Visiting The Athens and Epidaurus Festival With Kids

    We are often asked about the live music and other events which take place in the archaeological sites around Athens in the summer. In this blog post, we will explore the well-known Athens and Epidaurus that takes place in different theatres in Athens every year.

    For more than 60 years, the festival has attracted visitors from all around the world. Lets explore all the things you should know if you want to attend to the Athens and Epidaurus festival with your kids.

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    What is the Athens and Epidaurus festival?

    Each year at archaeological sites in and around Athens, a festival takes place known as the Athens and Epidaurus festival. The purpose of the festival, is to present different types of theater, music and dance in the settings of archaeological wonders such as Epidaurus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis.

    To be precise, the program of the Athens and Epidaurus festival includes musical and theater performances in:

    • The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
    • The Little Theater of Epidaurus
    • The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    • The Theater Petras
    • The Peiraios 260 Venue

    Did you know that Kidslovegreece organizes family day trips from Athens to Epidaurus?

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    Greeks and visitors alike flock to the events normally held in the summer months, with popular outdoor events taking place on full moon nights. The event usually takes place from June to early October.

    The Annual Program of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival

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    The Athens and Epidaurus festival is a cultural event that lasts more than 4 months. The annual program is usually published around 2 months before the beginning of the festival (usually in April). It is a comprehensive catalog that is always available for free at the official website of the festival. The program is available in PDF format and you can easily download it.

    So if you are about to visit Athens with your kids during the summer months, you can choose which play or musical performance you would like to see. All you have to do is book your tickets in advance.

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    Ancient Greek Works, Classical Music and More

    Every year, the festival has a progressive outlook, but also maintains its more classical tones. With hundreds of artistic events, the event’s summer schedule is suitable for every family. From theater and music performances to dance and visual arts, there is nothing left out from this festival.

    We definitely suggest choosing an event that takes place in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of the Acropolis, or the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Both of them have extra ordinary acoustics and promise an amazing family experience. If you would like to find out more about the festival, you can visit their site here.

    If you have an interest in attending one of the events, contact the Kids Love Greece team, and we’d be more than happy to help arrange it for you.

    Tours for Creative Families in Athens

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    If your family is in a creative mood, with budding artists, writers and musicians, we have a number of tours that might appeal. One which is a great deal of fun, is the Dance with the Heroes activity. We think the name is descriptive enough, and you can be sure of a lot of fun! Another suggestion is to try a comic drawing workshop.

    During this activity, you and the kids will have the opportunity to create you own comic books based on the characters and legends from Greek Mythology. You’ll also end up with a most unique souvenir from your time in Greece!

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    • Good morning. I am interested in attending an event with my family at one of the outdoor theaters but I have a child who is three years old. Are they not allowed in – children under three?

      • Dear Melinda,
        thank you for your message. Maria has already contacted you via email.
        Have fun in Greece!
        On behalf of the Kids Love Greece


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