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.
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!
Climb Mount Olympus! — Do you have what it takes to climb Mount Olympus? Our favorite Athenian Playground attraction offers 400 square feet of climbing rock stand twenty-four feet into the air, with four degrees of difficulty that the entire family can enjoy. Start out easy on Monkey Hill and work your way up or go right for the gusto and attempt level four — Mount Olympus!
Face Painting & Kid Crafts — let the artist in your family create an original treasure!
Inflatable Fun — for little and medium sized bouncers! Newly expanded!
Rent a Canoe — Take a tour of Bayou St. John! Canoes are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for your enjoyment.
Holy Trinity Cathedral is the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the Americas, and in 2014 will be celebrating its 150th anniversary! Be sure to take a guided trip about our faith, history and Cathedral, given by our priest, Father Dean Gigicos and our church historian..
Back Again! -- As a special treat, the Hellenic College Holy Cross seminarian chanters are making a return visit to participate in the cathedral tours and chant a few hymns in Greek and English. Hellenic College Holy Cross, located in Brookline, Massachusetts, is the intellectual, educational and spiritual center of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. We are excited to have them back and hope that you get a chance to hear them live!
All tours will feature a display of religious artifacts from our church, selected to reflect the history and faith of our community over the nearly 150 years it has called New Orleans home. Please click here for more information on the Cathedral Tours and the items that will be on display.
• Friday — 7:00 and 8:00
• Saturday — 12:00, 2:00, 5:00, 6:30 (vespers), and 7:30
• Sunday — 12:00, 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00
Tours begin at side entrance, between the Cathedral and the Cultural Center.
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 — 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00
• Sunday — 1;00, 4:00, and 6:00
Our dancers practice throughout the year in preparation for the Festival. On stage, they perform a variety of Greek dances for your entertainment. Their schedules are listed below.
Inside the Hellenic Cultural Center
- Friday — 6:00 and 9:00
- Saturday — 1:30, 4:30, and 8:00
- Sunday — 1:30 and 6:00
Outside Near the Live Music Stage — Back Again This Year!
- Friday — 6:30
- Saturday — 5:00 and 8:30
- Sunday — 6:30
Little Dancers — Inside the Hellenic Cultural Center
- Sunday at 4:00 – Don't miss this darling performance by the Greek School children
Enjoy authentic Greek music performed live by Kostas Kastanis! Learn the Zorba and other traditional dances out on the Bayou!
Our annual 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. Please note that the races will begin on the corner of Robert E. Lee and Wisner Boulevards.
NEW -- Register for the race online!
• 6:00 PM — Race-day registration and packet pick-up opens
• 7:00 PM — 1 Mile Start
• 7:20 PM — 5K Start
Don't miss the fun on Sunday, when we are giving anyone wearing a toga free admission! In addition, there will be a Best Toga contest Sunday evening (following the 6:30 outdoor Hellenic Dance presentation).
1st Place Winner
Signed Greek Festival New Orleans Poster
Bottle of Ouzo*
2nd Place Winner
Greek Festival New Orleans Souvenir Cup
Bottle of Wine*
*Must be 21 or older to accept alcohol.
Substitute prizes will be awarded for underage contest winners.
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!
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