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Vancouver Greek Summerfest

Greek Summerfest in Vancouver

Greek Summerfest is an 11-day summer festival celebrating Greek food, culture and music at St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Vancouver.

Greek Summer Festival

In 2018 Greek Summerfest runs from July 5th to 15th.

It’s a nice little event with a good selection of tasty Greek foods and live entertainment.

Greek Summerfest is one of a number of different Greek festivals in the Lower Mainland. Fairly similar to the July Greek Summerfest is the multi-day Surrey Greek Food Festival which takes place outside a Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey in early June. Greek Day on Broadway, meanwhile, is a massive one-day street party that takes place in late June on West Broadway in Kitsilano.

The Greek Day on Broadway Kitsilano event is definitely the biggest and most popular of the three events. The other two are less crowded, a bit more relaxing and mostly under covered shelters (which makes them good places to be if it rains). The food and entertainers at all three events are pretty much the same, and each event is interesting in its own way.

Where and When

In 2018 Vancouver Greek Summerfest takes place from Thursday, July 5th, until Sunday, July 15th. It runs from either noon or 4 pm until 10 or 11 pm each day. Most days it starts at 12 pm, except for the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of July 9th to 11th when the doors don’t open until 4 o’clock.

The festival is held each year at the St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church at 4641 Boundary Road in Vancouver outdoors under covered tents. It’s a nice venue and if it’s warm out and you use your imagination you can pretend you’re somewhere at a small festival in Greece!

Greek Orthodox Church Interior
St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Summerfest Activities

Greek Summerfest is essentially a Greek food festival with live entertainment. It’s a free event where you pay for your lamb dinner, souvlaki or whatever and then watch dancing, musicians and other entertainment while you enjoy your food.

The entertainment at Greek Summerfest ranges from community children’s groups to local Greek dance troupes to professional musicians. In addition to Greek performers, there are also groups from other ethnic organizations most years, including Latin American and other European nationalities.

See the Greek Summerfest Schedule for a look at what typically happens and when.

Also at the festival are a small number of vendor stalls, often including one or two selling fresh fruit.

Greek Festival Food Stalls
Food vendors at Vancouver Greek Summerfest

2018 Entertainment Schedule

The entertainment schedule for Greek Summerfest in 2018 is listed below. (Note: Times and other performance details are subject to change.)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

  • 4:30 pm – Steve Elliot – Elvis
  • 5:45 pm – Little Mountain Step’n Clog
  • 6:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
  • 7:30 pm – Pat Chessel Band
  • 9:15 pm – Bulgarian Folk Dance Group KITKA

Friday, July 6, 2018

  • 4:30 pm – The Dancing Sisters (Galleni and Anghelikki from the Pro Arte Centre)
  • 5:00 pm – Socrates Greek School
  • 5:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 6:30 pm – Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 7:30 pm – Urban Myth Band
  • 9:15 pm – Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society

Saturday, July 7, 2018

  • 12:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 12:45 pm – Hurhaj (Traditional Music of Slovakia)
  • 1:15 pm – Burnaby International Folk Dancers
  • 1:45 pm – Halau Hula Ka’uhane O Ka Pakipika / The Spirit of the Pacific Cultural Society
  • 2:30 pm – Wooden Heart
  • 3:45 pm – Hellenic Community of Vancouver/St. George Greek Orthodox Catherdral
  • 4:15 pm – Alexia (Contemporary Dance)
  • 4:45 pm – Vuk Karadzic Veterans
  • 5:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 6:00 pm – Zefyros Hellenic Dance Society (Adult Dance Group)
  • 6:30 pm – Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Seniors/Adults)
  • 8:00 pm – GRADINA Serbian Dancers
  • 8:45 pm – Zougla Greek Music Band

Sunday, July 8, 2018

  • 12:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 1:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Fasolakia/Junior)
  • 1:30 pm – Rancho Folclóroci Cruz de Cristo (Portugese Folklore)
  • 2:15 pm – Kalakatu Samba Mlada Srbadija
  • 2:30 pm – Mlada Srbadija
  • 2:45 pm – Satsuki Kai Japanese Dance Group (Japanese Dance)
  • 3:15 pm – The Spirit of the South Seas Polynesian Dancers
  • 4:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Seniors/Adults)
  • 5:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 6:00 pm – Zefyros Hellenic Dance Society (Junior Dance Group)
  • 6:30 pm – Gotta B George
  • 7:00 pm – “Yamas” Greek Dance Group
  • 7:30 pm – Gotta B George
  • 8:00 pm – Live Bouzouki with Yanni Sahamis

