Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos will appear at 50th Greek Festival

Ethnic festivals offer a chance to explore different cultures and discover new delicacies. The 50th annual Greek Festival will offer all that, along with a guest appearance by internationally renowned Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos.

He will be at the festival from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, signing “selected prints and lithographs,” as well as copies of his book, “A Touch of Blue: Landscapes.”

The fest will feature live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, cultural displays and a marketplace full of imported clothing, art and jewelry. Food-wise, Greek "YiaYias" (grandmothers) will offer a menu of homemade appetizers, gyros, lamb and desserts. Sip a little Greek wine, or pair anise-flavored ouzo with strong Greek coffee.

The Greek Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on opening day, Aug. 30, with free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 1. The action will be at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. Admission is $5; free for children 11 and younger. Details at