New Jersey Italian Festivals and Events

The top 2017 NJ Italian Festivals -
Promoting Italian culture,  and family unity

NJ Italian Festivals

Italian Feasts typically run for three to four days around a summer weekend and in addition to promoting the Italian culture and family unity, they raise money to support many worthwhile charitable causes.

Italian festivals or feasts are usually organized by either a Catholic church with a large Catholic following or an Italian community service organization with an interest in promoting their culture and providing knowledge and stories for future generations to benefit from.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

August 2017 Italian Festivals And Events

Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
The Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
August 9th - 13th, 2017
Joe Palaia Park
corner of Deal and Whalepond Road
Ocean Township, NJ
(732) 531-5768
Website
This four day Italian Festival annually attracts over 80,000 people with a taste for our traditional foods and wholesome family fun. Celebrating Italian heritage and culture! * * FREE ADMISSION * *
There's something for everyone! From sampling the great taste of Italy's delicious food, rides, games, and music. This year's festival promises 5 fun filled days of entertainment for the entire family.
La festa Itialiana
La Festa Itialiana
August 9th - 13th, 2017
344 Sixth Street
Jersey City, NJ
201-795-0120
Website
La Festa Italiana celebrates Italian heritage, spirituality and is an evening of music, dance and authentic Italian foods. It's fun filled with games, an hourly 50/50, and terminates with the Super 50/50 raffle drawing. The festival will honor the Veneration of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Rocco.




Feast of the Assumption at the Jersey Shore
Italian Festival Feast of the Assumption at the Jersey Shore
August 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2017; from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Church of the Epiphany
615 Thiele Road
Brick, NJ
(732) 458-0220
Website
Free parking, and free admission.
This event feature something for everyone! Food court with Italian and international food specialties, desserts, Arcade, Johnson fun Factory Rides, Spotlight Entertainment, Mary's Prayer Garden, vendors, and a Wine & Beer Garden. 
Garfield La Festa Italiana
Garfield La Festa Italiana
Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church
188 MacArthur Avenue
Garfield, NJ
Website
This family event features food, carnival games, rides, raffles and DJ music. Free entertainment nightly


St. Sebastian's Italian Feast

St. Sebastian's Italian Feast
August 23 - 27, 2017; Wednesday - Friday: 5 -10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 3 -10 PM
Walnut and Grove Street, Kaveny Field
Montclair NJ
Contact: Dan Arminio at 973-943-0733 or dma7960@aol.com
This is a special year as the Society celebrates it's 91st Anniversary Feast in honor of St.. Sebastian. Brought to this country in 1926 by immigrants from the town of Cerami, Sicily, the Feast of St.. Sebastian has survived and flourished in the Township of Montclair. This years annual Feast as always, features a fine array of food and novelty vendors: Zeppoles, Cheese steaks and sausage and peppers, Italian hot dogs, brick oven pizza, Chicken Parmigiana sandwiches and many more will pleasure the patrons' taste buds. There will be entertainment each night, over 20 Amusement rides of all sizes will be provided by Campys Amusements, and a Wine and Beer Garden.
The entertainment will be provided Ray Cetrell as he wows the crowd on Saturday night and Tom Scala sings the Italian favorites on Sunday. As the Church bells of nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church ring, the Tony Neglia Feast band plays and the fireworks boom, the statue of St. Sebastian will be carried out of the Church at 3:30 PM and paraded thru the neighborhood, climaxing in a 6 PM arrival of the Saint at his Feast.



September 2017 Italian Festivals And Events

St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 1st to Monday, September 4th, 2017
St. Bartholomew Church
2032 Westfield Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
908-322-5192
Website
The festival honors San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy. This family feast features nightly live music, rides, games, and Italian food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. A procession will be held following the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass which is celebrated in Italian. This year's entertainment includes: the Classic Acoustic/Electric Music sounds of Wolf Creek, Diamond Reno performing a Neil Diamond Tribute, the Rock sounds of The Broadcasters, and the New Orleans Jazz & Funk sounds of The VooDudes.
Feast St Joseph
The Feast of Saint Joseph - Viva San Giuseppe
September 1 - 4, 2017; Friday 6-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 4-11pm, Monday 2-10pm
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ
Website
This family event features traditional Italian festival food, exciting nightly entertainment, thrill rides, and games of chance. The highlight of the Feast is on Labor Day at 2PM where there is a solemn mass followed by a procession honoring Saint Joseph.
Hoboken Italian Festival
Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri - The Hoboken Italian Festival
Thursday, September 7 - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sinatra Park, on the historic waterfront of Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken Italian Festival
Hoboken, NJ
Website
The Hoboken Italian Festival, the premier Italian-American ffestival in New Jersey is over 80 years old, and is derived from a festival in Italy that is over 600 years old. The highlight of the feast, aside from the staggering variety of food and entertainment, is the day long procession through the streets of Hoboken, including a pain staking reenactment of the "Blessing of the Fleet" in the Hudson River, The 4 day event has it's grand finale on Saturday with a huge fireworks extravaganza over the park at 9:00 pm.
St John The Baptist Italian Festival
St. John The Baptist Italian Festival
September 15, 16, 2017; 6pm - 10pm
Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
1282 Yardville-Allentown Road
Allentown, New Jersey 08501
Web Site
Contact: Dorothy Conway, 609-259-3391 sjbbusiness@optimum.net
Admission: FREE
Enjoy two nights of family fun featuring free entertainment provided by the Phialdelphia Mummers Fralinger String Band and the famous doo wop Group The Acchords. Delicious Italian food, pastries and drinks available. Kids will enjoy free face painting, bouncy obstacle course, photo booth, pony rides and more.
Feast of San Gennaro Belmar
Belmar Feast of San Gennaro
September 16th - 17th, 2017
Main St., Between 10 & 13th Avenue
Belmar, NJ
732-747-4449
Website
This event features an Italian cultural experience with live music, local Italian food, traditional Italian dancing, a Wine & Beer Garden, an eating contest, crafters, kids activities, and more. The festival begins on Saturday with a Mass celebrated in Italian at St. Rose Church in Belmar, followed by the traditional procession of the Statue of San Gennaro to its place of honor on Main Street.
Feast in Honor of St. Donato of Arezzo
Feast in Honor of St. Donato of Arezzo
Saturday, September 16 & Sunday September 17, 2017
Feast & Dinner on Saturday, Mass & procession on Sunday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Parking lot
94 Pine Street
Montclair,   NJ
Contact Secretary, Danny Arminio at 973-943-0733
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The Feast kicks off on Saturday the 17th at 6:30 PM with a Full Spread Beefsteak Dinner in honor of the Saint in the church hall of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Montclair.  One winner 50/50 during the dinner as well as several raffle Prizes. On Sunday at 12 noon,  High Mass in honor of St. Donato followed immediately by the Procession thru the local streets of his statue and relic,  escorted by the Danny Vecchiano Giglio Band of New York.  For beefsteak dinner tickets,  call Danny Arminio at 973-943-0733 to make arrangements.


