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Festivals & Fairs

Salt Lake Greek Festival

When: Sept. 5-7, 11 a.m. 2014

The beginning of September marks a celebrated tradition for the Greek community in Utah: the Greek Festival. The annual fundraiser for the local Greek Orthodox Church, now in its 39th year, is always a weekend of good food, entertainment and, well, fun for the whole family. Let’s face it: During festival time, we all become a bit Greek. You can enjoy some freshly made spanakopita while you bask in the Greek culture. And while it’s hard to resist all the authentic food, the Greek music, dancers, arts and crafts provide just as much reason to attend. The festival and its attendance have grown over the years, making it the largest cultural festival in Utah, so be prepared to wait in line—but when you are finally able to feast on a gyro or pastitsio, your taste buds will thank you. The festival now takes up an entire block of downtown, so be sure you meander around the outer perimeters so you don’t miss anything, including the Hellenic Museum in the basement of Holy Trinity Cathedral, the first such ethnic Greek museum in the United States. Also, in keeping with tradition, the gym of the Holy Trinity Cathedral will be full of Greek desserts; you would be remiss to leave the festival without a wedge of baklava or delicious melomakarona. Opa! (Aimee Cook O’Brien, City Weekly)

Price: $3, children 5 and under free