Opa! Get Your Greek on at the St. Demetrios Greek Festival

This weekend, experience and taste a little rich history and culture with some authentic and traditional Greek food and folk dancing at Seattle’s St. Demetrios Greek Festival. 

Traditional Greek food. Photo by Kathleen Finlay.

The festival has been a Seattle staple for 50 years, promoting diversity through delicious food and exciting art and entertainment. A sit-down style dinner will be served in the Community Center and will include a la carte items, pastries and desserts, beverages and Kafenion (coffee shops). Visitors may also shop for traditional Greek jewelry and imports in the “agora.”

The St. Demetrios Greek Folk Dance Group will perform new suites of dances from different parts of Greece in costumes from the same region. Comprised of more than 120 dancers and singers from 4-year-olds to adults, the program aims to teach the Greek folk traditions of dance, music and song while maintaining the values of the Greek Orthodox faith.

Church tours will be offered during the festival, and are a great way to learn about the Orthodox faith and the symbolism of the iconography within the Sanctuary of the Church. Tours include a presentation of the Church’s history and a question and answer period. The schedule of tours is offered on the Festival’s website.

Who: Anyone interested in Greek food and folk dancing will appreciate what this festival has to offer. Local philanthropists will also be interested to know that proceeds from the festival are donated to ministries that serve several charities.

Where: Held in the Montlake District of Seattle at the St. Demetrios Hall & Cultural Center, the festival is centrally located and easy to find.

When: The St. Demetrios Greek Festival takes place Friday, Sept. 16 from 12 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 12 to 7 p.m.

How much: Admission is free.

St. Demetrios Greek Festival | 2100 Boyer Ave East, Seattle | Sept. 16 – 18