Now in its 45th year, the Charleston Greek Festival is itself a cultural institution for the Lowcountry. Held each Mother’s Day weekend by Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on Race Street, the festival is a celebration of all aspects of the Mediterranean country and its traditions. That means authentic folk dancing in full costumes, live Greek music by A Night in Athens and an expansive menu featuring all sorts of Greek favorites such as dolmades, gyros, roasted lamb and baklava. Even better, most food items are priced below $10, which is a pretty good deal as far as Charleston cuisine goes. The festival also will offer wine, authentic Greek beer and coffee for sale. There is free parking available at 150 Lockwood Blvd., where a shuttle will run to and from the event.
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: 30 Race St.
Price: $5 general admission, $3 for students and seniors, free for children younger than 13.
More info: www.charlestongreekfestival.com