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2022 ISDA Italian Feast Day and Parade Guide

We’ll routinely add celebrations to the 2022 Italian American Feast Day and Parade Guide as they become available, so if you don’t see your event on the list, please email the pertinent details to info@orderisda.org!

Los Angeles Italian Festival

  • Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • When: Oct. 1-2
  • Description:
    • The Los Angeles Italian Festival is a day to taste, hear and experience the food, music, culture and diversity of our collective Italian heritage in Los Angeles.

Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival

  • Where: Monterey, CA
  • When: Sept. 9-11, 2022
  • Description:
    • Come and celebrate with us with wonderful Italian food and drink and amazing entertainment. Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s gathering for three days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship.

Festa Coloniale Italiana

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: August 27
  • Description:
    • 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 13x 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.

San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival & Parade

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: Oct. 9
  • Description:
    • San Francisco’s Italian-American Community celebrates its 153rd Italian Heritage Parade, featuring Italian and Italian-American dignitaries, music, performances, floats and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses.

Taste of Little Italy

  • Where: San Diego, CA
  • When: June 21-22
  • Description:
    • This year, the event will be held over two days, with two time slots, allowing plenty of room for attendees and minimizing congestion. As attendees meander through the 48-square-blocks of Little Italy they will sample mouthwatering bites from some of Little Italy’s finest culinary gems. Each evening different restaurants will be showcased. The Taste Passport will be provided to ticketholders as a guide, listing all participating restaurants, menu offerings and COVID-19 procedures.

Italian Family Festa

  • Where: San Jose, CA
  • When: August 20-21
  • Description:
    • The 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 the cultural village, and peruse the many wonderful arts and crafts. There’s something here for every age, including a kids-size, bambini bocce court!

Festa! Italian Festival

  • Where: Ansonia, CT
  • When: August 2022 (Dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Festa! 2022 is a celebration of Italian heritage. It features freshly prepared Italian food delicacies such as suffrito and gelato, live music, and more!

St. Sebastian Feast

  • Where: Middletown, CT
  • When: May 13-15
  • Description:
    • Award-winning recipes, a carnival, live music and auctions await!

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

  • Where: Wilmington, DE
  • When: June 12-19
  • Description:
    • The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious and authentic Italian food specialties.

Feast of Little Italy

  • Where: Jupiter, FL
  • When: November 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Feast of Little Italy is a 3-day cultural community celebration, culminating into a large Italian street Festival. Live entertainment, delicious food and beverages, shopping and nonstop fun await.

The Taste of Little Italy

  • Where: Port St. Lucie, FL
  • When: Feb, 17-19, 2023
  • Description:
    • Embark on a cultural journey filled with authentic Italian food, art and tradition! Enjoy the food just like Mamma used to make and shop ’til you drop.

Chicago’s Little Italy Festa – Taylor Street

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: Aug. 11-14
  • Description:
    • 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.

Columbus Day Parade

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: Oct. 10 (new details pending)
  • Description:
    • 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.

Festa!Pasta!Vino! Italian Street Festival

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: June 17-19
  • Description:
    • Welcome to the best Father’s Day party in Chicago.

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Italian Fest 

  • Where: Collinsville, IL
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Since 1984, we have featured authentic Italian food, grape stomps, bocce tournaments, parades, entertainment on three stages, a 10k run, 4- and 1.6-mile walks, and a moonlight bicycle ride.

Herrin Festa Italiana

  • Where: Herrin, IL
  • When: May 21-30
  • Description:
    • Herrin Festa Italiana features fun, food, art and entertainment. Don’t miss out!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Naperville, IL
  • When: July 30 – August 5-7

Italian Street Festival

  • Where: Indianapolis, IN
  • When: June 10-11
  • Description:
    • Indianapolis’s much-loved and well-attended church festival is back! Some people say we Italians have three loves in life: God, our families, and good food…and not always in that order!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Schereville, IN
  • When: Aug. 5-7
  • Description:
    • Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare celebrates the music, culture, food and spirit of Italy with our community, family and friends.

Italianfest

  • Where: Newport, KY
  • When: July 9-12
  • Description:
    • The Newport Italianfest has been named a Top 20 Event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and held along Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival has authentic Italian food and live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from “the old country.”

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Independence, LA
  • When: March 11-13

Fisherman’s Feast

  • Where: Boston, MA
  • When: August 18-21

Saint Anthony’s Feast

  • Where: Boston, MA
  • When: Aug. 25-28
  • Description:
    • 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 walk along the beautifully decorated streets to enjoy arancini, sausage, peppers & onions, 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.

Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian

  • Where: Cambridge, MA
  • When:  September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Large Italian Feast celebrating 95 years. There are amusement rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, parades, live entertainment throughout the weekend, a cannoli eating contest, Disney characters, and more!

Feast of St. Anthony

  • Where: Baltimore, MD
  • When: June 4-5
  • Description:
    • 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!

Feast of St. Gabriele

  • Where: Baltimore, MD
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • 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!

Italian Fest

  • Where: Iron Mountain, MI
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Italian Fest is a family friendly celebration of Iron Mountain’s strong Italian heritage that includes authentic and delicious cuisine, fantastic live music, fun activities, and refreshing beverages.

Kansas City Festa Italiana 

  • Where: Kansas City, MO
  • When: June 3-5
  • Description:
    • 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!

