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.
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La Festa Itialiana
August 10th - 14th 2016
344 Sixth Street
Jersey City, NJ
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.
The Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
August 10, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Joe Palaia Park
corner of Deal and Whalepond Road
Ocean Township, NJ
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, music, and fireworks display on Friday at 9 pm. This year's festival promises 5 fun filled days of entertainment for the entire family
Garfield La Festa Italiana
August 18 -12, 2016
Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church
188 MacArthur Avenue
This family event features food, carnival games, rides, raffles and DJ music. Free entertainment nightly
Sebastian's Italian Feast
Wednesday - Sunday, August 24 - 28, 2016 Wednesday - Friday: 5-10 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 3-10 PM.
Christopher Street and Kaveny Field
Contact: Dan Arminio at 973-943-0733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a special year as the Society celebrates it's 90th 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. Plenty of Rides for kids and adults provided by Campy's Amusements featuring the return of the infamous "Ring of Fire" roller coaster, a one winner prize raffle of Two GIANTS tickets, One winner 50/50, The premier of the 1st year of a Wine and Beer Garden, a horse race Money Wheel to try your luck at, Games of all kinds, nightly entertainment featuring local sensations,
This years entertainment will feature Stella Crispo on Sunday and Ray Cetrel on Friday singing all the Italian and classic favorites. The big highlight is the Procession with the statue of St. Sebastian aboard the beautifully adorned Float, "A Vara", leaving Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 3:30 PM on Sunday escorted by the Tony Neglia Italian Feast Band and followed by the devout and the curious.. The Saint arrives at his Feast at about 6 PM. Don't miss this annual Montclair tradition of Faith and celebration.
Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5th, 2016
St. Bartholomew Church
2032 Westfield Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
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 sounds of Wolf Creek, The Sounds of Street, The rock sounds of The Broadcasters, and the New Orleans jazz & funk sounds of The VooDudes.
102nd The Feast of Saint Joseph - Viva San Giuseppe
September 2 - 5, 2016; Friday 6-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 4-11pm, Monday 2-10pm
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
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.
Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri - The Hoboken Italian Festival
September 8 - 11, 2016
Sinatra Park, on the historic waterfront of Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken Italian Festival
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, Saturday
Belmar Feast of San Gennaro
September 17th - 18th, 2016
Main St., Between 10 & 13th Avenue
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
Saturday, September 17 & Sunday September 18, 2016
Feast & Dinner on Saturday, Mass & procession on Sunday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Parking lot
94 Pine Street
Contact Secretary, Danny Arminio at 973-943-0733
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.
Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival
September 23, 24, 25, 2016
Mercer County Park
1678 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, New Jersey
his festival features a Food Piazza; wine and beer cafes; two stages of continuous entertainment including national acts on the Investors Bank Stage; amusement rides; children's activities; bocce; fireworks on Saturday; an Italian Market with contemporary and traditional Italian products; a Heritage Pavilion with art and memorabilia; and a Cultural Theater with guest speakers and cooking demonstrations. The festival is a rain or shine event with plenty of covered areas for your comfort. Presented by Investors Bank.Fireworks Spectacular Display, Saturday at 9:30 PM, immediately following the headliner performance. Convenient on-site parking is Free.
Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council # 6342 Italian Festival
September 24, 2016; 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Rain Date September 25th)
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.
An Olde Time Italian Festival
September 30 - October 1, 2016; Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight. Saturday: noon to midnight.
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
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.