Jersey City’s Italian Festival is Back this August

Jersey City’s longest-running Italian street festival, La Festa Italiana, is back after being canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. The summer staple that draws in thousands from the surrounding areas will take place from August 11th – 15th in downtown Jersey City. Read on to learn more about the Italian Festival located at 344 Sixth Street in Jersey City.

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The History

The festival began in 1902 as a street festival in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Rocco. It became a celebration for thousands of parishioners at Holy Rosary Church, the first Italian Parish in the State of New Jersey, according to the official festival website.

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What to Expect

Like any great festival, there will be delicious food from authentic Italian dishes to classic fair food like zeppoles – don’t forget the drinks!

Festival-goers can enjoy several fair games and live music performances including three new bands. Every night at 7PM, live bands will perform on the main stage. This year’s lineup includes The Counterfeiters, Faith In Chaos, The Toga Party Band, The Cameos, and Total Soul.

There is no specific parking available for the event. Street parking is available from 5PM – on, without restriction. There is a Jersey City Citibike Station located on each side of the event area – one on Brunswick + Sixth Streets and one on Monmouth + Sixth Streets. Restroom trailers, including a handicap-accessible unit, are located on the corner of Sixth Street and Brunswick Street.

Learn more about the Italian Festival here.

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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.