What to do in Raleigh this weekend: Greek Festival and SPARKCon

17 Sep

The folks in charge of the 28th annual Greek Festival dropped off some crazy tasty food in the newsroom today. I’m glad they did because I completely forgot that this weekend is Greek Festival in the exposition center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

I covered the festival last year for 30THREADS and had a lot of fun. I got to see some beautiful Greek dances, sample delicious food (which women from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church make from scratch at the church and deliver to the fairgrounds). Best of all, it’s only $3 to get in.

So last year, while I covered the Greek Festival, my former coworker Wayne Sutton covered SPARKCon. SPARKCon starts today and showcases the creativity of the Triangle through at least 14 different “sparks.” The events are at various places downtown.

Among the don’t-wanna-miss events are: FashionSPARK, which features a runway show from local designers from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fayetteville Street AND ArtSPARK, which features amazing street painting from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Photos from last year above and below).

The Greek Festival and SPARKCon are clearly two very different events. But I think fondly of both of them because of how much fun Wayne and I had covering them last year. I’m posting the video we made below:

The Greek Festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

SPARKCon starts today and runs through Sunday. It features too many events and schedules to list here, but the event has a comprehensive listing on this website.

5 Responses to “What to do in Raleigh this weekend: Greek Festival and SPARKCon”

  1. Diana Siebels September 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    I choose Greek fest because Greek food is very, very Goooood!!!!!!

  2. wayne sutton September 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Aww the good old days. THREADCAST! I choose SPARKCon again this year. :)

  3. dottyus September 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    The Carrboro Music Festival is also this Sunday!

    http://carrboromusicfestival.com

  4. ilinap September 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I am bummed to miss all the fun, thanks to a kid home sick with pneumonia! Have some Greek chow for me. I’ll choose food over creativity any day; I can appreciate creativity in the kitchen.

  5. Jeff September 18, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    I am going to the filmSpark short film festival Sunday night. It’s a celebration of local filmmakers. Might have to work the Greek Festival into my Saturday schedule, although I did have baklava today.

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