Athens's energetic year-round performing arts scene kicks into a higher gear from June through September, when numerous stunning outdoor theaters host everything from classical Greek drama (in both Greek and English), opera, symphony, and ballet, to rock, pop, and hip-hop concerts. In general, dress for summer performances is fairly casual, though the city's glitterati get decked out for events such as a world premiere opera at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. From October through May, when the arts move indoors, the Megaron Mousikis/Athens Concert Hall is the biggest venue, but there are literally hundreds of theaters and performance venues around the city. Performances at outdoor summer venues, stadiums, and the Megaron tend to be priced between €15 to €120 for tickets, depending on the location of seats and popularity of performers.

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  • 1. Athens and Epidaurus Festival

    Music Festivals

    The city's primary artistic event (formerly known as the Hellenic Festival) runs from June through August at more than 50 venues, from ancient...Read More

  • 2. Cine Paris

    Plaka | Film

    This rooftop-garden movie theater, which offers Dolby Digital sound, is the oldest (dating from 1920) and most romantic in Athens. It's located...Read More

  • 3. Cine Thisio

    Thissio | Film

    Films at this open-air theater, among the oldest in Athens (dating from 1935), come complete with a view of the Acropolis. It's on the Unification...Read More

  • 4. Dora Stratou Dance Theater

    Filopappou | Dance

    The country's leading folk dance company performs exhilarating and sublime Greek folk dances (from all regions) in eye-catching, authentic costumes...Read More

  • 5. Megaron Mousikis/Athens Concert Hall

    Ilisia | Dance

    World-class Greek and international artists take the stage at the Megaron Mousikis to perform in concerts and opera from September through June...Read More

  • 6. Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA)

    Maroussi | Concerts

    Big acts fill what was originally the main Athens 2004 Games arena with music. Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, and Madonna have performed here...Read More

  • 7. Badminton Theater

    Goudhi | Concerts

    This state-of-the-art performance center specializes in slick song-and-dance acts from around the world, occasionally geared towards children...Read More

  • 8. Ejekt Festival


    The Ejekt Festival, which brings together global pop, rock, and electronica bands, usually takes place every June in one of the Olympic venues...Read More

  • 9. Festival Vrahon "In the Shadow of the Rocks"


    Performances by well-known Greek performers and ancient Greek theater classics are staged in an attractively remodeled old quarry, now known...Read More

  • 10. Hunter Agency

    Kolonaki | Tickets

    Like Ticketmaster in the United States, Hunter Agency sells all sorts of performing arts and popular music concert tickets. ...Read More

  • 11. Lycabettus Theater

    Kolonaki | Concerts

    The specialty of this theater (capacity: 5,000), set on a pinnacle of Mt. Lycabettus, is popular concerts; past performers have included Bryan...Read More

  • 12. Onassis Cultural Centre

    Neos Kosmos | Arts Centers

    The Onassis Cultural Centre hosts events from across the whole spectrum of the arts, mainly in their highly contemporary version, from theater...Read More

  • 13. Philippos Nakas Conservatory

    Exarcheia | Concerts

    Inexpensive classical or jazz music concerts are held throughout the year at this conservatory. Tickets cost about €12. ...Read More

  • 14. Public

    Syntagma | Tickets

    You can buy tickets for popular concerts and performing arts events at this electronics store chain with convenient locations in Central Athens. ...Read More

  • 15. Rex Music Theatre

    Omonia Sq. | Theater

    Over-the-top is the way to describe a performance at Rex Music Theatre—it's a laser-light show, multi-costume-change extravaganza, with headlining...Read More

  • 16. Romantso

    Omonia Sq. | Arts Centers

    An alternative cultural center located in a 1960s concrete block that used to be a printing plant for popular magazine Romantso. Come here...Read More

  • 17. Attikon Cinemax Class

    Syntagma | Film

    With its old-fashioned red-velvet and gold-trim embellishments, huge crystal chandelier, wide screen, enormous seats, and central location,...Read More

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