St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church
A parish of the Orthodox Church in America
About our festival

On the grounds of our church: A Winter Texan and Family-Friendly Event! International Festival - Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Children's Activities, Free Tours and Entertainment.

This fundraising event also features the SALE of International foods, soups and ethnic baked goods, including the church’s famous homemade baklava, baked goods, spanikopita, stuffed grape leaves, Romanian meat rolls, and much more.

We usually have:

* Russian Tea and Coffee Shoppe features Gourmet Russian Teas, Coffees & Cold Drinks, Plus Homemade Baked Goods.

* Greek Grill serving skewers of pork Souvlaki with Pita Bread and Tzatziki Sauce.

* International Specialty Food Booths would include favorites from Greece, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, etc.

* Hot international soups, Ready-to-Eat Refrigerated items and Frozen Take-Home Foods from around the world (Bring a Cooler!)

* Quality Local and International Arts and Crafts, Icons and Books, plus gift items will be available for purchase, as well as handmade St. George Soaps, toiletries, Monastery Made Beeswax Candles and gourmet St. George Magnificent Mustards, Homestyle Preserves and more.

* Free Church Tours, Icon Art & Theology Tours & Talks Throughout the Day.

* Free Entertainment Includes: Live Music, Eastern European Christmas Carols and Dancing scheduled throughout the entire day.

* Free Activities and Information Booths from Community Organization, including: Museum of South Texas History, International Museum of Arts & Sciences, Food Bank of RGV Community Gardens and Pharrmers Market, Texas Master Naturalists and More!

* Free Parking!!!

With very rare interruptions, our festival has been a common "winter" presence in the valley for more than 40 years!

Take a look at some fun photos from years past:

Information for vendors

Would you like to be a vendor or have a booth at our 2023 International Festival?  The types of booths we are most interested in include:

  • International & Culturally Diverse Items
  • Wholesome Homemade or Locally Produced/Grown Produce (such as, honey, jams, salsa, etc). NO HOT, FRESH FOOD, PLEASE!
  • Specialty Gifts or Craft Products
  • Imported Clothing & Jewelry
  • Orthodox Icons
  • Christmas or Nativity Holiday Goods
  • Gift Items
  • Local Cultural & Civic Organizations

Booths are only $50 for those making sales and FREE for non-profits!

Questions? Please email the International Festival Director at

Would you like to participate? Please sign up here:

Information for entertainers
We seek performers for our upcoming festival!  We offer free performances all day to our attendees and would love you to showcase your talents!  

REMINDER: This is a family-friendly, church-sponsored event.  Please email if you have questions.

Please complete this Performer Interest Form to submit your act:

This year's festival: Saturday Dec 9, 2023

This year's festival will take place on Saturday Dec 9, 2023, between 10:00am-4:00pm. Find more information here. To keep up with announcements and updates, please follow the facebook page of the festival here.

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The festival cooking and preparation will take place on various Saturdays starting in October. Please volunteer for the festival here. Once the volunteer form is cvompleted, volunteers will be notified of the cooking and preparation schedule, as well as of specific needs for the Friday before and the Saturday of the festival itself.


Please email if you have questions.

Mailing Address
St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church
PO Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577
704 W Sam Houston
Pharr, TX 78577
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