- Date: May 23 - 26, 2019
- Location: Hellenic Cultural Center
Opa, opa, opa! The annual New Orleans Greek Festival is Memorial Day weekend. This event is filled Greek food, music, culture and fun for kids and adults alike.
New Orleans' connection with Greece dates back to the mid-1800s when large numbers of Greeks immigrated here, bringing along their storied culture and traditional heritage. The Greek Festival celebrates that culture and heritage every year on Memorial Day Weekend at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70117), which is on the banks of Bayou St. John. Free off-site parking and shuttle service is also available.
Kali Orexi! Translated from Gree, this popular phrase means "Bon Apetit" or "good appetite". In other words - you better come hungry. Trying a gyro sandwich is a must. The Goatburgers, which is a hamburger the Greek way, are also delicious. For dessert, try a Loukoumades, which is like a beignet topped with honey and cinnamon. For a caffeine fix, pick up a Frappe (no relation to Starbucks), which is basically an iced coffee.
For all the runners out there, the annual Greek Festival Walk/Run will take place that Friday! Participants can either choose to walk/run one mile or 5k. Cash prizes will be given to the winners. Registration is open until the day of the race. The 1 mile participants start at 7 p.m., and the 5k starts at 7:20 p.m.
Back this year by popular demand is Toga Sunday! Anyone wearing a toga gets free admission. Ther will also be a Best Toga contest with some great prizes.
Fun For The Whole Family
Kids will love the Athenian Playground, which includes a number of fun things to do. Families can rent a canoe and tour Bayou St. John, or climb Mount Olympus. There’s also a bounce house for the younger ones.
Once you tire out the little ones, check out the Agroa, the outdoor marketplace with Greek paintings, jewelery and other souvenirs.