Unless you’re extremely adventurous, it’s probably a little late to plan a jet-setting jaunt out of town this weekend. But it’s not too late to have the one-day experience of traveling far away at the big, annual Atlanta Greek Festival!
Presented by the Atlanta Greek Community and held at the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, just an easy 40-minute drive for active adults from their Windsong communities, the weekend’s festivities include everything you could want, short of the whitewashed hillside houses that dot the coast of Greece. There’s plenty of food—what would a Greek festival be without it?!—like souvlaki, gyros, greek pizza and potatoes and baklava, as well as Greek wines like Retsina and Kokinelli.
While the delicious fare is enough to draw in anyone from boomers to teens, the national music and dancing is the attraction that keeps everyone in house for hours. Kefi is what the Greeks call a situation where there’s music playing and all the joys of life are being consumed, and this weekend you’ll fully experience it. The Cathedral’s own award-winning Troupe Hellas: Lykion ton Ellinindon will be performing exciting, vibrant dances alongn with live music by Alpha-Omega Sound, playing authentic Greek music.
For the history buffs, there will be lectures every hour on Greek orthodoxy, scripture, traditions and iconography, and other highlights include live cooking demos by local chefs and seemingly endless shopping. Vendors will be selling traditional Greek items like sailor hats, ceramics, copper and sterling silver jewelry and books, so you can bring home souvenirs just like if you were actually abroad!
So if you’re itching to get out of town, but without the long, uncomfortable flight, this weekend’s Atlanta Greek Festival should do the trick! Opa!!
Atlanta Greek Festival, 2500 Clairmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30329. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, opens at 11am each day. $5 adults, $3 12 and under. Atlantagreekfestival.org; 404.633.5870.