Come celebrate the Greek in all of us! The Parish Community of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual Greek Festival just off Broadway on West 91st St. between West End Ave. and Riverside Drive.
Experience the sights, sounds, and tantalizing smells that beckon you to the beautiful Greek Isles. Our spectacular one-day Greek Festival is a family event that draws visitors from across the city and greater Tri-state area. Come dance in the streets as West 91st Street transforms into a Greek “plaka” (central plaza) for the day. Now an Upper West Side tradition for families and singles alike, our annual Greek Festival features traditional homemade foods, a special activities area just for the kids, continuous Greek Bouzouki music with dancing in the streets, and an afternoon demonstration by our costumed awarding-winning Greek dance troupe.
Parishioner and self-guided tours of the church sanctuary are free, taking place throughout the day. Tours highlight an up-close look at the Byzantine style iconography and hand carved altar facade imported from Greece over 60 years ago as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Orthodox faith. The Annunciation sanctuary boasts 6 dramatic stained glass windows and is a rare combination of 1890’s Gothic architecture and Byzantine decoration reminiscent of Orthodox churches across Greece.
The parishioners of Annunciation extend to all festival guests the familiar Greek hospitality while preparing and serving-up this year’s specially selected festival menu including freshly prepared gyros and souvlaki hot off the barbecue grill. Traditional homemade Greek desserts including, loukoumades (honey puffs) prepared hot to order, are available to eat at the festival or to take home for later.
To get to the Upper West Side, take the 1, 2, or 3 subway to West 96th St.