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Opa! Greek Fest runs June 23-25 this year. (PHOTO: Milwaukee Greek Fest Facebook)

Greek Fest: June 23-25

There's a reason why Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church has been putting on its annual Greek Fest for more than 50 years. Milwaukeeans can't get enough gyros, lamb and chicken roasted on a spit. Throw in some family fun and carnival rides, and it's a party! Opa!

One regular visitor describes the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival as "the biggest Greek restaurant in the city." Gyros, chicken dinners and baklava are the featured attractions at this festival, which operated for 40 years in the shadow of Annunciation, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architectural marvel on the Northwest Side. Although it no longer provides a backdrop for the proceedings, Annunciation is never far from the thoughts of long-time festival goers.

It's well-known that if you want great lamb, you've got to get to Greek Fest early. But why wouldn't you want to? You can also try the delicious shish kebabs, Ouzo lemonade for the adults and pastries like koulouria, kourambiethes and loukoumades (deep fried dough balls drizzled in honey).

There is also Greek music and dancing, rides, children's games, a Greek market and more!

Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Free. Parking is $5.

Highlights: The move from the Annunciation grounds to State Fair allowed festival organizers to expand the midway, which is a hit with kids. Unlimited carnival rides are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend with the purchase of a daily $20 wristband. Single ride tickets are also available. The traditional dancing is popular, as well. The biggest draw at this festival, though, is the food. The gyros are a staple, along with chicken dinners and pastry. And don't forget the traditional Greek music all weekend long!

For more information: annunciationwi.org/category/greek-fest.


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