Celebrate Charlotte’s Greek Community at the Annual Yiasou Festival

Going to the Yiasou Greek Festival in Dilworth is basically a rite-of-passage for every Charlottean. As the hot summer days wind down, there’s hardly a better way to appreciate the changing of the seasons than by going out to this four-day event from September 6th to the 9th, held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 600 East Blvd.

Whether you’ve never been before or you’re a veteran of the authentic gyros and baklava dishes, here’s some things to look out for this year as the community celebrates its 41st annual festival:

  • Visitors should to try the roast lamb and the souvlaki, but this year be sure to make some room for the honey-drizzled doughnuts, a popular treat at the festival in recent years.
  • For those who like to drink like the Greeks, find the time to participate in a guided wine tour that allows you to not only enjoy a glass or two but learn something at the same time!
  • Check out the live entertainment as well! Cooking demos, warrior reenactment scenes and traditional dancing will be happening all weekend.

Tickets are available on-site with admission being $3 for adults while children 12 and under can get in free with an adult. TIP: Public transit riders get free admission by presenting a ticket for CATS or the Lynx the day they visit.

You can also find out more by visiting the festival site here.