Festival: Yiasou Greek Festival

When: Thu., Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 11, 12-8 p.m. 2011

You don't need an oracle to convince you of Yiasou Greek Festival's allure. The long-time event celebrating Greek culture is a big deal in Charlotte, and for good reason: food ("Athenian" baked fish, gyros, Grecian baked chicken, spanakopita, Greek salads, baklava, galaktobouriko, loukoumades and more), entertainment (music and dance), cultural displays and exhibits, lectures, an open-air market, tours of the cathedral and men in full Greco-styled warrior gear. There's a reason folks end up coming out for more than one day, and it's not just because they didn't buy enough sweets - though that may be part of it. Did I mention they even have a baklava ice cream sundae? Also, be sure to register for a chance to win a trip to Greece while you're there.

Anita Overcash

Price: $2; Free for children 12 years old and under


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