Opa! Long Beach Greek Festival Opens Labor Day Weekend
2012-08-23 · By Editor
Gather up the kids, practice saying “OPA” and follow the Greek Music to a three-day celebration at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Grounds in Long Beach, California for their 63rd Annual Greek Festival. Dancing, food, and entertainment will be a part of this annual celebration to be held Labor Day Weekend, Saturday September 1-3 from noon to 9:00 p.m. all three days.
The Long Beach Greek Festival and Cultural Event is a community celebration of Greek Culture. The church grounds are transformed into a Grecian Village where visitors can absorb the delicious scents of authentic Greek food, hear traditional Greek Bouzouki music and watch traditional folk dancers.
Taste buds can savor the variety of Greek Food and Pastries available, including; Tyropitas (Cheese Filled Triangles), Spanakopitas (Spinach Pie), Greek BBQ Chickens, Pork Souvlaki, Loukamades (fritters in honey & cinnamon) and Baklava. Costs of the food will vary. Authentic Greek cooking demonstrations are scheduled at various times throughout the day, for those wishing to learn the secrets of Greek Cuisine.
Some say the Greeks invented entertainment, and the Long Beach Greek Festival lives up to its roots. Live music will be provided by the “Olympians” for all three days, and the entertainment will feature Greek dancers in traditional costumes, Greek dance lessons throughout the day, a children’s area with rides and game booths, and much, much, more.
In addition, visitors can browse the rich Hellenic Cultural items displayed in the Cultural Booth and shop for treasures at the Souvenir Agora Market. Complimentary, guided church tours all three days will highlight the Byzantine Mosaic Artwork, iconography and the history of the Ancient Orthodox Christian faith.
The Greek Festival takes place on the church grounds at 5761 East Colorado Street in Long Beach. Parking is available in Cal State Long Beach Parking Lots 6 & 7 off of Seventh Street. Free parking is available with a free shuttle to and from the festival all three days.
Tickets to the festival cost $3 for adults. Admission is free for children under 12, seniors and all branches of military, fire and police with proper ID. Everyone gets into the Greek Festival for free from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3.
For directions and information call the church office: (562) 494-8929. Additional details are also available online at lbgreekfestival.org.
Proceeds from the Greek Festival benefit Assumption Church Ministries and the charitable organizations that the church supports including: Trinity Foster Care, 4 the Child, Kids and Cancer, Long Beach Mission, Shelter for Women, and Long Beach Women’s Vets.