Experience The Lively Greek Culture

From dance performances and live music to shopping, cultural events, and a kids’ playland, the Yiasou Greek Festival has something for each member of the family. Live entertainment is the centerpiece of the festival; listen to nationally known Greek bands; view dance performances and cultural reenactments from members of the Greek community; attend our lectures and learn about Greek history.

Folk Dancing And Live Music

Live entertainment 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.

Although folk songs and dances have been passed down through the generations, they are a “living” art and are still performed at weddings, baptisms and other social events. Folk dancing for the Greeks is truly an expression of everyday life, and each dance has a story. Our young people are very proud to share this part of their heritage with you. Don’t be shy – you might be encouraged to jump onstage and learn a few steps. OPA!

Step under the main outdoor tent and listen to the sounds of “The Fabulous Grecian Keys” from Ohio. Their repertoire of both folk and modern Greek music is truly a centerpiece during the festival. The band “Endasi” will stroll the indoor and East Boulevard stages as well accompany folk dance performances.

Thursday, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Dance and band schedules will be posted at each stage)



The highly anticipated shopping experience at the Yiasou Festival is one of the many highlights each year. You’ll find a wide selection of unique items from Greek inspired jewelry, to religious books, to beautiful paintings of Greek landscapes. Come and browse the many shops and discover some fantastic finds to take home or give someone as a gift.

Live Reenactments

Evzone – The Yiasou Festival Evzones of Holy Trinity – Come marvel in the reenactment of the changing of the guards by the men of Charlotte’s 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, which 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.

Cathedral Tours And Chant Performances

Come inside the Cathedral and take in the beauty of the Byzantine architecture. Take your time and look at the icons or religious works of art. Each icon depicts an event in Christian history. Take in a Byzantine Chant performance to hear the sacred Christian chants that date back to the Byzantine empire.

Every day, every hour on the hour, except Saturday 3:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm

Chant Performances:
Saturday 3:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm

Wine Tastings

Greek Wine Tastings – Visit the wine tasting booth for a sampling of some of Greece’s finest wines and a crash course in the varietals of one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world.

Other Popular Attractions

Win A Trip To Greece

Purchase your raffle tickets during the Yiasou Greek Festival to win two (2) round-trip flights from Charlotte to Athens, Greece. Come by the Showmars tent just inside the festival gates to purchase your tickets, $2 each, $5 for three, or $10 for 10. You do not need to be present to win. Drawing will be held at 5pm, September 8, 2019.

Traditional Greek Coffee & Frappes

Come to the Kafeneio tent and enjoy a pastry and Greek coffee or frappes while listening to the band. Greek coffee has a robust flavor and is served with grounds in the cup that settle as the coffee is slowly sipped.


Here you will find everything you need to stock your very own Greek kitchen. Purchase packaged Greek delicacies such as dolmades, spanakopita, tiropita, pastichio, olives, olive oil, wine, coffee, tea and oregano.

Yiasou Greek Festival 5K – Saturday, August 28, 2021

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral partners with Run For Your Life to host this race and promote the Yiasou Greek Festival. The Churches GOYA (Greek Orthodox Young Adults) come out on race day and volunteer, making sure everything runs smoothly. The mission of GOYA is to provide 6th through 12th graders the opportunity for fellowship, service, witness and worship with one another.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
600 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203

September 9-12, 2021
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 12 noon-6pm

Festival admission $5.00
Children 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by a parent or guardian
No pets allowed except service dogs