Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas, Culinary & Wine

Oakland Greek Festival

When: May 18-19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., May 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 2012

With all the unrest brewing in Greece over the austerity measures being proposed to buoy its economy, news from the country has been volatile and rather grim of late. But the turbulent times in Southern Europe certainly aren't sullying festivities at the annual Oakland Greek Festival. Held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Ascension (4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland), the three-day celebration of Hellenic culture includes live Greek music and dancing; culinary gems from baklava to moussaka; cathedral tours and cultural lectures; and loads more. On Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; $6, under 12 free. 510-531-3400 or OaklandGreekFestival.com

Cassie McFadden

Price: $6; kids 12 and under free

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