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The Feast Of San Gennaro Returns This Week: Here’s What You Need To Know

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The Feast Of San Gennaro Returns This Week: Here’s What You Need To Know

NYC’s feasts of all feasts is back!

The feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy each year for 11 days, this year will mark the 95th anniversary of this special festival. After a two-year hiatus due to COVD-19, the street fair will be back in all its Italian glory next month!

Beginning on Thursday, September 16, you’ll have plenty of time to chow down on all the cannolis and zeppole Little Italy has to offer.

Pop by a few days before to see all the festive decorations ready to go and lining the streets in anticipation of the week-and-a-half-long celebration. The Feast of San Gennaro will run from Thursday (September 16) at 6 p.m. until Sunday (September 26). 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 7:30 p.m. onward, and you can stake out the 22nd annual cannoli-eating competition on Friday (September 17) at 1 p.m.


This year, the festival will also feature their first-ever pizza eating contest on Friday (September 24) at 1 p.m., in addition to the 23rd annual cannoli-eating contest on Friday, September 17 at 1 p.m., second annual zeppole eating contest on Wednesday (September 22) at 1 p.m., and the fourth annual meatball eating contest taking place Sunday (September 26) at 1 p.m.


Some other events to keep your eye on include:

  • Blessing of the Sands: Thursday, Sept. 16 at. 6 p.m.
  • Frank Sinatra Show: Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • 25th Annual Enrico Caruso Opera Night: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
  • The Grand Procession: Floats, celebrities, gondolas, Red Mike Festival Band and the STATUE OF SAN GENNARO, all honoring our First Responders. Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

The Festival takes place on and around Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets. Looking for more info? Find it on their website here.

Also published on Medium.