Every October marks the return of the Houston Greek Festival, a long weekend celebration of Greek food and culture hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. (You don’t have to be a member of this or any church to attend.) Chow down on delicious Greek delicacies like dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with a savory filling, baklava, a honey nut dessert, and tiropita, small spinach-stuffed pastry. Be sure to come extra hungry, so instead of choosing between gyros or souvlaki, you can opt for both with a minimum of guilt. The festival also includes an “agora” market place where you can purchase traditional Greek handicrafts and gifts, live Greek music, traditional dance performances, and a playground with inflatable bouncy castle-type toys and rides. If you’re interested in joining the Greek Orthodox Church, or just learning about it, you can take a tour of the cathedral and watch a short video about the history of the Orthodox faith. Parking is rather limited around the festival, but you can park in the city of Houston Lot H at Memorial and 1-45 or at Lamar High School and pick up a free shuttle. Detailed parking information, food prices, and performance schedule is available at www.greekfestival.org. The festival will be open on Thursday, October 3 from 5:00-10:00, October 4 from 11:00-3:00 and 5:00-10:00, October 5 from 11:00-10:00 and October 6 from 12:00-6:00. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located at 3511Yoakum Boulevard.
For more information, please visit: www.greekfestival.org