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How to make the most of the Columbus Greek Festival

The Columbus Greek Festival is a four-day festival with traditional music, dancers, food, and drinks in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio.

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The Columbus Greek Festival also offers diverse shopping options. | Photo via Columbus Greek Festival

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A 50-year-old Columbus tradition is back this Labor Day weekend.

The Columbus Greek Festival is Friday, Sept. 1-Monday, Sept. 4 at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. Tickets are $4-$5 and good for all four days. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect.

Food and drinks

We’re not sure what sounds better — freshly baked Baklava from Maria’s Pastry Shoppe, or a made-to-order gyro with traditional toppings. Our advice is to come hungry.

Song and dance

Listen to the sounds of the mainland and island from the Hellenic Singers, a group that has been performing historic Greek songs since 1991. Plus, learn new dance moves from Greek Festival Folk Dancers, who you’ll recognize based on their traditional dress.

Tours and classes

Learning can be fun, too. Take a tour of the Cathedral with guided tours every 45 minutes. Or, join hour-long cooking class to learn how to make popular Greek dishes.