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.
The Horeftikos Omilos Agia Triados “Thrylos” is the adult dance group of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Directed by Sarantos Kaperonis, who was born and raised in the Holy Trinity community, Thrylos’s mission is to preserve Greek culture and tradition through the presentation of song and dance from various regions of Greece. Since being established in 2012, Thrylos has performed at the annual Yiasou Greek Festival, at community events, and at Greek Folk Dance Competitions on the east and west coasts of the U.S.
Thrylos is a three-time Diamond Award winner at the Metropolis of Atlanta’s Hellenic Dance Festival. In 2015, Thrylos traveled to Anaheim, CA to compete in the Metropolis of San Francisco’s Folk Dance Festival (FDF), the largest Greek dance competition and gathering of Greek Dance enthusiasts in the world. They were proud to represent Charlotte and received top scores and the highest honor of the competition, Division I Sweepstakes. Thrylos followed up in 2016 with second place honors at FDF.
Check the festival schedule and be sure to catch a performance by Thrylos. They will perform days and evenings starting on Thursday. Members of Thrylos will also lead fun-filled Greek dance lessons throughout the weekend, and many Thrylos members are also instructors of Holy Trinity’s youth dance groups. They look forward to sharing a piece of Greek tradition with you!
Come marvel in a reenactment of the Changing of Guards by the young men of Charlotte’s Holy Trinity Greek community. This inaugural group of Evzones is committed to preserving and celebrating the tradition of the presidential guards, an elite unit of the Greek army which guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Hellenic Parliament building, and the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece. The costumes of Holy Trinity’s Evzones are a replica of the uniforms worn by the Evzones in Greece. The uniform consists of the kilt-like foustanella, which has 400 pleats to represent 400 years of Turkish occupation and red leather clogs that weigh over seven pounds. Each uniform is specially made in 80 days by trained craftsmen and is considered to be one of the most unique ceremonial military attire in the world.
Be sure to add this awesome event to your bucket-list at this year’s Yiasou Greek Festival. Performance times to be announced at a later date.
We will partner with Beasley Broadcast Group for continuous live coverage during the Yiasou Greek Festival this year
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, Dilworth community, Dilworth United Methodist Church and local area businesses.