Local Adventures: The Denver Greek Festival!
Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission tickets and food vouchers for this event; however, the enthusiasm and excitement are 100% my own! My family and I would've attended the festival regardless. Thanks for supporting the organizations who make LivingMySomeday possible!
Folks, you have NO idea how excited I am to bring you today's post! The Denver Greek Festival will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first local event we attended when we moved to Colorado. At the time, we were still hurting from all the drama we'd left behind in Phoenix and sorely needed a novel, family-friendly distraction from the stress.
Enter: The Greek Festival.
As lovers of Greek culture—from the mythology, history, vibrant people, and THE FOOD—the festival seemed like a sign from above. We didn't know exactly what to expect, but we had a really good feeling about it!
That day at the Greek festival was just what we needed. It got us out into the new neighborhood (we discovered our apartment is walking distance from the its location!) and gave us a glimpse of our fellow Denverites. It also nourished us, physically and spiritually, because for the first time in years, we felt right at home.
I could go on and on, but I'd much rather get to the pictures from this year's Greek Festival! I took a bunch of pictures, so bear with me, okay? I couldn't help it—I was just so excited! Our little family has been looking forward to this event for an entire year, after all. If you're curious about it, may I recommend you just dive in and go? It's a wonderful way to spend a few hours soaking up a rich culture, eat some incredible food, listen to some beautiful music, dance a little (or a lot!) and maybe even buy a souvenir or two. We can't afford a trip to Greece (yet!), but we've got the next best thing right here in our backyard. Festivals are definitely my favorite budget-friendly way to introduce the kids to new worlds.
Now, once you've paid for admission and head through the main entrance, I highly recommend perusing the boutique (it's also a great way to cool off after being outside) because there are some truly cool things to buy! Everything from jewelry and clothing, to high-quality olive oils and original artwork (and more) can be found in one place. Take a stroll and see; I promise you won't be sorry, even if you don't buy anything. I like to talk to the people and find out what inspired them to make what they're selling. I've had some of the most interesting conversations about life, inspiration, and creativity by simply engaging.
Alrighty, now that you've done a lap inside, it's time to head out the door and see what else the Greek Festival has to offer! We stopped in the cathedral to marvel at the exquisite art before making our way down the stairs toward the festival's main area. I took a few pics and some video, but didn't want to be too intrusive. The photos really don't do the cathedral justice! No matter what your beliefs, the artistry cannot be denied. If you do go, make sure to be respectful and quiet, as it is a place of worship.
By this point, we were ready to eat! As much as we wanted to eat everything in sight, we narrowed it down to a nice balance of favorites from last year and new dishes we were unfamiliar with. Spoiler alert: EVERYTHING WAS FABULOUS!
We could've kept eating, but decided to walk around a bit to stretch our legs and see what's for sale.
The Greek Festival does have a few rides and carnival-like games for kiddos, just in case you're interested. We didn't have time for those this year, but will definitely make a note for the future.
And, as we made our way towards the exit, we stopped at the pastry counter and grabbed some kourambiethes, the messiest, most delightful cookies I've ever eaten! I highly recommend them!
That's it for me, friends! I did share a few videos on the LivingMySomeday Instagram account, so feel free to follow me and check those out! Also, I've got a video from last year's Greek fest, which you can watch right here.
If you do go to the festival, I recommend staying hydrated because the heat is on, okay?! Also, wear comfortable shoes with traction (there are stairs) and breathable clothing. The shaded areas with tables fill up quickly, so consider bringing a blanket or towel to sit on. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are always a good idea, especially if you're at the festival during the day. Lastly, bring cash for food. (There are ATMs, but why not avoid the fees if you can?) Most of the vendors accept Visa and Mastercard; not as many are fans of AMEX, though. Admission is free for kids 12 and under, folks 13-64 cost $5, and seniors 65 & up are $3. There's a $2 coupon on the Greek festival website and Facebook page, so take advantage of those money-saving opportunities!
The party is going until midnight Saturday night, and will feature late-night Greek tapas to keep festival goers nourished! Festivities will resume Sunday morning from 11am to 6pm. Make sure you make your way there and "Eat, Drink, and Dance Like A Greek!"
Did you miss the festival? No worries, I've got tons of other budget-friendly summertime ideas for you and your family right here!