Enjoy the Albuquerque Greek Festival

Annual Festival of Greek Food, Culture and Music

Petros C. Anagnostakis plays a Greek bouzouki.

Aileen O'Catherine

The annual Greek Festival is held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque. It falls on the first week of October and gives visitors three days of Greek culture. Find out how to cook baklava, or experience the magic of a Greek dance. Take the kids because there will things for them to do, and a kid's area just for them. Shop for jewelry, gifts and food. The Greek Festival is a favorite place to visit during the first weekend of the annual Balloon Fiesta.

Once you've paid admission to the festival, you need to purchase tickets, which are used instead of cash for food, drinks and many festival items. One ticket is worth one dollar. Tickets can be bought at one of the two "banks," are are non-refundable. Whether you want to buy cookies or a full dinner, tickets are necessary.

Greek Festival Hours
The 2016 Greek Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. On Sunday, October 2, the event hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Greek Festival Admission

  • $5 for adults
  • Children 11 or under are free.
  • $2 Seniors 62+
  • Military, police, emergency personnel and firefighters with ID are admitted free of charge.

Greek Festival Location
The Greek Festival takes place at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, located at 308 High Street SE in the Huning Highland neighborhood. The church is located west of I-25 and south of Central Avenue. From I-25, take the Lead exit and drive west.

Greek Festival Parking
Parking for the festival has always been a matter of getting there early and getting lucky enough to find a space on one of the nearby streets. That's still the case, but if you want to make it easy on yourself, use the Park and Ride shuttle. This free service will take you to the festival and when you're done there, back to your car. Use the parking lot at Lomas and University, on the south side of Lomas.

Festival items such as food are sold using tickets instead of cash. Everything can be bought with tickets. Pick up your tickets from any of the ticket booths on the festival grounds. One ticket costs one dollar.

Greek Festival Food
Many go to the festival for the food alone. The food at this event is unmatched, with parishioners preparing months ahead to ensure everyone has enough to eat. And you'll want to eat! Celebrate the Greek culture with menu items that include Psito Arni (roast lamb on the spit), Souvlaki (skewered meat), Gyros (beef/lamb in pita), and of course, pastries such as Baklava and Flogeres. Everything is purchased with tickets, with the most expensive item at 13 tickets. One ticket is worth one dollar. There will be beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water. There will be coffee, take out deli items and side dishes such as Patates (potatoes) and Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Na Zise!

All net proceeds from the sale of beer and wine go to the Nicholas C. Nellos Memorial Fund, benefiting at-risk youth.

The Greek Festival has many outdoor events, but inside the church hall there are booths where specialty items are available. Find intricate jewelry or paintings by local artists. Many Greek and Mediterranean food items can be found in the mini-bodega deli, which has Greek newspapers for anyone who cares to take a browse. The marketplace is a great shopping spot for gifts and souvenirs. The main stage inside is where you'll find Greek cooking demonstrations.

Event Schedule
Each year, the Greek Festival comes alive with cooking demonstrations, music and dance. There will also be language lessons.

Live Dance and Band Performances
There are two dance performance areas, one under the awning between the church and the hall, the other in the Taverna area. The Levendakia and Morakia dance groups will perform in the Taverna area.
Dance levels: Morakia, up to 2nd grade; Levendakia, 3rd–5th grade; Kefi, middle school; Asteria, high school and Palamakia, adult.

Friday, September 30
5:30 p.m. Kefi
6:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
6:00 p.m. Morakia/Levendakia in the Taverna
7:00 p.m. Asteria
7:30 p.m. Dance lessons in the Taverna
8:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
8:45 p.m. Palamakia
9:30 p.m. Aegean Sounds

Saturday, October 1
11:30 a.m. Morakia/Levendakia in the Taverna
12:00 p.m. Kefi
12:30 p.m. Aegean Sounds
1:15 p.m. Asteria
1:45 p.m. Aegean Sounds
2:30 p.m. Palamakia
3:00 p.m. Morakia/Levendakia in the Taverna
3:30 p.m. Kefi
4:00 p.m. Asteria
4:30 p.m. Palamakia
5:00 Dance lessons in the Taverna
5:30 p.m. Kefi
6:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
7:00 p.m. Asteria
7:30 p.m. Dance Lessons
8:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
8:45 p.m. Palamakia
9:30 p.m. Aegean Sounds

Sunday, October 2
12:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
12:30 p.m. Morakia/Levendakia in the Taverna
1:00 p.m. Kefi
1:30 p.m. Aegean Sounds
2:30 p.m. Asteria
3:00 p.m. Dance Lessons in the Taverna
3:00 p.m. Aegean Sounds
4:00 p.m. Palamakia

Greek Cooking Demos
If you've ever wondered how to cook Greek dishes, you've got to seize these opportunities. All cooking lessons take place in the Taverna.

Friday, September 30
6:30 p.m. Mezedakia, or assorted appetizers

Saturday, October 1
1:30 p.m. Gigandes Palki (vegetarian baked lima beans)
4:00 p.m. Baklava
6:30 p.m. Kota Riganati (oregano chicken) and Horiatiki Salata (village salad)

Sunday, October 2
1:30 p.m. Galaktoboureko, or filo pastry filled with custard

Language Lessons
Learn Greek phrases in the Taverna.

6:30 p.m. Friday, September 30
1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1
1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2

Visit the Greek Festival website.

The Greek Festival always falls on the first weekend of the annual Balloon Fiesta.

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