Eat, Dance, Play at Arlington Greek Festival
Saint Athanasius Church hosts a June tradition
Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington kicks off its annual taste of Greece today, a free, three-day festival with live music, dancing, and yes, lambs roasting on spits. Because of its increasing popularity (15,000 visitors are anticipated), the Saint Athanasius Greek Festival (also known as the Arlington Greek Festival) has expanded the tent on its church grounds to a third the size of a football field. Rain or shine, the festivities run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition to regional wine tastings, tours of the church, and a carnival with rides and games for kids, the festival features an Agora marketplace, featuring crafts, food products, and prepared food for sale, from olives, dolmades, souvlaki, loukoumades, and moussaka to evil eyes for your wrist or your rearview mirror.
Admission is free. Past performers have included the Saint Athanasius Greek School dancers and musical groups Salonica Boys and Ta Dilin.
Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church is at 4 Appleton St., Arlington; phone: 781-646-0705. Free parking is available in lots off of Appleton Place and Acton Street, as well as on Mass Ave and the surrounding residential streets. By public transportation, take an MBTA Red Line train to Harvard Square and switch to a number 77 bus or take a Red Line train to Alewife and switch to a number 79 bus. Both buses stop in front of the church.1 Comments