The 70th annual Portland Greek Festival invites the community to enjoy the flavors, dances and traditions of the Mediterranean culture.
In the late 1800s, the first Greek immigrants came the Northwest to work in fishing, lumber, railroad and other jobs. That’s when the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was founded in Portland. After moving to the new church on NE Glisan in 1952, the women of the church decided to host a bazaar to help pay off the mortgage. The event featured their handwork, food, pastries, music and dances. This was the beginning of what is now the Portland Greek Festival.
The festival has become one of the largest of its kind, sharing the Greek culture with more than 15,000 guests annually.
Here are the details for the 2023 event.
2023 Portland Greek Festival
The Portland Greek Festival is October 6-8, 2023, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The weekend has a full schedule of traditional Greek dance performances, a market, deli, museum, taverna, tours, and a raffle.
The festival stage hosts Greek folk dancing performed by the church youth.
The market will be filled with imported crafts and gifts from Greece, such as rugs, decor, textiles, jewelry, sweaters, hats and t-shirts. The deli will have imported fine cheeses, olives, olive oil, pastas, herbs and spices, preserves and nuts.
Inside the church is Hellenic-American Cultural Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Hellenic-American experience in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is free to visit during the festival. You can also take a tour of the beautiful church.
Snacks and full meals are available at the Kafenion and Taverna tents. You can get all of your Greek favorites, including lamb on a spit, baklava, Greek salad, gyros, microbrews, frappes and much more.
Last year, there was a raffle to win a trip to Greece.
Admission to the Portland Greek Festival is $5. Kids 12 and under attend for free. Food and drinks are also available for purchase.
This year, the Greek Festival is not using physical talents to pay for food and goods. Instead, you’ll buy talent wristband in advance. You have the opportunity to pre-purchase and load your wristband with money, or talents, online.
The festival is held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St. in Portland. For more information, visit the Greek Festival website.
More upcoming events: