Raleigh Goes to Greece for the weekend! September 18 – 20 at The Expo Center

Greek Dance and Costumes
Greek Food and Dance

Experience Greek traditions and cuisine at the 28th Annual Greek Festival, September 18 – 20 at The Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC.


The Festival is sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and portions of the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Festival goers will hear live Greek music by the band “Zephyros” of Baltimore, MD and watch traditional folk dancers perform. Savory Greek entrees and pastries prepared from authentic recipes passed down through generations will be offered throughout the Festival. The Greek Marketplace will offer a variety of gifts including Greek artifacts, jewelry, Greek groceries, linens, original art and many other items. The Kafenion (Coffee Shop) will provide Greek coffee with loukoumathes and other home baked pastries. Local chefs will demonstrate the art of Greek Cooking.


Contact info: Father Paul Kaplanis, 919-781-4548, frpaulk@msn.com

Tickets are $3, Seniors and 13-18 are $2 and children under 13 are free.

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  1. 2008 was my first trip to the Greek Festival. Wow – what a great time – lots of excitement – music was great – the food was unbelievable!!!

  2. This is an amazing annual event that my family and I look forward to each year. The food, dancing, and overall cultural experience is well worth it!! I’m sure nobody leaves disappointed.

  3. The food and entertainment is awesome. All the food is hand made, not pre-made then heated up. You can tell too that the members of the church, although working hard, are very into the festival to make sure that all the customers are happy and satisfied with the meal, the entertainment, cleanliness. Typical good Greek hospitality, just one of the many thinks the Greeks are known for. You can tell they are really proud of their heritage, their church and their community. Even the youth are involved from cleaning, dancing, serving food etc… Great place to go, I have been going almost every year, some times 2-3 times each year, and each year it meets or exceeds my expectations. I high recommend you visit. Well worth the time. Great family fun too.

  4. The festival is always great and exciting. Many of my friends come to enjoy the food, music and company. A great way to get acquainted with Greek ways and cooking.

    Rating: 10

  5. Greek Festival was the very first any ethnic function in the Triangle. The International Festival, now, The International Focus was based on the Greek Festival Idea and it was the second ethnic and diverse public functions in the triangle some 20-25 years ago. The Greek Festival It is! Don’t miss out and be part of the experience and the community.

  6. The Greek Festival is LOTS of fun!… and a great place to visit with friends, watch dancing (or join in), and hear good Greek music while eating fabulous Greek dinners and drinking good Greek Wine! I love getting a new clever Greek T-shirt and hope to win a raffle!

  7. This event reflects an amazing effort & is a thoroughly enjoyable experience – yasou, opa! yasou, opa!!

  8. The Greek Festival is awesome! Everyone in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, etc should definitely attend, the music, the dancing, the people & the gyros & greek fries rock! And this is from an Irish guy! Everyone come on & join in the fun!

  9. Absolutely the most awesome event! Just walk in and you feel the energy, spirit and love the Greeks
    have for entertaining and serving you. You just gotta go.

  10. The Greek Festival is an amzing time for All people to come enjoy amazing food, unique Greek crafts, Dance to some terrific live music and spend the day or evening with family and friends This is always a wonderful experience and we look forward to it every year!

  11. I’ve been to the last three and they’ve been great! I look forward to going again this year. It’s the best family festival in eastern North Carolina. The variety foods is outstanding and the desserts just as plentiful. Everyone has a great time from the entertainment, music – dancing, shopping, meeting others and just plain sitting and enjoying the festivities.

  12. 2008 was my third year in a row attending with my husband and kids. We all enjoyed the food, music and fun!!!!

  13. I moved to Raleigh in 2006 and have attended many Greek Festivals in New York prior to attending Holy Trinity’s here in Raleigh. I was overwhelmed with pride to see the fabulous Greek Festival sponsored by this community. The entire arena becomes Greece for the weekend. The authentic and delicious food and pastries cannot be matched. The lively music and dancing are so entertaining and the young dance group, dressed in authentic costume, is a delight to watch. An annual raffle offers many great gifts and the many items for sale will certainly win one over. I am proud to be part of this wonderful parish and join with so many in displaying the warm hospitality Greeks are noted for. Hope to see y’all there. OPA!

  14. This is the best event in Raleigh – awesome!! The home-cooked Greek food is delicious (and reasonable), the desserts are out of this world and the live music and dancing = wonderful entertainment. The dance groups, from the little ones to the adults in beautiful costumes add lots of excitement. Go and experience an evening in Greece!

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