In the 1890s, Italian immigrants introduced our culture to mainstream America through Feast Day celebrations and grand parades. The rich aromas, vivid pageantry and larger-than-life festivities attracted people of all backgrounds. The celebrations endured, and they march on today throughout the U.S. Find an event near you, and join us as we preserve and promote our culture, history and culinary traditions.
Philadelphia, PA 9th Street Italian Market FestivalRead More
9th Street Italian Market Festival Saturday, May 16th to Sunday, May 17th
A rush of Italian culture, aromas, music and traditions will soon overtake the country’s oldest outdoor market.
That’s right: South Philly’s 9th Street Italian Market Festival — a two-day, eight-block enduring celebration — will take place on May 18 and 19 from Fitzwater to Wharton Streets.
Tens of thousands of people will flood the historic corridor to soak in the atmosphere and festivities, and feast on Italian pizzas, cheeses, pastas and desserts served up by local restaurants, vendors and butcher shops.Event Details ×
Clifton, NJ Madonna Del Sacro Monte FeastRead More
Madonna Del Sacro Monte Feast Friday, May 15th to Sunday May 17th
The expansive grounds of the Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, N.J. offer a unique backdrop that breaks away from the typical Italian-American street festival.
Here you’ll find palatial views, old stone architecture and Italian Americans of all ages, who gather to celebrate the annual Madonna Del Sacro Monte Feast.
The Italian Sons of Daughters of America New Jersey lodge puts on the historic one-day event, which attracts scores of Feast-goers who soak in Italian tunes and fill up on homemade fare.
Break away from the crowded streets and long lines, and discover ISDA's Madonna Del Sacro Monte Feast in New Jersey! All are welcome this Sunday, May 19—Join Us. https://www.orderisda.org/culture/feast-days-2019/madonna-del-sacro-monte-feast-unites-italian-tradition-and-heritage-in-nj/
Posted by Italian Sons and Daughters of America on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Kansas City, MO Kansas City Festa ItalianaRead More
Kansas City Festa Italiana TBD
Kansas City, MO
One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals. Festa Italiana, the unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture, will once again kick off the summer season at Zona Rosa! This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond.
Enjoy an amazing assortment of Italian food favorites, great entertainment on the main stage all weekend, a 3v3 soccer tournament, an Italian Motorsports Show, and much more!Event Details ×
Baltimore, MD Feast of St. AnthonyRead More
Feast of St. Anthony Saturday, June 6th to Sunday, June 7th
This 2-day outdoor event is one of two summer festivals in Baltimore’s Little Italy. The Feast of St. Anthony has been a tradition of St. Leo’s Church since 1904 that includes delicious Italian food such as calzone, broccoli rabe, fried dough and pasta, plus vino and Italian beer.
Booths are packed with game wheels, souvenirs, vendors and kids activities. Take part in the Roma Sausage eating contest, bocce tournament and a cannoli filling contest! After the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, there’s a street procession/parade. St. Leo’s enourages you to bring the whole family!Event Details ×
Omaha, NE Santa Lucia Italian FestivalRead More
Santa Lucia Italian Festival Thursday, June 4th to Sunday, June 7th
Viva Santa Lucia at the 95th annual festival! Held in Downtown Omaha at Lewis & Clark Landing, the festival is filled with lively entertainment, Italian food vendors, and of course, the procession with the festival’s centerpiece—the statue of St. Lucia.
The statue was designed in Italy in the 1920s and is kept in St. Frances Cabrini Church, where descendents of the festival’s early Italian immigrants have agreed to put her on display year round.Event Details ×
Wilmington, DE St. Anthony’s Italian FestivalRead More
St. Anthony’s Italian Festival Sunday, June 7th to Sunday, June 14th
This 8-day event is the largest Italian American festival in the region. The theme for 2019 highlights the “Best of Italy” by celebrating all that makes Italy one of the world’s most captivating destinations.
The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious and authentic Italian food specialties. Experience a virtual tour of Italy during your visit by dining in the various indoor and outdoor dining locations.Event Details ×
New Haven, CT St. Andrew Society Italian FestaRead More
St. Andrew Society Italian Festa Thursday, June 25th to Sunday, June 28th
New Haven, CT
The 119th anniversary of this celebration is the only traditional Italian Festa in New Haven for 2019.
The 4-night event will fill the Historic Wooster Square with free musical entertainment, delicious Italian cuisine and a parade of St. Anthony.Event Details ×
West Mifflin, PA (Kennywood) Italian Heritage DayRead More
Italian Heritage Day Sunday, July 12th
West Mifflin, PA (Kennywood)
This longtime tradition nears 90 years of celebrating with all the hallmarks of Italian heritage: specialty vendors around the Lagoon, musical performances, the traditional Italian Day parade, and fireworks to cap off what’s truly a molto bene day at Kennywood!Event Details ×
Brooklyn, NY Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio FeastRead More
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast Wednesday, July 8th to Sunday, July 19th
Every summer, thousands of New Yorkers flock to Brooklyn and witness the lifting of the Giglio: a 4-ton, 72-foot statue that’s carried through the crowd by 150 men.
