 August 2019
    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 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…

  • Women of Passion Why Athens

    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Saturdays - 1 June to 2 November 2019
    Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece

    Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a fourth season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….

  • Oresteia Athens Epidaurus Festival

    ORESTEIA by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 28 & 29 June 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ trilogy at an iconic venue

    This production of Oresteia by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut, with a…

  • Whats on in Athens

    WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY

    What & Where: The best of Athens for this month
    When: Throughout July 2019
    Why Go: See the best of what’s on this month

    With summer well and truly in the air in Athens, music, theatre and film move outdoors in glorious and iconic venues around the city. Here’s our monthly round-up of the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in July. WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY SUMMER FESTIVALS Throughout July: Athens &…

  • Suppliants Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 5 & 6 July 2019
    Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides

    This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith and…

  • Alcina Odeon Athens Armonia Atenea

    ALCINA by George Frideric Handel

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 6 & 12 July 2019
    Why Go: See one of Handel’s greatest works

    Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and accomplished conductor George Petrou return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With award-winning productions in theatres and festivals across Europe, Armonia Atenea embark on a journey to the magical world of Baroque…

  • Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 12 & 13 July 2019
    Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece

    This production of Oedipus Rex at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle…

  • KANATA Robert Le Page Athens Festival

    ROBERT LEPAGE’S KANATA

    Where: Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
    When: 13 to 15 July 2019
    Why Go: See this controversial Canadian production, led by an acclaimed director

    Kanata — Episode 1 — The Controversy, comes to the Megaron theatre in Athens, led by acclaimed Canadian director Robert Lepage as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This latest production by French company Théâtre du Soleil aims to explore the problematic relationship between Canada’s Indigenous people and their colonizers. ‘Kanata’ is an…

  • Cirque Du Soleil Bazzar Athens

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ‘BAZZAR’

    Where: Athens old airport, Hellinikon
    When: 18 July to 4 August 2019
    Why Go: Step inside the big top to a whimsical universe

    World famous Cirque du Soleil brings the magic of circus to Athens with its latest original production “Bazzar” under its flagship big top tent. Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd production, Bazzar, was inspired by the colourful and chaotic grand Indian bazaar. With 31 artistes and 62 permanent people, Bazzar is like a small village – an…

  • Iphigenia Aulis Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 19 & 20 July 2019
    Why Go: A play full of twists & dilemmas

    This production of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. One of Euripides’ late plays, written between 408 and 406 BC and presented posthumously at the Great Dionysia, where it won first prize. The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision…

  • Electra Orestes Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

    ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 26 & 27 July 2019
    Why Go: See two of Euripides’ plays brought together at once

    This production of Electra & Orestes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove brings together two of Euripides plays, telling the story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to…

  • La Traviata Athens Festival Odeon

    LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    When: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019
    Why 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…

  • Clouds Athens Epidaurus Festival

    THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 2 & 3 August 2019
    Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

    This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is…

  • Prometheus Bound Athens Epidaurus Festival

    PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

    Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
    When: 9 & 10 August 2019
    Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage

    This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity. Hephaestus is tasked with chaining Prometheus on steep mountain rocks. Cratus and Bia keep watch the reluctant Hephaestus. Oceanus’ daughters, the…

  • Athens Events Odeon Herodes Florence

    ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019

    Where: Various locations in Athens
    When: September & October 2019
    Why Go: For live music & theatre

    The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…

  • Snowman Girl Odeon Athens I

    THE SNOWMAN AND THE GIRL

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 12 September 2019
    Why Go: See a famous Greek fairy tale brought to life on stage

    A musical theatre production, ‘The Snowman and the Girl’ comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in September. Based on the well-known fairy tale by Greece’s much loved storyteller Eugene Trivizas, a girl makes a snowman promise never to melt and in order to keep his promise, the snowman begins a dangerous and unimaginable journey to…