To celebrate all things Greek, the 56th Annual Pasadena Greek Fest will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.
Highlights include performances by noted Greek vocalists Takis Kokotas and Aphrodite Vlaserou. Throughout the weekend, live Greek music and dancing are complemented by lots of festive booths filled with everything Greek from clothing and jewelry to artwork, cooking demonstrations, all sorts of authentic homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, wine and beer tastings.
Food, being a major highlight, includes world-famous dishes like calamari, feta fries, gyros, lamb, roasted chicken, moussaka, spanakopita, and assorted Greek salads to taste bud-tempting desserts including baklava, floyeres, kataifi, pasta flora and much more.
Greek folk dancing by several award-winning youth groups round out the continual flow of entertainment. And for energetic little ones, an expanded Kids’ Fun Zone with rock climbing, carnival games, rides and prizes provides something to entertain every family member.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12 years of age. Hours are 5 pm to 1 am on Friday, 12 noon to 1 am on Saturday, and noon to 10 pm on Sunday. Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Drive Arcadia. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive.
Proceeds from the annual weekend of pageantry, hosted by Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena, benefit educational, community outreach and other programs supported by the church. Sponsors include the Methodist Hospital, Santa Anita Park, the Pasadena Star News, and Metaxa Remy USA.
For tickets and information, visit www.pasadenagreekfest.org.