Monday, July 9, 2018

  • 5:30 pm – Vancouver Gypsy Group Roma Gry
  • 6:00 pm – Heart and Sole (Tap Dance)
  • 6:30 pm – World Dance Co. (Latin Dance)
  • 7:30 pm – Los Blazetones Band

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

  • 6:00 pm – Famee Furlane Italian Folk Dancers of Vancouver
  • 6:30 pm – TapCo Vancouver Tap Society
  • 7:30 pm – Dolphin Jazz Band

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

  • 6:00 pm – St Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 6:30 pm – Kynthia – Performing Greek Songs
  • 7:00 pm – GRADINA Serbian Dancers
  • 8:00 pm – Jim Byrnes – Legendary Blues Man

Thursday, July 12, 2018

  • 5:30 pm – The Dancing Sisters (Galleni and Anghelikki from the Pro Arte Centre)
  • 6:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 6:30 pm – Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 7:30 pm – Mostly Marley Reggae Band
  • 9:15 pm – Slovenian Folklore Dance Troup
Mostly Marley Band
Mostly Marley (at the Shipyards in North Vancouver)

Friday, July 13, 2018

  • 4:30 pm – The Dancing Sisters (Galleni and Anghelikki from the Pro Arte Centre)
  • 5:15 pm – Agrimakia (Cretan Association of BC Junior Dance Group)
  • 5:30 pm – Minotavri (Cretan Association of BC Senior Dance Group)
  • 6:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 6:30 pm – Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 7:00 pm – Group Folklore da Madeira
  • 8:00 pm – Dalaras Tribute Band

Saturday, July 14, 2018

  • 12:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 1:00 pm – Eastside Hips and Raqs Bahiya (Belly Dance)
  • 2:30 pm – Grupo Asi Somos (Venezuelan Music)
  • 4:00 pm – Hellenic Community of Vancouver/St. George Greek Orhtodox Cathedra
  • 4:30 pm – Nahuali Folklore Society (Mexican Folklore)
  • 5:00 pm – Socrates Greek School
  • 5:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy
  • 6:00 pm – Zefyros Hellenic Dance Society (Junior Dance Group)
  • 6:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy
  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Adults/Seniors)
  • 8:00 pm – Live Bouzouki with Yanni Sahamis

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  • 12:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy (from Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 1:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Fasolakia/Juniors)
  • 1:30 pm – Alpen Platters Dance Group (German Schuhplatter Dance)
  • 2:00 pm – World Dance Co (Latin Dance)
  • 2:30 pm – Akrites Dance Group (from St. Demetrios Seattle Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 3:15 pm – Musiki Parea
  • 4:00 pm – Diaspora HDG – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Seniors/Adults)
  • 5:00 pm – Diamond Country Dancers
  • 5:15 pm – Agrimakia (Cretan Association of BC Junior Dance Group)
  • 5:30 pm – Minotavri (Cretan Association of BC Senior Dance Group)
  • 6:00 pm – Zefyros Hellenic Dance Society (Adult Dance Group)
  • 6:30 pm – Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek School
  • 7:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy
  • 8:00 pm – Live Bouzouki with Yanni Sahamis

Greek Food Menu

At the festival there is a fairly wide selection of Greek foods to choose from including lamb dinners (~$18.50), chicken dinners (~$16), souvlaki wraps (~$7), gyros (~$7), Greek salad (~$6), humus with pita bread (~$5), spanakopita ~($5), baklava (~$5) and other tasty things.

Wine, beer, ouzo, soft drinks and coffee are also available.

Greek Fest Food Tent
People enjoying the Greek food and entertainment

Tips and Advice

Below is some extra information and advice to help you make the most out of your Greek Summerfest experience.

TIP #1: While you’re at the festival, pop inside the church for a look around. It’s small, but ornate and open to the public.

TIP #2: The festival is pretty quiet between meal times, and busiest shortly after noon and especially in the evenings.

TIP #3: If you can, go on the weekend. The place is usually liveliest and has the most entertainment on Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays.

TIP #4: Some performances are for as short as 15 minutes while others are for up to an hour. When there isn’t a live performance there is music by Alpha Video and dancing is encouraged (although sometimes it might only be one or two people). See the Performance Schedule for more details (including when the entertainment is just the Alpha Video background music).

Other Information

For more information about the event see the Greek Summerfest website.

For details about other events in Metro Vancouver throughout the year, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.

In case you were interested and wanted to mark your calendar, other Lower Mainland Greek events that take place earlier in the year include the following:

 

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