• The Hoboken Italian Festival 2019 is Back from September 5th-8th

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    The annual Hoboken Italian Festival {aka the Feast of the Madonna De Martiri} is officially back from Thursday, September 5th through Sunday, September 8th. The festival originally hails from a festival in Italy that dates back to over 600 years ago. Happening right on the waterfront in Sinatra Park, the Hoboken Italian Festival features food, a procession through the Mile Square, fireworks, and more. Keep reading for all you need to know about the 2019 Hoboken Italian Festival.

    The History

    The Festival, otherwise known as the Fest of the Madonna De Martiri, is annually hosted the weekend after Labor Day in New Jersey. The origins of it, however, date back to 1399 where Ladislao di Durazzo, the King of Napoli, celebrated the blessings and miracle of the Madonna, according to the festival’s website. Each year, September 8th commemorates the Universal Feast of the Nativity of Mary — hence, the final date of the festival.

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    Location + Schedule

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    This year, the festival is being held over in Sinatra Park {Sinatra Drive, Hoboken} by the St. Francis Church and La Societa’ Madonna Dei Martiri. The celebrations will commemorate the 93rd  annual novena + mass, along with entertainment, food, and so much more. The full schedule for the three-day festivities goes as follows:

    Thursday, September 5th: 

    • Johnny Maggio from 5:00PM-6:00PM
    • one95music from 6:00PM-6:30PM
    • Blame It On The Girl from 7:00PM-10:00PM
    • DJ Onesti from 10:00PM-11:00PM

    Friday, September 6th:

    • Johnny Maggio from 5:00PM-6:00PM
    • DJ Onesti from 6:00PM-7:00PM
    • Evolution X from 7:00PM-11:00PM

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    Saturday, September 7th {Feast Day}:

    • Mass at St. Francis Church at 11:00AM
    • Johnny Maggio Opens the Festival from 12:00PM-1:15PM
    • Pete Pettinelli Italian Classics from 1:30PM-2:15PM
    • Opera Hour: Pucci to Pavarotti from 2:30PM-3:15PM
    • Crooner Time: Mario Lanza and Other Crooner Greats from 3:30PM-4:15PM
    • Con de La Donne Italian Duets from 4:30PM-5:30PM
    • Romina Perri from 6:00PM-6:30PM
    • R3 Brothers from 7:00PM-11:00PM
    • Fireworks on Pier A at 9:00PM

    Sunday, September 8th: 

    • Johnny Maggio Opens the Festival from 12:00PM-1:00PM
    • Hoboken All Star Music Jam with Copperhead, Psychedelic Angel, Music Resistance, and Krystal from 1:30PM-5:30PM
    • Annual Grape Stomp Contest from 6:ooPM-6:30PM
    • Billy + The Jets: A Special Tribute Band to Billy Joel and Elton John from 7:00PM-9:00PM

    Are you excited for the annual Hoboken Italian Festival? 

    What are you most excited to do or see? Let us know in the comments!  


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    Arielle is a born-and-bred Jersey girl and like a true NJ native, half her diet consists of bagels and the other half pizza. As a graduate of both American University and City, University of London, she’s been a passionate writer ever since she wrote her first “book” in the first grade. When she’s not furiously typing away at her keyboard, she spends her time ticking places off of her “to travel to” list, trying any and all new foods, and trying to stop herself from spending too much money at Zara.