The Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2018


We are often asked about the live music and other events which take place in the archaeological sites around Athens in the summer. Known as the Athens and Epidaurus festival, here’s our guide for what’s on in 2018.

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What is the 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 theatre, music and dance in the settings of archaeological wonders such as Epidaurus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis. 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 Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2018

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The 2018 festival schedule has just been announced, although there are bound to be some additions and minor changes as time goes on. By looking at the schedule, we can see that it is quite likely that events will still be added into August and September. You can find the festival schedule here – Schedule for 2018.

Sting Playing in Athens 22nd and 23rd June 2018

Perhaps the most famous artist to play in Athens in 2018 will be Sting. Playing for two nights in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, it promises to be a very memorable night. Unfortunately, tickets for this event have long since sold out. Whilst there does remain the possibility of buying tickets for this from vendors outside the venue, we strongly advise against doing this. However, if you happen to be in Athens over those dates, why not take a walk near the Acropolis? We’re sure that you will be able to hear the music floating through the air on a warm summer’s evening!

Ancient Greek Works, Classical Music and More

This year, the festival has a progressive outlook, but also retains its more classical tones. You can expect to find concerts featuring the work of Tchaikovsky as well as an unusual collaboration between US comedian and actor Bill Murray and a cellist. It’s certainly worth adding at least one evening into your travel itinerary. 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

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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!


Other parents say...

  • 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?

    Melinda Simons
    • 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

      Katerina Makatouni

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