September 2-4, 2023, 12-9 p.m. daily
Assumption Greek Orthodox
5761 E. Colorado St.
Long Beach, CA
Free shuttle, free parking at Cal State University Long Beach
Creates Grecian Village in Long Beach
By C. MacDonald
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Over 10,000 people enjoyed the gracious Greek culture and hospitality at the 64th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival, held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in East Long Beach over Labor Day Weekend.
"Visiting the festival is like being invited into someone's home," said Darla Shaffer of Long Beach. "You step into a whole different culture. The people are gracious and friendly; the food (souvlaki, baklava, paximadix, gyros) is absolutely delicious; the dance is really lively, and music is sensational."
"It's like going to Greece for the day but a lot cheaper and you get to sleep in your own bed at night," said Mike Samuelson of San Clemente, who has been to the festival the last 10 years.
"The land is literally turned into a Grecian Village, with food and crafts vendors and magnificent dancers. The wonderful aromas from cooking, the bright colors and lively music are pure Greek."
The amazing thing is that much of the festival is created by many volunteers, who work for months or longer, to prepare the magical kingdom and food.
"It's a fabulous time when volunteers come together and show how teamwork creates a memorable, positive Greek tradition that's enjoyed by our parishioners and guests alike," said Nick Monios, who has been helping the church put on the event for 61 of its 64 years. "It's not only entertaining and educational but it's just plain fun."
"I look forward to seeing old friends return and new ones coming here for the first time," said the former Long Beach Planning Commissioner. "Everyone's Greek for the day and has a great time."
The Olympians Greek Band had the place rocking, with Greek dancers of all ages and sizes, performing their hearts out for the appreciative audiences.
We highly recommend you visit next year's Long Beach Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend. You'll be glad you did. You will also be glad to know that there are more Greek Festivals in California to enjoy throughout the seasons.
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