Sample saganaki. Go for the gyro. Bite into the baklava. And then dance it all off at this year’s four-day Greek Festival beginning Thursday, Sept. 27.

This is the 43rd year for the celebration of all that’s Greek, a fundraiser for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.


Pam Andros, left, grabs plates of Spanakopita (a spinach soufflé) to serve out while Jim Ruboyianes, right, keeps them coming during the Tucson Greek Festival.

And if you’ve never been, you are missing a mighty good time. Church members make most of the food and you can’t get much better than homemade from skilled cooks. Traditional Greek dances are joyful to watch — and dance. The urge to jump up and join in will be great — and encouraged. And the music, coaxed out of traditional Greek instruments such as the lyra and the bouzouki, is sublime.

That’s just too much fun for the $3 admission. And get this: it’s free for children under 12, military, first responders, seniors over 55 and students with IDs. Can we hear an opa?

Find more information here.

Where: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road

When: Thursday, Sept. 27, 5-10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 4-11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon to 5 p.m.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at or 573-4128. On Twitter: @kallenStar