The feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy each year for 11 days. This year marks the 92nd anniversary of this special festival. Beginning on September 13th, you’ll have plenty of time to chow down on ALL THOSE CANNOLIS!
The Feast of San Gennaro runs from Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 23rd from 11:30 am-11 pm each day. The celebration is NYC’s largest and longest-running Italian festival and celebrates Italian culture and food, with religious processions, parades, and live music among other festivities. On Fridays and Saturdays festival hours are extended to midnight. Free music happens most nights from 7- 9:30 pm and you can stake out the annal cannoli-eating competition as well.
Although the festival is happening all week, perhaps the most interesting day is Wednesday the 19th- San Gennaro’s Feast Day. A celebratory mass is held in the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood on Baxter Street at 6pm, and is followed by a religious procession carrying San Gennaro’s statue through the streets (sort of like the festivals you might see in Seville around “Semana Santa”). Continue the night on partying and eating in the streets. Like a true Italian you MUST try the fantastic cheesecakes, tiramisu and coffee and of course the Zeppolis.
The Festival takes place on and around Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets. Check out a bit of the performance schedule for the week below. Unless otherwise stated, performances start at 7 pm:
Thursday, September 13
Johnny Mandolin 5-7 pm
Friday, September 14
Sunday, September 16
Monday, September 17
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 19
Friday, September 21
Vito and the Elegants
Saturday, September 22
Sunday, September 23
Jenna Espostio 6 pm
Looking for more info? You can check out the official San Gennaro website.
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