Locals have been invited to join the biggest Greek street party outside of Greece later this month when the Lonsdale St Greek Festival returns for the 29th time.
Over February 27 and 28, the Greek Precinct of the CBD will come alive with 17 bands and 20 dance groups performing from three stages.
Some 70 pop-up stalls, complemented by kids activities, competitions and other retail will round off the weekend.
Organiser, Jorge Menidis said headline act Alkinoos Ioanides was not to be missed.
“CBD residents should drop by for a little bit of Greek culture,” Mr Menidis said.
Mr Menidis said Lonsdale St had recently lost much of its “Greekness”, but remained the historic Greek heart of Melbourne.
Real estate agent Paul Tzamalis said the establishment of the Greek community hub, on the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets, would ensure the success of the festival for many years to come.
“With Melbourne housing the largest Greek population out of Athens, there’s no wonder why this outstanding festival continues to thrive amongst the Greek community,” Mr Tzamalis.
Mr Tzamalis said CBRE Real Estate was assisting the festival and had recently helped find commercial tenants for the hub building.
“Lonsdale St is again another example of the changing landscape in the CBD that we are seeing, with so many laneways and strips encouraging new retail options for the increasing population in the city,” Mr Tzamalis said.