Dive into the Greek Orthodox Christian tradition at this year’s Columbus Greek Festival!
Opa! The Greek Festival returns to Columbus for its 44th year in a row, celebrating Greek traditions and the Orthodox Christian faith. This year is sure to be full of the same great foods and joyous dances that we’ve come to love from times past.
From September 1st to the 4th, enjoy Greek hospitality as you become immersed in Central Ohio’s Greek community. Browse through dozens of different vendor booths offering art, jewelry, and clothing. Explore everything the festival has to offer while admiring the beauty of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Columbus Greek Festival is the perfect way to get September started just right.
The events for the festival have been broken down into five main attractions. First is the cathedral tour, where you’ll be guided through the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, exploring its elegance and splendor. Next, you’ll have to opportunity to take a lesson in the Greek culinary tradition, cooking up mouth watering foods you’ll be able to replicate in your own kitchen. You’ll also be able to enjoy Hellenic singers as they perform old world folk music and watch as the festival dancers delight crowds and inspire merriment. Last but not least, a cathedral open house wraps up the end of each day, giving you one last look at the temple’s wonder and grandeur.
When: Friday, September 1 to September 3 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and September 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Learn To Cook Greek
When: Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. and Monday, September 4 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
When: Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, September 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
When: Friday, September 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday, September 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cathedral Open House
When: Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3 at 8 p.m.
You’ll have several options when it comes to food and drink. Explore all the flavors Greek cooking has to offer with traditional dishes and pastries. To truly experience another culture you first have to experience their food, and at the Columbus Greek Festival, there will be a whole lot of culture to taste and survey.
A variety of traditional Greek foods are available, from dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) to loukaniko (a Greek sausage sandwich).
Maria’s Pastry Shoppe
Irresistible Greek delicacies that melt in your mouth with sweetness. Prepare your taste buds to indulge in so much more than baklava.
Kafenion Greek Coffee Shop
Coffee lovers prepare to indulge in the finest Greek coffees and enjoy a traditional Greek pastry called loukouades.
Indulge in traditional Greek beers and spirits while enjoying kalamari or saganaki (flambeed Greek cheese).
Parking will mostly be found at the 11 lots and locations that surround the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Here’s a handy little map that will help guide you to the most convenient location.