Be Greek for a Day – 2016
A great way to experience authentic Greek food and culture is at a local Greek festival. You’ll find traditional foods such as souvlaki, gyro, calamari, pastitsio, moussaka, and many other delicious dishes including a variety of vegetarian selections. Have fun watching Greek dancers dressed in traditional costumes perform a variety of folk dances to live Greek bands.
Greek Orthodox churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area sponsor festivals between the months of May and September. Admission is either free or affordable. Check out the websites for the festivals listed below for details about admission fees, parking, food, music, dancing, and other Greek merriment.
May and June’s festivals are long gone, but you can find plenty more to attend in August and September. The festivals are held around the same time every year, so make a note on your calendar for next year if you missed one in your city.
For a list of Greek Festivals held across the United States check out the following website: Hellenic Festivals
|Santa Cruz – May 13-15, 2016|
|Santa Cruz Eat Like a Greek Food Faire||Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church||223 Church St, Santa Cruz|
|Oakland – May 20-22, 2016|
|Oakland Greek Festival||Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension||4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland Hills|
|Novato (Marin County) – May 27-29, 2016|
|Marin Greek Food Festival||Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church||1110 Highland Drive, Novato|
|San Jose – June 3-5, 2016|
|San Jose Greek Festival||Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church||1260 Davis St, San Jose|
|Castro Valley – August 19-21, 2016|
|Castro Valley Greek Festival||Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church||20104 Center St, Castro Valley|
|Belmont – September 3-5, 2016|
|Belmont Greek Festival||Church of the Holy Cross||900 Alameda Ave, Belmont|
|Monterey – September 3-5, 2016|
|Monterey Bay Greek Festival||St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church||Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park||Downtown Monterey|
|Santa Cruz – September 9-11, 2016|
|Santa Cruz Greek Festival||Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church||223 Church St, Santa Cruz|
|San Francisco – September 16-18, 2016|
|San Francisco Greek Food Festival||Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation||245 Valencia St, San Francisco|
Καλή όρεξη – Good appetite!