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10 Events In Athens To Look Forward To In 2017

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Athens is a city that rarely sleeps. Grab your agendas (or your phones), and fill in your calendar with this small selection of events happening in 2017. From talks and musical performances to culinary happenings, there is no doubt that you will find something exciting to do.

deBop Street Food and Tunes

Since 2013, deBop has been taking Athenians around the world with its monthly event known as Street Food and Tunes. A true celebration of multiculturalism, it features passionate professionals active in the city and combines exotic cuisine with music, allowing you to experience new culinary trends in different settings. Check their Facebook page to see their next event.

© Courtesy of deBop
Courtesy of deBop | © Courtesy of deBop

The Metaxourgeio Carnival Street Party

While it may not rival the Rio or Venice festivities, the Metaxourgeio Carnival remains a highly anticipated event in Athens. As the artistic district in town, Metaxourgeio organizes an annual carnival street party where dancing and having fun take precedence. It is a lively celebration that everyone can freely enjoy, whether you’re dressed up or not. It involves a fun procession throughout the streets of the neighborhood and culminates with a small concert in the main square.

Hindi Zahra Live

Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra will be in Athens on March 3rd at the Theatro Pallas. With hits such as ‘Beautiful Tango,’ ‘Our Soul,’ ‘Try,’ and ‘Stand Up,’ Hindi Zahra has seduced the world with her mesmerizing voice. Mark your calendars folks!

Hindi Zahra at le Chabada, Angers | © Simon Bonaventure/Flickr
Hindi Zahra at le Chabada, Angers | © Simon Bonaventure/Flickr


TEDxAUEB was the first TEDxUniversity in Greece, giving a voice to the academic society at the university. Co-organized with the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), the event, set for March 18th, aims to give people an opportunity to communicate their passion for change, hopefully empowering the community at the same time.

Dinner In The Sky

May all foodies please gather around and rejoice. Beginning April 15th, the Dinner in the Sky team is back again for a full season, until the end of September. A unique dining experience you should try once in your life, Dinner in the Sky takes you to new heights and offers a splendid view of the Acropolis and the rest of the city. It promises to be a night you won’t soon forget.

Dinner in the sky, Technopolis, Gazi | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr
Dinner in the Sky, Technopolis, Gazi | © Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

Depeche Mode in Athens

2017 is looking to be a great year for Depeche Mode fans in Greece. The UK band will grace the city with an epic concert on May 17th at the scenic Terra Vibe Park. The performance is part of the band’s European tour, and it will be the first time since 2013 that they will be performing on Greek soil. Buy your ticket soon, as it’s sure to be a sellout.

Technopolis Jazz Festival

For over 15 years now, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival has been welcoming musicians from around the world once a year in the lovely capital of Greece. The unique, summertime, free event has successfully managed to establish Technopolis as a major music venue. Happening on the last weekend of May, the celebration attracts both jazz novices and aficionados.

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

Athenians welcome summer with its annual arts festival, complete with a full program of theater, music, and dance events happening at several venues including the Megaro Mousikis Concert Hall, the National Theatre of Greece, and the two ancient amphitheaters of Odeon Herodes Atticus in Athens and the Theatre of Epidaurus. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, which starts in mid-June and continues until the end of August, often features classic plays.

The Bridge Project presents "Richard III" by William Shakespeare at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus | © Tilemahos Efthimiadis/Flickr
The Bridge Project presents ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus | © Tilemahos Efthimiadis/Flickr

The Spartathlon

Held every year in late September, the Spartathlon, created in 1983, is a 246-kilometer-long marathon race that connects the city of Athens to Sparta, retracing the footsteps of Athenian messenger Pheidippides, who was sent to seek help from the citizens of Sparta to fight the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. Starting at the foot of the Acropolis, the race runs along the coast through Corinth and later Nemea and Mount Parthenio and then to Tegea, ending in Sparta.

Athens Bar Show

The Athens Bar Show is the largest celebration of the local bar scene. Growing with each passing year, with two of its watering holes included in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ list, the show promises to be an excellent opportunity for anyone involved in the industry. Set for the 7th and 8th of November, the Athens Bar Show will be held at the Technopolis, located in the Gazi district.