Yiasou Greek Festival 2016

For one Weekend, Charlotte Goes Greek

Greek Folk Dancer
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Charlotte's Yiasou Greek Festival 2016
Address:
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
600 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Dates and Hours
September 8 to 11, 2016
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Admission:$3, children 12 and under free with adult.

The Yiasou Greek Festival is consistently ranked one of Charlotte's top festivals, and it's one of our biggest draws each year.

The festival started in the late 70s, and has become one of Charlotte’s largest and most anticipated cultural events, usually attracting over 50,000 people. The festival features Greek cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, entertainment, art, shopping and more. If you've always wanted to go to Greece, this is as close as you can get without boarding a plane.

Featured attractions for 2016 include:

  • Church tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church are conducted at the top of every hour.
  • Live music and dance:Holy Trinity’s very own youth, from Kindergarten to High School perform traditional village dances in colorful traditional Greek costumes on one indoor stage and two outdoor stages throughout the day and evenings. The Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir will be giving 3 choral concerts in conjunction with Cathedral tours.

Of course, a highlight of the festival for many people is the food. If you're craving some authentic Greek food, this is the place. From roasted lamb, Grecian baked chicken, “Athenian” baked fish, Grecian-style pizza, gyros and soulvaki sandwiches on pita bread, Grecian-style chicken sandwiches on pita bread, tiropita (cheese pie), spanakopita and Greek salads to baklava, baklava sundaes, galaktobouriko, loukoumades and frappe, dozens of traditional Greek dishes are represented.

There's even a drive-through available this year. Pick up your favorite Greek foods on Winthrop Ave., between East Blvd. and East Worthington Ave. Dinner plates, sandwiches and assorted pastry boxes will be available.

There is also usually a wine tasting booth, offering some of Greece’s finest wines. Wine is available for purchase here by the bottle. And, if you're looking to take a little of Greece home with you, there's the Bakaliko Grocery Store, offering Greek delicacies, including dolmades, pastichio, Kalamata olives, fine cheeses, and more.

If you can't make it out to the festival, they have partnered with Beasley Broadcast Group this year to provide live coverage throughout the festival

From music to sports to arts to culture, there are always plenty of festivals happening around town. Click here for a month by month calendar of festivals in Charlotte. Know of a festival we don't have listed? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com.