The 33rd Annual Greek Festival, October 15 – 16, celebrates Hellenism with food, wine, pastries, and dancing. Presented by The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 714 19th Street in Galveston, Texas. Festival hours are Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM and Sunday, noon to 6 PM. Rain or Shine.
Two full days of Opa! and YaSou!, the event features authentic food prepared on site, Greek wines, Greek beer, Craft beer, a live band, dancing, childrens’ activities, gifts, and tours of the Church.
Souvenirs and merchandise from Greece are hand selected for the Galveston Greek Festival. Icons, jewelry, Greek Christmas ornaments, paintings, dolls from Greece, stefana (wedding crowns in boxes) and much more make for unique gift giving. Grocery items like olive oil, olives, pasta, and other imported canned goods will be available too. Since supplies are limited, don’t hesitate to make your purchase right away!
Live entertainment is provided by Alex Kalos under the tent out back. The Dancing Thalassapoulia, Greek dancers under the direction of Homer Rigas, perform regularly throughout each day.
As you know, Greeks have a passion for line dancing that goes back more than two millennia. That’s why we’re going to encourage you to dance too. It’s not only a great way to digest your meal and stay fit, but also a great opportunity to make new friends with the people whose hands you’re holding while repeating the ‘step, kick, step, kick’ of the Bouzouki Beat. Line dance instructions will be offered Saturday at 2 pm and 5 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm and 4 pm.
Father Stelios Sitaras, our parish priest, will conduct educational tours of the church on Saturday 11am - 6pm and Sunday beginning at 12 noon. The public is invited to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday, 9 am. The Service is approximately one hour in length.