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Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church is set to host the annual San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival on Friday, Sept. 23, Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. The free weekend-long event invites the public to celebrate all aspects of Greek culture and cuisine—from dancing and live Greek music to wine tasting, Greek pastries and Byzantine art.

Guests will have the opportunity to try a range of savory and sweet Greek treats, including gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, Greek salad and pastries like baklava made with old family recipes. Al fresco dining will be accompanied by Greek wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and traditional Greek coffee and iced coffee frappe. A taverna will also be set up with big screen televisions, Greek music and games liketavli and backgammon.

Throughout the festival, live Greek music will be performed and, for those not familiar with Greek dance, lessons will be offered. Dancers will also perform traditional Greek folk dances throughout the weekend. Church tours will be offered, and guests can peruse an exhibition of authentic, historical Greek costumes.

The festival is open on Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Saint Basil is located at 27129 Calle Arroyo, next to 24 Hour Fitness. For more information, call 949.542.3445 or visit

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