Tacoma Greek Festival is held for just a few days each year at the Saint Nicholas Church in Tacoma usually in early October. The focus of this festival is food—amazing and wonderful food—but it also highlights Greek culture through dance and tours of the church. Visitors can also purchase Greek imports.
Tacoma Greek Festival Location and Information
The festival takes place at Tacoma’s main Greek church, which is located between downtown Tacoma and the Stadium District. Admission is free. Food costs extra.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1523 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (253) 272-0466
Tacoma Greek Festival Food
While the Tacoma Greek Festival does not have the size of something like the Taste of Tacoma, it offers a great array of delicious food made by parishioners and volunteers at the church who care about serving up an excellent meal. You will not find anything store bought here. From the tzatziki sauce on gyros to the always awesome baklava, everything is homemade.
There are a number of ways you can enjoy the food at this Greek festival. Each year, there is a sit-down dinner available on each of the three days of the festival. Dinners include a main entrée of chicken, fish, or lamb (two available each day) as well as rice pilaf, salad, string beans, bread, and coffee or tea.
A dining tent with a la carte items is also open if you want to sample a variety of foods and desserts. Here, you will find Greek fries (almost like normal fries except with feta cheese sprinkled on them), gyros, fried calamari, souvlaki, beverages, and more. Of course, you can also get your fill of baklava and other Greek desserts, too. Everything in the tent must be purchased with tokens, which you can get a refund for if you don’t use them all.
If you stop by and want to bring something special home with you, you can also purchase quantities of baklava or pastries to go in the church’s upstairs area.
Just in case you need to get your fix and can’t make it to festival, Greek food is easy to find in Tacoma overall as well. There are a number of Greek restaurants in the Tacoma restaurant scene, including It’s Greek To Me on 6th Avenue and the Mediterranean Palace in Freighthouse Square.
Tacoma Greek Festival Dance
If you want to catch one of the dance performances at the festival, make sure to check the schedule in advance. Dances do not take place constantly throughout the day, but instead are scheduled a few hours apart on Friday evening, and throughout the weekend. The schedule is available on the church’s website in the weeks before the festival.
Much like the dance show, church tours are not available on a walk-in basis. Tours are scheduled about two hours apart on the festival days. Make sure to check the schedule in advance.
Getting to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
The church is prominently located on Yakima Avenue.
If you are coming in from North Tacoma, follow N 21st until it turns into I Street and follow that as it veers left after 6th Avenue to become Yakima Avenue. The church will be on your left.
If you are coming from I-5, merge onto I-705 toward City Center at Exit 133. Take the A Street exit, which is on the left. Keep left at the fork and continue to S 15th Street. Make a slight left at S 15th. Turn left at S Yakima Avenue.
Parking is available on the surrounding streets and in the church parking lot for free.