Immerse yourself in Grecian epicurean delights, traditional dance, lively music and Mediterranean culture during the 22nd Annual Houston Greek Fest May 19-21, at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church in The Energy Corridor.
Greek food specialties from souvlaki, pastitios and gyros to loukoumades, baklava and pastries will fill the plates of thousands of visitors watching traditional dance and music performances. You can wash it all down with fresh-squeezed lemonade or Greek beer and wine, while kids romp through rides, games and interactive exhibits at the festival.
Of course, experiencing Greek culture drives the core of the festival. Dance and music groups perform all weekend long. Performers dress in traditional Greek garb like plush pants known as "vraka" and white pleated skirts known as the "foustanella."
Take some Greek dancing lessons during the festival, then enter for a chance to win $100 during the Saturday night Zebekiko Dance Contest (sorry ringers, only non-Greeks can enter).
Shopping the Houston Greek Fest’s Santorini Walk Market is an annual draw for many. The market features clothing, arts and crafts, jewelry and one-of-a-kind items for sale.
The festival offers visitors a glimpse into the Greek Orthodox faith with tours of the church’s sanctuary, along with opportunities to learn about the history and traditions of a faith rooted in 10th century Byzantine Empire culture.
Part of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Houston.
Early birds get free admission from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday. Other times tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under.
Free parking is available near the church at the KBR building, 1080 Eldridge Parkway, or for $5 on the festival grounds.
You may not be able to smash a paper plate during the Houston Greek Fest, but that shouldn’t stop you from shouting “Opa!”
For more information, visit houstongreekfest.com.