The 21st Marietta Greek Festival begins Friday at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, located at 3431 Trickum Road. Attendees will be able to experience Greek culture through sites, sounds and a variety of traditional dishes.
The festival began in 1990 at the Cobb Civic Center. The current location features Byzantine architecture, including an authentic Greek amphitheater. This year's event is sponsored by the Marietta Daily Journal and AM 640 WGST.
Festival hours are Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
Cost for adults is $3 daily, but a weekend pass is available for $5. Each adult admission will also give the attendee a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Greece.
As part of an opening day special, admission is free on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Children 12 and younger are admitted free daily.
What cultural celebration would be complete with out the food? Gyros, souvlaki and other traditional appetizers and pastries will be available for purchase. Niko's Taverna will give festival-goers a chance to sample Greek wine, liquors and other beverages.
In addition to the cuisine, the Agora (marketplace) will feature more than 20 vendors selling items such as jewelry, handmade linens, hip scarves and art. There will also be live music and children's games.
A church lecture, "Holy Icons: Windows to Heaven," led by Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D., is Saturday at 6 p.m. Church tours will also be offered throughout the weekend. Each tour is 10 minutes.
The Hellenic Dance Program Dancers will provide entertainment. The dancers are part of one of the top Greek dance programs in the Southeast.
Parking is not allowed on festival grounds. However, free shuttle service will be available at Simpson Middle School (3340 Trickum Road), Lassiter High School (2601 Shallowford Road) and Shallowford Crossing Shopping Center (2323 Shallowford Road) Friday through Sunday and at the Church of Latter Day Saints (3195 Trickum Road NE, Marietta) Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit www.mariettagreekfestival.org or call the festival hotline at (770) 924-8080.