Listen: Koula Gianulias talks about the 56th Annual Festival
56th Annual Greek Festival
October 4, 5, 6
616 Alhambra Blvd (across from McKinley Park) at the Greek Orthodox Church indoor/outdoor event center
The Sacramento Greek Festival is a treasured local tradition celebrating the delicious food, wine and vibrant culture of Greece. Two years ago, the Festival moved "back to the block" on Alhambra in East Sacramento where it all started more than fifty years ago. In the spirit of the Greek tradition, we invite you "into our home" at the Greek Orthodox Church where all future Festivals will take place. Our new indoor/outdoor facility allows us to host a "panigiri" - a centuries-old tradition held outdoors in villages throughout Greece with live music, dancing under the stars and delicious food.
Four generations of volunteers - about 400 people total - will come together to put on the 2019 Greek Festival. We'll have bike parking and free admission for guests who ride bikes, free shuttle service and an Uber discount code. All proceeds support parish outreach, youth programs and local charities.
Doors open Friday, October 4th at 11am (admission is free until 3pm!) and doors close at 10pm. On Saturday we're open noon to 10pm and Sunday noon to 8pm. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 are free.
* "Kuzina" (kitchen) - farm-to-fork food court featuring homemade Greek specialties like "spanakopeta" (layers of baked phyllo, feta and spinach)
* "Psistaria" (grill) - outdoor BBQ serving up irresistible lamb chops and souvlaki prepared with Greek spices and lemon
* "Taverna" (bar) - Greek wines, imported specialty sodas and the very popular Mythos beer
* "Zaharoplastion" (pastry shop) - honey and butter-drizzled baklava, fried honey-dipped loukoumades and much more
* "Kafenion" (cafe) - traditional Greek coffee (it will keep you up all night!) and delicious chilled coffee drinks...all the rage on the Greek Islands
* "Mezedes (appetizers) - small bites you can't get enough of like "saganaki" (flaming fried cheese)
* “Plaka” (market place) - featuring authentic Greek olive oil, unique jewelry, paintings and much more
* Loukoumada Eating contest!! Back by popular demand every night of the Festival. How many fried, honey-dipped dough balls can you eat?
* Traditional Greek Dance performances by our local youth groups.
* Famed local artist Gregory Kondos will return to sign a special-edition poster created for the Greek Festival.
* Live Greek music and dancing…OPA!
* Cooking demos featuring our most popular pastries and specialties
* Kids Zone activity area
* FREE admission for bike riders and bike parking
* FREE Greek dancing lessons
* FREE shuttle service
* It takes 800 pounds of butter to put on the Greek Festival
* We roll 6,000 dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves)
* 6,400 spanakopites and tiropetes are consumed at the Greek Festival
* 400 volunteers are needed
* Some volunteers have 4 generations of their family working at the Greek Festival