Yiasou Greek Festival

September 5-8, 2013
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
600 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC

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 36th 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. Yiasou!

Festival Hours

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Thursday, September 5th
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday, September 6th
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday, September 7th
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday, September 8th

Festival admission is $3.00

Children 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

School groups and senior citizen groups can make arrangements for free admission by contacting Helen Karras in the church office at (704) 334-4771 by Thursday, August 29th 2013.

Win a Trip for 2 to Greece - Yiasou Festival visitors can take a chance at winning two-round trip tickets from Charlotte to Athens, Greece, compliments of Showmars Restaurant. Raffle tickets are $2 each, $5 for three and $10 for ten.


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 Yiasou Festival provides the opportunity and the means for us to share our rich tradition as Greek-Americans with friends and those who come to honor us and participate in the Festival. We talk about our faith and Church, offer homemade foods and pastries, play our music and perform our dances, as well as display and present our culture and heritage. The many vendors on the grounds are there to help everyone with souvenirs and items for all ages. I thoroughly enjoy myself with this amazing celebration of Ethnic Tradition. The Yiasou Festival affords a way for our hardworking people to share our traditions with a welcoming smile to our honored visitors.”

Reverend Fr. Michael Varvarelis, Dean and Cathedral Priest



Witness the Evzones as they re-enact Changing of the Guards

  • Thursday September 5th 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Friday September 6th 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday September 7th 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday September 8th 3:30 PM

Cathedral Tours

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. To learn more about the Greek culture and Orthodox faith, visit the Hosanna Bookstore and the Greek cultural exhibits. Every hour on the hour except Saturday 3:00 PM

Live Music and Dance

Holy Trinity’s very own youth, from Kindergarten to High School perform traditional village dances in colorful traditional Greek costumes on one indoor stage and two outdoor stages throughout the day and evenings.

Choral Performance

Holy Trinity’s Cathedral Choir presents “Hymns of the Greek Orthodox Church” a program featuring the rich heritage of ancient and modern musical styles of the Greek Orthodox Church. One performance only in the Cathedral Saturday, 15:00


ACE Electric Co. • Dena K. & Harold Andrews • George, Georgia & Julie Andrews • Brenda & Ares L. Artemes • Captain Steve’s Family Seafood Fort Mill, SC & Harrisburg, NC • Harry Cavalaris • Kathryn T. Constantinides • Bessie Dimos • Ronnie Fairclough • Thomas J. & Harriet Ganatsiou • Vera Goudes & Family • Jake & Bess Gurley • Florence Hatzis • Jimmy, Vickie, George & Niko Holevas • Hosanna Bookstore • Nick & Carmen Kallellis • George Kamos • Tom & Nickie Kleto • Johnny, Loula & Erica Kontoulas • George P. & Dianne A. Leventis • Lu & John Malatras • Steve, Janine, Konner & Ariana Mantekas • Melanie & Brad McMinn • George J. Miller • Peter & Mary Milliones • Nick’s Café at SouthPark • Mr. & Mrs. Harry Panos • Joanne & Connie Pavlakos • Marie, Anna, & Joanna Pitsikoulis • Agia Elpis Philoptochos Society • Harry, Regina, Christina, John, Julia & Nicholas Stathopoulos • The Charlie Pistolis Family • Louie, Irene, Hope, Pete & Zoe Politis • George, Theodora & Yianni Retsios • Daniel & Eleni Saunders • Debbie Stathakis • George Tsumas • Margaret Nixon • Dino Pappas and Family • Spero Koufaliotis & Family • Mr. and Mrs. John Georgopoulos • George & Kiki Karres and Family • John Tsumas and Family • Caleb, Dora, Briana, Ava & John Michael Russell • George & Elaine Demopoulos & Sons • Zack's Hamburgers • John, Eva, Christopher Karagiannis

Thank You

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, Dilworth community, Dilworth United Methodist Church and local area businesses.