The Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events. It is eagerly anticipated by the Charlotte community each year. Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. Experience the sights and sounds of Greece when you visit the 39th Annual Yiasou Greek Festival. It’s a time of the year when everyone can be Greek!
It is always our joy and pleasure to extend our Filoxenia (hospitality) to our festival guests.
- Charlotte Magazine BOB (Best Of The Best) Award – Best Cultural Festival in 2013
- Elevate Lifestyle “Best of the City” – Best Cultural Event or Festival in 2012
- About.com Readers’ Choice Award – Best Annual Festival in Charlotte in 2012
- Charlotte Magazine (Best Of The Best) Award – Best Cultural Festival in 2012
- Best International Event – Charlotte Magazine in 2009
- Best International Festival – Charlotte Magazine in 2005
- The Best of Charlotte Award for Best Festival in 2004 – Creative Loafing
- One of Charlotte’s Best Festivals in 2003 by Charlotte Observer readers
- Best Ethnic Festival of 2004, 2003 and 2000 – Creative Loafing
The Holy Trinity Cathedral serves as the center foundation of our religious community. Built in 1954, our Cathedral consists of beautiful iconography and Byzantine architecture. Tours and lectures on the history of our Cathedral are given every hour on the hour except Saturday 3:00 PM. To learn more about the Greek culture and Orthodox faith, visit the Hosanna Bookstore and the Greek cultural exhibits.
Live Music and Dance
Live entertainment is the centerpiece of the festival atmosphere and takes place on two outdoor stages. The main tent is filled with the sounds of the mandolin-like bouzouki, and dance performances are scheduled throughout the weekend. Traditional Greek folk dancing is presented by Holy Trinity’s youth, ages 5 to 25, who dance, sing and play the instruments of their ancestral villages.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, Dilworth community, Dilworth United Methodist Church and local area businesses.