There’s nothing quite like it, and this year marks the 116th anniversary of the larger-than-life tradition.
The giglio — bearing the likeness of St. Paulinus — will be hoisted and lugged down North Eighth and Havemeyer Streets to North Tenth Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14th.
Apart from this herculean spectacle, attendees can expect the usual feast attractions, including live music, authentic and street side Italian fare, games, spiritual dedications and more.Event Details ×
Hammonton, NJ Our Lady of Mount Carmel FeastRead More
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Wednesday, July 8th to Sunday, July 19th
This is the longest running Italian Festival in the United States and a Hammonton, NJ tradition since 1875!
A weeklong festival of live entertainment, carnival rides, Italian marching bands, Italian songs, fireworks, a beer garden, the Carmine Pantalone Mt. Carmel Society Band, Italian Concerts, Italian Gardens and the Food Stand at the Mt. Carmel Hall.Event Details ×
Melrose Park, IL Our Lady of Mount Carmel FeastRead More
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Friday, July 17th to Sunday, July 19th
Melrose Park, IL
Delicious Italian food, friendly vendors, family games, rides for children and live entertainment all four nights. The procession will include the beloved statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Italian sodalities and family candle houses. As it has for 125 years, the procession will wind through the streets of Melrose Park. All are welcome to join in this historic devotion to Our Lady!Event Details ×
Milwaukee, WI Festa ItalianaRead More
Festa Italiana TBD
Your ticket to Italian entertainment, flavor and fun is here. Enjoy traditional acts, Italian pop, opera, and the return of Festa favorites. Nearly 20 authentic food vendors, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, foodie competitions and more await your taste buds.
Have a ball playing bocce or futsal, take a ride in a gondola or sing your heart out in Italian Idol – plus plenty of fun for the whole famiglia at the free kids carnival. Top the night off with the fireworks show on Saturday and Sunday!Event Details ×
Hoboken, NJ St. Ann’s Italian FestivalRead More
St. Ann’s Italian Festival Wednesday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 26th
Celebrating its 109th anniversary, the St. Ann’s Italian Festival is the premiere celebration in the state with one of the highest percentages of Italian Americans in the country.
Taste the variety of food, sip in the beer garden, or buy a star in memory of a loved one to shine bright on the wall in the Café Under the Stars for the Be a Star fundraiser. Between the crafts and kiddie rides, children are sure to be entertained, too!Event Details ×
East Harlem, NY Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio FeastRead More
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast TBD
East Harlem, NY
The East Harlem Giglio Feast was founded in 1908 by immigrants from Brusciano near Naples. Today, the larger-than-life tradition takes place along New York’s Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, which at one time was the largest Little Italy in the United States.
The giglio — an 80-foot, 6,000-pound wooden statue honoring St. Anthony — will be lifted by scores of participants on Sunday, August 11th. Feast-goers will also enjoy live music, entertainment, mass services and Italian street fare.Event Details ×
Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Little Italy DaysRead More
Pittsburgh Little Italy Days Thursday, August 13th to Sunday, August 16th
The region’s largest heritage festival packs over 30 acts on three stages throughout all four days of the event’s 17th anniversary. On Bloomfield’s Liberty Avenue from Ella Street to Gross Street, you’ll get to watch and try your hand in bocce tournaments, see the crowning of Miss Little Italy, belt out your favorite tune in Italian Idol, and put those years of eating seconds at Nonna’s to the test with a pasta eating contest.Event Details ×
Chicago, IL Chicago's Little Italy FestaRead More
Chicago's Little Italy Festa TBD
The number one Italian festival in the Chicago area returns! Tens of thousands of festivalgoers fill one of the most historic Chicago neighborhoods on Taylor Street to celebrate Italian culture with authentic cuisine and top-notch entertainment.Event Details ×
Boston, MA Fisherman’s FeastRead More
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The Fisherman’s Feast, an annual event that began in Boston in 1910, was inspired by a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca, Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen emigrated to America in the early 1900s, they brought their traditions with them.
Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of Italian cuisine in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants, and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.Event Details ×
Cleveland, OH Feast of the AssumptionRead More
Feast of the Assumption Thursday, August 13th to Sunday, August 16th
Cleveland’s Feast of the Assumption, held each year in mid-August in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, is a four-day street fair that celebrates the Assumption of Mary. The Feast is a widely popular Italian street party with rides, live music and a sacred procession.
Mayfield Road is closed off to traffic for the major event. In its place are authentic Italian food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and live music stages, playing everything from rock ‘n’ roll to “It’s Amore.” The event draws more than 100,000 visitors each year.
Cleveland's 120th Feast of the Assumption stepped off in grand fashion this week. More than 100,000 people will experience the celebration of Italian traditions and culture before it's over. Click here for the slideshow: https://bit.ly/2Bnzmgr
Posted by Italian Sons and Daughters of America on Friday, August 17, 2018
Baltimore, MD Feast of St. GabrieleRead More
Feast of St. Gabriele TBD
This celebration has been hosted by St. Leo’s Church since 1928. Just like the Feast of St. Anthony, you can expect the same delicious Italian food paired with spirits from various regions.
