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The Best Italian Festivals and Events in New Jersey

NJ Italian Festivals

Your Guide To The Best Italian Festivals and Events in New Jersey. They Feature Italian Festivals With an Emphasis on Promoting Italian Culture and Family Unity.

Italian Festivals 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.

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to large outdoor public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks, and are limited to 500 persons.
Indoor public gatherings are limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 25 persons, whichever number is lower.  Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

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

August 2020 Italian Festivals And Events

Italian Festival and Wine Tasting
Italian Festival and Wine Tasting
August 1, 2020; Gates open 7:30am, First Race 12:50pm
Monmouth Park
Oceanport, NJ
An Italian festival with bocce ball, Italian food, crafters, wine tasting and some horse racing.
For only $10 enjoy 5 two-ounce samples of Italian wines and receive a commemorative wine glass. Sponsored by Opici Wines.

Garfield La Festa Italiana
Garfield La Festa Italiana
Thursday, August 13 - Sunday, August 16, 2020
Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church
188 MacArthur Avenue
Garfield, NJ
This family event features food, carnival games, rides, raffles and DJ music. Free entertainment nightly .

September 2020 Italian Festivals And Events

Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 4 to Monday, September 7, 2020
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 Classic Acoustic/Electric Music sounds of Wolf Creek, The Jersey Four,The Broadcasters, and Jimmy and the Parrots

The Feast of Saint Joseph
The Feast of Saint Joseph - Viva San Giuseppe
Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7, 2020
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ
This family event features traditional Italian foods, rides for all ages, and games of chance! Enjoy entertainment every night of the Feast! The highlight of the Feast is on Labor Day at 2PM where there is a solemn mass followed by a procession honoring Saint Joseph.

Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council # 6342 Italian Festival
Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council # 6342 Italian Festival
September 26, 2020; 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Rain Date September 27)
Historic Smithville
Village Greene
Smithville, NJ
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.
This years entertainment will feature Jim Craine known as "The Voice" and "The Singing Lifeguard", Jim Craine and his big band show named, (*what else?) "The Jim Craine Show", has entertained from Atlantic City casinos (his home turf) to cruise ships and major nightclubs up and down the East Coast and Canada.

Spring Lake  Italian Festival & Art Walk
Spring Lake Italian Festival & Art Walk
Saturday, September 26, 2020; Noon - 5pm
noon till 5:00
Spring Lake Business District
Morris Avenue (Between Third & Fourth Avenue)
The festival will feature 5 hours of music, food, wine/beer, art and fun for the entire family.Italian food provided by our member restaurants with a wine and beer garden to give us the al fresco food court that our visitors have come to love. New this year will be a Mime – a staple at festivals in Italy.

October 2020 Italian Festivals And Events

Annual North Wildwood  Italian-American Festival
Annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
October 2, 3, 2020 Friday 4PM to 10PM, Saturday 10AM to 10PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Annual celebration of Italian-American heritage held in North Wildwood. This three-day event draws over 75,000 people and features continuous live Doo-Wop entertainment, Italian Craft & Food vendors, children's activities and many other exciting events.

August 2021 Italian Festivals And Events

La Festa Itialiana
2020 festival Postponed to August 11-15. 2021
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.

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