Annual Festa Italiana

  • Where: Raleigh, NC
  • When: Sept. 24
  • Description:
    • Join us for Festa Italiana, a street festival with food, entertainment and more! Celebrate Italian Heritage!

Santa Lucia Italian Festival

  • Where: Omaha, NE
  • When: July 21-24
  • Description:
    • Viva Santa Lucia at the 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.

Epiphany’s Italian Feast

  • Where: Brick Township, NJ
  • When: Aug. 18-21
  • Description:
    • Why not be a part of Epiphany’s Italian Feast? Rides, Arcade, Food Court, Beer & Wine Garden, Entertainment, Vendors, and more!

St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Glassboro, NJ
  • When: Sept. 10
  • Description:
    • Join us on Saturday, September 10 for the St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival! Carnival games, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a homemade wine competition, cannoli eating contest, beer garden, and, of course, amazing Italian food

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast

  • Where: Hammonton, NJ
  • When: July 11-16
  • Description
    • 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.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival

  • Where: Hoboken, NJ
  • When: July 22-26
  • Description
    • The St. Ann’s Italian Festival is the premier 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!

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San Gennaro Feast

  • Where: Las Vegas, NV
  • When: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
  • Description:
    • The San Gennaro Feast is the biggest Italian food and music festival held in honor of Saint Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy.

The Eldorado Great Italian Festival

  • Where: Reno, NV
  • When:  Oct. 8-9
  • Description:
    • 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.

Dancing of the Giglio and the Feast of St. Anthony – Bronx

  • Where: Bronx, NY
  • When: June 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Belmont is bringing Italian tradition back to the Bronx with the “Dancing of the Giglio” in conjunction with the Feast of St. Anthony. The ancient tradition of the giglio originated in Nola, Italy in 409 A.D. and is still celebrated today.

Festa di Santa Rosalia – 18th Avenue

  • Where: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Feast of Santa Rosalia/18th Avenue Feast is named after the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. In Palermo, the feast has been held continuously since 1624. In Brooklyn, the Feast — which features two stages, music and irresistible Italian fare — has been running for the last four decades.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast

  • Where: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • When: July 6-17
  • Description:
    • 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. 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 10th. 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.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast

  • Where: East Harlem, NY
  • When: August 7
  • Description:
    • 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 7th. Feast-goers will also enjoy live music, entertainment, mass services and Italian street fare.

Feast of San Gennaro

  • Where: New York, NY
  • When:  Sept. 15-25
  • Description:
    • 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 Feast of San Gennaro will be held along Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood. Mulberry and the surrounding blocks served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants.
    • Expect this gala to live up to its nickname with scores of food vendors, live music, festivities and much more.

Feast of the Assumption

  • Where: Cleveland, OH
  • When: Thurs. Aug. 12-15
  • Description:
    • 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.

ISDA Columbus Day Parades

  • Where: Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA
  • When: Oct. 10th
  • Description:
    • Thousands of people descend on Cleveland’s Little Italy corridor and Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood every year to celebrate and honor our history and heritage. Planning for the 2022 parades is underway, and each will include floats, live music, Italian American street fare and entertainment.

Columbus Italian Festival

  • Where: Columbus, OH
  • When: October 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Columbus Italian Festival is a great way to enjoy delicious food and live music on two stages. Held every October at Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio, the three-day celebration features an open-air market, Italian dancing, kid’s area, Italian food from various restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a bocce ball tournament, and volumes of information about Italian traditions and culture.

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • When: July 15-17, 2022

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Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 

  • Where: Youngstown, OH
  • When: August 5-7
  • Description:
    • The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest is an annual event in downtown Youngstown, hosted by the Italian Heritage Foundation of Youngstown, Inc. The fest is a family-oriented event that offers a taste of the Italian heritage through performances by international recording artists, delicious food offered by the area’s finest vendors and restaurants, Italian games and more.

Festa Italia Portland

  • Where: Portland, OR
  • When: Aug. 21
  • Description
    • The annual 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

Butler Italian Festival

  • Where: Butler, PA
  • When: Aug. 26-28
  • Description:
    • In August in Butler, it’s all Italian all the time! Expect lots of music and food, games and activities for the kids, and more food!

9th Street Italian Market Festival

  • Where: Philadelphia, PA
  • When: May 21-22

Pittsburgh Little Italy Days

  • Where: Pittsburgh, PA
  • When:  Aug. 18-21
  • Description:
    • Little Italy Days will return once again in August!

La Festa Italiana

  • Where: Scranton, PA
  • When: Sept. 2-6
  • Description:
    • One of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions is La Festa Italiana, the four-day celebration of culture, cuisine and music that brings together people of all ethnic backgrounds from near and far.
    • About 40 vendors set up along the North Washington Avenue side of the square, and an estimated crowd of 20,000 patronize the event.

Italian Heritage Day

  • Where: West Mifflin, PA (Kennywood)
  • When: TBD
  • Description
    • 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!

Fall Festa Italiana

  • Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • When: October 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Authentic Italian food, drinks, and continuous entertainment. There will be an Italian themed gift shop, arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, and more!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Houston, TX
  • When: TBD
  • Description:
    • 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.

Festival Italiano

  • Where: Hurley, WI
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Enjoy a day of food, family fun, vendors, bags tournament, music and more!

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Clarksburg, WV
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Launched in 1979, the festival includes fantastic foods, entertainment across three stages, a special children’s area, grand parade, cultural events and Queen’s pageant.

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