The Greek Festival in Greenville, SC is one of the most popular festivals and is coming soon – which means awesome food, lively entertainment, and vendors with beautiful, traditional Greek items. The 2023 Greek Festival is happening at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Greenville, SC on May 19-21, 2023.
I look forward to the Greek Festival every year and count down the days until I get my baklava and gyro fix. The spring festival is during the perfect time of year, usually having good weather and lots of lively entertainment.
The St. George Greek Orthodox Church hosts three days worth of music, food, and authentic Greek vendors that sell clothes, jewelry, and other fun goods. I love strolling through the vendors and have purchased jewelry and headbands in the past, plus lots of good food. Did I mention their baklava is amazing?
Everything to Know about Greenville’s Greek Festival
You can expect lots of live music and entertainment at the Greenville Greek Festival. You can typically see the full schedule of entertainment on the Greek Festival website. And it’s always jam-packed. There is a big, grassy seating area above the stage where you can hang out and watch the entertainment and there are also covered tables for dining.
The music is always so lively and fun. It makes me wish I had any knowledge whatsoever of Greek dancing. The costumes are beautiful as well with lots of bright colors and jingly things on the ends. Again, showing my lack of knowledge of traditional Greek outfits (apologies).
The festival takes place at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church and they will be offering tours of the inside plus have an iconography exhibit available.
Greek Food is Delicious
Food available on the festival grounds outdoors are their traditional Gyros, Athenian Chicken, Pastichio, and Moussakawe. They also have Greek Pizza, Lamb Burgers, Greek Fries, Souvlaki, Greek-Style Ribs, Baklava Sundaes, Greek Donuts (Loukoumades), Greek Coffee, Lemonade and Beer. They will have a Taverna with Greek beer, wine, and “mezedes”, which is a traditional Greek appetizer.
If you haven’t had Greek pastries before, you need to try them. They will have many for sale including baklava, koulourakia, kourambiedes or a combination assortment. Get the baklava. It’s a layered pastry of thin philo dough with honey and nuts. Oh my gosh, I’m so hungry.
You Can Still Order Drive Thru
If you’re not able to attend the festival but still want the great food available, you can order drive-thru. They will be offering Athenian Chicken, Pastichio, or Moussaka plus my personal favorite, Gyros. And you can still get baklava at the drive-thru, which is on Elford Street (you’ll enter off Academy Street). The drive-thru closes 2 hours earlier each evening.
If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of St. George Greek Orthodox Church looks like, you can go on a church tour, which happens every half hour starting at 11:30 am. I loved learning about the history of the Church and what the different icons and art meant. It was really cool and I definitely recommend it.
Dates & Hours
The 2023 Greek Festival will take place at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Greenville on May 19-21, 2023 (Friday-Sunday).
Admission is $3/person and benefits Just Say Something. The hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.
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