San Francisco Bay Area Greek Festivals

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!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Patricia DeMore says:

    You were just mentioning this the other day and voila…here is the list. Thanks!

    1. You are very welcome, Patricia. I hope you get the chance to attend one of the festivals!

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