Festivals, Food and Drink

St. Nicholas Greek Festival

When: Fri., Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat., Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 2016

The joy of grilling throughout a three-day weekend fades a little by by the end of day two. The heat starts to get to you just about the same time somebody's girlfriend shows up with a portobello mushroom and a bowl of marinade. Take that third day off and head to the St. Nicholas Greek Festival, where the cooking is done for you. Now in its 99th year, the St. Nicholas Greek Festival offers Olympian amounts of food and drink as well as Greek dancing, music and tours of the historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (4967 Forest Park Avenue; www.opastl.com). This year's festival is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (September 2 to 5). Admission is free and so is the parking in the nearby BJC garage.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission