Fall Greek Festivals

The eating and dancing continues through summer into fall. The following list includes Greek festivals organized by churches around the US. I’ve only attended a few in the San Francisco Bay Area but imagine those in other parts of the country are similar and worth exploring. In many of the communities listed it’s a rare opportunity to get a taste of Greek food, music, and culture. And there are usually activities of interest to people of all ages.

10 – 12 August 2012 • Greek Town • Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, CANADA

18 – 19 August 2012 • Saint George • 1111 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

24 – 26 August 2012 • Resurrection • 20074 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA

24 – 25 August 2012 • Holy Trinity • 330 Lakeside Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI

24 – 26 August 2012 • Saint George • 2219 N. Orchard Street, Fresno, CA

25 – 26 August 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 1224 Alabama Street, Vallejo, CA

31 August – 2 September 2012 • Sacramento Convention Center • Sacramento, CA

31 August – 3 September 2012 • Saint Barbara • 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT

1 – 2 September 2012 • Holy Cross • 900 Alameda, Belmont, CA

1 – 2 September 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 43404 30th Street West, Lancaster, CA

1 – 3 September 2012 • Assumption • 5761 East Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA

6 – 9 September 2012 • Saint Demetrios • 721 Rahway Avenue, Union, NJ

7 – 9 September 2012 • Saint Sophia • 324 S. Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles,CA

8 – 9 September 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff By The Sea, CA

13 – 16 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle, NY

14 – 16 September 2012 • Civic Center of Anderson • 3027 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Anderson, SC

14 – 16 September 2012 • Saint Demetrios • 1955 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA

14 – 16 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 30 Huntington Boulevard NE, Roanoke, VA

15 – 16 September 2012 • Annunciation • 313 Tokay Avenue, Modesto, CA

20 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Nicholas • 697 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, SC

21 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Barbara • 2300 Church Road, Toms River, NJ

21 – 23 September 2012 • Annunciation • 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

22 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Katherine • 9165 Peets Street, Elk Grove, CA

28 – 30 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC

28 – 30 September 2012 • Archangel Michael • North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington, NY

5 – 7 October 2012 • Saint Elpis • 810 West Poythress Street, Southside, VA

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US Greek Festivals

May Day is celebrated in Greece in two ways. It’s a traditional celebration of spring with picnics and family outings. Also it’s a commemorated with militant labor marches.

During my last visit to Athens I experienced a bit of both. On my way to a large park in the north of the city I walked along streets closed to traffic including buses, passing crowds of people headed toward Syntagma, which faces the Parliament.

I spent the afternoon sharing food and drink with mainly young people in a shaded area. A majority of them were Greek, others were from Turkey, Bulgaria, Germany. Perhaps three-dozen of us socializing and enjoying the good weather. A temporary respite for those who still faced a jobless future after completing their education.

In the United States there are many Greek festivals sponsored by Orthodox Churches from late spring to early fall. Below are some I’ve found:

9 – 12 May 2012 • Annunciation • 32 East Ross Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

11 – 12 May 2012 • Annunciation • 573 N. Highland Street, Memphis, TN

17 – 20 May 2012 • St. Sophia • 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY

17 – 20 May 2012 • St. George • 1200 Klockner Road, Trenton, NJ

18 – 20 May 2012 • Nativity of the Theotokos • 1236 Spotswood Furnace Road, Fredericksburg, VA

18 – 20 May 2012 • Annunciation • 1100 Napa Valley Road, Little Rock, AR

18 – 20 May 2012 • Sts. Constantine & Helen • 265 W. Third Street, Mansfield, OH

18 – 20 May 2012 • Ascension Cathedral • 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

18 – 20 May 2012 • Prophet Elias • 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA

25 – 27 May 2012 • Church of the Nativity • 1110 Highland Drive, Novato, CA

31 May – 3 June 2012 • Sts. Constantine & Helen • 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, VA

31 May – 3 June 2012 • Holy Trinity • 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ

1 – 3 June 2012 • St. Nicholas • 3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI

1 – 3 June 2012 • St. Nicholas • 1260 Davis Street, San Jose, CA

2 – 3 June 2012 • St. Andrews • Mission Plaza, Downtown, San Louis Obispo, CA

Dance! Eat! Enjoy!

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