The Greektown Neighborhood Partnership, along with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Greektown’s Hollywood Casino and Bedrock, announced the return of the Greektown Heritage Festival to the historic Greektown neighborhood of downtown Detroit. The free, family-friendly event will take place from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 on Monroe Street in downtown Detroit, between Beaubien Street and Saint-Antoine Street.
Launched in 2018, the Greektown Heritage Festival celebrates the rich ethnic Greek heritage of the downtown district. Monroe Street is filled with live Greek music, traditional Greek dancers, Greek food and drink, and games and entertainment for the whole family. The highlight of the festival is the roast lamb served on the street with eight open-air rotating spits. The menu focuses on a classic lamb gyro as well as a drink list highlighting specialty cocktails and beer (cash and credit cards accepted). Organizers expect to serve over 500 pounds of lamb.
Festival attendees can enjoy music from Greek musicians as well as traditional performances from local dance groups and a lively DJ to close out the celebration. There will also be children’s face painting, stilt walkers and fire eaters, as well as vendors of Greek delicacies.
Saturday entertainment program: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yorg Acoustic Set,
2:30-3:00 p.m. Levendogenna Pancretan Dance Group of Detroit, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Aegean Roots, 5:30-6:00 p.m. Hellenic Society of Performing Arts Dancers, 6:00-7:00 p.m. DJ Evans, 7:00-7:30 p.m. Opa Dancers Omega Dance Group of St. 8:30 p.m.
With more than two dozen restaurants and cafes in Greektown, festival attendees can also enjoy a wide variety of Greek and American fare, all within a few blocks. Plenty of outdoor seating and shaded tables will also be available on Monroe Street. Opa!
“The Greektown Heritage Festival is truly a celebration of all things Greek: dance, music, food, drink and more,” said Athina Papas, Board Chair and President of the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership. . “On behalf of the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership and the business owners and families of Greektown, I would like to thank our sponsor partners whose support helps ensure the success of the festival, including Hollywood Casino at Greektown, Bedrock, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fabiano. Brothers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Gold Star Products.
For more information, visit the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership website: https://www.greektowndetroit.org/ or the Facebook event page: https://tinyurl.com/32d6ycwy.
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