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Athens Epidaurus Festival

Last updated: 29 March, 2024

This world-class performing arts festival, a summer highlight since 1955, is staged in several venues – most notably the Herod of Atticus amphitheatre in Athens and the Epidaurus amphitheatre in the Peloponnese.

Expect to see ancient Greek drama, contemporary dance, world music, and experimental theatre performed by an eclectic line-up of international stars, such as Willem Dafoe, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Foo Fighters and Sting.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
Frequency: annually
When: June-October
Duration: 4 months

Getting there & doing it

Ticket sales open three weeks prior to any event, and major events sell out fast. Seats at the ancient Herod Atticus and Epidaurus theatres aren’t allocated, so arrive early.

Book online, by phone, or at the box office (39 Panepistimiou Street, inside the Pesmatzoglou Arcade). Tickets are also on sale outside the Odeon of Herod Atticus and Peiraios 260 converted factory.

Seating at the ancient theatres of Herod Atticus and Epidaurus is on the original, backless stone benches – so you might want to bring a small cushion.

There are special chartered buses leaving from Athens to Epidaurus on festival nights.

When to do it

Events take place from June to October.