(Oakland, CA, United States) – The Oakland Greek Festival, which takes place annually at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, is celebrating its 44th Anniversary. The festival, which this year is taking place from May 20 – May 22, showcases the Greek culture through food, wine, music, and dance. The festival will offer a selection of traditional Greek foods, many of which are handmade by parishioners. Guests can enjoy listening to Greek music, watch dance demonstrations, and even dance themselves. There will also be tours of the church available to the public. For the Greek community in the Oakland area, this festival is a way for them to share the Greek culture with others and to create an atmosphere where everyone can have a good time. They look at it as a great opportunity to share their history, religion, and aspects of the Greek culture with people all over the area. The church is also in a beautiful location, which adds to the welcoming feel. It overlooks the Bay Area and is in close proximity to the Bay Bridge.
In general, the people of the parish want people to see that, “It’s Great to Be Greek”, or at least “Greek” for a day. They look at this festival as a way to show people how these Greek Americans differ. But, their aim in highlighting this diversity is to show that people aren’t necessarily as different as it seems on the surface. At the end of the day, people of all cultures enjoy having a good time, love eating great food, and love to try new things. It’s also all about extending their hospitality in a relaxed and fun environment. They go on to explain that all of these things are important to the Greek culture, and it is their joy to share them with others.
Visit the festival website to take a look at the detailed schedule. Each day is packed with events ranging from church tours to dancing demonstrations. In between enjoying all the activities, guests can grab a bite to eat, sample some wine, and enjoy the music and dancing. The festival is open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 11 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM to 9 PM.