Mercer County Italian Festival
Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival
September 22 , 23, 24, 2017, 12 noon to 10pm
Mercer County Park
Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ
609-631-7544
Website
Italian cultural festival features authentic Italian and Italian American music; a Food Piazza including some of the region's best Italian restaurants; wine and beer gardens; amusement rides; children's activities; bocce; fireworks; Italian Market Tent with traditional Italian products; Heritage Pavilion with art and memorabilia; and Cultural Theater with cultural presentations. Fireworks Spectacular Display, Saturday at 9:30 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.


Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County
14th Annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County
Sunday, September 24, 2017; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
RiverWinds Community Center,
1000 RiverWinds Drive
West Deptford NJ
carolann@desimine.org
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An all-day family fun fashioned after an Italian street fair with entertainment, Italian cuisine, crafts, vendors and artisans.
This years festival features live entertainment by Fulvio & Sal, Mezzco soprano Andrea Arena, Tenor Dante Fiore, & more.

Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council # 6342 Italian Festival
September 30, 2017; 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Rain Date October 1st)
Historic Smithville
Village Greene
Smithville, NJ
Website
Come and enjoy a taste of Italy. The event features delicious Italian Food and Deserts, Wine Tasting and Beer, live Italian music, folk dancing, Children's activities, and more. Free Bocce Ball (must register in advance), Italian and Classic cars, a vendor market with Hand crafted items and imported Italian specialties, and a super 50/50. Free Bocce Ball (must register in advance). Open to the public Admission and parking are free.
Sons of Italy
An Olde Time Italian Festival
September 28, 29, 2017; Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight. Saturday: noon to midnight.
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
Wildwood
609-374-0016
Website
An 'Old World' family festival featuring crafts, games, rides, great Italian food and continuous Free live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and spaghetti eating contest will both take place on Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. This years entertainment includes: Brookly Bridge 45 RPM The Aquanets Bittersweet Kenny Jeremiah Just In Time Johnny Bone & Michael Averone Tre Bella with your host Joey M

Spring Lake Italian Festival & Art Walk
Saturday, September 30 2017 (rain date October 14th);  Noon - 6pm
noon till 5:00
Spring Lake Business District
Morris Avenue (Between Third & Fourth Avenue)
732-449-0577
The festival will feature 6 hours of music, food, wine/beer, art and fun for the entire family. A huge tent will be set up to assure a rain or shine festival with lights being turned on for the evening festivities



October 2017 Italian Festivals And Events

Ocean County Italian Festival
Ocean County Columbus Day Parade & Italian Street Festival
October 6, 7, 8, 2017
Grant Avenue from Bay Blvd. to Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, N.J
Website
Celebrating the Annual Columbus Day Parade and ItalianHeritage Festival. A fun filled weekend of food, friends, and Italian Culture. Friday through Sunday, featuring performances from Italy. Friday, 4 to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm. Savor a weekend of delectable Italian specialties, arts and crafts, outstanding entertainment and a parade that is bound to delight young and old alike. 26th Annual Ocean County Columbus Day Parade at 1:00 pm, Sunday on the Boulevard

Sea Isle City Italian American Festival
Annual Sea Isle City Italian-American Festival and Columbus Day Parade
Saturday October 7, 2017; 10:00 am until dusk
KIX-McNutley's, 63rd Street
Sea Isle City, NJ
Website
609-263-4461 x 1230 or 609-263-6341
The Parade starts at 2:00 pm in front of the Italian-American Club and ventures down Landis Avenue and ends at KIX-McNutley's, 63rd Street where the Italian Festival will be happening.
The festival grows larger every year with 40 food, craft and various merchant vendors that attended last year.
Feast of Saint Gerard Maiella
October 14, 15, 16, 2017
St. Lucy's Church
118 7th Avenue
Newark NJ
Website
(973) 803-4200
Great Italian food, live entertainment and a procession. During each of the three days of the festival the life-sized likeness of the saint is removed from the chapel and first brought by the side alter. Displayed at the side alter is a photo board that the many faithful of the parish create each year as a testament to the successful but difficult births attributed to the intercession of St. Gerard who is the patron saint of expectant mothers.