Photo: Georgios Makkas

Join us for a deep dive into the Athens Epidaurus Festival 2024 schedule as we highlight the dates and tickets you won't want to miss.

By Paul Pervanas

Courtesy: Athens Epidaurus Festival


June marks the start of the festival with the grand opening at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. For the past 20 years, the festival's contemporary branch has found its home in the industrial landscape of Pireos 260. Show nights at Pireos don't end when the curtain falls; Live at the Platea is a popular series of post-performance parties held in the space's courtyard, where artists mingle with the city's aesthetes to the sounds of live music concerts and DJ sets.

two actors performing on stage, props suggesting a dining room, rich costumes
a man moving fast his hands on stage
a black and white photo of four people standing on stage
a man in front of a computer, a screen with numbers behind him
a woman wearing a veil and looking at the camera
three men in suits looking at the camera in a room
two performers on stage
a person performig a dance routine on stage with a huge piece of fabric
a woman playinh the harp on stage
two dancers holding up another one


The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus awakens to host the first shows of the season. Meanwhile, Athens is no less exciting, with big hitters such as Sting performing at the Odeon and the festival's exciting GRAPE initiative in full swing.

a man on the floor hugging a coat, two women sitting on chairs looking at him
four people performing on stage, two of them standing, the other sitting at a table
a man raising his hands in front of a crowd, lettering that reads "what we owe democracy"
a man standing outside a warehouse
a man singing on stage with a guitar, crowd cheering
a woman throwing soil on two kids sitting in front of her
A poster depicting two hands holding a thread
a woman performing live on stage


The Athens leg comes to a close at the end of July, as locals schedule their trips to Epidaurus for an audience with one of the great Greek tragedians.

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As usual, August's AEF events take place at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus. Apart from the July shows we have recommended you don't miss, which will also be running during August, you'll also be able to see more of the major ancient Greek tragedies, such as Plutus (Aristophanes) by Giannis Kakleas, Not Hecuba (based on the play by Euripides) by the Comédie-Française and Tiago Rodrigues, Bacchae (Euripides) by Thanos Papakonstantinou, Birds (Aristophanes) by Aris Biniaris and The Suppliants (Aeschylus) by the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun, Neos Kosmos Theatre and Marianna Kalbari. Also, from the beginning of July to the end of August, the exhibition Hippolytus - Phaedra will be held. During performances at the Argolic theatre, visitors can explore the exhibition, which depicts the iconic hero and heroine as they were known during the 70-year run of the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. If you are taking a day trip to Epidaurus with the little ones, the Little Trackers creative workshop is a great opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful and mysterious world of ancient myths. Book Here