New Orleans Greek Fest 2016

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

Events | New Orleans Greek Fest 2016

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.

Face Painting & Kid Crafts

Let the artist in your family create an original treasure!

Inflatable Fun

A small inflatable bouncer for the little ones ages 2-5 years old; and a fun long slide for the older kids.

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; 6:00pm

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 by Alpha Omega. Learn the Zorba and other traditional dances out on the Bayou under the stars!

Professional DJ Music

Between live music sets professional DJ Disco Hristo will entertain the crowds with his electric mix of music.

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, Cathedral and religious artifacts, given by our priest, Father George Wilson and our church historian Magdalene Spirros Maag. View a display of religious artifacts from the original church, selected to reflect the history and faith of our community for over 150 years.

Cathedral Tour Artifacts on Display

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Among the items unique to Eastern Orthodoxy is a Kouvouklion (Christ’s tomb). It is used in the Good Friday Lamentations service of the Eastern Orthodox faith. This and other artifacts will be on the Cathedral Tour.

Cathedral Tour Chanters are Back

As a special treat, the Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminarian Chanters are making a return visit to participate in the cathedral tours and chant 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction activity in the area the Greek Festival courses will be relocated this year from Wisner Blvd to Lakeshore Drive, starting and finishing on Beauregard Ave at Old Spanish Fort. Click the NOTC link above to see a map for both 1 Mile and 5K races.

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
7:20 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.