What to Expect at the Stockton, California Greek Festival
Greek food, dancing, and souvenirs highlight the Stockton Greek Festival. Here is what to expect at the festival September 7-9, 2018
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Opa! If you're a foodie, this is the perfect festival to wrap up summer in Stockton, California. The Annual St. Basil's Greek Festival held on the second weekend of September (September 7-9, 2018), has been celebrating its customs and traditions on the Church's grounds since 1959!
You will enjoy the delicious delicacies of Greece right here in Stockton. No passport needed! The festival highlights an array of authentic cuisine and treats made with love from recipes passed from generation to generation. Other interesting features to note for the curious in mind; Greek dancing and music and a marketplace featuring Greek-themed jewelry, clothing and art.
The purpose of the festival is to celebrate and promote the Greek culture, its traditional activities, and of course, a tour of the beautiful St. Basil Greek Orthodox Christian Church. By the end of the night, you might find yourself saying "OPA!"
Here's what to expect:
A GREAT VENUE WITH ON-SITE PARKING
Set on the grounds of the gorgeous St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, located at 920 W March Lane in Stockton, CA, visitors can park in the church's parking lot or anywhere along city side streets.
HOURS AND LOW COST ADMISSION
Please note: Enter the festival before general opening hours on Friday from noon to 4pm for gyros and pastries only. Festival hours are from 4pm to 11pm on Friday, Sept. 7, noon to 11pm on Saturday, Sept. 8, and 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday, Sept. 9. Admission to the festival is $3 per person, children under 12 free. Ticket books are available at the Church office for $20 and include 1 free admission and $20 in script that can be spent throughout at the festival.
Insider tip: Visit a neighborhood restaurant or coffee shop and snag an admission ticket to the festival; places such as Red’s 13 South and De Parsia’s Restaurant, may have limited free entry tickets to the festival - usually found next to a cash register.
AMAZING GREEK FOOD
Indulge in Greek cuisines such as the fan favorite Spanakopita (spinach and feta in a flaky crust), beef/lamb (it's a mixture) or chicken gyros, which are topped with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and tzatziki sauce, then ease your way to a tri-tip sandwich or pasta, and the many more wonderful Greek delicacies on offer!
THE BEST BAKED GOODS
A trip to the Stockton Greek Festival would not be complete without your own pink box of sweet Greek pastries and breads to enjoy at home! A wide selection of baked goods, including Loukoumades (honey-sweetened fried donut holes) and baklava, are available to purchase. Did we forget to mention baklava sundaes?! Yes, please!
Insider tip: Do your pastry shopping first thing to get the best selection! Select items sell out quickly.
Now it's time to wash all of that flavorful food down. For drinks, there are two bars stocked with Greek beer, wine, and shots of ouzo. For a caffeine fix, order a Greek frappé (no relation to Starbucks), which is a strong brew, served with foam on the top and the grounds in the bottom of the cup.
What would a Greek Festival be without music and dancing? Those attending may find themselves being drawn into the action. You'll hear live Greek music, see traditional Hellenic dance performances, and experience volunteer-led church tours.
Walk-through the newly, expanded boutique vendors promoting Greek-themed jewelry, original works of art, parish books, and other keepsakes make this a great place to shop. Find a unique gift for your hard to surprise aunt or your friend who loves to celebrate various cultures.
In addition to all the dancing and food, there are several activities for children incorporated throughout the festival including:
- Sparkles Delight and Ravioli the Clown
- Silly & Magic Show
- Face Painting
- Giant Bubble Making
Schedule and time is subject to change due to the availability of volunteers.
The 59th Annual St. Basil Greek Festival spans September 7th through 9th. With an empty stomach and loads of enthusiasm, you’re ready to enjoy the Greek Food Festival!
Need more ideas during your visit? You can text us 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm at (877) 778-6258 and you'll receive a live response from a member of our team. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - and be sure to use #VisitStockton during your visit!