The Greek Festival–forty-first annual!) begins today at 5 p.m. It’s a total blast, and you don’t have to be Greek to dig it. Food galore, from whole lambs roasting on an open fire (they’ll cook at least a hundred of those) to a dinner plate of Greek standards (pastitsio, spinach pie, cheese pie, feta salad, olives). The Greek bakers of the community have an astonishing array of Greek pastries, good enough to buy by the box. Meanwhile, the Greek dancer wow you with their well choreographed act. It’s a family event, with lots of stuff for the kids to do. If you have Greek friends you haven’t seen in awhile, go–they’ll be there.
Begun in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the oldest Greek Orthodox community in North America. Admission is only five dollars (free for children), and buying a ticket gives you a chance on a trip for two to Greece. It’s all on St. Bernard Avenue at Robert E. Lee, alongside Bayou St. John. Park at John F. Kennedy High School; shuttles run frequently all day and night. The Greekness goes until 11 p.m. tonight, from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. More info at the Greek Festival website.
Lakefront: 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd @ St. Bernard Ave. Map.. . http://www.greekfestnola.com/.