Dates/time: Oct. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ; Fri and Sat 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sun 11:00 – 6:00

Festival website: greekfesttn.com

The 42nd annual Greek Fest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (4070 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919) and is sure to once again be a favorite tradition of the Knoxville community. Features include authentic Greek food and pastries, church tours, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes, and shopping.

The popular a la carte menu includes favorites such as roast lamb, gyro, souvlaki, pastichio, spanakopita, Greek salad, Greek pizza, and saganaki. Inside the church hall, there will be a huge selection of pastries.

New this year: Credit cards will now be accepted for all food booths, including outside.

Haven’t seen the new sanctuary? It’s fully rebuilt and open for church tours and it is BEAUTIFUL, complete with Byzantine iconography and hand-painted tiles that reflect the color of the Aegean Sea.

The marketplace will offer imported jewelry, gifts, and clothing. Also, guests can enjoy an authentic taverna, Greek wines, coffee, and frappes (iced coffee). Papou’s Pantry will offer authentic Greek products for purchase.

St. George college students will perform traditional and modern Greek dancing with the help of a live band.

Admission is $2 for adults and children 12-under are free. $3 weekend passes are available.

Parking: Final arrangements found on the website, greekfesttn.com. Greek Fest has added one location this year, bringing the total locations to five. As always, parking is free and the shuttle to and from the festival is free.