This feast also brings the same booths, games, activities, and events. Don’t forget to go to see the street procession and parade after the 9:30 a.m. mass on Sunday with the entire family!Event Details ×
Boston, MA St. Anthony’s FeastRead More
St. Anthony’s Feast Thursday, August 27th to Sunday, August 30th
This year, the largest Italian religious festival in New England is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests, and religious services are held daily.
Visitors stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts enjoying arancini, sausage, peppers & onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta, and of course, zeppole, cannoli and gelato.
The highlight of the Feast is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats. The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.Event Details ×
Portland, OR Festa Italia PortlandRead More
Festa Italia Portland Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th
The 28th year for this celebration of Italian American Culture in Portland takes over the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Authentic Italian food, wine and beer gardens, grape stomping, and nonstop entertainment brings the fun for all ages.Event Details ×
San Jose, CA Italian Family FestaRead More
Italian Family Festa Saturday, August 29th to Sunday, August 30th
San Jose, CA
The 39th annual Italian Family Festa in History Park is the premier event of the Italian American Heritage Foundation. Live “la dolce vita” and share the day with friends and family, savor authentic Italian foods, soak in the live entertainment, experience our cultural village, and stroll the many wonderful arts and crafts merchants. There’s something here for every age, including a kids size bambini bocce court!Event Details ×
San Francisco, CA Festa Coloniale ItalianaRead More
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San Francisco, CA
Festa Coloniale Italiana is the only authentic Italian street festival held in San Francisco. Come and enjoy continuous live music, authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, the Ricco Italian Dancers directed by Toni Bava, and an expert pizza toss by a 12x World Champion and restaurateur.
Browse through the Italianissimi-inspired products of the vendors while you sip a beverage, taste some delicious Italian food and stroll to the live music. Then, make your way up Stockton Street to the display of vintage Italian autos and scooters.Event Details ×
Las Vegas, NV San Gennaro FeastRead More
San Gennaro Feast TBD
Las Vegas, NV
The San Gennaro Feast is the biggest Italian food and music festival held bi-annually in honor of Saint Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy. The 40th anniversary of this festival will feature a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, arts and crafts, home exhibits, pony rides & petting zoo, face painters, live international acts hourly on the main concert stage, and amusement rides and games for the whole family!
The festival is one of the most popular festivals for locals and visitors from all over the world. Each festival expects to out-do the last, so don’t miss out on the best Italian Heritage Celebration this side of Naples!Event Details ×
New York, NY Feast of San GennaroRead More
Feast of San Gennaro Thursday, September 17th to Sunday, September 27th
New York, NY
As New York City’s biggest, most famous, and longest running festival, it’s easy to see why this 11-day event is nicknamed the Feast of all Feasts. The 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants.
This year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one million people who will celebrate the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. Expect this gala to live up to its nickname with scores of food vendors, live music, festivities and much more.Event Details ×
Houston, TX Festa ItalianaRead More
Festa Italiana Thursday, October 8th to Sunday, October 11th
Through its 41 years, Festa Italiana has become one of the largest ethnic festivals in the city. The passionate commitment of the Houston Italians to maintain and share their heritage is responsible for attracting thousands of Houstonians! Festa Italiana has a long tradition of its affiliate clubs and their members making all of the wonderful foods that Houstonians love — pizza, pasta, stuffed artichokes, sfingi, faccia de vecchia, Italian sausage, meatball sandwiches, cannoli and Italian cookies.
Aside from traditional events like the tarantella, I Madonnari Sidewalk Art Contest, La Piccola Cucina, premium wine tasting, adult cooking classes, and a flag procession, you can also check out the Italian Auto Show. With rides and activities for the kids, this festival has something for everyone to enjoy!Event Details ×
Reno, NV The Eldorado Great Italian FestivalRead More
The Eldorado Great Italian Festival Saturday, October 10th to Sunday, October 11th
For the 38th year, the Eldorado brings the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno. Held annually over Columbus Day weekend, the outdoor festival is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions. Downtown Reno transforms into Little Italy with free live entertainment, a sauce cooking contest and of course, pasta – lots of pasta. The fun-filled weekend also features craft vendors, lots of delicious food vendors, grape stomp and other activities.
No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food. A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off. Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life in front of admiring and hungry spectators.Event Details ×
Chicago, IL Columbus Day ParadeRead More
Columbus Day Parade Monday, October 12th
For nearly half a century, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has sponsored Chicago’s Columbus Day celebration. Festivities for the 66th anniversary of this parade begin with a 9 a.m. mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and a wreath laying ceremony at the Columbus Statue in Arrigo Park, followed by the parade, which steps off at 1 p.m.
The parade of over 150 floats, bands and marching units travels down State Street, from Wacker Drive to VanBuren Street. Many prominent Italian-Americans have been honorary parade Grand Marshals, including Ernest Borgnine and Tommy LaSorda.Event Details ×