New Orleans Greek Fest 2018

45 Years of Greek Food, Live Music, and Family Fun

Events | New Orleans Greek Fest 2018

Events & Entertainment

There's plenty to do and see at this year's Greek Festival New Orleans — bring your family and experience our family's rich culture! Take a guided tour of the Cathedral, watch the Hellenic Dancers perform, listen and dance to live Greek music, and relax on the Bayou while the kids enjoy the Athenian Playground.

Athenian Playground

Fun amusements and food for picky eaters (hot dogs, for kids only). Located right next to the Bayou (look for our Mount Olympus climbing wall) — your kids are sure to have a great time!

Mount Olympus Climbing Wall

Do you have what it takes to climb Mount Olympus? Our favorite Athenian Playground attraction offers 400 square feet of climbing rock standing twenty-four feet into the air, with four degrees of difficulty that the entire family can enjoy.

Take a Canoe out on the Bayou

Rent a canoe and float down Bayou St. John. Canoes provided by Canoe & Trail Adventures.

Hercules Hammer

Test your strength and ring the bell!

Face Painting & Kid Crafts

Let the artist in your family create an original treasure!

Inflatable Fun

Sports inflatables for the older kids and a small inflatable bouncer for the little ones ages 2-5 years old.

Cooking Demonstrations

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Be sure to visit the Greek Grocery for our Cooking Demonstrations, presented by Paul Andersson. Learn principles of Greek cooking in these short but informative sessions!
Saturday — 1:00pm; 4:00pm; 7:00pm
Sunday — 1:00pm; 4:00pm

Hellenic Dancers

Our dancers practice throughout the year in preparation for the Festival. On stage, they perform a variety of Greek dances for your entertainment.

Inside the Hellenic Cultural Center

Friday — 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Saturday — 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm
Sunday — 1:30pm & 6:00pm

Outside Near the Live Music Stage

Friday — 6:30pm
Saturday — 5:00pm & 8:30pm
Sunday — 6:30pm

Little Dancers — Inside the Hellenic Cultural Center

Sunday — 4:00pm
Don't miss this darling performance by the Greek School children!

Live Greek Music

Enjoy authentic Greek music performed live!. Learn the Zorba and other traditional dances out on the Bayou under the stars!

Cathedral Tours

Holy Trinity Cathedral is the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the Americas, and in 2014 celebrated its 150th anniversary! Be sure to take a free guided tour about our faith, history, and Cathedral artifacts, given by our priest, Father George Wilson. Our Holy Trinity chanter, Dimitri Golfos, will be a part of every tour. In the cathedral, view a curated exhibition of vintage photos, documents and newspaper articles that reflect the history and faith of our community for over 150 years. This year in commemoration of the Tricentennial of New Orleans, a special panel will be dedicated to the history of the first Greeks in New Orleans beginning in 1760s.

Cathedral Tour Artifacts on Display

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Among the historic items unique to Eastern Orthodoxy that will be exhibited are a historic Kouvouklion and Epitaphion. The Kouvouklion represents Christ’s tomb and is used in the Great and Holy Friday Lamentations service of the Eastern Orthodox faith. The Epitaphion is a textile icon bearing the image of Christ laid in the tomb.

Cathedral Tour Schedule

Friday — 7:00pm & 8:00pm
Saturday — Noon; 2:00pm; 3:30pm; 5:30pm; 7:30pm
Sunday — Noon; 5:00pm; 7:00pm
Tours begin at the side entrance between the Cathedral and the Hellenic Cultural Center

Greek Festival Races

Our annual New Orleans Greek Festival Run/Walk Race, held Friday evening! Cash prizes and awards. For registration and prize information as well as other race specifics, please visit the New Orleans Track Club's website or call NOTC's office at 504-304-2326.

Register for the race online!
Friday Evening
6:00 PM – Race-day registration and packet pick-up opens
7:00 PM – Start of 1 Mile
7:30 PM – Start of 5K
9:00 PM – Awards presentation on Greek Festival stage

Toga Sunday

Don't miss the fun on Sunday! Anyone wearing a toga gets free admission! In addition, there will be a Best Toga contest Sunday evening with prizes at the outdoor stage. The rules are simple:
(1) This is a family festival, so keep your togas tasteful and tightly tied — we reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone with unacceptable attire
(2) Participants will be judged on originality, personality, crowd reaction, and other subjective terms
(3) Winners will be chosen according to contest emcee discretion; all decisions are final. Good luck!
Toga contest takes place immediately after the Sunday 6:30pm Outdoor Hellenic Dance performance, on the Music Stage.